CAST Seeking Nominations for Board of Directors

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April 13, 2023 - The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST) is a not-for-profit agency funded by the province of Ontario, and the largest child welfare organization in North America with an operating budget of $169M. Operating under section 72 of the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA), we have a legal mandate to keep children, ages 0 to 18, safe from abuse and neglect.

CAST is currently seeking nominations to our Board of Directors for the 2023-2026 term. Applicants should have a passion for child welfare, and a strong desire to support CAST’s vision of a city where children are safe, families are strong and communities are supported.

We are committed to having Board representation that is reflective of the diversity of Toronto and encourage all qualified individuals to apply, people from equity-deserving groups, particularly Indigenous Peoples, and others who share our values and contribute to fostering an inclusive and diverse organization.

Role of the Board of Directors

As one of up to nineteen (19) Board Directors at CAST, you will be responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the corporation. The Board’s key functions are:

  • Strategic planning
  • Quality and performance measurement and monitoring 
  • Financial oversight, including risk identification and oversight
  • Oversight of management through selection and supervision of the CEO
  • Stakeholder communication and accountability 
  • Governance, including legal compliance
  • Encouragement of equity and Truth and Reconciliation lenses 

Members of the Board shall be fully supportive of the vision, mission and values of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAST) and they shall reflect this support in all of their Board and Committee work and in how they represent the organization externally.

Your Experience and Skills 

To address a wide variety of strategic and governance issues, one or more of the following in-depth experiences and skills are highly valued: 

  • Services to children and youth
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Government Relations
  • Communications 

In addition, you have: 

  • An appreciation for the distinct roles of governance and management. 
  • Strong strategic thinking, good listening, and excellent teamwork skills.
  • The ability to make sound decisions based on the analysis of the information received and to maintain solidarity with the Board’s decisions. 
  • Availability for active participation in the work of the Board and Board Committees (commitment of 6 to 10 hours per month per board member).
  • Extensive governance experience and/or an Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) designation are considered a strong asset.

Learn more about CAST’s mission, values and work here

Download the Board recruitment ad here.

Board positions are on a volunteer basis. Applicants must live or work in the GTA and be able to commit for a minimum of three years. 

Interested individuals are invited to submit their resume and cover letter to: The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023.