Call for Application to the Board of Directors / Committee Members

Call for Application to the Board of Directors

Call for Application for Committee Members


Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, also known as MPN Blood Cancers, are a rarer under diagnosed form of blood cancer. Every day, 2 Canadians are diagnosed with MPN Blood Cancers – yet, despite its growing prevalence, the disease remains relatively unknown. To date, there is no cure for MPN Blood Cancers – however, advancements in research and treatment are enabling those impacted by MPN Blood Cancers to live better and longer lives than ever before. More research leading to new therapies or new combinations of therapies is required to find a cure.


MPN Blood Cancers are associated with the abnormal behavior and uncontrolled growth of Bone Marrow cells.


Canadian MPN Research Foundation is the only national charitable organization created by, and for, Canadians impacted by Myeloproliferative Neoplasms. As a grassroots organization, we were the first in Canada exclusively devoted to bridging the gap among patients, caregivers, industry partners, governments, researchers, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. Canadian MPN Research Foundation has been making MPN Blood Cancers matter since it was founded in 2017. Please visit our website at https://www.cmpnrf.ca.


Our vision

Where MPN Blood Cancers are no longer a debilitating or fatal disease and patients live long healthy lives with this Blood Cancer.


Our mission

To improve the lives of Canadians affected by MPN Blood Cancers. Through awareness-building, educational efforts, by investing in new and ongoing research and research projects, fostering an empowered MPN Blood Cancers community so that a cure may be found.


Our programming

The Canadian MPN Research Foundation’s programming falls into five strategic areas that encompass all we do; they are the foundation upon which our organization was built and continues to serve. As Canada’s only charity uniquely dedicated to MPN Blood Cancers, we believe in the importance of investing in, and advancing, our mission and vision. Creating a strong base from where we can best meet the needs of our community:


1. Science and Research - Fostering, supporting and funding MPN Blood Cancers-related research and research projects that lead to a better and longer quality of life for those living with the disease.

2. Community empowerment - Building an empowered, informed and engaged MPN Blood Cancers community and facilitating an integrated network of all MPN Blood Cancers stakeholders.

3. Education - Developing, supporting and disseminating information and resources to help our MPN Blood Cancers community make informed decisions about the disease and to assist the MPN Physician Community in providing tools and education in treating MPN blood Cancers

4. Awareness - Promoting early diagnosis, increasing awareness of MPN Blood Cancers and the ways it affects the lives of patients and their families.

5. Health Care Advocacy - Advocating for new therapies in the Canadian MPN Space, and new treatment options and healthcare resources.


Call for Application to Board of Directors and Committee Members

The Canadian MPN Research Foundation is a Triad-focused (Physician, Patient, Stakeholder) not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Canadians impacted by MPN Blood Cancers. We are committed to advancing the understanding, management and treatment of this incurable cancer and to accelerating access to game changing MPN Blood Cancers therapies and treatments.


Board of Directors

The Board is comprised of collegial individuals with diverse expertise and global experience, including not-for-profit managers, medical experts, research scientists, business executives, consultants, professionals, and patients. Board Directors are involved in directing the affairs of the corporation in accordance with its strategic plan, articles, by-laws and applicable legislation. They serve in a fiduciary position of confidence for the corporation and are responsible for the overall effective governance and organizational strength of Canadian MPN Research Foundation.


Board vacancies

MPN Blood Cancers Canada is currently recruiting new members for its Board of Directors. We are looking for candidates with skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:


  • Finance, Accounting and Audit - An individual who possesses financial literacy skills and experience, including with financial statements, balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards/General Accepted Accounting Principles

  • Public Health Policy Administration - An individual who possesses knowledge and experience in Canada’s public health system and regulatory environment, including public health policies, insurance plans, drug formularies, and patented medicine pricing.

  • Governance & Legal - An individual who possesses knowledge and experience in Canada’s legal system and/or experience with board governance and the regulation of charitable bodies.

  • General Board Members - An individual who possesses knowledge and experience in participating on a Board of Directors and providing assistance on various committees such as fund development, outreach, communications and marketing.

Board Committees:

  • Finance, Accounting and Audit - An individual who possesses financial literacy skills and experience, including with financial statements, balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards/Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

  • Public Health Policy Administration - An individual who possesses knowledge and experience in Canada’s public health system and regulatory environment, including public health policies, insurance plans, drug formularies, and patented medicine pricing.

  • Governance & Legal - An individual who possesses knowledge and experience in Canada’s legal system and/or experience with board governance and the regulation of charitable bodies.

  • General Committee Members - An individual who possesses knowledge and experience in participating on a Board of Directors and providing assistance on various committees such as fund development, outreach, communications and marketing and not for profit administration.

  • Research Committee - An individual who possesses knowledge and experience in providing assistance on the Research committee through researching new and ongoing mpn research either nationally or globally and reporting this information on a monthly basis to the Executive Director.

What we ask of you

  • Act in the best interests of the Canadian MPN Research Foundation and MPN Blood Cancer Community in Canada

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a Board Director

  • Attend Board meetings regularly and arrive prepared for the meetings

  • Support Board decisions and act as an ambassador in implementing them

  • Respect the confidentiality pertaining to Board and Management discussions

  • Contribute to the Financial well being of the CMPNRF through a personal annual giving and network giving programs.

What you bring to us

  • Active contribution as a team player with a personal network

  • A solutions-oriented mindset and creative thinking approach to issues

  • Time and energy to prepare, attend and contribute at quarterly board meetings

  • Personal commitment to Canadian MPN Research Foundations vision, mission and strategic plan.

  • Knowledge of, or interest in, the Canadian cancer ecosystem and in the importance of the patient’s involvement in MPN Blood Cancers Community.

Meetings & Time Commitment

Number of meetings

Board Directors are expected to attend the Board meetings (3 per year). Typically, these meetings are held virtually, and one may be added and may be held in person at varying locations.


Virtual meetings

Virtual Board meetings are typically two hours in duration. The meeting materials are sent to Directors one week prior to each meeting to allow for their thorough review, which should take no more than a couple of hours.


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Board Directors are expected to attend MPN Blood Cancers Canada’s Annual General Meeting of Members that is held in October each year and is usually less than an hour.


Board Director Term

Board Directors are elected or confirmed at the AGM for a three-year term and may be re-elected for two additional three-year terms for a maximum of nine years. In the event of Board vacancies prior to the AGM, Directors may be appointed by the Board for a term expiring on the date of the AGM and thereafter will be elected or confirmed at the AGM.


Orientation

New Directors are provided with orientation, training and information in support of their responsibilities and will be supported by MPN Blood Cancers Canada’s staff and other Board Directors in carrying out the organization’s activities.


Language

Given the national nature of the organization and the international composition of the Board, all meetings are conducted in English, and all materials and documents shared with Directors are written in English. As such, Board members are required to be fluent in English, both written and oral.


Why apply to be a Board Director

As a Board Director of MPN Blood Cancers Canada, you will be at the forefront of improving the lives of Canadian patients, their families and caregivers impacted by MPN Blood Cancers. You will be part of an innovative, dedicated and internationally respected organization in the Research and patient and stakeholder support field. This is an excellent opportunity to leverage and enhance your experience, to meet passionate and devoted individuals.


How and when to apply

Your application comprises the following:

  • a letter outlining your interest and qualifications in relation to one of the areas under “Board vacancies” above; and

  • a résumé summarizing your employment, board and community involvement experience along with 2 references.

Please submit your complete application to:


Canadian MPN Research Foundation – Executive Director

c/o Cheryl Petruk, Executive Director, executivedirector@cmpnrf.ca


Deadline: October 15, 2022


Thank you for your interest in The Canadian MPN Research Foundation.

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