Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization Canada (WEDO Canada) – Legal Director

Volunteer position – Legal Director

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) is a movement that ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. WEDO is celebrated at the United Nations and in 144 countries and 65 universities/colleges internationally.

Our Mission is to:

EDUCATE the public on the importance women play in the business world and inspire girls and women all over the world to find opportunity and achieve success in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

EMPOWER the 4 billion women across the globe with the resources to be catalysts of change and uplift the 250 million girls living in poverty globally.

CELEBRATE women in business and trailblazers who have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation.

SUPPORT women by convening business and government leaders to find solutions for the issues women face in business and technology.

Strategic Direction:  WEDO was established in Canada in 2019 and we are ready to execute on our strategy to grow from an Alberta presence to across Canada.  We plan to engage National partners to fund scholarships and awards for students and to cover WEDO Canada operating costs.  We also require to select schools with entrepreneurial programs to partner with, and whose students will be the recipients of the scholarships and grants.  We will also identify other foundations and not for profit organizations with shared values to collaborate with WEDO Canada.

Position Description

The Legal Director is a voting member of the board of directors of WEDO Canada and is accountable to the Board for the fulfillment of the duties and responsibilities outlined below.

Time Commitment

Ten hours per month (board meetings, meetings with the Chair of the Board, legal duties)

Term of Office

Two years with the possibility of renewal for a second term.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Legal Director will offer guidance to the Chair of the Board in ensuring legal advice and planning, decision-making and oversight at a governance level.

The principle duties are to:

  • Assist with obtaining charitable status for the Organization
  • Ensure the Organization is informed of and carries out the legal duties.Oversee the Board to ensure adequate Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty and Duty of Obedience:
    • Duty of Care: Take care of the Organization ensuring it makes prudent use of all assets and collaborations
    • Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the Organizations activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission; Recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; Ensure decisions are made in the best interest of the Organization and not in the best interest of the individual board member
    • Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the Organization obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and that the Organization adheres to its stated corporate purposes/mission.
  • Abide by the by-laws, code of conduct, conflict of interest and other polices that apply to the board
  • Provide guidance in terms of a financial model of the national organization and provincial ambassador events
  • Monitor the organization’s financial performance

Committee Membership – The Legal Director can choose which committees to participate in.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and strategic directions
  • An understanding of, and experience with, good legal management for Not-For-Profit organizations
  • Previous board experience along with governance knowledge
  • A professional legal designation is required
  • An ability to commit the time required to fulfill the responsibilities described

 

Please apply by email to alisontaylor10@shaw.ca with the Heading WEDO Canada Legal Director position.