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Alzheimer Society of Canada

Chief Executive Officer



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The Alzheimer Society of Canada is a national, voluntary, non-profit, bilingual health charity whose members are provincial Alzheimer societies.  The national Society, along with its provincial partners, plays an important role in advocating for public policy that supports programs and initiatives to help people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The ASC also supports research to find a cause and cure for dementia.  As well, ASC’s knowledge translation and exchange plays an important role in supporting care givers and persons with dementia throughout the course of the disease.

Job Description


We are seeking a collaborative, mission-minded professional to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC).  Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will be an exceptional listener and communicator who will bring a service-oriented approach to supporting Federation members in delivering programs and services.  Committed to working as an equal Federation partner and peer with Provincial CEOs, the ASC National CEO will be a skilled facilitator who will engage others in strategic conversations to move our organization forward in serving our mission.

Bringing a participative management style that is inclusive of others across the organization, the Chief Executive Officer will create and foster an environment of trust and teamwork that is rooted in open dialogue and mutual respect.  In addition to shaping the organization and extending our outreach and partnership, the CEO will work with the Board to crystallize the ASC’s mandate in terms of advocacy, research, knowledge transfer and exchange, and put structures in place to move this mandate forward.

Given the current evolution of our Federation and the resulting intentional change, the CEO will be comfortable leading others through uncertainly and ambiguity.  Patient, courageous, and calmly confident, the CEO will bring a willingness to work cooperatively with others to solve problems, identify possibilities, and reach our full collective potential.


The Alzheimer Society of Canada is a national, voluntary, non-profit, bilingual health charity whose members are provincial Alzheimer societies.  The national Society, along with its provincial partners, plays an important role in advocating for public policy that supports programs and initiatives to help people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  The ASC also supports research to find a cause and cure for dementia.  As well, ASC’s knowledge translation and exchange plays an important role in supporting care givers and persons with dementia throughout the course of the disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerate disease.  Over 560,000 Canadians currently have Alzheimer’s disease, and according to experts this number will triple to 2.3 million Canadians by 2031. 

Our Vision - Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Our Mission - The Alzheimer Society of Canada identifies, develops, and facilitates national priorities that enable its members to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, promotes research, and leads the search for a cure.

Our Values - Our values are “CARE: Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence.”

Our Guiding Principles - In all of our publications and communications, we focus on using person-centred language and support the following principles:

    1. Dignity and respect: To create positive conditions where the person can live without fear of shame or ridicule; where people are treated with warmth and authenticity; listened to without judgment; and are given opportunity for self-determination and self-expression.
    2. Acceptance and understanding: To accept each person with unconditional positive regard; to accept behaviour as a form of communication which expresses unmet needs or emotions; and to assist the person to continue to enjoy basic personal freedoms.
    3. Relationships: To support and preserve present relationships; to support the person in the development of other positive relationships.
    4. Recognition and individuality: To recognize the individuality of each person with their own unique life experiences, personality, values, beliefs, and opinions; to have these factors respected and incorporated in support planning.
    5. Relationships of trust: To provide the conditions necessary to satisfy fundamental needs and create a climate for personal realization by providing a relationship based on trust.  In a relationship of trust the person knows confidences are respected; choice and control is maintained; and the person will not be abandoned.

Forget Me Not symbol - The Alzheimer Society uses the Forget Me Not flower as a symbol to represent memory loss, one of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.  It is also a reminder to remember people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their caregivers.  The three flowers in the symbol represent the person with dementia, the caregiver, and the Alzheimer Society.


KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf the Alzheimer Society of Canada.  For more information about this leadership opportunity, interested candidates are invited to contact Tara George, Senior Vice President or Christoph Clodius, Vice President by email at

Resume and letter of interest are requested to be submitted to the email address listed above by January 16, 2017.  All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.


ASC Management

    • Recruit, retain, manage, motivate, and evaluate ASC Staff;
    • Ensure a work environment that provides the opportunity for staff to work to their full potential;
    • Lead the evolution of strong co-operative working relationships with Board, staff, and colleagues;
    • At the direction and pleasure of the Board Chair, serve as ex-officio member of Board committees;
    • Establish and guide operational Task Forces and Committees as required.

Federation Partnership Management

    • Foster a collaborative working relationship among the ASC and its federation partners within the spirit and letter of the Federation Agreement.  This includes championing, adhering to, and nurturing the processes required to strengthen the Federation partnership;
    • Provide collaborative and facilitative participation and, as appropriate, leadership within a complex, multi-faceted, tri-level National Voluntary Health Charity; serve as a peer, partner, and advisor to Provincial CEOs;
    • Adapt to changing needs and priorities in the Federation as it evolves over time;
    • Hold regular in-person and teleconference meetings with the CEO Council comprised of the Provincial Executive Directors/CEOs;
    • Balance the demands of being both a leader on Federation initiatives, and the provider of support functions to Federation members on shared initiatives;
    • Recognize that ASC has a complex mandate focused not on direct service delivery, but rather on advocacy, research, and knowledge transfer and exchange.

Research and Knowledge Translation and Exchange

    • Ensure that ASC is recognized as a leader in research;
    • Increase and mobilize new funding and resources to support research;
    • Actively engage and support funded research and ensure stakeholder participation in research;
    • Promote best practices through timely and effective knowledge transfer and exchange.

Advocacy/External Relations

    • Lead the efforts on national advocacy with federal Members of Parliament and Senators, as well as government officials, the goals of which include: (1) Continuing the work on ensuring the implementation of a national dementia strategy; (2) Advocating for additional federal funding to support research; and (3) Working to ensure that the ASC is seen as the “go to” resource for all issues related to Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias;
    • Stay aware of and contribute to public policies that promote the vision of ASC and the attainment of its goals;
    • Develop and maintain a strong Canadian presence within Alzheimer Disease International (ADI);
    • Develop and maintain productive and beneficial relationships, alliances, and partnerships with other health charities, the corporate community, and the media.


    • Prepare an annual ASC action plan and resultant financial plan through a consultative planning process aligned with the goals and objectives of ASC, and those of the Federation as expressed through the Annual Planning Assembly;
    • Work with ASC Board of Directors to ensure they understand the financial resource requirements of ASC and are equipped to be champions for the annual financial plan within their respective Provincial Societies;
    • Ensure funds are managed in an accountable, transparent manner in all dealings with Federation members, donors, and other stakeholders;
    • Work with the ASC fund development staff, as well as Federation partners, to grow existing and new sources of revenue.


    • Provide the Board with the information it requires to govern effectively, make informed decisions, and monitor the performance of the ASC.  This includes providing information within the context of measuring performance around strategic goals, emerging trends, opportunities, threats, and other factors critical to the formulation of policy and strategy adopted by ASC and the Federation.
    • Serve as the primary spokesperson of the ASC;
    • Provide members with timely, understandable information;
    • Communicate to staff through regular senior staff and all-staff meetings.


Candidates will be expected to exhibit a majority of the following qualifications:

Experience and Background

    • Significant senior management experience (e.g. Vice-President, Executive Director, or C-level);
    • Experience working in multi-layered, complex, federated/matrixed organizations;
    • Strong understanding of the not-for-profit sector is preferred for this position; previous experience in a health-related and/or research-focused organization would be an asset, as would previous experience in Association management;
    • Demonstrated success in working with not-for-profit Boards and other senior volunteers; strong understanding of governance and the role of Board;
    • Demonstrated visible and engaged collaborative leadership style;
    • Demonstrated change management skills through negotiation and facilitation;
    • Track record of improving operational productivity and performance;
    • Experience in managing complex budgets and securing funding from multiple sources;
    • Demonstrated success increasing revenues; experience being engaged with a variety of funders, and overseeing a fund development team;
    • Experience in government relations and advocacy;
    • Understanding of the importance of supporting research focused on finding a cure.


    • University degree is required, and masters-level education is preferred but not essential.


Building Relationships, Alliances, and Partnerships

    • Identifies necessary strategic relationships;
    • Quickly and effectively establishes, nurtures, and grows such relationships and partnerships with a variety of internal/external stakeholders;
    • A strong communicator who understands the importance of keeping all stakeholders in the loop, starting with Federation Partners.

Client Service Orientation

    • Brings a servant leader style, and focuses on serving the mission and the members;
    • Advocates passionately and convincingly on behalf of a diverse community;
    • Focuses efforts on discovering and meeting client needs and public expectations;
    • Responsive to the needs of partners and clients, and encourages staff at ASC to be responsive;
    • Ensures ASC’s strategic direction and service delivery is sensitive to client needs and public expectations.

Influence, Impact, Stature

    • Inspires others to achieve a specific result;
    • Comfort with a high level of ambiguity, and a low level of direct control of outcomes;
    • Successfully negotiates solutions in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders holding competing interests.


    • Works with the Board to identify top strategic priorities on an ongoing basis;
    • Engages with the staff and with partners to translate the strategic priorities and goals into action.
    • Understands how to think strategically while acting tactically;
    • Leverages the ideas, experience, and skills of staff, board, and stakeholders in relation to the developing and executing the strategic plan;
    • Engenders trust by being open, honest, and by following up on commitments;
    • Expresses an objective clearly, excites others to the potential, and motivates them to want to be a part of the process;
    • Visionary with ability to inspire and communicate that vision to others.

Effective leader and facilitator of change

    • Understands change management, motivates others to see the change as an opportunity;
    • Adept at building, maintaining working relationships;
    • Thrives in a constantly changing environment;
    • Supportive and caring leader who uses positivity and encouragement to help others manage through the discomfort that naturally accompanies an intense change process;
    • Builds trust incrementally, understands that co-operation works best when trust is earned;
    • Recognizes that diversity of opinion provides opportunity for innovative thinking as well as the potential for conflict;
    • Recognizes when others’ egos need to be “managed” and when they are ripe for accepting new perspectives.

Political Savvy

    • Reads the organization and the people accurately;
    • Au courant with political attitudes and activities on Parliament Hill;
    • Good knowledge of Canada and its regional disparities.

Skilled Negotiator

    • Can understand, appreciate, and articulate both sides of a disagreement;
    • Brings parties to a mutually satisfactory compromise on contentious issues.


    • Anticipates several years ahead, and takes action to create opportunities to avoid future crises;
    • Identifies beneficial unforeseen opportunities and acts upon them.

High Energy & Positive Attitude

    • Believes that goals can be achieved and situations improved;
    • Enthused by the opportunity to ‘roll up sleeves’ and get the job done;
    • Inspiring, yet realistic optimist.

Calculated Risk Taker

    • Willingness to take reasoned, tough decisions;
    • Understands that one takes risks to achieve large goals;
    • Analyzes, decides, acts;
    • Doesn’t gamble with assets or reputation.

High Integrity & Ethics

    • Decisions and actions reflects a sound internal moral compass and the Federation’s shared values;
    • Acts consistently in an honest and ethical manner holding self-accountable to the organization and the public;
    • Willingness to hold others to a common standard and mutually reinforcing set of behaviors;
    • Acts on commitments in a timely fashion;
    • Trusting as well as trustworthy;
    • Recognizes that the motivation for an individual’s action is not always obvious.

Self-confident, belief in own abilities; Ego in check

    • “I’ve been through tough times and learned how to get results despite the challenges.”
    • Seasoned professional who understands that it’s about the organization and the mission, not what makes the CEO look good;
    • Empowers others to take the lead.


    • Assesses, decides, acts in an organized fashion;
    • Strong sense of timing; understands when to assess and when to act.


    • Determined without being obstinate;
    • Willing to give hard news and “speak truth to power”.

Passion for the Mission

    • May have personal experience with or knowledge of the disease;
    • Passionate about and committed to changing the landscape regarding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Contact Information

Alzheimer Society of CanadaTara GeorgeSenior Vice President, Search Practice & Lead Consultanttgeorge@kciphilanthropy.com416-340-9710 x 254416-340-9755
Posting Date: 08-Dec-2016Executive Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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