Documentary Organization of Canada, Toronto Chapter Nominations Open for 2017/2018 Board of Directors

Nominations Open for 2017/2018 DOC Toronto Board of Directors

All full voting members of the Toronto Chapter are eligible to run. Candidates can self nominate, and do not need to be nominated by another DOC Toronto member. Please nominate by submitting a biography (maximum 250 words), election statement (maximum 250 words) and headshot for distribution to voting members.

Be sure to read the job description below before submitting your nomination.

Please send these items to Adam Shamoon, Director, DOC Toronto, at with subject line “YOUR FULL NAME_2016 BOARD NOMINATION” (ie: John Doe_2016 Board Election Nomination). Statements, bios and headshots must be received no later than Thursday, November 24th at 5pm at which point nominations will be closed and election details will be announced.

The online election polls will open on Monday November 29th and close on Friday, December 9th at midnight. Results will be announced the week of Monday, December 12th.

About DOC Toronto
DOC Toronto is the oldest and largest chapter in the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) and the creator of the DOC Institute. DOC was founded by this chapter 33 years ago. Formerly known as the Canadian Independent Film & Video Caucus, DOC Toronto began as an advocacy group in 1983. The first of many successful lobbying efforts led to the creation of Telefilm Canada's documentary broadcast envelope, a landmark decision that helped to develop Canada's strong independent production industry.

The Documentary Organization of Canada/l’Association des documentaristes du Canada (DOC) is the voice of Canada’s independent documentary creators. DOC champions the production and distribution of documentaries across all platforms; advocates on behalf of creators and producers; and connects and strengthens the Canadian documentary community. Today, DOC Toronto has about 350 members including many international award winning documentary filmmakers.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

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The Board will support the work of DOC Toronto Chapter and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by DOC Toronto’s Director, the Board-Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Director in development and implementation of strategic vision and Chapter growth
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by staff for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving DOC Toronto’s annual budget; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of staff
  • Assisting the Director and Co-Chairs in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Serving on work groups
  • Representing DOC Toronto/DOC Institute to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the chapter and organization
  • Ensuring DOC Toronto’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities it serves

DOC Toronto Board Members will assist with soliciting contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals.

Board terms/participation
DOC Toronto Board Members will serve a two-year term. Board meetings will be held bi-monthly.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about DOC Toronto’s and DOC Institute’s activities and who has a track record of leadership within the non-fiction industry. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Ideal nominees will have the following qualifications:
  • Extensive professional experience with leadership accomplishments in the media industry
  • Previous board and/or non-profit experience is an asset but not a requirement
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for the non-fiction industry

NOTE: Service on DOC Toronto’s Board of Directors is without remuneration