The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is looking for energetic, positive and collaborative strategic thinkers to contribute to the growth of tourism in the region by volunteering to serve as a Director of the Board.
The OHTO is one of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations created and funded by the Ontario government to increase tourism to the province. The OHTO covers a large region in Eastern Ontario, which includes the counties of Haliburton, Lanark, and Renfrew and portions of Frontenac, Hastings, and Lennox and Addington.
Working collaboratively with the tourism industry, its communities and partners, the OHTO functions as an industry led not-for-profit Corporation governed by a Board of Directors who is responsible for setting strategic priorities, developing policies and monitoring the Executive Director for operational performance. The Executive Director, in collaboration with the Board, develops and manages the operational plan to achieve the strategic objectives.
The vision of the OHTO is to “Inspire Travel to Ontario’s Highlands through Tourism Excellence”. The organization accomplishes this vision through a holistic approach to tourism that puts the visitor at the heart of tourism development.
Board Powers And Duties
The Board of Directors shall have the full powers of the Corporation consistent with the Letters Patent and Bylaws. Every Director, in exercising his or her powers and discharging his or her duties, shall:
- Act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation;
- Exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances; and
- Comply with the Letters Patent, the Bylaws and any policies adopted by the Board of Directors.
Responsibilities And Delegations
In fulfilling its responsibilities of governance and stewardship, the Board:
- Establishes the Corporation’s Strategic Priorities in consultation with the membership.
- Establishes Governing and Executive Limitation Policies
- Delegates to the Executive Director the authority to determine how best to achieve the strategic objectives and to manage the Corporation’s day-to-day business.
- Monitors the Executive Director’s achievement of the strategic objectives and compliance with the Executive Limitation policies.
- Reviews Strategic Priorities on a regular basis (typically on an annual basis) so that they continue to be responsive to the changing business environment in which the Corporation operates.
- Oversees the Corporation’s financial reporting and disclosure.
- Elects/appoints officers at least annually.
- Submits amendments to the Bylaws of the Corporation to the membership for approval.
- Must be a member of the OHTO and 18 years of age or older
- Familiar with the tourism industry (locally, regionally and provincially)
- Previous experience as a Director of a Board and/or similar leadership experience
- Specific skills in Human Resources, Stakeholder Engagement, Policy Governance, and Financial Management considered an asset
- Must not be an elected official, an undischarged bankrupt, or hold a criminal record
Successful applicants will be elected to the Board at the AGM in on October 26, 2015 for a three year term. Board meetings are held monthly via teleconference with the exception of four meetings which will be in person.
Directors serve on the Board on a volunteer basis but will be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses as approved by the Board to carry out their duties such as attending meetings.
Anyone interested in seeking nomination is encouraged to contact the Nominating Committee Chair to learn more about the opportunity before submitting an application.
Deadline for application is October 12, 2015
Please contact:Anne Marie Forcier Nominating Committee Chair Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization Phone: 613-583-4783 Email