Mercy Ships Canada (MSCA) has embarked on a process of board renewal. We are seeking up to three (3) dynamic independent Directors to join our Board over the next 18-months. The volunteer Board of Directors play the primary role in setting policies and overseeing the implementation of the charity’s vision, mission and strategic objectives. While based in Victoria, British Columbia, we are a national charity whose Board meets virtually. This is a remote, unpaid volunteer positon with occasional in-person participation. Members of our Board of Directors are experienced and committed leaders, bringing a wide range of knowledge, expertise and perspectives.

We encourage applicants with some previous governance experience and knowledge of charities of a similar size and complexity as MSCA. Director recruitment is based on a MSCA’s Board Skills and Experience Requirements. Candidates with strong business acumen and expertise in the areas below will be preferred to meet the identified needs arising from our Board renewal process:

  • Board governance and leadership.
  • Strategic thinking/planning from a governance perspective.
  • Organizational development, human resources management or employment relations.
  •  Strategic communications and government Relations.

Applicants with fundraising, building community alliances and partnerships and volunteer program experience would be in a position to make a significant contribution in the role of Director. Individuals familiar with current and emerging surgical healthcare issues in an international development context would also be aligned with MSCA’s Board Skills and Requirements. We seek to recruit individuals who reflect the diversity of our volunteers, patients and the nation served by Mercy Ships and who are aligned with our philosophy or service. Bilingualism in Canada’s official languages would be a strong asset.

Applications are warmly welcomed on an ongoing basis from individuals who are able to demonstrate how they match the Mercy Ships Canada board member renewal needs

MSCA’s annual reports, financial statements and other Information is available at

Applicant Instructions

Interested individuals are requested to submit a covering letter and resume in English to the following e-mail address:

The e-mail subject line should read: Mercy Ships Canada Board Renewal – {Insert Candidate Name}.

The covering letters should be addressed as follows:

Mr. John Treleaven, Chair, Nominations Committee

Mercy Ships Canada

Since Board member recruitment is an ongoing process MSCA will acknowledge the receipt of all applicants. However, only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

About Mercy Ships Canada

Mercy Ships Canada (MSCA) is a registered Christian faith-based charity operating across Canada. We help address the global surgical crises by providing free surgeries and medical capacity building training programs. MSCA is one of 16 National Offices of the international charity Mercy Ships mandated to raise awareness, funds, recruit volunteers, screen and implement projects for the programs of Mercy Ships.

For over forty years, the international charity Mercy Ships has operated the largest civilian hospital ship fleet in the world, addressing the impacts of inequity and providing humanitarian assistance including free life-changing surgeries and health care, training and mentoring of local healthcare professionals. Our goal is to serve African people by efficiently using our two-ship platform providing direct surgical care and partnering with the African healthcare community by building best-in-class medical capacity.

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