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Thank you for your interest in getting involved with Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization.  Becoming a director is an opportunity to work collaboratively with your peers and the broader tourism industry within Ontario’s Highlands (Region 11) to define how the OHTO will positively shape the future of tourism in our region.  We appreciate the time and effort you will be investing towards providing the Nominating Committee with the information they require to consider you for directorship.

In 2009, the Province of Ontario created a Regional Tourism Organization structure whereby thirteen separate regions would be funded by the Province and governed by a not-for-profit corporation to carry out the provincial mandate for growing tourism in Ontario.  The OHTO Board chose to adopt the Carver Policy Governance model to fulfill its funding obligations.  The Carver model has very clear lines of delegation where the Board is responsible for seeking input from the tourism industry in Ontario’s Highlands and defining the difference the organization will make related to that input.  In turn, these “Ends” are communicated to the Executive Director who is then responsible for making operational decisions for determining how the “Ends” will be achieved within established Executive Limitation Policies and Ministry Guidelines.  The Board monitors the Executive Director on the achievement of the “Ends” and compliance with policy.  Click here for more information about the Carver Model.

Term Length and Time Commitment

Each director is expected to serve for a three-year term.  These terms have been staggered so that no more than a third of the seats become vacant each year.  Shorter terms may be available due to resignations and candidates will be informed if this option is available. 

The OHTO Board typically meets in person approximately six times per year for roughly five hours and as necessary via tele/video-conference call. year).  Basecamp is used for distributing documents, meeting materials and on occasion, for discussion in lieu of an organized meeting.


Directors serve in a volunteer capacity but will be reimbursed for mileage, meals and accommodation for attending OHTO Board meetings. 

  • Be a member of OHTO.  If you are unsure of your membership status please contact us
  • Prepared to set aside local agendas and serve on behalf of all members of the region. 
  • Possess a well-rounded skill set as defined in the Skills Evaluation section of the application.  NOTE: training is available to improve skills proficiency if necessary.
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and an attestation to act in accordance with OHTO Bylaws and Board Policies.
Nomination Process:
Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed and scored by the OHTO Nominating Committee and a reference check will be conducted.  You will receive the results of your application no later than two (2) weeks prior to the AGM. If you have been selected to be included in the slate of nominees presented to the membership at the AGM, you will receive a follow-up email requesting a photo and a brief bio to be included in the AGM delegate package.  Participation at the AGM is expected and once the membership has acclaimed the slate of nominees your term begins.  Additional information regarding orientation, meeting dates etc. will be shared shortly following the AGM so you have time

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* 1. Personal Information

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* 2. OHTO Membership Profile

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* 3. Board Experience

The OHTO Board functions as a policy governance board that utilizes the Carver Model focused on establishing “Ends”, developing policies, and monitoring the Executive Director for operational performance and compliance with policy. The Executive Director develops and manages the execution of the operational plan to achieve the “Ends” and reports on compliance with policy.

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Have you previously served on a board?
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* 4. Why have you participated or why do you want to participate on a board?

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