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TBSO Board Director



The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Association is seeking applications from music-loving, enthusiastic, community-minded people interested in serving on our volunteer Board of Directors.

Celebrating over 60 seasons, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra continues their mission “to maintain and nurture, within a viable economic framework, a professional regional orchestra of artistic integrity and excellence that will educate, entertain, and enrich the participation of the widest possible audience”.

The TBSO builds relationships and connections through collaborations with musicians, artists and composers, locally and internationally, multiple levels of government, granting agencies and other vital arts and culture stakeholders.

The volunteer Board of Directors provides strategic leadership, governance and exercises stewardship over the operations and financial performance of the TBSO to ensure that the mission and vision of the Association is realized.

Directors have a fiduciary duty to operate with integrity and in the best interest of the Association.   Directors are expected to prepare for, attend and participate in 12 board meetings per year, one of which is the Annual General Meeting; serve on at least one committee and actively participate in the work of the committee and its meetings; and be an active proponent and supporter of the TBSO.  Directors are also encouraged to engage in all activities of the TBSO, including its performances, benefit activities, and donor/patron support.

Make your mark in our community as we go through a time of significant change in the post-COVID Arts world.   Come join our diverse Board as we seek to bring joy to our community through Symphony and Pops concerts at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, chamber music at Hilldale, education programs in the schools, local artists performing in the Northern Lights series and reaching children through our Family concerts.

The Board is looking for individuals with the following interests and skill sets:

  • Fundraising
  • Law
  • Financial Acumen
  • Building Community Affiliations
  • Not for Profit Board Experience
  • Strong personal commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility
  • The ability to place a priority on the TBSO, as part of a busy professional/volunteer schedule

No one person will embody all of these skills, experiences, knowledge, and other attributes.  Nonetheless, if the opportunity calls to you, we urge you to come forward!

Please submit an expression of your interest, and a description of your professional experience which may be in the form of a CV or resume by 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2024 to [email protected].

Short-listed applicants will be contacted.





General Duties:
  • Develop, approves, and uphold the mission, strategic direction, policies and procedures of the Association within applicable laws and regulations
  • Maintain a high standard for Board conduct and upholds policies and By-laws regarding Directors’ conduct, with particular emphasis on fiduciary responsibilities and integrity
  • Keeps confidential all information or proceedings of the Board, Committees and Association until such time as they are approved for public release
  • Approves the annual budget and ensures sufficient funds to meet it
  • Is knowledgeable about the Association and the community in which it operates
  • Undertakes activities and makes decisions in the best interest of the Association
  • Embraces skill development by actively participating in training opportunities
  • Plays a role in fostering a culture of stewardship throughout the Association, Board, and community to ensure the financial stability of the Association through the example of their own personal philanthropy to the Association
  • Supports development and fundraising activities
Meetings of the Board, Committees & Association:
  • Maintains regular attendance at meetings of the Board and Association and actively participates in the discussions and deliberations
  • Shall serve on at least one committee of the Board, including any working groups as assigned by the President
  • Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time
  • Stays informed about Board, Committee, and Association matters, prepares well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports
  • Gets to know other committee members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
  • Is an active participant in the annual evaluation and planning efforts of the Board, Committees, and Association
Community Engagement:
  • Is a passionate advocate for the Association and the role and value that professional arts organizations play within society
  • Ensures relationship building by encouraging participation and the inclusion of views that represent the diversity of our community in the spirit of fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion

Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.