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The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood - the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, its mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations - all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.

TRC is a volunteer and member-based charity that provides programs and services focused on environmental education, conservation and gardening. Founded in 1985 as the Mississauga Garden Council, today The Riverwood Conservancy operates under a management agreement with the City of Mississauga to deliver programs at the Riverwood Park to the public.

Due to a retirement, the Board of Directors of TRC is conducting a search for a new:

Executive Director

Location: Mississauga

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is the key strategic and management leader of TRC. The board seeks a self-driven and experienced ED to give voice to and to continue to grow the organization, designing and directing strategies to support and enhance operations. The ideal candidate will share the mission of TRC, advance the strategic plan of the organization, and communicate TRC's vision clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences. The successful individual will lead and mentor TRC staff, creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive workplace while actively fostering diversity and leadership.

A key focus of the role involves passion for and protection of the natural world, horticulture and outdoor education, all while championing the organization, and developing long-term and trust-based relationships with potential donors and the communities The Conservancy serves, including direct involvement in fundraising. The role involves close interaction and ongoing relationships with the City of Mississauga, including the Mayor, City Councillors, City staff, and the Credit Valley Conservation Authority.

The successful candidate will maintain and enhance TRC's close working relationships with the University of Toronto Mississauga, Peel Region School Boards, ErinOaksKids (Ontario's largest Children's Treatment Centre), Visual Arts Mississauga, our local Indigenous community and other major corporate and non-profit organizations in the area.



  • Progressive senior leadership experience in an organization of similar size and scope, with at least seven years experience in leadership roles in the non-profit sector
  • Experience and capacity to lead, coach, motivate, inspire staff
  • Capability and experience working with a governance Board and other operational committees comprised of staff and volunteers
  • Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community. Knowledge of dealing with different levels of government and sectors in obtaining grants.
  • Demonstrated track record working with municipal government and major organizations
  • Proven partnership building experience
  • Strong, collaborative decision-maker
  • Open to new ideas; ability to identify and effectively steward new opportunities to implementation
  • Familiarity with Canada's charitable sector and the legal framework within which charities act
  • Experience with membership-based organizations



  • A relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent experience

Attributes and Skills:

  • A politically astute, strategic thinker and planner
  • An engaged leader who can articulate a vision and foster a culture of excellence in leadership, fundraising, relationship building, stewardship and recognition who is a strong public face of TRC
  • Dynamic, high energy, creative, curious and confident with a desire to learn and make a difference
  • Passionate about the environment and connecting people with nature; a belief that experiencing nature can unite and build communities
  • Able to envision and convey TRC's strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee, collaborate and lead staff
  • Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers
  • A confident and articulate presenter
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, financial management, and communications, written and oral
  • Alignment with TRC's Values

TRC is strongly committed to diversity within its staff, Board and volunteers, and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons living with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

This search is being conducted on behalf of The Riverwood Conservancy by crawfordconnect, a search firm specializing in recruiting leaders for Canada's non-profit sector. If someone you know may be interested in this position, please feel free to forward this document - we would be pleased to connect with them.


To apply:

To submit your application by April 5, 2021.

Select the role and 'Apply' to upload your cover letter and resume in two separate documents. Issues with applying? Please email

Questions about the position? Contact Janice Wooster at or 416.388.4049 / 1.866.647.5149.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume and letter of interest online in confidence. We thank all applicants for applying, however, only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 






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