TalentLift Board of Directors – Volunteer Opportunity


TalentLift is an impact-driven non-profit experiencing rapid growth. We are seeking impact-driven and thoughtful professionals to join our volunteer board.

About TalentLift

TalentLift is a non-profit international recruitment agency. We support Canadian employers to recruit and relocate talent from within refugee and displaced populations to fill skills shortages, enabling candidates along with their families to lift to their potential as they advance their careers, secure their futures, and leave displacement behind. 

There are more than 35 million people living as refugees worldwide who have few options to achieve livelihoods and security. Many thousands have the skills and potential to qualify for jobs and skilled visas in Canada, just like talented people anywhere, but they’ve been historically excluded from recruitment and visa systems. This is changing as TalentLift and our partners drive more equitable access to these transformative opportunities.

TalentLift is a federally-incorporated non-profit and a registered Civil Society Organization with the Law Society of Ontario, and an implementing partner of Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP). To identify talent, we partner with refugee-serving organizations and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the Middle East, Latin America, East Africa, and other geographies, and we invite displaced candidates anywhere to self-register on our talent platform, built with transformational funding from the Scotiabank ScotiaRISE initiative.

TalentLift offers employers and the displaced candidates they hire in-house services encompassing talent search, visa application, and settlement coordination. While delivering competitive services to employers across Canada and our candidates living globally on a $1M+ annual budget, TalentLift is: testing and scaling recruitment initiatives including in underserved geographies, integrating AI and machine learning to power our operations, and elevating the voices and experiences of the candidates we serve to inform more inclusive and equitable Canadian immigration policies. 

Our team members are passionate, determined problem-solvers driven to level the inequities locking talented people – like our parents, clients, and peers – out of opportunities because of their refugee circumstances. Our team brings cross-functional policy, immigration legal, and tech skills plus professional and lived experience on the issue we’re solving.

Roles and responsibilities

As board members committed to advancing the mission of TalentLift as an effective governance team, we choose these practices together:

  • We seek the benefit of those displaced by war and disaster both inside and outside our formal board duties.
  • We commit for three years, with the possibility of renewal for additional years.
  • We reserve at least four hours per month for board responsibilities.
  • We take initiative to introduce new perspectives, while creating space for other members.
  • We attend all pre-scheduled board meetings (currently six 90-minute meetings per year).
  • We review board materials shared in advance and prepare well for each meeting. 
  • We each participate in at least one committee (e.g. finance, legal, campaign, human resources, employer development).
  • We respond to board requests between meetings in a timely manner.
  • We attend occasional events in support of TalentLift, including at least one social event together per year.
  • We promote TalentLift to our networks broadly and specifically. We refer potential employers and donors.

Expertise in one or more of the following areas is desirable:

  • Personal experience with displacement, and/or working with displaced people
  • Strategic thinking and decision making
  • Growing an impact-driven organisation
  • Assessing and mitigating risk
  • Experience in the recruitment sector
  • Management or human resources experience
  • Operational excellence in a services-based organisation
  • Legal expertise with immigration
  • Government policy advocacy
  • Previous board experience, especially with a rapidly growing non-profit organisation

We are specifically looking for 2-3 new board members to fill these roles:


  • Oversee financial governance.
  • Together with the Managing Director, prepare financial reports for the board and official records.
  • CPA designation is preferred.
  • Previous non-profit finance experience is helpful, but not required.
  • Our outgoing treasurer is available to onboard you.


  • Contribute to the board in general, and at least one committee.


TalentLift is committed to equitable opportunities. All candidates are welcome to apply and we warmly invite those who have lived experience in refugee or displacement circumstances, Indigenous backgrounds, and different abilities.
Please indicate your interest by filling in this form. Include a resume or summary of qualifications, your connection to TalentLift’s mission, and the specific role(s) of interest. We will respond within two weeks on the next steps.