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CNE Association Community-At-Large Members

The Canadian National Exhibition Association is accepting expressions of interest for community volunteers for Community-at-Large membership positions.

The CNEA is the association that oversees the not-for-profit agricultural society that produces the end of summer ‘Ex’ fair event. The CNE Association connects leaders and influencers in various sectors and communities to further the interests of the CNEA and the communities it serves.

The current Association governance structure, mostly comprised of associations and organizations, limits these community positions to 15 individuals. These representatives, and all CNEA Member representatives, can serve on committees and/or stand for election to the Board of Directors.* Please note that the CNEA is an oversight policy organization that is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the event and organization, which are handled by the employees. The CNE Association is divided into the following four ‘sections’: Municipal, Manufacturers’ & Industry, Agriculture and General & Liberal Arts.

While all expressions of interest will be considered for all sections, there is a particular need for candidates in the Agriculture Section of the Association. Candidates who have training, experience, education or background in agriculture, environmental issues, urban agriculture, rural issues, climate change, horticulture, food, farming, sustainability, land conservancy, agri / food tech, nutrition, climate change or agri-business are especially encouraged to apply.  

Applicants should be:

  • Interested in and enthusiastic about the CNE
  • Seeking a position to contribute to help further the interests of the CNEA
  • Looking for an opportunity to get involved in the community and expand your network
  • Able to offer some time to volunteer (time commitments dependent on level of involvement)
  • Able to offer competencies, experience, training and education to share and contribute to a not-for-profit community association
  • 18 years of age or older and a Canadian resident (note: meetings take place in Toronto, Ontario)

General competencies and/or expertise that will help contribute to the CNEA include: finance, risk management, information technology, legal, regulatory and compliance, entrepreneurial/business, human resources, governance, the Arts (music, theatre, visual arts), management, event management, agriculture and food, marketing, sales, not-for-profit or charity/foundation experience, accounting, government relations, public service/government and tourism.

The initial intake of expressions of interest due by Friday May 12th in order to catch the beginning of the incoming (annual) Association term. Expressions of Interest are to be submitted by email to: [email protected]

Applications submitted after the initial intake will be kept on file and will be considered for future volunteer participation opportunities and any vacant positions. Individuals expressing their interest will be asked to submit a cover letter and a copy of their resume/C.V. Your cover letter should note your eligibility, credentials and skills and how you will contribute to the CNEA. Please take note that a phone (or virtual) interview may also be scheduled. 

Should you be appointed as part of the initial intake, you will be asked to attend the Annual Meeting on Tuesday May 30th, taking place in late afternoon on Exhibition Place site, in Toronto. Please hold that date. Final details will be shared if selected.

More information about the CNE / CNEA can be found on the website

Questions can be directed to the CNEA’s Corporate Secretary to [email protected] or by calling 416-263-5201.

The CNE is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all feel valued and respected. Individuals from diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

Thank you for your interest!

*where applicable, some limitations apply.