Board of Directors Nominations

National Service Dogs is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, committed to strong, responsible and ethical governance of the organization through policy and strategic oversight. Integral to this commitment, is building a collective Board team that represents a diverse and well-rounded mix of skills, experience and attributes.

This year, we have six spaces available on our Board due to vacancies, director retirements and terms coming up for renewal. National Service Dogs is committed to being a leader in supporting and valuing the diversity of the clients and communities we serve.

Additionally, the professional expertise we’re recruiting for to further strengthen our Board are:

  • Financial professional (CA, CGA designations preferred)
  • Senior fundraising professional
  • Senior human resources administrator
  • Experience leading strategic planning process and project management
  • Government relations expert, senior policy influencer and strategist with national experience

If you feel your skills, professional expertise and governance values will complement our Board, please send your resume to: by May 15th at 5 p.m. EST. Applications from professionals across Canada are encouraged.
Please contact us if you have any questions as you work through your application.

About the commitment

  • Board members serve two-year terms, with the option of renewal at the AGM;
  • Board members are required to sign a Code of Conduct & Ethics for Board Members annually;
  • The Board meets a minimum of six times/year;
  • Much of the Board’s work is done in committee.  Each board member serves on at least one Board committee;
  • Board members typically spend 4-6 hours/month preparing for/attending meetings; and
  • Board members endeavor to attend and/or support National Service Dogs’ fundraisers, graduations or branded events in their communities, where possible.

National Service Dogs empowers people to achieve their full potential with strategically trained and certified service dogs, catalysts for restorative change. Founded in 1996 and based in Cambridge, Ontario, National Service Dogs breeds and trains Certified Service Dogs for Autism and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. NSD is a member of Assistance Dogs International, Inc. and is accredited by Imagine Canada.


June 2016 – Today we are launching NSD 2.0

With the generous support of Lord Sprules and the Team at Taylor Sprules, we have been able to develop a contemporary, relevant, new brand strategy for National Service Dogs.  Our goal is to create “shoes that may be too big to fill” today, but give us room to grow and guide us into the future with clarity and renewed purpose.

As we embark on the next chapter of NSD’s evolution,

Our VISION is to be Canada’s premiere service dog provider, pioneering change in the lives of Canadians benefiting from our services.

Our MISSION is to Empower people to achieve their full potential with strategically trained and certified service dogs, catalysts for restorative change.


  • Always collaborating: We work across organizations, industries, governments and entities to inform the work we do in the best interests of the Canadians we are proud to serve.
  • Compassionate caring: We bring our hearts and industry-leading expertise to every conversation and solve problems with a “people focused” approach.
  • Ethical treatment of our animals: Everything we do begins and ends with the dogs in our care.  We loved them first and hold the responsibility for their well-being the length of their lives.
  • Innovative spirit: We believe in doing things differently – no status quo here.  Building upon the pioneering spirit exemplified by the staff, volunteers and donors that got us to where we are today, we approach everything we do with a spirit of possibilities.