Weizmann Canada Board of Directors
We are currently recruiting for energetic and enthusiastic board members who are eager to make a meaningful contribution by acting as ambassadors for Weizmann Canada. The ideal candidates would possess the following skills:
- Be passionate about basic science and how the Weizmann Institute of Science is working to advance basic research for the benefit of humanity
- Have not-for-profit board member experience
- Have a large network which could be leveraged to open doors for fundraising
- Willingness to attend and host events with visiting scientists from the Institute
- Provide greater geographical, ethnic, cultural, academic/professional, age, or gender diversity on the Board
About the Weizmann Institute of Science and Weizmann Canada
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world's top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. The highly regarded Leiden University ranking for 2018, which measures the impact of scientific research, placed the Weizmann Institute at number nine internationally out of 800 institutions, and the second highest-ranked institution outside the U.S. In 2017, the Nature Index 2017 Innovation Supplement, published by the journal Nature, ranked the Weizmann Institute of Science sixth in the international roster of the world’s top 200 research institutions. The index is a measure of how effectively basic research translates into commercial applications.
Noted for its wide-ranging exploration of the natural and exact sciences, the Institute is home to over 3,000 scientists, students, technicians and supporting staff. Institute research efforts include the search for new ways of fighting disease and hunger, examining leading questions in mathematics and computer science, probing the physics of matter and the universe, creating novel materials and developing new strategies for protecting the environment.
The mission of Weizmann Canada is twofold: to raise awareness and support for the Weizmann Institute of Science in order to maintain its standards of excellence; and, to promote science literacy. Weizmann Canada is a national organization with chapters in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver and offices currently in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary.
To learn more about the Weizmann Institute of Science, please peruse Weizmann.ca
Directors are expected to attend all board meetings, committee meetings for those committees of which they are a member, and events held in their geographic region throughout the year. A typical cycle of meetings entails quarterly committee meetings and 5 board meetings mostly held in Toronto. In some cases, directors participate by telephone conference if travel is not convenient. In total, the annual time commitment is estimated at 10 days per annum.
In addition, directors are expected to make an annual contribution in support of the Institute’s fundraising priorities.