Job Opening: Manager – Communications, Events, and Member Services

Manager – Communications, Events, and Member Services
Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Wood Council, the national association representing Canadian manufacturers of wood products used in construction is seeking a self-motivated Manager – Communications, Events, and Member Services with experience in an industry association environment, to coordinate its communication program, deliver educational events, and optimize the value proposition of member services.


  • Working with the Director of Communications, Events and Member Services, and Wood WORKS! program Executive Directors across the country, develop annual communications and event program strategies, and manage related budgets.
  • Plan, develop and coordinate a series of education and training events that support annual plans and objectives for the Wood WORKS! special program.
  • Draft new content for a variety of wood construction industry communication initiatives
  • Organize industry events which include speaking opportunities and trade show participation
  • Manage projects and ensure content is publication-ready and consistent with CWC branding and messaging
  • Create and distribute press releases and maintain media lists
  • Generate new sponsorship opportunities to maximize engagement and revenue, manage budgets, and provide support to the CWC team
  • Critically evaluate existing services and develop new offerings for members and stakeholders to build greater engagement and revenue opportunities for CWC and its Wood WORKS! special program
  • Ensure communication platforms (websites, LinkedIn, social media) are engaging, innovative and appealing, yielding excellent analytics and SEO
  • Essential travel within Canada to ensure effective communications, successful events and new member and stakeholder service delivery (approximately 20% annually)


  • At least five years of communications experience creating strategic, targeted content generating measurable ROI
  • At least five years of experience in planning, managing, promoting and executing events
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Experience with website editing, management and content creation
  • Required verbal and written proficiency in English. French verbal and written proficiency a strong asset
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media channels effectively to deliver marketing content
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of industry association governance and member relations an asset
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, event planning, journalism or a related field

Interested candidates should apply with cover letter before Friday, February 14th, 2020 (at midnight EST).

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The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) awarded three student recipients as part of the 2019 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships – Gabriella Vojtila (Queen’s University), Md Abdul Hamid Mirdad (University of Alberta) and team of Shawn Dylan Johnston and Siqi Wang (University of Toronto). The winners demonstrated academic excellence through their research projects that will have positive influences on the structural wood products industry. Read the press release.

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The CWC announced Kevin McKinley as President & CEO, effective September 30. Kevin is a highly experienced and well-regarded leader, with previous work experience at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the Standards Council of Canada. 

Rick Jeffery, Interim President of the CWC, welcomed Kevin to his new role, “Kevin’s appointment will be an excellent fit with the strategic direction of the CWC and the Wood WORKS! Program.” Rick added, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Interim President and cannot think of a better candidate to fill this leadership position.”

Eric Paradis, Chair of the CWC Board and a member of the HR Committee added, “On behalf of the CWC Board and Staff, we very much appreciate Rick’s service since his appointment last year.” He added, “As part of the HR hiring Committee, I am delighted to welcome Kevin McKinley to the CWC. He will be an excellent addition to the outstanding Staff at CWC.”

As President & CEO of the CWC, Kevin will be the primary liaison with stakeholders and will advocate for the positive benefits of using wood products in construction. Kevin McKinley added, “I’m looking forward to working with Canada’s wood industry and stakeholders. Wood construction is the safe and sustainable solution for development. New and exciting designs in residential, commercial and tall building construction present tremendous opportunities across the country.”


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Premier John Horgan Supports a Strong and Sustainable Future for BC’s Forest Industry

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) applauds Premier John Horgan’s announcement today at the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) annual convention to choose wood construction wherever possible for public sector buildings.  Read the press release.

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