Vice President, Social Enterprise - Mental Health Commission of Canada

  • Boyden
  • May 27, 2022
Full time Vice President

Job Description


Vice President, Social Enterprise

Mental Health Commission of Canada


Land Acknowledgement

The Head Office of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is located on the unceded, traditional Territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation, in what is now called Ottawa, Ontario.  We acknowledge that for thousands of years, the Algonquin People protected these lands, the Ottawa River Watershed, and its tributaries. As a national organization, we also acknowledge that we work on the traditional lands of many different nations. Today, a path to truth and reconciliation begins with recognizing both the stewardship and the sacrifices of the original peoples.  We are committed to recognizing the errors of the past, acknowledging the challenges of the present, and contributing to a new and equitable relationship with the First Peoples.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.

The Commission is seen as a leader nationally and internationally in several areas. Building upon the work done to date, the core mandate, and the unique position of the Commission, and guided by Changing Directions Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Commission will focus in the areas of, substance use, suicide prevention, population-based initiatives, and engagement. This prioritization will enable the Commission to be successful in meeting its mandate, staying focused, and having a measurable impact for those living with mental illness and their families and caregivers.

MHCC has had remarkable growth over the past 15 years. Since its inception, the Commission has grown in its size, its focus, its scope of work, and its impact. The pandemic served as a further catalyst for this growth, with mental health gaining long overdue attention, and our work becoming even more critical. Since the current Executive Leadership Team (ELT) structure was established in 2016, our workforce has nearly tripled. That reality, coupled with an industry-wide scan of comparable organizations, affirmed that it was time we evolve our leadership team to keep up with our growth elsewhere. While ELT’s current form has served us well, we are introducing a new structure, including new Vice President roles, that will enable us to respond to ongoing and emerging needs, while putting the MHCC in a position to thrive.

As part of the Executive Leadership team, you will join us on our journey to help improve the mental health outcomes for people living in Canada. We're looking for compassionate, pragmatic leaders, who are keen to champion the MHCC's initiatives with our existing partners and stakeholders, while keeping an eye out for unexplored avenues of collaboration. And, finally, we're looking for those whose compelling voice will amplify our values and mission here at home, and on the world stage.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President Chief Program Officer, the Vice President, Social Enterprise (VP) provides executive leadership and is responsible for developing and implementing a Social Enterprise strategy and operational plans for the Commission’s mental health training programs including, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), The Working Mind (TWM), The Inquiring Mind (TIM) as well as other mental health programs and services. The VP will identify, develop and implement successful workforce training development programs and social enterprise models that are innovative, scalable and replicable. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, this individual will work collaboratively to ensure the alignment of strategic and business plans with Commission strategic objectives and priorities.

Entrepreneurial focused with demonstrable skills in project implementation, including performance monitoring, budget preparation and tracking, the VP will have a unique ability to work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders, including, business leaders, researchers and service providers from a wide range of disciplines and settings. The VP will bring excellent knowledge and demonstrated experience of health sector issues/challenges, preferably in mental health. A Masters degree in business, economics, finance or other related field is preferred. Bilingual (English/French) is an asset.

To pursue this incredible opportunity, please contact Pamela Colquhoun, Partner via Kathy Luu, Associate at

While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

As a pan-Canadian organization committed to Reconciliation we encourage applications from individuals who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis).

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is committed to diversity in the workplace and workplace well-being. As such, applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds such as; First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, members of a visible minority group and those with lived experience of mental health problems or illnesses are welcomed and encouraged.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Accessible formats and communication supports for applicants are available upon request by contacting us at any time. 

Job Category

Vice President


Ottawa, ON