Volunteer board opportunity at Kidney Cancer Canada

Role Description – Treasurer

About Kidney Cancer Canada

Kidney Cancer Canada is a patient-led registered Canadian charity dedicated to advancing the causes associated with kidney cancer in Canada and internationally. Established in 2006, our mission is “To improve the lives of Canadians affected by kidney cancer by advocating for access to new treatments, promoting research, and providing support, information and education” and we focus on increasing awareness of kidney cancer as a significant health issue. The organization is led by a talented and committed Board of Directors, which includes representation from patients, caregivers and health professionals across Canada.

Role of Treasurer

As a volunteer member of Kidney Cancer Canada’s Board of Directors, the Treasurer is part of the organization’s leadership and participates in the development of Kidney Cancer Canada policies and directives.  The main responsibility of the Treasurer is monitoring and reporting to the board on all matters pertaining to the financial integrity of this registered charity.


  • Ensures appropriate internal controls in place to safeguard the assets and operations of the organization.
  • Approves the financial assumptions used by the board of directors and executive committee in developing the budget. 
  • Monitors the operating performance of the organization through regular reviews of trends and variances in comparison to the approved budget and annual plan.
  • Ensures that the annual financial statements comply with regulatory requirements and are submitted within required deadlines.
  • Keeps current on emerging CRA guidelines and charitable law that may impact financial operations and external reporting requirements of the organization.
  • Develops a thorough understanding of Kidney Cancer Canada’s mission, goals, by-laws, financial position and board structure.


  • Provide a treasurer’s report at each board and/or executive meeting.
  • Signing cheques and approving expenses of the Executive Director and payroll.
  • Attending to banking issues as required.
  • Respond to emails, telephone calls or other forms of communication in a timely and professional manner. 

Accountability & working relationships

  • Reports to the Executive Committee.
  • Works closely with the bookkeeper, Board of Directors and Executive Director.


  • Fulfill a term of up to two (2) years but not less than one (1) year.
  • Attend and participate in all teleconference meetings of the Board and Executive Committee when required.  Board Meetings are held bi-monthly. The Treasurer is required to attend Executive meetings on a quarterly basis.  Meetings are held normally held via teleconference from 8 pm to 9:30 pm (Eastern).
  • Attend and present at staff board retreats and AGM meetings across Canada. Kidney Canada covers cost of travel and accommodation.  There is one in-person meeting generally in April or May (2018: Toronto, 2019: Vancouver, 2020: Montreal).  Our AGM and another (October) retreat is held via videoconference.
  • Attend and participate in any other schedule meetings pertaining to financial matters of the organization.
  • Maintain CPA, CMA, or CGA status.


  • Prior experience in the financial sector with a preference for an individual who is a chartered accountant, certified management accountant, certified general accountant or has equivalent experience and has some knowledge of the charitable sector.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Positive, motivated and enthusiastic.

Benefits & rewards

  • Personal satisfaction
  • Further development of personal leadership skills
  • Experience developing and/or overseeing financial policies and procedures for a charity
  • Valuable knowledge about renal cell carcinoma, current research, and treatment options
  • Networking with other patients and caregivers
  • Making a difference in the lives of people touched by kidney cancer

Please submit your expression of interest to: treasurer@kidneycancercanada.ca