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About Competent Boards

We provide insight, so you can provide oversight — and foresight

Competent BoardsTM is the original and premier creator of online environment, social, governance (ESG) and Climate training programs for board directors and senior business professionals.

Our world-class professional development and advisory services help inform boards what is needed to respond successfully to today’s enormous economic, environmental and social challenges. More than 150 of the world’s leading board members, C-suite executives, investors and other experts make up our faculty who contribute to our Designation and Certificate programs. Their knowledge enables us to bring better decision-making and oversight to boardrooms and C-suites around the world.

Although we are headquartered in Toronto, Canada, our remote programs touch all regions of the world.

Our purpose


To educate and empower board members and senior executives to make better-informed decisions that impact the world today — and tomorrow.


A world where all leaders are stewards of the future.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer; author, Stewards of the Future: A Guide for Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable business practices, with a 30-year record of turning environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She works with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Advisory Board

We are privileged to have the support, expertise, and strategic thought partnership of our Advisory Board – an international network of subject-matter experts that help ensure our programming develops future-fit leaders.

Amanda Ellis

Director Global Partnerships, Arizona State University; Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory; Ex. Director Asia-Pacific, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation; Professor of Practice, Thunderbird School of Global Management (Oceania)

Edmund Jeneker

Managing Executive and Managing Director, Absa Group; Chartered Director (SA), Board and Leadership - Corporate and Public Sector, Fintech, Social Enterprise (South Africa)

Emily Waita Macharia

Director, Public Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company; Board Director, East African Business Council (Kenya)

Eric Wetlaufer

Member, Board of Directors of TMX Group, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), Enterra Solutions LLC, and Niyogin Fintech Ltd. (Canada)

Jonathan Drimmer

Jonathan Drimmer

Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP (USA)

José Garrido-Lecca

L+1: Líderes Impulsando un Desarrollo Sostenible; Corporate Vice President, Grupo TDM (Latin America)

Joyce Cacho

Joyce Cacho

Board Director, Non-Executive Director, Sunrise Banks, NA; World Benchmarking Alliance (USA)

Judith Mosely

Non-Executive Director, BlackRock World Mining Trust plc; Non-Executive Director, Galiano Gold & Eldorado Gold; Trustee, Camborne School of Mines Trust; Board Member, Women in Mining. (UK)

Ken Urish

Board Member, BlackRock Multi-Asset Complex Fund; Member, AICPA’s ESG Task Force Committee; Managing Partner, Urish Popeck & Co LLC (USA)

Kevin Coon

Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Chair Policy Committee, Baker McKenzie International; Member, UN Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain (Canada)

Mary Francia

Mary Francia

Partner, H.I. Executive Consulting (HIEC)

Paul Druckman

Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance, Corporate Reporting Council, and Clear Insurance Management; Board Member, Shift and UK Financial Reporting Council; Founding CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (UK)

Shailesh Haribhakti

Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates Chartered Accountants; Non-Executive Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings Ltd, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd and Blue Star Ltd

Shireen Muhiudeen

Founder, Corston-Smith Asset Management; Board Director and Chairman, Investment Committee and Risk and Governance Committee, Federal Land Development Authority (Malaysia)

Torben Möger Pedersen

CEO, PensionDanmark (Denmark)

Meet Our Team

The only way to conquer great things every day is with great people. These are the people that make the magic happen:

Paa Boateng

Client Relations Lead

Paolina Spremulli

Finance & Human Resource Administrator

Anabel Labastida

Executive Assistant

Ira Srivastava

Ira Srivastava

Program Assistant

Mat Loup

Mat Loup

Director, Marketing & Communications

Mara Di Loreto

Web and Digital Content Associate

Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson

Client Engagement Coordinator

Nancy Wright

Nancy Wright

Chief Operating Officer

Pelle Noren

Pelle Noren

Visual Communications and Operations Specialist

Megan Halferty

Megan Halferty

Program Admin Assistant

Martina Filipic

Martina Filipic

Senior Manager, Programs

Elvin Madamba

Program Manager

Join the team!

Competent Boards is a dynamic, impact-oriented company serving an international community of business professionals. We are connected by our shared mission to elevate Environmental, Social and Governance competency in boardrooms around the globe.

Our amazing benefits

Remote work
from home

Continuous learning opportunities

Collaborative team environment

Health benefits

Flexible work day

Make an impact on the world

Our Current Openings

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If you want to work for a company with a passion for purpose, Competent Boards is for you.


What we do


Competent Boards is a Toronto-based company providing environment, social, and governance (ESG) training for senior executives. Our world-class programs draw from over 100 global subject-matter experts and are designed by and for board members, executives, and those who advise them. For more information visit competentboards.com.

We need an awesome Digital Communications Associate to join our rapidly growing team!


The role


Are you digitally savvy? Does creating compelling content that influences change make you tick? If so, this role is for you.

Ideally, you have post-secondary education in communications or digital marketing, plus 2-5 years of experience in internal or external communications, social media, video production and editing, or an equivalent combination of education/experience.

As our Digital Communications Specialist, you will work with a small team to implement a range of Competent Boards’ marketing and communication activities and projects. You will help develop and execute strategic communications and marketing activities, collaborate on an editorial calendar, create associated content, manage social media accounts and support participant outreach and engagement.

This is a key role that requires a strong roll-up your sleeves and “get it done” mentality. We’re a smart, highly collaborative team that is helping companies around the world transition their business strategies to address major challenges, particularly those related to climate change, through world-class education programs. Note this role is virtual and 100% work-from-home.

Please submit a brief cover letter with your resume to Shyra Craig. Resumes received without a cover letter will not be considered.

Core Responsibilities

  • Research and develop content to share on social media and with traditional media and influencers
  • Create relevant posts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram to raise awareness and to grow our global followers
  • Create/edit video content to highlight testimonials, our expert faculty, and generally promote our programs
  • Support content development for Competent Boards’ e-newsletters, webinars and other digital marketing projects
  • Support marketing/communication efforts aligned to Competent Boards’ primary business objectives
  • Prepare analytics reports from a variety of sources (such as social media data, surveys, heat mapping apps, and Google Analytics) to determine the effectiveness of communication activities and projects, and recommend future improvements and search engine optimization solutions.
  • Take an active role in identifying issues with digital communications processes and making improvements to website and other mediums
  • Perform other duties as required to support Competent Boards’ business and strategic goals


  • 4 years of relevant work experience with demonstrated skills in communications and public relations, and above-average knowledge of climate change and business.
  • University degree in PR, Communications, International Relations, Journalism or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent writing skills and a flair for copywriting.
  • Ability to think both creatively and strategically to help support business development.

  • Ability to collaborate and be able to mentor less experienced Comms team members
  • Previous media relations experience and proven ability to cultivate relationships with national and international press.
  • Ability to pitch the media and to run PR campaigns that deliver measurable results and meet objectives.
  • Experience providing strategic communications counsel to C-level leadership and all levels of staff.

  • Experience in market and competitive analysis (identifying competitors; tracking and increasing the share of voice).
  • Ability to prioritize and plan effectively.
  • Possess a growth mindset and a passion for mentorship.

  • Ability to build and manage an effective team.

What we're looking for

  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience with demonstrated skills in communications and digital marketing, preferably within a corporate environment as part of a communications or marketing team
  • Strong written and oral skills
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment and adapting seamlessly to change
  • Strong understanding of current and emerging social media and digital channels
  • Basic video production and editing skills
  • Exceptional awareness and use of all current and relevant social media tools and metrics for marketing B2B including, but not limited to: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
  • Strong knowledge of, and experience with, digital channels and web-related tools such as HTML and WordPress, good working knowledge of Office 365 and/or Google Suite
  • Experience with Hubspot CRM an asset
  • Graphic design experience, good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Canva
  • Results-oriented and enthusiastic team player who thrives on challenges and can respond in an agile manner to new priorities
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment

Please submit a brief cover letter with your resume. Resumes received without a cover letter will not be considered. Send your resume and/or questions about this opportunity to the attention of Shyra Craig (shyra.craig@competentboards.com).

Reporting to: Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications

Location: Head office is in Ontario, candidates can be located anywhere in Canada.

We greatly appreciate all who take the time to apply, however only those shortlisted will hear back from us. At this time we will only be accepting applications from candidates living in Canada.


Application deadline: 2022-01-23

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $40,000.00-$48,000.00 per year

Additional pay:

  • Bonus pay


  • Casual dress
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off
  • Vision care
  • Work from home


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Team members located in the GTA are usually expected to gather once per month to work together, however this has been suspended until provincial health protocols indicate it's safe to do so.

Application question(s):

  • What's your experience with video creation/editing?

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Catherine Reynolds

Catherine Reynolds

Independent Chair and Non-Executive Director, MI Global Partners

I can’t applaud Competent Boards’ approach to governance enough. Helle and her extraordinary cohort of guest speakers, global ESG experts and proven organisational innovators are rapidly educating board directors and executives to actively transition to net zero. Educate yourself and be prepared to rethink everything you thought you knew.

Emily Waita Macharia

Emily Waita Macharia

Africa Public Affairs Director For Coca-Cola Africa

I wanted to understand various aspects of climate change, how they are being addressed and how best to influence key stakeholders and other leaders to make meaningful change. I learnt new concepts that I didn’t even know existed. This program gave me a thorough deep dive and world-class perspectives on effectively addressing climate change.

Lee Kindberg

Head of Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Maersk Line in North America

As a result of taking this program I’ve found increased sophistication in my thinking about the issues and in the information and thoughts I provide both internally and externally. The quality of the speakers and materials is exceptional, and the execution of the distance learning concept is the best I have ever experienced.

Welcome, which course are you interested in:

Primarily discuss the topics through the lens of serving on the board. You must be serving on at least one board with fiduciary responsibility to enter this stream.

Discuss the topics through a wide range of business perspectives (including the board) and comprise senior executives, investors, and board advisors.

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