CEO, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, Ottawa, ON


Chief Executive Officer 

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) is a member-driven organization that supports, promotes and elevates the professions of our members and associates. SAC is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader who, as CEO, will build upon our 56-year history of passionately supporting and representing speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants, and championing the needs of people with communication disorders.



The CEO is responsible for the successful management of the Association according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. The CEO represents SAC nationally and internationally on issues related to speech-language pathology and audiology in collaboration with the Chair/Board of Directors.

The CEO must be an inspiring leader who is able to support the Board of Directors in the creation of the strategic plan and manage its implementation. The CEO is collaborative, inclusive and takes a team-based approach to achieving results by empowering team members to deliver on their individual goals.



The key areas of responsibility reflect the span of influence the CEO has in leading and motivating the team to deliver superior support to our members and associates as well as stakeholders that benefit from focus on issues that enhance communication health and wellness in the community.



  • Promotes a creative approach to strategic planning that engages all internal and external stakeholders and provides the foundation for transformational change.
  • Identifies issues, trends and emerging policy developments affecting the speechlanguage pathology, audiology and communication health assistant professions, and positions the Association to be seen as a leader in the field.



  • Embraces the role of being a champion for speech-language pathology, audiology and communication health assistant professions, creating internal and external advocates, and shares an uplifting attitude with key Canadian stakeholders.
  • Values constituents and creates meaningful opportunities to engage all stakeholders.
  • Engages with the Association’s professional communities as a core responsibility. Positive relationships are cultivated and fostered to allow for collaboration, communication and transparency.



  • Inspires passion for the Association’s mission and guides the management team to work with all staff to develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that align with the strategic direction of the Association.
  • Oversees management of administrative and business portfolios of the Association including finance, professional development, communication, marketing, research, certification and entry-to-practice examination.



  • Establishes financial management objectives and strategies, reviews operating and budget statements regularly.
  • Oversees the human resources of the Association; identifies needs; ensures hiring, training, and performance management to identify the top calibre team members that advance the goals of the Association.



  • Works in conjunction with the Board of Directors and Senior Management Team to develop the Association’s mission, vision and strategic objectives.
  • Ensures the Board of Directors has timely, sufficient and relevant information to set strategic priorities and ensure performance delivery.



  • Experience in managing a values-driven organization.
  • Graduate degree in a recognized health science discipline, business administration, health administration or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of the not-for-profit sector including strategic and operational planning, relevant federal legislation, negotiation, implementation and evaluation of priorities, results orientation and risk management.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the proven ability to coach, mentor and develop staff.
  • Excellent financial awareness, time management and project management expertise.
  • Excellent communication skills that ensure clarity, transparency and targeted messaging and that enhance the reputation of the Association across all stakeholders.



Strategic Approach: Develops a strategic approach to realize the vision of the Association; revises strategy in light of changing circumstances; takes a long-term view of the Association’s success and works to clarify long-term Association goals.

Leading Change: Recognizes when change is necessary; challenges the status quo and champions new initiatives; acts as a catalyst to change, develops an effective plan to implement change with the Board and stakeholders and monitors results.

Communication: Expresses ideas in a clear, fluent and concise manner; written and oral communications are compelling and responsive.

Results Orientation: Focuses strongly on achieving agreed-upon outcomes and ensures that key objectives are met; aims to continually improve past performance; establishes aggressive personal targets and strives to achieve them.

People Management: Leads with energy, speed, integrity and compassion; establishes and communicates clear priorities and a sense of direction; clarifies roles and responsibilities; continually adapts management style to achieve results.


Bilingualism (i.e., English and French) is a strong asset for this position.


The work requires an individual with a flexible work schedule, who can work some evenings/weekends, when required. This position is based in the Ottawa office.

SAC is an equal opportunity employer that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities and provides accommodation and support to persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process.

Should you wish to learn more about this excellent leadership opportunity, call Janet Clarke, in strictest confidence, at 613-290-2740, or send your CV and a letter of introduction to The closing date for priority selection is January 30, 2020. Please write “Application for SAC CEO” in the subject line of your email.