Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Join our team!

The Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) is growing! Want to be part of a team that promotes the science and practice of positive psychology and its research-based applications? Want to help facilitate collaboration and communication among researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students in Canada and around the world, across disciplines, who are interested in positive psychology? Want to help build a psychologically healthy Canadian society through the research and application of positive psychology across Canada?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please consider joining our team! Our volunteer Board of Directors is now looking for: President and Conference Chair. Additional information is provided below.

The Canadian Positive Psychology Association is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization.  We support scholars and academics who are engaged in rigorous academic research in the field of positive psychology, and we work with practitioners to ensure a higher standard in the application of positive psychology.

Should you have any questions, please contact interim chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Greg Evans, at 647-999-5217.

President and Chair—Volunteer Board Director, Canadian Positive Psychology Association

As president of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA), your role is to:

  • Preside over monthly board meetings
  • Encourage participation and insights from other directors
  • Determine the strategic direction, values and action plans to fulfill the mission of the organization
  • Monitor and support the performance and flourishing of the board of directors
  • Be an informed and passionate spokesperson for the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and positive psychology
  • Build thriving relationships with media, funders, partners, researchers, members and governments
  • Ensure good governance and financial stewardship
  • Propose progressive procedures, policies and by-laws
  • Support and oversee various sub-committees and task forces

The position will allow you to:

  • Be at the center of the positive psychology world in Canada and internationally
  • Attend most board meetings virtually
  • Work with and support many of the world’s leading positive psychology researchers and practitioners
  • Increase the awareness and application of scientifically founded research and practice
  • Potentially make a measurable impact on the flourishing of Canadians

Time Commitment

The President will dedicate approximately 15-20 hours a month to the Canadian Positive Psychology Association to attend board meetings, board subcommittee meetings and/or task forces, and fulfill board responsibilities.  Time commitment is flexible based on a candidate’s strengths and qualifications.

Term of Appointment

The President is asked to commit to a minimum two-year term, with the option of reappointment at the end of the term.  The appointed president will stand for election at the next AGM.

Job specifications

  • 10-years’ experience in a leadership position
  • Mastery level-knowledge of positive psychology and its applications
  • Advanced degree in positive psychology or related field
  • Credible and respectable “leader” in the worldwide positive psychology movement
  • 3-years of non-profit board experience 
  • 5-years’ experience organizing and/or overseeing events such as conferences, workshops, panels, courses, etc.
  • Ability to lead a virtual team
  • Clear and compelling speaker, writer and communicator
  • Media savvy and experience a plus
  • Embodies many of the core tenets of positive psychology

Please send your resume and cover letter to the interim chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Greg Evans, at by February 10, 2017. 

Conference Chair: Canadian Positive Psychology Association Conference 2018

As the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) conference chair, your role is to support, guide and oversee the conference manager, volunteers, and conference committees, while working with the CPPA board and executive assistant to bring your unique and shared vision of the CPPA conference to fruition.   Your role is to make sure the key duties and responsibilities of the conference chair are fulfilled including:

  • Select and chair a conference team/committee
  • Create and support any needed conference subcommittees
  • Be a leader in the recruitment and selection of a conference manager
  • Update the CPPA president and board on conference progress and objectives
  • Oversee the work, performance and flourishing of the conference manager, committees, volunteers, and staff
  • Develop Call for Proposals to align with your chosen conference theme
  • Work with the submissions review team to make conference program selections
  • Create a user friendly and beautifully designed conference program
  • Recruit, select and negotiate contracts with world renowned researchers and keynote speakers
  • Be the lead in the recruitment and selection of invited speakers
  • Oversee the implementation of an energizing promotional, marketing and public relations plan
  • Along with the conference manager, conference committee and board, co-create ideas for conference events including social events, entertainment and pre-conference workshops
  • Develop a plan to recruit conference vendors, sponsors and partners
  • Oversee the budget and financial stewardship of the conference
  • Create a lived experience of positive psychology and ripple effects that promote the flourishing of Canadians and people around the world

Please note that the conference chair is not required to personally complete all key conference chair duties and responsibilities.  The role is to ensure that those duties are completed by appropriate committees, task forces, board members, staff or volunteers. 

This position will allow you to:

  • Be at the forefront of positive psychology in Canada
  • Work closely and develop meaningful relationships with a wonderful group of volunteers, board members and staff
  • Conduct some or most meetings virtually through our online meeting software
  • Be recognized as an international leader in the positive psychology movement
  • Develop relationships with some of the top positive psychologists in the world
  • Develop your connections and knowledge in positive psychology
  • Be part of our growing and emerging non-profit organization

Job specifications:  

  • 5 years’ experience in a leadership role
  • 3 years’ experience in event planning and management
  • Previous conference organization experience as a leader or team member
  • Advanced ability to plan and organize educational events, workshops, webinars and meetings
  • Advanced ability to plan and manage event and operational budgets
  • Project management experience a plus
  • Well-organized
  • Gritty and resilient
  • Emotionally and socially intelligent
  • Great communication skills
  • High likability based on use of signature and character strengths
  • Proven ability in solution-focused and strengths-based management
  • A deep interest and love for positive psychology

Please send your resume and cover letter to the interim chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Greg Evans, at by February 10, 2017. 

Please view our DISCLAIMER about the uses and application of positive psychology. 

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