Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Heritage Trust

Toronto ON

Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT) is an agency of the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism (MCM) with a statutory responsibility for conserving provincially significant cultural and natural, tangible, and intangible heritage, interpreting Ontario’s history, celebrating its diversity and educating Ontarians of its importance in our society. It acts as a centre of expertise and serves as the heritage trustee and steward for the people of Ontario. OHT is currently seeking a Chief Executive Officer.


Reporting to the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism with accountability to the Board of Directors, you will:


  • Provide executive leadership and direction for the strategic planning, priority setting and overall direction of the Ontario Heritage Trust, consistent with the decisions of the Board of Directors, and government policies and practices
  • Provide executive support and strategic advice to the Minister, Deputy Minister, and the Board of Directors on provincial heritage conservation, protection and preservation.
  • Provide leadership in the day-to-day operational management of the OHT, including financial, human and material resources and information technology
  • Provide leadership in the development, implementation, review and revision of new, or existing, vision and mandate, strategic priorities and annual business plans and strategies
  • Provide leadership, and innovative and entrepreneurial expertise to drive the revenue generating elements of the Agency including business operations
  • Provide executive leadership and direction to increase the Agency’s revenue generation through corporate sponsorships, major gifts, donations, fundraising events and government project funding
  • Provide leadership in the conservation and management of heritage properties and in the development of plans that balance the preservation of sites, with the need for income generation, and business sustainability.
  • Create and promote a multi-disciplinary teamwork environment and quality services centred service culture which encourages all employees to work co-operatively together
  • Carry out in-year monitoring of the Agency’s performance and reports results to the Board of Directors through the Chair
  • Support the Chair and the Board of Directors in meeting their responsibilities, including compliance with all the applicable legislation, directives, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Liaise between the OHT, the Chair and the Board of Directors to ensure requests are handled in a timely manner and the various OHT departments
  • Advise, counsels, and briefs the Chair/Board of Directors and Deputy Minister on the agency’s strategic, operational and financial plans, and issues of major importance

An effective leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) is responsible, innovative, and collaborative. A responsible leader is someone who demonstrates authenticity, accountability, and courage in how they interact with others. An individual who models ethical behaviour, and who is honest and capable of making difficult choices. An innovative leader is someone who leads with common purpose, embraces positive disruption, and has a future mindset. An individual who inspires others, values continuous learning, and encourages development and integration. A collaborative leader focuses on helping others to grow, drives people-centred outcomes and promotes an environment of inclusivity. A leader who consistently works to confront bias and systemic barriers while understanding the importance of creating a more diverse and accessible workplace.


Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below ideally by August 14th, 2023.


We would like to thank all applicants but regret that we are only able to personally contact those individuals whose backgrounds best match the requirements for the role.


Ontario Heritage Trust  is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and Ontario Heritage Trust throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.


Odgers Berndtson is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. As part of our efforts to better understand our ability to reach as broad a pool of candidates as possible for our searches, our DEI team would like to encourage you to take a moment and access our Self-Declaration Form.

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