Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Remote Work: Flexible (both in-office and remote-work required)
February 23, 2023
Starting Salary: $58,500 – $66,680, per year based on experience. Salary Range Max $76,060 [2022 Rates]

All applicants are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who meet the requirements for MNO Citizenship as per the MNO Bylaws and who are in good standing.

What We Offer

As an employer, the Métis Nation of Ontario offers a collaborative work environment with competitive salary.

Further, permanent employees benefit from:

  • Comprehensive employer-paid health benefits,
  • Pension plan,
  • 10 days’ vacation to start,
  • Annual paid two-week holiday closure in December-January,
  • 16 paid public and employer holidays,
  • Early closures on long weekends,
  • 15 paid health & wellness days (sick leave),
  • Employee Assistance Plan, and
  • Telemedicine plan.
  • Preferred membership pricing at Goodlife gyms.

The Role

The Events and Conference Specialist is responsible for supervising and overseeing the planning, design, production, promotion, overall co-ordination, execution, and profitability of The Métis Nation of Ontario events.  The Events and Conference Specialist will delegate tasks as required and provide support to supplementary staff. This individual will organize all of the Métis Nation of Ontario events, from sourcing venues to liaising with entertainers, speakers and exhibitors, negotiating contracts, and overseeing The Métis Nation of Ontario events on site. Other duties include, but are not limited to reviewing and arranging proper accommodation, transportation, catering, signage, promotional materials, procurement and security.  The Events and Conference Specialist will also establish and monitor event budgets. Other duties will be assigned as necessary.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee the coordination of a variety of events including conferences, seminars, corporate dinners, entertainment, training and community events.
  • Manage the internal communications events program.
  • Assisting in the sourcing venues for all events.
  • Management of external suppliers.
  • Administer event budget and ensure it is maximized for the events.
  • Organize and lead the Métis Nation of Ontario Events team, both in the run-up, on-site and post-events.
  • Source and negotiate with venues and contractors, obtain quotes and conduct site visits.
  • Liaise with event contractors, including exhibition builders, caterers.
  • Liaise with and handle arrangements for speakers, entertainers, exhibitors and delegates.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate event files, e.g. exhibitor databases, recording contacts and financial information.
  • Liaise with conference delegates and exhibitors from the time that they commit to attending, throughout the lead up and during the event.
  • Assist the Métis Nation of Ontario Finance Manager with events related invoicing and credit control.
  • Co-ordinate delivery of The Métis Nation of Ontario materials to events, internal and external.
  • Periodically provide administrative support to other members of staff, under the advice and approval of the people leader.
  • Determine parameters, policies and procedures of events plan.
  • Develop and implement a marketing plan.
  • Supervise the development and production of promotional materials and presentations.
  • Develop a risk management plan.
  • Solicit event donors, sponsors and participation by merchants.
  • Oversee the financial management of events.
  • Assess full reports on events organized which include obstacles and opportunities encountered.
  • Provide advice or training to support council events
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


  • Strong desire to act in the service of the Métis Citizens, to advance and uphold rights and culture
  • High School Diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent.
  • Diploma or degree in business, marketing, communication, public relations, tourism or hospitality or combination of education and work experience.
  • National Occupational Certification as an Events Manager is an asset.
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in organizing and coordinating large events, conferences and exhibitions.
  • Minimum 2 years of financial management skills.
  • Strong Event Management experience, particularly in organizing conferences.
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Strong budget management skills.
  • MS Office proficient.
  • Efficient, consistent team player.
  • Innovative problem solving skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Marketing and promotional skills.
  • An out-going, people-oriented personality.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a busy office environment.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Excellent verbal, public and written communication.
  • Demonstrated Planning and organization skills.
  • Experience with Human Resources.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to take on responsibility and use initiative to prioritize and work effectively, under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm and adaptability.
  • Experience with organizing Zoom meetings and webinars an asset.
  • Fundraising experience an asset.
  • Knowledge of the local industry and area an asset.

Who We Are

In 1993, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was established through the will of Métis people and Métis communities coming together throughout Ontario to create a Métis-specific governance structure and vision, encapsulated in the Statement of Prime Purpose. Today, the Métis Nation of Ontario represents over 25,000 Métis citizens.

The MNO delivers programs and services to its citizens through these branches: Healing and Wellness; Community Wellbeing; Education and Training; Housing; Lands, Resources and Consultation; Intergovernmental and Community Relations; Self-Government and Registry. Through these various branches, the MNO maintains 30+ offices and community spaces across the province, administers over $50 million annually, and employs about 350 staff across the province.

AODA Statement

The Métis Nation of Ontario commits to providing accommodation as required by the Ontario Human Rights Act, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. Accommodations will be provided in accordance with the principles of dignity, individualization, and inclusion. The Métis Nation of Ontario will work cooperatively and in the spirit of respect with all partners in the accommodation process. These accommodations will extend to all aspects of the employment relationship including recruitment and selection.

Please email if you require an accommodation during the hiring process.

Please note, all employees, regardless of role or location, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless the employee has a valid medical exemption.  This condition of employment is effective for all employees, full or part-time, permanent or contract, whether working remotely or not, as of November 1, 2021.

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