Chief Executive Officer, Arctic Inspiration Prize, Rideau Hall Foundation

Position: Full Time

Location: Northern Canada – from Yukon to Labrador

“…to me, By the North, For the North means community. And when our community comes together, what do we do? We celebrate! The AIP’s annual Awards Ceremony has matured into an incredible showcase of northern talent, performance, and art. A time to come together as a wider community. An occasion to learn from each other and celebrate the finalists and new laureates every year. It’s also a time to demonstrate all that the North can achieve and to reflect on how bright our futures are.”

~ Hannah Uniuqsaraq, Former Chair, AIP Charitable Trust

The Arctic Inspiration Prize inspires, enables, and celebrates the achievements of the people of the North. Through its Charitable Trust and with an endowment of approximately $50 million, the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) is led and owned by the North and is entirely for the people of the North, from Yukon to Labrador. It is the largest annual prize in Canada.

Governed by the northern led Charitable Trust, the AIP is a community of Indigenous organizations, governments, industry, philanthropy, and other groups and individuals who form a unique example of successful reconciliation as North and South, Indigenous, and non-Indigenous groups and individuals work together collaboratively and respectfully. Entering into its 12th year, the Arctic Inspiration Prize Trust is seeking a Chief Executive Officer to continue to inspire, enable and celebrate the strengths and achievements of the peoples of the North.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AIP is the most senior ambassador for the Prize, providing leadership and guidance to ensure positive visibility in the North and the AIP’s continued overall quality and success. Motivated by the mission and vision of the AIP, the incoming CEO will maintain and expand the large, growing, and dynamic network in the North and South to raise the profile and general awareness of the Prize. Working closely with the northern led AIP Board of Trustees, the CEO will ensure sound governance and set the strategic vision for the AIP.

AIP is offering a very attractive competitive salary, compensation, and benefits package. To learn more about this unique role or to apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to ryoung@boyden.com and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.

This role enables and requires participation in events and activities across the Canadian North and travel from Yukon to Labrador and in the South. Preference and priority will be given to northern Indigenous candidates. We thank all applicants for their interest. Candidate must successfully pass all required security clearances.


  • The ideal candidate will have experience building effective and outcome-oriented relationships with indigenous and northern communities, a creative approach to problem solving, and a strong commitment to the priorities of the AIP.



  • As the ideal candidate, you will bring an intimate and lived knowledge of the Canadian Arctic, its structures, organizations, and cultures.
  • A passionate and compelling communicator, you are respected for your ability to build teams and work with diverse partners and perspectives.
  • To consider the best candidates for the position, candidates working remotely across the North are encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingualism in Inuktut or other Indigenous northern languages are desirable.