Indspire is an Indigenous-led national registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through Indspire’s K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 successes for Indigenous youth. In 2017-18, Indspire awarded $14.2 million through almost 4,900 bursaries and scholarships to Indigenous youth, making it the largest funder of Indigenous post-secondary education outside the federal government. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Communications & Marketing (C&M), to research, plan, and execute events for Indspire, as part of its overall outreach strategy, including Indspire-owned events as well as Indspire’s participation in external events. To collaborate with internal partners to ensure events contribute to the achievement of Indspire’s objectives and ensure that all event materials are consistent with Indspire’s brand and key messaging. To represent Indspire at events.

The position responsibilities of the Event Specialist include:

Key Duties

  • Collaborates with colleagues across the organization to develop an events strategy that supports the achievement of organizational objectives;
  • Researches, identifies, and recommends event opportunities to pursue;
  • Plans and executes events ranging from booths at tradeshows, conferences for up to 1,000 people, PR events, and gala receptions, for example;
  • Coordinates all aspects of events, including registration, location, AV, entertainment, refreshments, speakers, suppliers, volunteers, transportation, on-site supervision etc.
  • Creates timelines, critical paths, strategies, schedules;
  • Identifies appropriate event venues with consideration for quality, budget and reliability;
  • Collaborates with colleagues within the C&M team to develop materials to support events strategy;
  • Leads cross-departmental meetings as required to coordinate the production of events and ensure all deliverables are met;
  • Ensures that conflicting priorities are managed or escalated as required;
  • Prepares post-event reports to analyze success of each event;
  • Represents Indspire at events across Canada;
    • Engages visitors to the booth, educates them about Indspire’s mandate and programs, and answers their questions;
    • Captures information about visitors to the booth and prepares reports on the success/effectiveness of each event in which we participate.


  • Completion of post-secondary education in events management, communications, marketing, or related field;
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a related role
  • Demonstrates professionalism
  • High-energy
  • Detail oriented, and quality focused
  • Ability to meet competing demands
  • Ability to maintain a sense of composure during stressful situations
  • Ensures deliverables and deadlines are met
  • Exceptional skills in event coordination
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Demonstrable supplier management skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage conflicting priorities
  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends and to travel across Canada (25%)
  • Enthusiastic team player who is also able to work independently
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation an asset
  • Knowledge of the Indigenous community an asset
  • Knowledge of French an asset

How to Apply

This is a full-time position based in Toronto or at Six Nations of the Grand River.  The salary range is competitive with a good benefit package, including pension plan. As an Indigenous organization whose mandate is to promote opportunities for Indigenous people, we encourage applications from qualified Indigenous persons and all others interested in the position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. To learn more about Indspire, visit

To apply, please forward your résumé, and cover letter to All qualified candidates will be contacted directly.

No agency calls please.

Deadline for Applications: March 22, 2019