MEDA Convention Volunteer Associate

Location of Volunteer Placement: Toronto, Ontario, Marriot Eaton Centre

Duration: November 2-5, 2023

About MEDA

MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization that creates business solutions to poverty. MEDA is a leading non-profit organization with a 70-year legacy creating business solutions to poverty that are sustainable, scalable, measurable and replicable. Our annual convention brings together a diverse group of professionals, including small and medium-sized business owners, financial institutions, farmers, and market actors to share knowledge and insights that drive positive global impact.

Position Summary

As a MEDA Convention Volunteer Associate, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the success of our 70th-anniversary celebration. This opportunity is ideal for young entrepreneurs and professionals that are interested in International Development, Agriculture, Impact Investment & Finance, Environment & Climate Change, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion, and Market Systems. As a volunteer, you’ll have the chance to expand your professional network, learn about MEDA’s impactful work, and be part of a milestone event.


  • Assist in setting up and tearing down promotional materials and signage in seminar rooms, boardrooms, and registration areas.
  • Greet and guide attendees, ensuring a positive and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Perform administrative tasks to support smooth event operations.
  • Help with décor setup and organization of staff rooms.
  • Assist in coordinating dine-around groups and tour groups and other event-related tasks.
  • Contribute to ensuring a seamless and enjoyable convention experience for all attendees.


  • Must be 18 years of age, or older. Note: Grantees must be between the ages of 18-40 to apply.
  • Applications are limited to individuals residing in the United States and Canada.
  • Physical ability to stand, lift up-to 30 lbs., and work on your feet for extended periods.
  • Positive and cheerful demeanor with strong alignment with MEDA’s values.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong communication skills and a willingness to multitask and adapt.

Time Commitment

  • Availability to work from November 2-5, covering shifts that align with convention programming.
  • Training and Work Environment:
  • On-site training is provided, including daily volunteer meetings.
  • Professional business casual attire required for conference rooms.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a collaborative and dynamic environment.


  • You will report to Suzanne Grub, Constituent Engagement Officer.
  • Initial check-in with Suzanne on Wednesday evening upon arrival.
  • Daily volunteer meetings.

Volunteer Perks

  • Reference letter from MEDA recognizing your participation in the convention.
  • Networking opportunities with fellow young professionals and access to convention programming.
  • Registration, travel and lodging expenses provided by MEDA. Note: Travel expenses will need to be submitted to MEDA for reimbursement.
  • Most meals are included with your registration. Meals not covered by registration cost (Thursday and Friday dinners, Saturday lunch) will be organized by Suzanne Grub, Constituent Engagement Officer.

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply online by filling in this form. For any inquiries or concerns, please contact Suzanne Grub at Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, October 4th, 2023.

Join us in making a significant impact during this milestone event and contribute to the success of MEDA’s mission to create business solutions to poverty.