Board of Directors
The RCA Board of Directors' role is to govern RCA by providing leadership and direction in the pursuit of its vision and mission. The Board is elected by the membership of RCA and is accountable to the membership for competent stewardship that will ensure the long-term viability of RCA. The Board of Directors' first duty is to the legal entity CARA. In meetin g this duty the Board must ensure that all legal requirements under the relevant Acts are met and that CARA is protected from harmful situations and circumstances in the interests of current and future stakeholders. For more information on the Board's role, please see the RCA Governance Policy.
The Board believes that good corporate governance is vital to the effective and efficient operation of RCA. RCA employs a model of governance that separates governance and management functions, delegating to the CEO the responsibility for managing the operations of RCA in accordance with Board direction and policies, and subject to any limite that may be established by the Board.
NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION - 2017 ANNUAL MEETING
The Nominating Committee consists of Andrew Lamont, Chair; Ian Gordon, Director at Large; Peter Jackson, Provincial Advisory Council Representative; Tracy Brooks, Member at Large; and Michael Walker, President of Rowing Canada Aviron, an ex-officio member. The Nominating Committee provides the following report on the positions to be elected at the 2017 Annual Meeting:
ATHLETE DIRECTOR, nominated for a term to end at the 2019 Annual Meeting:
- Current National Team Athletes have confirmed their nominee to this position – Peter McClelland. Peter has confirmed his intention to have his name stand for election. Under the terms of paragraph 11.4 of the RCA By-Laws, which stipulates that current National Team Athletes be solicited for a nominee, the Nominating Committee endorses PETER McCLELLAND for the position of Athlete Director.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE (2), nominated for a term to end at the 2019 Annual Meeting:
The Nominating Committee conducted an open call for Expressions of Interest. All applications were considered and many of the candidates were interviewed to find the most suitable nominees in accordance with the skills expressed in the May 2017 Call for Expressions of Interest (posted below). The committee is thankful to all of the individuals that put their names forward for consideration.
As a result of the excellent response from a number of suitable candidates, the Nominating Committee also considered Para 11.5 of the RCA By-laws: “In the case of nominations for the position of Director at Large the Nominating Committee shall use its best efforts to provide at least one more candidate than the number of positions open for election.”
Therefore, for the two positions of Director at Large, 3 candidates were endorsed by the RCA Nominating Committee and are submitted for the Election to be held September 1st to September 20th. Members in good standing will be requested to select 2 candidates from the following list (alphabetical order by last name):
- Claire Buffone-Blair is a qualified candidate who submitted an expression of interest to the Committee, and has agreed to allow her name to stand for election as RCA Director at Large. The Nominating Committee endorses the nomination of CLAIRE BUFFONE-BLAIR based on her expertise and experience. Please click here for further information on this candidate.
- Marisha Roman is a qualified candidate who submitted an expression of interest to the Committee, and has agreed to allow her name to stand for election as RCA Director at Large. The Nominating Committee endorses the nomination of MARISHA ROMAN based on her expertise and experience. Please click here for further information on this candidate.
- Jennifer Walinga is a qualified candidate who submitted an expression of interest to the Committee, and has agreed to allow her name to stand for election as RCA Director at Large. The Nominating Committee endorses the nomination of JENNIFER WALINGA based on her expertise and experience. Please click here for further information on this candidate.
PRESIDENT, nominated for a term to end at the 2021 Annual Meeting:
The Nominating Committee conducted an open call for Expressions of Interest. As a result of the excellent response from qualified Candidates, interviews were conducted, keeping in mind the skills required, as expressed in the May 2017 Call for Nominations (posted below). The Committee is thankful to all of the individuals that put their names forward for consideration. For the position of President, the following candidate has been nominated and endorsed by the Committee.
- Roger Jackson is a qualified candidate who submitted an expression of interest to the Committee, and has agreed to allow his name to stand for election as RCA President. The Nominating Committee endorses the nomination of Roger Jackson based on his expertise and experience. Please click here for further information on this candidate.
In accordance with paragraph 11.6 of the RCA By-Laws, Members in Good Standing can resubmit nominations or submit further nominations for election to the Board of Directors provided these candidates meet the eligibility requirements set out in paragraph 9.3. Nominations must be tendered to the registered office of RCA as set out in paragraphs 11.7 and 11.8, and be received by RCA in the proper form no later than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting, August 22, 2017. RCA shall include such nominations in the notice of meeting and on the ballot forms for the election. August 22, 2017 is the final closing date for nominations and no nominations shall be accepted after that date. Please refer to Section 11 of the RCA By-Laws and the RCA Board of Directors web page for more information on nominating a candidate. Please download a copy of the Candidate Nomination Form here.
After the final closing date for nominations, August 22, 2017, candidate information will be posted online in the 2017 Annual Meeting section of the RCA website.
Online voting at the RCA Annual Meeting for the following agenda items by members in good standing1 will begin at 12 noon PDT on September 1, 2017 and conclude at 12 noon PDT, September 20, 2017:
Please contact the RCA office if you have any questions by phone (1-877-722-4769 x2) or e-mail <email@example.com>.
Chair, RCA Nominating Committee
1 RCA By-Laws: Section 6 – Voting at Meetings of Members and Section 7 – Registered Participants
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
POSITIONS ON THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:
JULY 23, 2017
Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is seeking nominations for individuals to fill three positions to be elected to the RCA Board of Directors at the September 21, 2017 Annual Meeting.
RCA is the national governing body for the sport of Rowing in Canada and is a registered Canadian charity. With its head office in Victoria, B.C. and its National Training Centre operations in London, Ontario and Victoria, B.C., RCA serves a broad constituency of over 13,000 participants from over 153 member clubs and associations across the country and is proud to be one of Canada’s top performing Summer Olympic sports.
The RCA Nominating Committee is looking for people of diverse backgrounds who want to be actively involved and engaged in this dynamic organization. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about RCA’s mission and who has a track record of board or volunteer leadership. RCA especially encourages women to apply for a position on the board.
Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector and demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of RCA’s stakeholders and members. Board Members will have strong diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals, along with personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of RCA’s members and participants.
Incumbent President Michael Walker has chosen not to seek a second term, as has incumbent Director at Large Andrew Fitzgerald. A second Director at Large position is vacant following the death of Brian Lamb earlier this year.
The Nominating Committee is tasked with producing a slate of qualified candidates. Once the slate is published, further nominees may be put forward by members in good standing of RCA. Elections for the vacant positions may be required. In addition to the qualifications described in the attached RCA Director Profile, the committee is seeking candidates for the President and two Director-at-Large positions with any combination of one or more of the following competencies:
- Knowledge of branding, communications and marketing and ability to communicate about Canadian sport issues to the public;
- Understanding of charitable sector philanthropy, with professional or personal networks and ability to “open doors”; or,
- Understanding of legal aspects relevant to a not-for-profit organization in the charitable sector.
RCA Board Members meet in person approximately three times per year on weekends (typically Spring, Fall, and during the RCA National Conference in January) and at other times via conference call throughout the year. Board Members can also serve as liaisons to RCA Committees and Working Groups and as such, provide leadership and guidance to these Committees on an ongoing basis.
The President’s term is four years commencing on the day immediately following the Annual Meeting. At the end of his or her term the President may stand for re-election as President for one more term of four years, after which he or she may stand for election as a director and may stand again for election as President on the expiry of his or her successor’s term. Directors are elected for a term of two years commencing on the day immediately following the Annual Meeting. They may stand again for election at the end of their term.
Directors and Officers must fulfill all requirements of the Canada Corporations Act (or its successor legislation, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act) and the Canada Revenue Agency’s requirements for Board Members of Registered Charities.
If you meet these requirements, offer some of the key competencies and you are interested in contributing your expertise to our progressive and innovative organization, please send a resume and statement of interest by July 23rd, 2017 to Andrew Lamont, Chair RCA Nominating Committee at the address below. Inquiries for more information about the RCA Board of Directors should also be directed to the Chair of the Nominating Committee at the address below, or to the President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCA Nominating Committee
Mailing Address: 321-4371 Interurban Road, Victoria, B.C. V9B 2C5
Phone: 1-877-722-4769 ext. 2
website link: RCA Board of Directors http://rowingcanada.org/about-us/board
RCA Board of Directors (2017)