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CPAWS 2015 AGM Notice and Nominations for the CPAWS National Board Announcement

  • Published on Jul 30 2015 |
  • This article is tagged as: agm, nominations

The CPAWS Annual General Meeting will be held via conference call at 8:00 PM (ET) on September 28, 2015.

For more information, please contact us at info@cpaws.org or by phone at: 1-800-333-9453

Nominations for the CPAWS National Board

Under CPAWS’ bylaws, members of the Board of Trustees are elected for three-year terms. Trustees can be re-elected for a maximum of six, or in some cases nine, years. All trustees are volunteers.

Each year, the Board chooses a Nominations Committee to recommend candidates to fill vacancies arising from trustees reaching their term limits or deciding to resign. The Committee follows policies which are intended to ensure that the Board has a combination of relevant skills, experience at the chapter level, and geographic balance. It seeks suggestions through the CPAWS website and from current and past Trustees, Chapter Directors, and friends of CPAWS.  

Three trustees reached the end of their current terms this year – Oliver Kent, Marie-Eve Marchand and Cathy Wilkinson. Oliver has reached his term limit and, under our bylaws, cannot be nominated for re-election. Marie-Eve had decided not to stand for re-election. Cathy is eligible for re-election and is being nominated for an additional three years.

After discussing possible candidates, the Nominations Committee and the Board of Trustees are recommending two new trustees to serve for three- year terms – John Grandy and Erik Val. Brief biographies of these nominees follow. Biographies of existing trustees, including those nominated for re-election, can be found at: http://cpaws.org/about/trustees

While the Nominations Committee makes every effort to put together the best slate, our bylaws allow any member who feels that the slate falls short of the needs of CPAWS to submit alternative candidates.  Any such nominations should be submitted no later than August 11, 2015, to Eric Hébert-Daly, National Executive Director, at eric@cpaws.org.  Nominations must include the name of the nominee, their written consent, address, phone number, email, and a brief biography.

Any additional nominations will result in a mail-in election, which can be costly in terms of time and the money donated by members. To ensure that donation money is not used wastefully, CPAWS bylaws require that any additional candidate be supported by the signatures of 25 people who were members of CPAWS at the time of this notice.

New Trustee Bios

John Grandy: He has been involved as a volunteer and donor with several Environmental charities over the last several years. He is director of Wildlife Preservation Canada and director of Nature Conservancy of Canada (Ontario Regional Board). Since 2011 he is environmental analyst of Charity Intelligence Canada. He has a master in philosophy (Oxford University). He was an officer with Scotiabank and TD Bank and a research analyst with several Canadian investment banks. He is bilingual and lives in the Toronto area.

Erik Val: He is a retired park planner from Yukon who is on the CPAWS Yukon board. He was director of the Parks Branch of the Department of Environment Yukon Government. He has a Master of Arts in Geography –resource management (U Waterloo) and a B.Sc. of science –Biology and Geography (McGill). He has over 30 years of experience in project, staff, budget and contract administration and management, aboriginal land claims negotiations and implementation, park planning, management and operations. He could make contributions in park and protected area planning, management and operations, natural and cultural resource management, public education, aboriginal land claims and macroeconomic assessment. He is bilingual.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

s.5.2 Qualifications and Regional Representation

The board proposes to change qualifications of trustees to include, to the extent possible, at least 50% of Trustees to have significant chapter experience. 

Motion: To amend the paragraph of s.5.2 of the CPAWS Bylaws so as to add "at least 50% of Trustees shall have significant chapter experience"  to the qualifications. 

The current paragraph states:

"Trustees must be members of the Society, be at least 18 years of age, and have the skills and backgrounds necessary to meet the needs and objectives of the Society, as identified by the Board. As well, to the extent possible, there shall at all times be one or more Trustees representing each of Northern Canada (the territories), British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada."

The new paragraph would state:

"Trustees must be members of the Society, be at least 18 years of age, and have the skills and backgrounds necessary to meet the needs and objectives of the Society, as identified by the Board. As well, to the extent possible, at least 50% of Trustees shall have significant chapter experience and there shall at all times be one or more Trustees representing each of Northern Canada (the territories), British Columbia, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada."

s.5.3 Nomination of Trustees

The board proposes to change qualifications of trustees to include, to the extent possible, at least 50% of Trustees to have significant chapter experience.

Motion: To amend the paragraphs of s.5.3 of the CPAWS Bylaws to give CPAWS a few days rather than a few hours to notify members of the slate of nominated trusttees prior to the AGM of each year. 

The current paragraphs state:

"Nomination of Trustees: The Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee at least 180 days prior to each annual general meeting at which Trustees are to be elected. The Nominating Committee shall, with regard to the number of current and expected vacancies on the Board, nominate Trustees for election taking into account the skills and backgrounds required to meet the needs and objectives of the Society and the regional representation objective set out in section 5.2. The Nominating Committee shall present to the Board, at least 90 days prior to the annual meeting, a list of proposed candidates along with biographical sketches and confirmation that each candidate consents to their nomination.

No later than 60 days prior to the annual general meeting, the Board shall identify a slate of Trustee candidates and notify members of the slate of nominees. Such notice shall include biographical sketches of each nominee and an invitation to members of the Society to submit further nominations for Trustees.

Nominations by members must be delivered to the head office no later than 15 days after the date the notice is mailed. All nominations by members shall be accompanied by the written consent of
7 the nominee, his or her address, a biographical sketch and the names and signatures of 25 supporters who were members of the Society on the day the notice was sent out by the Board and
when they provided their signature in support of the nominee."

The new paragraph would state:

Nomination of Trustees: The Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee at least 180 days prior to each annual general meeting at which Trustees are to be elected. The Nominating Committee shall, with
regard to the number of current and expected vacancies on the Board, nominate Trustees for election taking into account the skills and backgrounds required to meet the needs and objectives of the Society
and the regional representation objective set out in section 5.2. The Nominating Committee shall present to the Board, at least 90 days prior to the annual meeting, a list of proposed candidates along with biographical sketches and confirmation that each candidate consents to their nomination.

No later than 50 days prior to the annual general meeting, the Board shall identify a slate of Trustee candidates and notify members of the slate of nominees. Such notice shall include biographical sketches of each nominee and an invitation to members of the Society to submit further nominations for Trustees.

Nominations by members must be delivered to the head office no later than 15 days after the date the notice is mailed. All nominations by members shall be accompanied by the written consent of the nominee, his or her address, a biographical sketch and the names and signatures of 25 supporters who were members of the Society on the day the notice was sent out by the Board and when they provided
their signature in support of the nominee.