Are you interested in joining the Board of Directors of the Invasive Species Council of BC?
Or, do you know someone you think would be able to make a valuable contribution as a Director of the Council?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to either of these questions, please complete the Nomination Forum below by January 24, 2020.
Based on the ISCBC's bylaws, all nominations must be received in advance of the Annual General Meeting as there will be no nominations during the AGM. The deadline for nominations is end of day on January 24, 2020. Please read the nomination form to review the expectations of a Director.
The Board of Directors works, by consensus, to provide strategic direction to guide the Invasive Species Council of BC. As a strong provincial organization, the Council facilitates responsible actions and positive outcomes to reduce the impacts of invasive species to BC. Based on ISCBC bylaws, the Board consists of three chambers (Government; Business/Industry and Community) and based on Policy 103- Election of Directors, there are 4 prime interests in each. With the completion of a 3-year term, a director can stand for reelection. As of February 2020, there will be Board vacancies open for nomination.
Completed nominations must be received no later than January 24, 2020. After submission, nominations will be reviewed to ensure compliance with bylaws and as related to vacancies.
For each chamber that receives more eligible nominees than vacancies, an electronic vote will be held for members starting January 29th, 2020. The Board of Directors will be announced at the February 12th, 2020 Annual General Meeting with the first 2020 Board meeting on February 12th at 5:00pm.
CONSIDERING BEING A DIRECTOR: The following is useful information to consider before accepting or making a nomination to the Board for the Invasive Species Council of BC.
The Council’s Bylaws set rules for electing members to the Board and how Directors are expected to conduct the Council’s business. Here are some important ones to note.
- Each Director is elected for a three (3) year term at the Council’s annual general meeting. No Director can serve more than nine (9) consecutive years.
- Section 7.2 and pursuant to the Society Act, A Person may not be nominated, elected, or appointed to serve (or continue to serve) as a Director if he or she:
- Is less than eighteen (18) years of age;
- Has been found in any court, in Canada or elsewhere, to be incapable of managing his or her own affairs;
- Is an undischarged bankrupt;
- Has been convicted of a prescribed offence within the prescribed period, for which no pardon has been granted, all in accordance with the Act; or
- Is not a Voting Member (or the designated representative of a Voting Member) in good standing
- Section 9.2 of the Bylaws, sets out the duties of Directors:
- Act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Society;
- Exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent individual would exercise in comparable circumstances;
- Act in accordance with the Act and the regulations thereunder; and
- Subject to sections 9.2 (a) to 9.2 (c), act in accordance with these Bylaws.
- Without limiting sections 9.2 (a) to 9.2 (d), a Director, when exercising the powers and performing the functions of a Director, must act with a view to the purposes of the Society.
- Section 11.1 provides that the Board makes decisions by consensus.
- The Bylaws also allow the Directors to create committees to help carry out the Board’s work. The Council currently has six standing committees; each Director is asked to join at least one committee:
• Executive Committee • Finance and Human Resources
• Communications • Governance
• Fund Development • Programs and Projects
In addition, the Board may create various advisory groups to provide advice and input on specific issues. Often, non-Directors will also join these advisory groups. Advisory groups disband once the specific issue are resolved or the project is finished. Advisory groups and committees generally meet by conference call about 4 times/year.
In addition to Bylaws, Council’s Policies provide additional guidelines for electing Directors and assist in the establishment of the Council’s organizational tone.
- The provincial scope of the Council makes it important to have broad geographical representation on the Board; therefore, the Council aims to achieve a balance of geographic diversity. – (e.g. Rural/Urban; North/South; Coast/Interior).
- The Board meets face-to-face normally three times per year and meets via teleconference normally up to three times per year as well; for a total of about 3- 6 Board meetings per year. The face-to-face meetings are generally held over two days. Teleconference meetings are generally 1.5 - 2hrs in length.
- Board Committee’s meet periodically throughout the year as well, separately from Board meetings. Depending on tasks the Committee is working on, there are generally 3- 5 meetings/year. Meetings are held by teleconference and are generally 1 - 2hrs in length.
- Fund development is a key priority for the Council, identified by the membership and the Board. The Council has thus implemented a pro-active approach to diversifying funding. To send a positive message to potential funders; all Board members are expected to make an annual contribution to the ISCBC ‘family campaign’. The focus of this initiative is that the Board contributes, not the level of contribution. Contributions of any amount are strictly confidential.
- Over time, the Board has discovered that certain personal attributes make for successful Directors. These attributes include:
- Collaborative; able to see all sides;
- Dedication to the Council and the cause;
- Solid communication skills;
- Knowledge of invasive species (one or more of plants, animals and other organisms);
- Connections with people of influence in the community;
- Demonstrated leadership abilities; and
- Where appropriate, the support of their employer to invest the time and energy required to sit as a board member.
The Nomination Process
- Pursuant to Section 8.1 of the ISCBC Bylaws, all nominations are subject to the following rules:
- A nomination must be made by submitting a Nomination Form to Executive Director;
- A nominee must be in good-standing (as a member) to be nominated and must remain in good-standing in order to stand for election;
- A Voting Member may nominate him or herself, and the nomination must be signed by the Voting Member nominated and one (1) other Voting Member in good-standing;
- A Voting Member may not nominate more nominees than the number of Director positions available for election;
- Nominations must be submitted in advance of an election, a call for nominations for vacant positions will occur in advance of the annual general meeting with a clear date as to when nominations must be submitted by; and
- Nominations will not be permitted from the floor at a general meeting.
Prior to submitting this form, all Nominees and Nominators must have applied to join as a current ISCBC member and their membership application have been accepted. To join ISCBC, visit bcinvasives.ca/join and complete the online application.