Board of Directors: Call for Nominations

Board of Directors: Call for Nominations

RCA is seeking nominations to join the Board of Directors to help forge the future of the sport across the nation.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest – July 23, 2023

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is looking for skilled and dynamic leaders to join our team!

We are currently seeking nominations to fill three positions to be elected to the RCA Board of Directors at the 2023 Annual Meeting on September 21, 2023.

RCA is the national governing body for the sport of Rowing in Canada and is a registered Canadian charity. RCA serves a broad constituency of approximately 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 will bring a broader perspective to our want to be actively involved and engaged in a dynamic organization.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about RCA’s Vision, Values and Strategic Priorities.

Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, finance, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector. Board Members need not have an existing connection to rowing but will have strong diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals, along with personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passionate enthusiasm for improving the lives of RCA’s members and participants.

 The current RCA Board consists of:

  • Carol Purcer, President
  • Lindsay Bergen, Athlete Director
  • Fred Enns, Director at Large
  • Paul Fritz-Németh, Director at Large
  • Tom Hawker, Treasurer, Director at Large
  • Dana Thorne, Director at Large
  • Derek Ventnor, Provincial Director

*The following terms expire as of September 21, 2023:

  • Director at Large, Tom Hawker
  • Director at Large, Dana Thorne
  • *Provincial Director, Derek Ventnor

*For the position of Provincial Director the Nominating Committee shall solicit and endorse a nomination put forward by the Provincial Advisory Council, provided that the candidate meets the eligibility requirements.

The Nominating Committee is tasked with recruiting a slate of qualified candidates for election for the above Director at Large positions. The RCA By-laws direct the committee to put forward at least one more nominee than the available number of vacancies. The initial slate of candidates put forward by the Nominating Committee will be published on August 7, 2023.

Following that date, further nominations may be submitted or resubmitted, provided they are received in the proper form by the RCA Office by August 22, 2023.  In addition to the qualifications described in the attached RCA Director Profile, the committee is seeking candidates for two Director-at-Large positions with any combination of one or more of the following competencies:

  • Finance – extensive financial and accounting training and expertise (professional
    designation an asset) including governance, risk and control, stakeholder relationship management, strategy and innovation, leadership and management, non-profit corporate reporting, financial management, audit and assurance.
  • Legal – Understanding of legal aspects relevant to a not-for-profit organization in the charitable sector and Sport’s evolving governance needs.
  • Fundraising – including charitable sector philanthropy with professional or personal networks and the ability to “open doors”.
  • Public Relations, Media, Branding and Marketing – applicable to the not for profit
    business environment.
  • Media Relations – proven background in the multimedia industry (broadcast, digital and/or journalism).
  • Board Governance experience at a National or Provincial Sport level.


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. 

Term of Office:

The Provincial Director and Directors at Large are elected to a three-year term commencing immediately following the end of the Annual Meeting. They may stand again for election at the end of their term. 

Other Requirements:

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 are interested in contributing your expertise to our progressive and innovative organization, please send a resume and statement of interest no later than July 23, 2023 to Andrew Lamont, Chair RCA Nominating Committee, at the address below.

RCA Nominating Committee
Mailing Address:  321-4371 Interurban Road, Victoria, B.C. V9B 2C5
Phone:  1-877-722-4769 ext. 1

RCA Nominating Committee:

  • Andrew Lamont, Chair
  • Susan Wilkinson, PAC Representative
  • Tracy Brooks, Member at Large
  • Additional member to be confirmed
  • Carol Purcer, RCA President, Ex-Officio Committee Member

Inquiries for additional information about the RCA Board of Directors should be directed to the Chair of the Nominating Committee,, or to the RCA President:

RCA believes that everyone in rowing has the right to enjoy the sport at all levels of participation. Athletes, coaches, officials, umpires and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination – collectively referred to as maltreatment. The welfare of everyone involved in the sport is a foremost consideration and in particular the protection of children/athletes in the sport is the responsibility of each individual and member of the rowing community.

RCA recognizes that this is an evolving area of focus for all sports in Canada. Our Safe Sport program will continue to focus on education, prevention and response, all of which will be supported by strong governance, policies and procedures.

Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification in the job posting. At RCA, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, so we strongly encourage you to apply even if you don’t believe you meet every single qualification outlined.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability. Candidates for this role will be subject to the RCA screening process.

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