Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is looking for skilled and dynamic leaders to join our team! RCA is seeking nominations for individuals to fill three positions to be elected to the RCA Board of Directors at the 2021 Annual Meeting on September 23, 2021. 

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 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 (RCA Strategic Priorities for 2025: Slides | Recording) and has extensive experience with board or volunteer leadership.

Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, finance, 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, 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.

The current RCA Board consists of:
Carol Purcer, President
Tom Hawker, Treasurer and Director at Large
Carol Hermansen, Provincial Director
Peter McClelland, Director at Large
Marisha Roman, Safe Sport Director
Douglas Vandor, Athlete Director
Jennifer Walinga, Director at Large

*The following terms expire as of September 23, 2021:

  1. President, Carol Purcer
  2. Director at Large, Peter McClelland
  3. Director at Large, Jennifer Walinga
  4. *Athlete Director, Douglas Vandor

*For the position of Athlete Director the Nominating Committee shall solicit and endorse a nomination of a former National Team athlete who has been retired throughout the period of at least one quadrennial put forward by the current National Team athletes, provided that these candidates meet the eligibility requirements set out in **Paragraph 9.3.

**RCA By-laws, Para 9.3 Eligibility for Nomination as a Director:To be eligible to stand for election as a director an individual need not be a Registered Participant but must:

  1. fulfill the  requirements of the Act and of the Income Tax Act that apply to serving as a director of a registered charity; and
  2. not be President of a Provincial Rowing Association; an individual holding such a position may stand for election as a director of CARA but, if elected, must immediately resign from that other position

The Nominating Committee is tasked with recruiting a slate of qualified candidates for election for the above 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 9, 2021.

Following that date, further nominees may be put forward by members in good standing of RCA, provided they are received in the proper form by the RCA Office by August 24, 2021.  In addition to the qualifications described in the RCA Director Profile, the committee is seeking candidates for:

  1. President with any combination of one or more of the following competencies: 
  • Ability to muster support and enthusiasm for RCA’s strategic direction.
  • A breadth of perspective regarding not only what rowing is but what it can be.
  • Leadership experience conducive to fostering robust board discussion and decision making.
  • Willingness and ability to address issues or concerns with tact and rigour.
  • A communicator equally adept at listening, encouraging all voices to be heard and can clearly articulate RCA’s position on any relevant topic.
  1. Director at Large with any combination of one or more of the following competencies: 
  • Finance – 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.
  • Fundraising – including charitable sector philanthropy with professional or personal networks and ability to “open doors.”
  • Media Relations – proven background in multi-media industry (broadcast, digital and/or journalism).
  • Event Management – background or knowledge of various elements (legal, media, rights, sponsors, venues, logistics,  etc.) of both outdoor, indoor and virtual events.

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 President and Athlete Director are elected to a four-year term commencing immediately following the adjournment of 2021 Annual Meeting. Directors at Large are elected to a three-year term commencing immediately following the adjournment of the Annual Meeting.

Other Requirements:
Directors and Officers must fulfill all requirements of 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 25, 2021 to Andrew Lamont, Chair RCA Nominating Committee, at the address below. Inquiries for additional information about the RCA Board of Directors should also be directed to the Chair of the Nominating Committee as noted below:

RCA Nominating Committee
Mailing Address:  321-4371 Interurban Road, Victoria, B.C. V9B 2C5
Phone:  250.882.3275

RCA Nominating Committee:
Andrew Lamont, Chair
Carol Hermanson, RCA Director
Susan Wilkinson, PAC Representative
Tracy Brooks, Member at Large
Terry Dillon, RCA CEO, Ex-Officio Committee Member

RCA Board of Directors

RCA is an inclusive organization. Fairness, respect, equity and inclusion are included in RCA’s corporate values. RCA welcomes the involvement of all persons in its programs and services, leadership and employment regardless of language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, physical ability, or marital or family status.

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