Call for Nominations – RCA Board of Directors

Deadline for Expressions of Interest – 12th December 2022

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is looking for skilled and strategic leaders to join our team! RCA is seeking nominations for individuals to fill two vacant Director at Large positions on the Board of Directors.

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 and Paralympic sports.

We are committed to creating an inclusive environment and the RCA Nominating Committee is looking for people of diverse backgrounds who want to play an important role in guiding the future direction of rowing in Canada.

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.

It is expected that prospective 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. They 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.

Successful candidates must also satisfy the eligibility requirements to become a Director, as indicated in Section 9.3 of the RCA By-laws.

The current RCA Board consists of:

Carol Purcer, President

Tom Hawker, Treasurer and Director at Large

Dana Thorne, Director at Large

Lindsay Bergen, Athlete Director

The following positions are vacant and are to be appointed with terms that expire as indicated:

Provincial Director* – September, 2023

Director at Large – September, 2024

Director at Large – September, 2024

*As indicated in Section 9.8 of the RCA By-laws, for the position of Provincial Director, the Board of Directors shall consult with the Provincial Advisory Council, before appointing a person to fill the vacancy.

The Nominating Committee is tasked with recruiting qualified candidates for appointment to the two Director at Large positions.

In addition to the qualifications described in the RCA Director Profile, the RCA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for Director at Large with one or more of the following competencies:

Finance – including, risk and control, non-profit corporate reporting, financial management, audit and assurance.

Legal – understanding of governance and legal aspects relevant to a not-for-profit organization in the charitable sector.

Safe Sport – understanding and experience of dealing with matters that fall under the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and Abuse Free Sport


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:

Any of the Directors appointed, either Director at Large or Provincial Director, will fulfil the unexpired term of the director who they are appointed to replace.

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 RCA, please send a resume and statement of interest no later than 12th December 2022, 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 and Member at large

Susan Wilkinson,  Member at large

Tracy Brooks, Member at large

Tom Hawker –  Board Representative  

Studies have shown that women, people of colour and other underrepresented groups are less likely to apply for positions unless they meet every single qualification in a 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 organization and applicants will be considered 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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