Committees at Work
The Governance Committee is a special committee of Council effective July 1, 2015. Council approved the bylaws amendment to merge the Election and Nomination committees into one special committee on October 2, 2014.
The committee’s mandate is focused on Council governance, Council and committee membership and the election of Council members. It assumes the mandates of the previous two committees and offers guidance on governance issues such as risk assessment, evaluation and Council development, succession planning and transition effectiveness. As a new committee, a work plan of short-, medium- and long-term goals focusing on the mandated items outlined in the bylaws was confirmed at its first meeting.
In 2015, the committee filled the vacant Northeast regional positions through an application process. Nine applications were received in total and the committee interviewed six eligible candidates. The successful candidates for the Full-Time and Part-Time/Full-Time Northeast regional positions were appointed by Council at a special meeting on October 22.
The committee also reviewed the 2015 election report. It agreed to investigate possible amendments to the election regulation based on feedback received during the election process. It will bring recommendations for amendments to Council in 2016. The committee also began discussions on ways to increase voter participation in the election process.
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