Policy board

New composition of Boxing Canada’s Board of Directors

In August 2015, Boxing Canada began a project that led to significant bylaw changes and would result in the board adopting a policy board approach to governing. The changes were motivated by “The Keegan Report”, an assessment of the organization’s High Performance system which also identified significant problems with the governance structure of Boxing Canada including, among other factors, (a) lack of role clarity in the authority and responsibility of the Board and Executive staff, (b) lack of oversight of the organizational performance, need for accountability of the board for measures organization performance, and (c) insulated board composition, lack of turnover and board size.


The governance reform finally came full circle this past weekend as the new Board of Director was elected during Boxing Canada’s 2017 Annual General Meeting. Here is the composition of the new Board:


Pat Fiacco, President & Director West

Curtis O’Nyon, Director Ontario

Éric Lamoureux, Director Quebec

Mike Summers, Director East

Yvon Michel, Director at large

Roland Labbe, Director at large

Isabelle Perreault, Director at large

Ryan Savage, Vice-President & Director at large *

Willie McNeil, Director at large *

*Incumbent Director


With this restructuring and adoption of a policy board, it means the Board of Directors will be concerned with issues and decisions related to the long-term direction, sustainability and relevance of Boxing Canada. “I would like to congratulate all the newly elected members to the Board. Boxing Canada is in great hands! With an improved skill set and experience, our governance will be well-served to deal with our vision and strategic long-term development.” said Roy Halpin, Boxing Canada’s Executive Director.


Here’s an overview of our seven newly elected members:


PAT FIACCO, President & Director West

As a member of AIBA’s Executive Committee, Pat Fiacco brings international boxing governance experience as well as extensive knowledge of the sport of boxing nationally and internationally.  He attended the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as a Canadian referee and judge as well as the London 2012 Olympics as a Deputy supervisor for boxing. He has also served as Boxing Canada’s Chief official and has held the position of President of Boxing Canada since 2012. Given the change of direction that Boxing Canada is undergoing, his business experience as a change agent will be valuable. Pat Fiacco is also a former Mayor of Regina and through his 12 years in a government function, he led significant endeavors, including the construction of many new infrastructures and the organization of many large-scale events. He has also been involved in many caucus and commissions and has developed business acumen through his own businesses.


CURTIS O’NYON, Director Ontario

Curtis O’Nyon is a Senior Associate in a successful government relations firm where he provides strategic advice to corporate, NGO and government clients as they advocate to the federal government. Further, he has managed a large Board of Directors (FCM) and played a critical role in managing its restructuration. His twenty years in and around government functions has given him an extensive network of contacts at the municipal, provincial and federal government. This body of work has given him a strong skill set in strategic thinking and planning, stakeholder relations, logistics, communications and media management. He also has knowledge of the structure of many Canadian Sport Associations as well as the role National Sport Organizations play at the international level.


ÉRIC LAMOUREUX, Director Quebec

Éric Lamoureux is the co-founder and Executive Director of CAP Conseillers Affaire Publiques. In this role, he is a consultant lobbyist and strategist for business executives regarding government relations, strategic positioning and communications. Throughout his career, Éric has worked in politics on all levels, notably for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Trade. He was also the Director of Communications for the Canadian Soccer Association as well as the French spokesperson for the FIFA U20 2007 tournament in Canada. His implication with various Boards as well as his experience in communications, fundraising and stakeholders’ relationships in the sporting world acquired during his professional career will be a valuable contribution to Boxing Canada.


MIKE SUMMERS, Director East

Mike Summers is a 3-star AIBA official and has extensive knowledge of the Canadian and International competition rules and sport system. Moreover, he has been the President of Boxing Newfoundland for several years and has also been a member of Boxing Canada’s Board of Directors. He has also assisted Boxing Canada in the development of their Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Program, previous strategic corporate plans, and has sat on some of their committees, such as its discipline committee and steering committee to develop the new policy board. Mike is also President of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Police Association and is experienced in developing government relations. He brings experience in human resources, dispute resolution and policy/contract negotiations.


YVON MICHEL, Director at large

During 18 years of his career, Yvon Michel has worked in all spheres of amateur boxing in Canada, from being a referee & judge, director and coach at all levels, including the Olympic Games. Now well-established in professional boxing, he has an elaborate network of contacts, privileged relationships with television network executives and potential sponsors from which Boxing Canada could benefit. His global experience, his specific expertise and his corporate contacts will be important additions to the Board. Furthermore, his comprehensive and relevant curriculum can certainly bring credibility, notoriety and profitability once at the service of Boxing Canada.


ROLAND LABBE, Director at large

Roland Labbe’s extensive experience in boxing, especially at the international level as a 3-Star AIBA referee and judge, has motivated his desire to help athletes become more competitive at the international level. Roland is the owner and head coach of Avenue Boxing Club, which operates in the inner city of Edmonton and caters to underprivileged youths. From 2005 to 2015, Roland was on the Referee and Judges Commission of Boxing Canada and since 2001, Roland has been an International Boxing Referee and Judge, officiating in numerous international competitions including the 2012 London Olympics. Roland’s success as an international referee and judge has lead AIBA to request his assistance in mentorship, training, evaluating and upgrading referees and judges to the international level.  Roland’s former roles as President and Head Official of Boxing Alberta provides him with not only a solid understanding of Board roles and responsibilities, but also how leadership and flourishing grassroots programs can lead to success at the international level.


ISABELLE PERREAULT, Director at large

Isabelle Perreault is a management consultant specializing in digital technology, disruption and organizational change. Having worked as Director of Marketing and head of Digital for the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club for eight years and with Major League Soccer, she has significant professional sport expertise and understands the challenges of promoting and marketing a sport in Canada. Through her active involvement in various associations’ Boards, she has a very active corporate network and is considered a thought leader in her field where she is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has facilitated fundraising activities for causes she is passionate about. Being a 3-time Ontario boxing champion, she would like to see the awareness and interest in women’s boxing increase across the country and the development of stronger grassroots programs aimed at both recreational fitness and high performance athletes.



Boxing Canada is issuing a Call for Nominations for its Board of Directors

Boxing Canada is issuing a call for nominations for the following positions on the Board of Directors.
Elections will take place June 17, 2017 at the Annual General Meeting to be held in Montreal. Nominees
are not required to attend in person.


Any person, who is 18 years of age or older, who has the power under law to contract, who has not
been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country, and who does not have the status
of bankrupt is eligible to be nominated. Regional Directors are further restricted as described.
  •  1 Director (West) – 3 year term : restricted to persons who are resident in BC, Yukon, Alberta, NWT, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.
  •  1 Director (Ontario) – 1 year term : restricted to persons who are resident in Ontario.
  •  1 Director (Quebec) – 2 year term : restricted to persons who are resident in Quebec.
  •  1 Director (East) – 3 year term : restricted to persons who are resident in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI or Newfoundland & Labrador.
  •  3 Directors at Large: 1 – 3 year term; 1 – 2 year term; 1 – 1 year term



Boxing Canada is seeking to individuals who have professional, personal or other experience and
networks within the corporate, business, boxing, and/or other relevant communities that will
strengthen the Boxing Canada Board as it performs its governance and stewardship functions. Ideally
the board as a whole will reflect the listed attributes and assets.


Nominees should be aware that the first two years of the transition to governing as a policy board will
be characterized by a learning curve and will also require significant work to establish a strategic and
policy framework within which the board will function.


The following are highly desirable attributes:
  •  Big picture, strategic thinker
  •  Policy Board experience
  •  Business acumen
  •  Active corporate network
  •  Revenue development expertise


The following would be valuable assets:
  •  Knowledge of Canadian and/or international sport system
  •  Experience in government relations
  • Financial, legal, risk management, human resources, marketing communications and/or information technology knowledge
  •  Experience with managing organizational change


Boxing Canada encourages nominations from women and other under‐represented populations that will
support board diversity. The Nomination Form included with this document is to be submitted to:
Boxing Canada


Deadline for Nominations is May 18, 2017



In August 2015, Boxing Canada began a project that led to significant bylaw changes and will result in
the board adopting a policy board approach to governing. The changes were motivated by “The Keegan
Report”, an assessment of the organization’s high performance system which also identified significant
problems with the governance structure of Boxing Canada including, among other factors, (a) lack of
role clarity in the authority and responsibility of the board and executive staff, (b) lack of oversight of
organizational performance: need for accountability at the board for measures organization
performance, and (c) insulated board composition, lack of turnover and board size.


At a Special General Meeting In February 2017, Boxing Canada approved bylaw amendments which:
  •  Eliminated non‐voting Member classes and reduced the number of voting Member classes from 18 to 3. The three classes are provincial associations which, depending on the number of registered individual members, have 1, 3 or 5 votes.
  •  Reduced the size of the board of directors from a possible maximum of 22 to 7. Board composition now comprises four regional Directors (East, Quebec, Ontario and West) and three Directors at Large. Directors will elect annually from among themselves a President and Vice‐President.
  •  Introduced term limits such that a director can serve two successive three year terms and provided for rotation in terms through the sequence of elections at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.


ELECTIONS (from the Bylaws)

3.1 The election of Directors will take place at the annual meeting and will take place in three parts:
3.1.1 In 2017, and every three years subsequent, the Director (East), the Director (West) and one (1) Director at Large will be elected to a term of three (3) years.
3.1.2 In 2017 the Director (Ontario) and one (1) Director at Large will be elected to a term of one (1) year, and in 2018 and every three years subsequent, the Director (Ontario) and the one (1) Director at Large will be elected to a term of three (3) years.
3.1.3 In 2017 the Director (Quebec) and one (1) Director at Large will be elected for a term for 2 years, and in 2019 and every three years subsequent, the Director (Quebec) and one (1) Director at Large will be elected for a term for three (3) years.


3.2 Elections will be held as required in following order:
a) Director (East) and Director (West) or Director (Ontario) or Director (Quebec)
b) Directors at Large


3.3 Any candidate who is not elected to the position of Director (East), Director (West), Director
(Quebec) or Director (Ontario) may choose, if eligible, to stand for election as Director at Large.


3.4 Any candidate elected to the position of Director cannot at the same time hold the position of
director with a Provincial/Territorial Branch, and must resign from their respective position as a
director of a Provincial/Territorial Branch within seven (7) days of being elected as Director and
provide the Association with notice of same.



The bylaws identify the Board’s duties:
a) The Board will set and monitor the accomplishment of the vision, mission, values (or their equivalent) and strategic direction of Boxing Canada;
b) The Board will provide continuity for Boxing Canada by ensuring its financial health;
c) The Board may employ or engage under contract such persons as it deems necessary to carry out the work of Boxing Canada;
d) The Board may make policies governing the management of the affairs of Boxing Canada;
e) The Board may determine registration procedures and membership fees, dues, assessments, charges and other registration requirements for Members;
f) The Board may borrow money upon the credit of Boxing Canada as it deems necessary in accordance with these bylaws; and
g) The Board may perform any other duties from time to time as may be in the best interests of Boxing Canada


The intention is that the Board of Directors will be a policy board. In general this means, that the board
will be concerned with issues and decisions related to the long‐term direction, sustainability and
relevance of Boxing Canada. Following is a general description of the roles of a policy board; this will be
confirmed and further detailed over time.
  •  Seek out the perspectives of the provincial branches in order to understand their priorities and values, and use these as the basis for the board’s decision‐making.
  •  Set strategic direction for the organization and establish written targets for what is to be achieved and not how targets are to be achieved and not which programs, tournaments, etc. are needed.
  •  Identify risks to the organization that are unacceptable and write them down as boundaries for staff action.
  •  Delegate to staff the authority to manage the organization in order to achieve outcomes within identified boundaries.
  •  Assess organizational (staff) performance regularly and rigorously.
  •  Practice discipline in recruiting and orienting new board members, meeting attendance and preparedness, decision, focus and avoidance of conflict of interest. Document these commitments.
  •  Regularly monitor and evaluate its own performance as a board.
  •  Report back to the Members on progress towards outcomes.



The Board of Directors normally meets face‐to‐face two times per year for 1 ó‐2 days, typically in May
or June and December. In its first two years, there may be an additional face‐to‐face meeting necessary
to establish the necessary strategic and policy framework. Meetings may require the director to travel
the evening before. In addition the board meets by teleconference on a schedule yet to be established
but it is reasonable to expect 1‐2 teleconferences of approximately 90 minutes between the face‐to‐face
meetings. The board will establish an audit committee, a nominations committee and such other
committees as it deems necessary. Board committees will normally meet by tele‐ or videoconference
and may meet in advance of the face‐to‐face board meetings.



If you are interested to apply for one of the position (or you would like to submit a candidate), please fill out this FORM 

If you would like to access the Call for Nominations and Form, click HERE.


Deadline is May 18, 2017