Boxing Canada is issuing a Call for Nominations for its Board of Directors (2017)
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
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:
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.
TIME COMMITMENT AND MEETINGS
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
Posted on: May 12, 2017