Shaping the future of sailing in Canada

Published on April 28th, 2021

The Nominating Committee of Sail Canada is calling for nominations from interested individuals who are prepared to help shape the future of the sport of Sailing in Canada and guide the overall strategic plan of the organization.

Candidates for election to the Sail Canada Board of Directors must be at least 18 years of age and be a member in good standing of a member club, class or other member organization.

The Board consists of the Chair, six Directors at large and two Athlete Directors. Every year at the Annual General Meeting, Board vacancies are replaced through an election by the Members.

The term of office for the Chair is two years and is eligible to be elected for a second term. Directors at large serve for three years in rotation with two retiring each year. Directors at large are eligible to be elected for a second term. Athlete Directors are elected by members of the Canadian Sailing Team in a separate process.

There will be two Director at large positions up for election at the 2021 Sail Canada Annual General Meeting to be held on or about October 22, 2021. One Director has completed a second and final three-year term and one Director has finished a first, three-year term. The Chair position is also up for election with the incumbent having completed the first of a possible two, 2-year terms.

The Nominating Committee performs a recruiting role in accordance with Sail Canada by-laws, issuing the call for candidates and publishing the list of candidates with brief biographies.

The Board has examined the professional skills and background of the existing Directors and has determined that the following skills are desired:
• Strong financial literacy and expertise, with previous treasurer experience preferred.
• Government and public relations experience.
• Fundraising and sponsorship supporting Not-For-Profit organizations.

These skill sets would enhance the Board and we encourage people with those backgrounds to apply.

The election process must ensure that there are no more than 4 directors who self-identify as the same gender, not including the Athlete Directors. The Nominating Committee is also tasked with ensuring that there is reasonable representation of official languages, regions, and differing physical abilities amongst the candidates.

Interested persons should send their name, contact information and qualifications to the Nominating Committee at sailcanada@sailing.ca.

To view the Sail Canada by-laws, click here.

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