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Call for Nominations: BTC Board of Directors

The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) Board of Directors is seeking to fill fifteen vacancies at our upcoming Annual Meeting on September 21, 2019.

About the Board and this year’s call for nominations:

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors, with each member serving a minimum three-year term. In accordance with the BTC by-laws, elections are held for the membership to select qualified directors to fill any vacancies arising each year. This year’s election will be held at the BTC Annual Meeting on September 21, 2019, hosted by the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club in Hamilton.

At the upcoming BTC Annual Meeting, the Board is seeking to fill fifteen (15) vacancies, with six (6) being nominees who have sufficient ties with the following Clubs:  Niagara, Toronto, Caledon Hills, Beaver Valley, Sydenham, or Peninsula.

Qualifications & Requirements:

The base eligibility and qualification criteria, as set out in the BTC by-laws and in provincial laws, require that director candidates must:

1.  be a member in good standing of the BTC;
2.  be 18 years of age;
3.  not be an undischarged bankrupt;
4.  not be found under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 or under the Mental Health Act to be incapable of managing property;
5.  not be found to be incapable by any court in Canada or elsewhere; and
6.  not be an “ineligible individual” under the Income Tax Act.

In addition, the BTC’s Nominations for the Board Policy requires that directors possess core competencies and attributes which include demonstrating a commitment to the BTC’s mission and values, a willingness to be open-minded and to think strategically. The Board seeks the appropriate balance of the following core competencies:

1.   Connection to ‘on the ground BTC activities’;
2.   Government and stakeholder relations/communications skills;
3.   Board Governance Certification;
4.   Strategic capability and senior leadership experience;
5.   Fundraising experience and knowledge;
6.   Property acquisition and land management knowledge;
7.   Finance, accounting and controls knowledge and experience;
8.   People management knowledge and experience;
9.   Legal knowledge skills and experience;
10. Risk management experience.

In calling for nominations, specific skills being sought this year include fundraising and/or legal knowledge.

Also required is an ability to devote the necessary time required to be a fully participating member of the Board. Board meetings are held six times a year, usually the first Saturday of the month in September, October, December, February, April and June. Meetings are usually held at the BTC head office in Dundas. In addition, directors typically sit on Board committees, are expected to set an example by pledging a personal financial commitment and are encouraged to take active roles in fundraising campaigns.

The Governance Committee has established a Nominating Task Force to oversee the nomination process and who recommends a slate with the right balance of competencies to the Board.

To Apply:

All members wishing to be considered for a director position should download this Nomination Form:

•    Nomination Form - BTC Board of Directors [pdf]

Mail, email or fax the completed form and profile/resume and any other related documents to:

The Bruce Trail Conservancy
Attn: Executive Assistant
PO Box 857, Hamilton, ON  L8N 3N9
Fax: 905-628-8081

Nominations are to be received by the BTC head office by 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2019.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their completed nomination form well in advance of this deadline.

At the conclusion of the nominations vetting process, the Board approve a recommended slate for presentation to the members at the Annual Meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Cynthia Archer, Chair of the Nominating Task Force at