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Commonwealth Games Canada – OTTAWA, July 8, 2016 – Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) is seeking nominations to fill four (4) volunteer board positions and eight (8) individual members with passionate, energetic and enthusiastic individuals who are able to dedicate their time and expertise to grow the Commonwealth Sport Movement, Commonwealth Games Canada and our Canadian sport system.

CGC is the international franchise holder for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Sport Movement in Canada, and an active, contributing member of the Canadian sport community. Led by its volunteer Board and supported by professional staff, CGC is committed to strengthening sport in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth.

CGC exists to support our country’s participation in this unique ‘family of sport’ competition and is also a Commonwealth leader in sport and development internationally.

CGC is the only Canadian sport organization that delivers both high performance sport programs in Canada and sport for development programs abroad. It leverages the transformative powers of sport to inspire and make a difference in countries around the world. 

For more information on the CGC and its Strategic Plan, Mission Vision & Values, please visit our website at:


CGC’s Board of Directors is composed of 8 Directors from across the country with diverse backgrounds and expertise in sport, community, business, Games, communications and other areas critical to its operations.

Elections by voting members occur every two (2) years, in the even numbered years (i.e. 2016, 2018). Each Director’s term of office is four (4) years and can serve a maximum of two (2) terms.

The board contributes to the organization through its unique role of stewardship and ensuring proper governance.  To distinguish between the Board’s own unique job and that of the CEO, the Board will concentrate its efforts on the following outcomes:

  • Establishing a strategic plan that sets out the organization’s mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities and monitoring progress against measurable goals.
  • Establishing a brand that reflects the mandate of the organization and leads to brand recognition within the Canadian sport community and public at large.
  • Appointing, compensating, and evaluating the CEO.
  • Ensuring effective oversight of organization management.
  • Amending the organization’s by-laws and presenting them for ratification at a subsequent meeting of the members.
  • Establishing financial policies and approving the business plan, budget, financial controls, and financial statements.
  • Establishing and monitoring adherence to governance and organization policies.
  • Establishing performance indicators and annually evaluating its performance as a board against the same.
  • Ensuring effective succession.
  • Ensure Board self-evaluation and succession plan and replace any vacancies that may occur.


CGC’s Individual Members of 16 are also from across the country with diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Elections by voting members occur every two (2) years, in the even numbered years (i.e. 2016, 2018). Each Member’s term is four (4) years and can serve a maximum of two (2) terms.

The Individual Members play an important role in the Organization by:

  • Electing the Board of Directors
  • Provide additional resources and expertise for the Board and Staff
  • Provide the necessary working hands to complement the professional staff on various committees and tasks
  • Chair and/or participate in various committees (Standing & Adhoc)


Minimum Requirements
As per the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, the minimum requirements to be eligible as a CGC Director are:

  • Must be a resident of Canada
  • Must be of legal age (18 years or older)
  • Has not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country
  • Not have the status of bankrupt
  • Have the power under law to contract (i.e. age of majority, not mentally incapacitated)
  • Satisfy the requirement of the Income Tax Act in relation to the eligibility to serve as a

      Director of a registered charity (i.e. relevant criminal offense)

Time Commitment / Meetings
Elected Directors are expected to commit the necessary time required to perform Board and Committee responsibilities.  On average, CGC has 2 face-to-face Board Meetings per year and 2-3 conference calls (1 hour each).  Chairing & participation on at least one CGC Standing Committee is required.

Individual Members are expected to commit the necessary time required to perform the duties assigned to them.  Each Individual Member must sit on at least one CGC Committee.  Each committee averages approx. 3-5 conference calls of one hour per year plus attendance at the Annual General Meeting.  Committees are all hands on working committees, not just providing advice and guidance.

Directors will be recruited based upon their demonstrated ability to contribute significantly to the leadership of CGC and to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities.

Specific Characteristics & Competencies of Directors for Elections 2016
CGC is currently seeking expertise in the areas of finance, business, corporate, marketing and communications.  The specific characteristics and competencies as outlined below will complement the overall body of knowledge and skills possessed by the Board and its Directors as a whole, to effectively govern the CGC and its operations.

Treasurer Position (1 position available)
The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds and securities of the Corporation and shall keep full and accurate accounts of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements of the Corporation in the books belonging to the Corporation and shall deposit all monies, securities and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in such chartered bank or trust company, or, in the case of securities, in such registered dealer in securities, as may be determined by the Board of Directors from time to time.  The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation as may be directed by proper authority taking proper vouchers for such disbursements, and shall render to the President and Board of Directors at regular meetings of the Board of Directors, or whenever they may require it, an accounting of all the transactions and a statement of the financial position of the Corporation.

Directors (3 positions available)
CGC is looking for individual(s) to build upon their current complement of Board expertise that will allow CGC to continue to grow and develop strong connections within the corporate and

business sector. Elected directors will be a complement of the following skillsets and competencies:

· Financial Acumen

· Business Acumen

· Revenue Generation

· Fund Development

· Corporate Influence

· Marketing / Branding

· Communications

· Media/Social Media

Note: For all Director positions open for elections in 2016, not all skills & competencies identified above are expected of each Director position. The specific characteristics and competencies will be a balance and complement of the overall body of knowledge and skills possessed by the Board as a whole.

Individual Members (up to 8 positions available)
CGC is looking for individual(s) with experience and expertise to fill a number of key committees (i.e. Governance, Finance, High Performance, Bidding and Alumni)


Interested candidates for both Elected Director and Individual Member positions are required to provide a maximum 2-page profile, which includes the following information:

  • Name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers, email address, best contact time
  • Reason for expression of interest, what you feel you can contribute to the CGC
  • Skills, education, certification, and experience related to the position
  • Sport/community/business accomplishments
  • A list of references

Applications should be emailed to Nominations Committee at:

The deadline for applications is midnight EST on Sunday, September 4, 2016.

The CGC Members will elect the Directors and Individuals Members in accordance with CGC By-laws and CGC’s Nominations & Elections Policy and Procedures.

The Nominations Committee will consider all candidates and will evaluate each of them, based on the requirements, competencies and skill sets as noted above. In addition, the Nominations Committee will apply the overriding principles of ensuring the promotion of diversity of the Board in relation to regional balance, age, language, gender, ethnicity, under-represented groups, persons’ with a disability, professional backgrounds and personal experiences.

The successful election of Directors, will be based upon the candidate’s demonstrated characteristics, skills and competencies, all of which will contribute to the overall leadership and strategic direction of the CGC.

The 2016 Elections for CGC will take place in Edmonton, Alberta on October 5, 2016 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).