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Board Election for ODD Years

General Role Description and Position Expectations

Every Board member is expected to promote and further the mission and vision of the OCC. Board members are essential to the OCC and act as a governance Board.  Responsibilities include:
  • Oversight of the management of the OCC.
  • Discussing, recommending and approving targets and projects for the OCC.
  • Developing and implementing a membership growth plan for the duration of their term.
  • Seeking and pursuing fundraising opportunities for the OCC.
  • Developing relationships with relevant stakeholders.
  • Initiating partnership and collaborative discussions with relevant stakeholders.
  • Completing the duties associated with their specific roles (read role descriptions for more information).
  • Being present at all Board meetings throughout their term.
    • Most meetings are virtual and last between 90 to 120 minutes.
    • Meetings frequency varies from one a quarter (regular year) to 10 meetings a year (times requiring further Board engagement).
    • When finances and other factors allow, one meeting is a weekend in person retreat hosted at different locations in the country. 
  • Participate online, or in person, in the yearly AGM, usually the 4th Saturday of October.
  • Volunteer and serve on various committees, or projects, as needed.

Positions Available this year

Members of the OCC Board are elected for a two year mandate. Every year, half of the board members' positions are up for election. The other half ensures continuity and mentorship for new Board members. This year, the following Board positions are open for new candidatures.  
  • Vice-President 
    • Member of the Executive Committee. This committee meets one week prior to Board meetings, AGMs and National Retreat. Executive Meetings are approximatively 2 hours in length.
  • Secretary 
    • Member of the Executive Committee. This committee meets one week prior to Board meetings, AGMs and National Retreat. Executive Meetings are approximatively 2 hours in length.
    • Calls Board and AGM meetings, writes agendas and keeps minutes.
  • Communication
    • Oversees Social Media.
    • In collaboration with staff, develops and implements communication policies.
  • Director for Indigenous Members
    • Represents the interests of Indigenous members of the OCC
    • Works with staff to identify ways to implement the mission in a manner that elevates Indigenous voices.
  • Director for Canada North
    • This director must reside in their respective region and be nominated by members of that region.
    • Promotes the interests of the OCC in the Northern Territories.
    • Promotes OCC courses and events in the Northern Territories.
    • Represents the interest of members from the the Northern Territories at OCC Board meetings. 
    • Supports the creation of a strong regional Network.
  • Director for the Prairies
    • This director must reside in their respective region and be nominated by members of that region.
    • Promotes the interests of the OCC in the Prairies.
    • Promotes OCC courses and events in the Prairies.
    • Represents the interest of members living in the prairies at OCC Board meetings. 
    • Supports the creation of a strong regional Network.
  • Director for Québec
    • This director must reside in their respective region and be nominated by members of that region.
    • Promotes the interests of the OCC in Québec.
    • Promotes OCC courses and events in Québec.
    • Represents the interest of members living in Québec at OCC Board meetings. 
    • Supports the creation of a strong regional Network.

Election Process for Board Positions

OCC elections happen at the yearly AGM meeting. Most often, voting is a public and open process. However, if requested and if necessary, voting can be done through private ballots. Some positions can be voted on by all members, and some positions can only be voted on by a restricted group of members.
  • All members can vote for the executive positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) and for the Director at-Large.
  • Regional Directors can only be chosen by members residing in their region.
  • The Director for Indigenous members can only be chosen by members who are of First Nation, Inuit, or Metis descent.
  • The Director of the Associate members can only be chosen by members holding such type of membership with the OCC.

Contact 


If you are interested in becoming a member of the OCC board, please contact the Chair of the Nomination Committee. To contact the Chair, send an email to admin@outdoorcouncil.ca and we will forward your request to the Board Director overseeing elections that year.

Please include:
  • Your contact information (email, phone, address).
  • A resume detailing your Board experience, fundraising experience, work, outdoor leadership and volunteer experience. 
  • The position you are applying for and a short description of why you are interested. 


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