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Call for Expression of Interest to serve on the Board of Directors

Call for Expression of Interest
to serve on the CIFST Board of Directors

Expressions of Interest must be received by 30 March 2014
SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST IS NOW CLOSED

CIFST's Annual General Meeting will be held on August 19th during the 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, which is being hosted by CIFST and IUFoST in Montreal, QC.  In preparation for the AGM and the election of CIFSTís Board of Directors, the Nominating Committee has been mandated to prepare a slate of candidates for presentation to members.

To facilitate the preparation of the slate and to ensure that the process is open to all members, the Nominating Committee is now issuing a Call for Expression of Interest from the members of CIFST to serve on the Board of Directors.

NOMINATION PROCESS

The CIFST Nominating Committee oversees the nomination process for the Board of Directors.  The process begins with the Nominating Committee issuing a Call for Expression of Interest to serve on the Board of Directors.  The Nominating Committee considers submissions from members (although expressions of interest do not guarantee nomination), and then utilizes the characteristics, competencies, skills and special considerations outlined below to develop a slate of officers and directors for approval by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.  Expressions of Interest must be received by 30 March 2014.

 Download CIFST Board - Expression of Interest Form - 2014 (DOC)

BOARD COMPOSITION

As oultined in the CIFST By-laws the volunteer members of the Board of Directors includes the following:

Officers and Executive Committee
1) President
2) President-Elect
3) P
ast-President

Directors
4
) Director, Regional Section Advisory Council
5) Director, Scientific Expert Councils
6) Director, Committee Liaisons and/or special projects
7) Director, Committee Liaisons and/or special projects

Click here for a list of the current Board of Directors.

CIFST BOARD INVOLVEMENT, DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS

  • Executive Committee meetings are held by teleconference as needed. Officers are expected to participate regularly.
  • Board meetings are held at least six times annually, usually by teleconference. Directors are expected to participate in these meetings.
  • Directors are expected to support the goals, events and activities of the Institute.
  • There is no expense reimbursement for CIFST directors, and no remuneration.
  • CIFST maintains general liability insurance for the association, and Director and Officer Liability insurance for the Board of Directors. Coverage assumes due diligence in carrying out duties and obligations (meeting attendance, active participation, etc) and does not excuse negligence.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD DIRECTOR

  • Is a member of CIFST and has served as a CIFST volunteer
  • Willing to commit time
  • Rational, prudent and practical
  • Supports proper financing
  • Listens, takes duties seriously
  • Honours rules, regulations and procedures
  • Fulfils responsibilities and assignments
  • Consistent and congruent
  • Sees dignity in members and staff
  • Empathetic and tolerant
  • Has personal and professional goals and principles

DIRECTOR COMPETENCIES, SKILLS AND SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Following are competencies, skills and special considerations for the Nominating Committee to reflect on when evaluating board candidates. Not all candidates are expected to meet all requirements or considerations; however, consideration of these factors allows the Committee to develop a desired profile or combinations of profiles for future directors.

Personal/Interpersonal competencies

  • Rational, prudent and practical
  • Listens, takes duties seriously
  • Communicates ideas and opinions in a positive manner
  • Works well in a team environment
  • Consistent and congruent
  • Empathetic and tolerant
  • Honest and earnest
  • Sees dignity in members and staff
  • Has personal and professional goals and principles

Governance competencies

  • Honours rules, regulations and procedures
  • Fulfils responsibilities and assignments
  • Thinks strategically
  • Understands the difference between governance and management
  • Understands risk management

Technical skills or experience (Any of the following could bring value to the Board and CIFST)

  • Finance and/or accounting
  • Marketing
  • Business management
  • Law
  • Information technology

Strategic competencies (Any of the following could bring value to the Board and CIFST)

  • Knowledge of resources or experience in creating new partnerships
  • Knowledge of food industry business climate, academic environment and/or government

Sectoral considerations

With priority given to the above competencies, skills and experience, the Board of Directors should strive to reflect representation from industry, academia and government.

Geographic considerations

With priority given to the above competencies, skills and experience, the Board of Directors should strive to reflect geographic representation from across Canada.

CIFST BOARD GUIDELINES AND COMMITMENTS

All Board members must agree to support the five major functions of the Board:

1. Maintain and perpetuate the organization as a viable, relevant, effective and legal entity.
2. Act as a trustee of membersí interests.
3. Plan for the organizationís future role and scope of activities.
4. Assure and provide operation requirements.
5. Measure progress towards stated goals and control resource allocation.

All Board members must agree to:

1. Remain well informed about the work of the organization and its specific objectives.
2. Understand the role of the organization, its members, its aims its services, and its environment.
3. Be thoughtful and objective, in all deliberations.
4. Make decisions in the context of the organization as a whole.
5. Represent the good of the profession and sector versus any special interest, geographic or personal constituency.
6. Attend and participate in Board and/or Executive Committee meetings as required.
7. Complete tasks and projects assigned and accepted.
8. Demonstrate support for the goals, events and activities of the Institute.
9. Inform the Board and Executive Committee of the needs and concerns of members.
10. Publicize the value and work of the organization and broaden interest in it by using opportunities to explain the organizationís policies and services to relevant audiences.
11. Self-evaluate their performance as a director each year.

All Board members must agree not to:

1. Authorize the use of, or use for the benefit or advantage of any person, the name, emblem, endorsement, services, or property of the organization except in conformance the organization policy.

2. Accept, or seek on their behalf, any financial advantage or gain of other than nominal value offered as a result of their organization affiliation.

3. Publicly utilize any organization affiliation in connection with the promotion of partisan politics, religious matters, or positions on any issue not in conformity with the position of the organization.

4. Disclose any confidential information that is available solely as a result of their affiliation with the organization to any person not authorized to receive such information or use the disadvantage of the organization any confidential information, without the expressed authorization of the organization.

5. Knowingly take any action or make any statement intended to influence the conduct of the organization in such a way as to confer any financial benefit on myself or any corporation or entity in which they have a significant interest or affiliation.

6. Operate in any manner that is contrary to the best interest of the organization.

 


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