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CALL FOR BOARD MEMBERS (DIRECTORS)

The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is seeking Directors for the CSCA Board.

According to the CSCA By Laws, eligible candidates must be nominated and elected by Members.

See Below:

  • Description of the position
  • Eligibility
  • Process for nominating and applying

If you are eligible, interested and qualified for this position, please review the process to apply.

The closing date July 29, 2017 at midnight.

If you have any questions please email csca.secretary@spacecommerce.ca

DESCRIPTION of POSITION:

The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is Canada’s national association for the space sector, representing industry, academia, professionals, young entrepreneurs and students.

CSCA’s purpose is to support the competitive, legal, strategic, academic and educational interests of the Canadian commercial space and defence sectors. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Thought leadership on Canadian space program priorities.
  • Access to investment and other forms of capital for space companies.
  • Advance the scientific and academic supports for research and development.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to encourage a commercially minded regulatory environment.
  • Encourage development of infrastructure required to sustain the space sector in Canada.
  • Deliver professional education, topical content and cutting edge technological developments to all members.

The CSCA has been a registered not-for-profit since 2007.

OVERVIEW:

The CSCA Board is a progressive, policy governance Board of Directors.  We are seeking dynamic and strategic thinkers and doers, with a creative and constructive mindset who are passionate ambassadors for Canadian space.

The Board of Directors sets the strategy and long term strategic mission, vision and direction for the organization. Collaborating very closely with Association Management, the Board supports and ensures the growth of the Association and delivers value to its members.

Made up of exclusively volunteers, the Board brings a wide variety of skill sets, business acumen and leadership experiences that provide oversight to the Organization through best practices governance.

Functional experience includes but is not limited to Finance, Marketing, Branding, Communications, HR, Legal, Technology, Compliance and Corporate Governance and Fundraising.

Expectations of Board Members:

  1. Regularly attend Board meetings, Member meetings and Association activities.
  2. Make a serious commitment to participate actively in Board and Association work.
  3. Volunteer for, and willingly accept, assignments, completing them thoroughly and on time.
  4. Remain informed about Board and Association matters. Prepare for meetings and review and comment on minutes and reports.
  5. Familiarize themselves with other members and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus.
  6. Actively participate in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts.
  7. Participates in fund raising for the organization and actively engage their network.

The Board meets at least bi-monthly (every two months) and the expected time commitment is approximately 2 days per month.

Fine Print:

  • Nominated candidates will be required to:
    • Complete a Directors and Officers Disclosure form which will be reviewed by the Elections Officer. It will not be disclosed to other directors or members. It will be retained within corporate files;
    • Submit a resume which will be reviewed by the Board; and
    • A Biography which will be disseminated to members prior to the election.
  • Upon appointment, Directors will be required to sign a Directors agreement to protect the Association and the Director.

ELIGIBILITY and PROCESS

Eligibility and process are pursuant to CSCA governing By Laws 2.1. (link here)

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Applying Director must be a member in good standing (CSCA By Law 2.1 Section 5.5)
  2. Directors must be eligible to hold office pursuant to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (S.C. 2009, c. 23) Part 9, Section 126(1) where the following persons are disqualified from being a director of a corporation:
    1. anyone who is less than 18 years of age;
    2. anyone who has been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country;
    3. a person who is not an individual; and
    4. a person who has the status of a bankrupt.

PROCESS

  1. Candidates must be nominated by a Member in good standing of the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) or nominated by themselves, provided they are Members in good standing of CSCA.
  2. Nominations are to be sent by email to the Elections Officer (EO) at csca.secretary@spacecommerce.ca, copying the individual nominated, if s/he is nominating another.
  3. Nominations must be received by the deadline date.
  4. Those nominated must “Reply to All” accepting or declining the nomination.
  5. If the nominee declines, the EO will send an email confirmation that the candidate has been removed from candidacy for election.
  6. Upon acceptance of the nomination the EO will respond with:
    1. Confirmation that the candidate will be entered into candidacy for election;
    2. Enclose the Directors and Officers Disclosure Form (DOD) for completion;
    3. Request a Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
    4. Request a Biography of the Candidate (between 100-500 words); and
    5. Outline instructions and the process to the candidate;
  7. Nominees must complete the DOD and submit the completed DOD to the EO at csca.secretary@spacecommerce.ca, by the deadline date. Nominees must complete the DOD to be included on the ballot. Nominees have the right to decline to complete the DOD, however, they will not be included as eligible candidates for election. Any nominees that have not submitted the DOD by the deadline date, will be automatically disqualified.
  8. Nominees must also submit a resume outlining their achievements which will remain on file at the CSCA. It will NOT be made publicly available. It must be submitted by the deadline date.
  9. Nominees must also submit a short biography that is minimum 100 words maximum 500 words that describe the nominee’s achievements and the benefit that individual will bring to the Organization. The biography WILL BE made publicly available to the Membership within the meeting materials. It must be submitted by the deadline date.

What happens next:

  • The Biography information that has been submitted will be circulated to all members for review prior to the election. Please note that the DOD and the Resume/CV will not be circulated.
  • Your name will be entered on the Proxy form for absentee ballots to be submitted and tallied during the AGM.
  • During the AGM the Elections Officer will manage the election process.
  • The Election Officer will announce the new directors at the AGM.
  • If you are not present during the AGM you are still eligible to stand on the ballot and be elected.

If you have any questions, please contact the Election Officer at csca.secretary@spacecommerce.ca. This is a confidential email address. The current Board members do not access this email address. The Board Members are not the Elections Officer.