CAA Board of Directors – Public Representative Positions 2019

CAA Board of Directors – Public Representative Positions 2019


Do you have a passion for public service, self-regulation and winter industry?

If so you may be a candidate for a Public Representative Position on the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Board of Directors (BoD).


The Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) is Canada’s self-regulating body for avalanche professionals.


CAA members are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of avalanche safety and are committed to life-long learning and pursuit of excellence in their fields. 


Through our Mission and Vision, the CAA works to advance best practices in avalanche risk management in the public interest. 


The CAA has a dual mandate – to advocate for CAA members and to act in the public interest. The CAA board consists of nine directors. Two of the directors are not members of the CAA but are solicited from the public in order to represent the public interest and offer skills in areas outside those usually within the membership’s expertise (law, accounting, self-regulation, etc.). Public Representatives ensure that the CAA earns the Canadian public’s trust as the CAA regulates the practice of its members. For these reasons, this position is not available to CAA members. 


General Duties 

Directors of the CAA:

  • Oversee the strategic direction of the CAA 
  • Ensure the CAA is compliant with its commitments under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
  • Ensure CAA follows its bylaws 
  • Ensure CAA responds to the needs of its members and stakeholders 
  • Ensure the CAA is sustainable in both financial and human terms 
  • Ensure members are appropriately informed of decisions via minutes and other communications 
  • Ensure the executive director (ED) leads the staff towards the CAA’s goals 
  • Ensure each committee follows its terms of reference 
  • Act as a resource for the board, committees, and staff as appropriate 
  • Pass the annual budget and financial statements in addition to other motions as required 


Specific Duties

In addition to these broad duties, directors are generally expected to attend: 

  • Monthly meetings of the BoD – typically one to two hours on a Tuesday night later in the month via conference call
  • The CAA Spring Conference in whole or in part (particularly the AGM) 
  • Annual summer meeting of one to two days to galvanize the board and focus on the activities of the coming year and calls for action from CAA members 
  • Other meetings as required 


This is a volunteer position. Expenses incurred to attend CAA meetings are reimbursed per the CAA’s expense policy. CAA directors are covered by the CAA’s Directors and Officers insurance. 




  • Basic understanding of winter recreation, travel, and avalanche issues 
  • Previous experience on a not-for-profit board
  • Experience in accounting, law, or self-regulation is helpful but not essential


Election context

The CAA has two public representative positions up for election in the 2019 Annual General Meeting:

  • One of these positions has an incumbent – appointed by the board in 2018 but is obligated to stand for election at the 2019 AGM
  • The other is vacant – the director is stepping down after serving six years



Process to apply - Key timelines:

  • Candidates can learn more about the CAA via the CAA website and the governance page in particular
  • Candidates should email to request a candidate application form
  • Deadline to complete the candidate application form is April 7, 2019
  • Suitable candidates will have their bios presented to the CAA membership in advance of voting at the CAA AGM on May 7th, 2019

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