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Board Election for Even Years

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.  
  • President 
          • Member of the Executive Committee. This committee meets one week prior to Board meetings, AGMs and National Retreat. Meetings are approximatively 2 hours in length.
          • Represents the OCC on the Board of the Outdoor Council of Canada Foundation. The Board of the OCCF meets twice a year.
          • Member of the Curriculum Committee. This committee meets approximatively once a month.
          • Full role description.
  • Treasurer 
          • Member of the Executive Committee. This committee meets one week prior to Board meetings, AGMs and National Retreat. Meetings are approximatively 2 hours in length.
          • Represents the OCC on the Board of the Outdoor Council of Canada Foundation. The Board of the OCCF meets twice a year.
          • (Description to come)
  • Director at-Large
          • (Description to come)
  • Director for National Outdoor Initiative
          • (Description to come)
  • Director for British Columbia
          • This director must reside in their respective region and be nominated by members of that region.
          • Promotes the interests of the OCC in British Columbia.
          • Promotes OCC courses and events in British Columbia.
          • Represents the interest of British Columbia at OCC Board meetings. 
          • Supports the creation of a strong regional Network.
          • Full role description (to come).
  • Director for the Maritimes
          • This director must reside in their respective region and be nominated by members of that region.
          • Promotes the interests of the OCC in the Maritimes.
          • Promotes OCC courses and events in the Maritimes.
          • Represents the interest of the Maritimes at OCC Board meetings. 
          • Supports the creation of a strong regional Network.
          • Full role description (to come).
  • Director for Ontario
          • This director must reside in their respective region and be nominated by members of that region.
          • Promotes the interests of the OCC in Ontario.
          • Promotes OCC courses and events in Ontario.
          • Represents the interest of Ontario at OCC Board meetings. 
          • Supports the creation of a strong regional Network.
          • Full role description (to come).

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 as such are considered part of a working 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.
  • 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.
          • Three two hour online meetings in February, May and September.
          • One full day in person meeting the third week of November. Usually in Calgary, Alberta.
          • Special unscheduled meetings may be required from time to time depending on emerging issues.
  • 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.

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 and Treasurer) and for the Director at-Large.
  • Regional Directors can only be chosen by members residing in their region.
  • The Director for Aboriginal members can only be chosen by members who are of First Nation, Inuit, or Metis descent.
  • The Director of Membership can only be chosen by members holding such type of membership with the OCC.
  • The Director of the National Outdoor Initiative 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 berniewoods@shaw.ca

Please include:
  • Your contact information (email, phone, address).
  • A resume detailing your 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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