Board of Directors

Board of Directors


  • Jim Allison, President
  • Susan Auch, Vice President
  • Jim Elliott, Director
  • Antonio Faiola, Director
  • Blair R. Carbert, Director
  • Denis Leclerc, Director
  • Tony Main, Treasurer
  • Liam McFarlane, Athletes director

Minutes / Summary

Term of Office

Directors run for office and are elected for a two-year term. On even years, the president, two directors at large and the athletes director will be elected. On odd years, the treasurer and three directors at large will be elected.The athletes director shall be elected by skaters on the national team list for both short track and long track from among candidates nominated by these same skaters for a term of two years, and the results of this election will be announced at the AGM.

Voting Procedures

Nominations and voting for the office of president and treasurer will occur independently at the annual general meetings. Directors at large shall be elected on a single ballot with those nominees receiving first and second place voting being elected directors on even years and nominees receiving first, second and third place voting being elected directors on odd years.

Geographical Limitations

A maximum of two of the board of directors consisting of president, treasurer and five directors at large, will be from a single province or territory.


The powers of the Board of Directors are those assigned under By-Law 38.


Should any vacancy occur, the board of directors may fill such a vacancy at its discretion for the remaining period of the term.


The board of directors shall have the power to decide questions not governed and determined by the constitution and bylaws.

Roles and Responsibilities - Board of Directors

The board of directors is accountable to the AGM and the membership at large, and shall function as a policy board and the roles and responsibilities of the board include those as described below, but do not exclude any role or responsibility which is consistent with its role as a policy board. It is expected that the board of directors will carry out its responsibilities in a consultative fashion.

  • Establish purpose, values and philosophy of the association
  • Establish goals for the association
  • Create, promote, protect and modify the vision of the association
  • Develop long term plans and monitor their results
  • Evaluate results that the association achieves
  • Provide leadership to the association and enforce values and ethics
  • Develop organisational policies which govern the course of action of committees and professional employees; provide guidelines for conduct; express how values and philosophies of the association are to be enacted; and outline results to be achieved and how they contribute to the purpose of the association
  • Ensure SSC meets all legal requirements as established by law and the organisation’s bylaws and constitution
  • Establish and update constitution and bylaws
  • Receive annual report of auditors
  • Receive and approve operating budget on an annual basis
  • Ensure the long term financial stability of the association
  • Identify need for new or revised organisational policy
  • Ensure the hiring, supervision and evaluation of the chief executive officer
  • Determine SSC’s representation with international and national organisations and links with other communities
  • Develop a long term strategy for securing international competitions
  • Plan leadership to ensure quality, succession and continuity (orientation of new board members, board training and development)
  • Ensure a nominations process for the annual general meeting
  • Evaluate the function and performance of the board
  • Act as the appeal body for the association except in respect to its own actions
  • Provide for the recognition of members through annual awards process
  • Promote SSC’s programs to its members, public sponsors and the media

Roles and Responsibilities - President

The roles and responsibilities of the president include those described below, but do not exclude any role or responsibility which is not consistent with the role of a president of a policy board.

  • Official head of the association and represents it as required
  • Acts as official spokesperson for SSC
  • Serves as the chair of the board and ensures that the Board behaves consistently with its own rules and those legitimately imposed upon it from outside the organisation
  • Ensures board meetings discuss only those issues which belong to the board and not to the operations
  • Ensures the board’s deliberations are fair, open and thorough but also efficient, timely and orderly
  • Ensures notices of meetings and agendas for the board and annual general meeting are circulated
  • Ensures that board members are informed of all critical matters
  • Ensures that branch presidents are informed of all critical matters
  • Ensures that committee members are informed of all critical matters
  • Directly oversees the work of the chief executive officer, and ensures that annual performance appraisal of chief executive officer is carried out.

Committee Ineligibility

A member of the Board of Directors shall not be eligible to be appointed to any of the Competitions Development, Coaching Development, Officials Development, Club and Membership Development, Short Track High Performance or Long Track High Performance committees.