Following the inaugural Annual General Meeting in June, the Board of CMC held its first regular meeting in Ottawa on September 22 and 23.
Half of the Board members being new, a roundtable took place to identify the Directors’ expectations for the year. There was agreement around the table that implementing the resolutions approved at the AGM will be a priority. These included a motion to engage closely with CMC members and delegates in the coming year as well as development of a government affairs strategy that positions CMC as the go‑to organization for co-op and mutual issues.
The Board took time to acknowledge the work already accomplished since the creation of CMC. A lot of effort has been invested in developing and implementing the policies, procedures and processes that now form a solid foundation for the future. The Board confirmed that CMC was in a solid position to focus on actions that will deliver on its members’ expectations.
The Board was very pleased to approve two requests for membership: Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec and The Agency for Co-operative Housing. This brings the number of CMC members to 62.
The Board made a commitment to having a high profile at the upcoming Summit October 6 to 9 and eleven of fourteen Directors confirmed they will be attending. CMC, being a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the Board decided that the President, the 2 Vice-Presidents and the Executive Director would represent the association at ICA’s General Assembly, which is taking place during the Summit.
To better represent Canada and Canadian co-operatives and mutuals internationally, Directors agreed that CMC should be more involved in the activities of ICA Americas.
The Board approved a proposal to strengthen its strategic plan by adding a mandate and guiding principles. These were originally developed by the working group and transition committee and have been further refined to help inform operational decisions.
The Board also reviewed a preliminary communication plan for the year, which included plans to launch a member intranet and working group to expand internal communications.
The Board Committee composition was further determined. The Board appointed Jack Wilkinson as the Chair of the Government Affairs Committee and Nick Sidor as the Chair of the Nominating Committee and as member of the Awards Committee. A call to members will be made to complement the composition of these committees.
Finally, the Board attended to its regular business including receiving committee reports and the Executive Director’s report and operational plan for the year. The next Board meeting will be on November 25, 2014.