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Call for nominations - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Water Polo Canada is extending an invitation for nominations to all individuals interested in serving on the Board of Directors.

The Water Polo Canada Board of Directors oversees the policies of the Association, the budget, produces a strategic plan and reviews that plan often to ensure objectives are met. The Water Polo Canada Board conducts itself in a businesslike fashion. Individuals who apply for a Board position should be aware that it is a policy governance Board and Directors will be expected to be responsible for or participate in certain portfolios.

The calendar leading to the elections, as stated by Water Polo Canada’s Bylaws :

  • April 9, 2019: Call for Nominations
  • May 10, 2019: Deadline for nominations
  • May 24, 2019: Nomination list's publication
  • June 9, 2019: Elections at AGM


      a. At least sixty (60) days prior to the AGM, the Board shall issue a written call for nominations for the positions of Director.

b. The call for nominations shall be sent to all members of the Board and to each affiliated Provincial/Territorial Section.

c. Nominations for positions of Director shall be received in writing by the Standing Nominations Committee at least 30 days prior to the AGM.

d. Fifteen (15) days prior to the AGM, WPC shall deliver a copy of the nominations received to members of the Board and to each affiliated Provincial/Territorial Section.

The 2019 Nominating Committee members:

  • Josée Lanouette, WPC Director (Chair)
  • Teddy Katz, WPC Director
  • Mylène Turcotte-Fitzgerald, WPC Staff

The Board as it stands today is composed of the following individuals:



Term ends

Conrad Hadubiak (SK)



Josée Lanouette (QC)



Doug MacLaren (BC)



Paul Fritz-Németh (ON)



Kathleen Dawson (MB)



Ariane Clavet-Gaumont (QC)


2019 *

Teddy Katz (ON)



Jared Gillespie (ON)









**To ensure that no more than half the board is up for re-election each year, the terms of the two vacant positions will end at the mentioned date.

There are six (6) positions (*, **) open: five (5) Director Positions and the position of president of the board.

WPC’s board functions best when there is gender equity and Canada-wide representation. WPC encourages qualified applicants to apply from areas currently not represented. As well, the Board is strongest and most effective when the following core competencies are represented, with each Director contributing knowledge, experience, and skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Audit and Finance
  • Governance (board experience)
  • Risk Management
  • Business Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Fundraising
  • Policy Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Knowledge of water polo and the Canadian sport system is an asset

Above all, Directors must understand the duties and responsibilities of a board of directors. Directors should, ideally, be financially literate and be familiar with processes involved in evaluating organizational performance.

Water Polo Canada’s 2018-2019 Board is 38% female. Sport Canada’s Sport Funding and Accountability Framework (general criteria #13 Equity and Access) states, among other things, that a National Governing Body’s Board should be 40% female; therefore, it is Water Polo Canada’s intent to search for qualified candidates to help comply with these criteria. Water Polo Canada is making a special call to female candidates to send in their nominations to ensure that we maintain our composition of at least 40% female. We also welcome new Canadians who have the above-mentioned background and are looking to develop their Canadian experience with a network of leaders who share a common passion to help sport and youth reach their potential.

Below is an outline of the role and responsibilities of Board:

 1.  General Board Responsibilities

  • ensure ethical conduct of the organization
  • ensure financial responsibility and viability of the organization
  • articulate and communicate the vision and priorities
  • manage the relationship with senior staff
  • monitor the ongoing progress of the organization
  • maintain overall stewardship and governance of the organization
2. Responsibilities of Board Members
  • attend Board meetings
  • attend other meetings as required
  • attend competitions in local area
  • complete tasks as required from minutes of meetings and other committee tasks
3.  Time Commitment (Directors)

  • attendance at the AGM each year (Friday to Sunday inclusive)
  • monthly Board meetings (2-3-hour conference call on a weekday night)
  • at least 5 – 10 hours per month depending on other roles
  • term of office is two years

       4. Time Commitment (President)

  • all of the Director’s time commitment plus 10+ hours a week
  • attend occasional meetings usually in Ottawa, Montreal or Calgary

 5 . Benefits

  • an opportunity to actively work with an engaging network of individuals who are passionate about the sport of water polo in Canada
  • an opportunity for personal and professional development
  • to actively contribute to Canada being a leader in High Performance, in growth of water polo and in organizational excellence
  • an opportunity to actively contribute to Canada becoming the number one water polo nation and be part of a special sport community.

Each nomination

  • must be submitted in writing
  • must include a motivation letter including areas of expertise/interest and how this skill set will contribute to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • A declaration of presence or absence of conflict of interest.
  • must include a résumé with at least one reference.

The nominees must declare any conflicts they may have as stated by WPC’s Conflict of Interest Policy . Included as potential conflicts are having a relative on one of the National Team Programs and/or being a PSO Board member and/or being a Club Board member. All elected Board members must adhere to the Board Member Code of Conduct.

Please send nominations to the following email address:

Should you have any questions regarding the Board of Directors and the nomination of individuals for this Board, please feel free to contact any member of the committee at .

Thank you for your diligent attention to this important matter for our organization.



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