CDA/ACB Gazette
July 2017

Nominations for CDA Directors & Officers Close July 31

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The Canadian Dam Association depends on volunteers to lead the Association by serving on the Board of Directors.  The CDA board strongly encourage members to consider volunteering for the board or speaking to colleagues and friends in the industry who may be interested in giving back to the Association.

What does the board do?
The Board is responsible for the effective management of CDA. It sets strategy, develops programs for members’ benefit, provides due diligence and oversight to staff, ensures members’ rights are upheld, and has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure the CDA’s resources are used appropriately.

Who is eligible to sit on the board?
To be eligible to sit on the board, you must be a member in good standing and be nominated and seconded by two members of CDA.  

Why should I sit on the board?
These volunteer positions are excellent opportunities to contribute to your Association and the Canadian dam industry.  

How many meetings are there annually?
All directors are expected to attend and participate in two in-person meetings annually and regular conference calls. They also participate on or lead task groups and/or committees and may be called upon to organize local events.

When are elections?
Elections are held annually as needed.  This year’s elections will be held over the summer months with ratification at the Annual General Meeting on Oct. 17 in Kelowna.

What positions need to be filled?  How long are the terms?
The following positions need to be filled for terms beginning October 17, 2017:

* Vice President (three-year commitment);
* Secretary Treasurer (two-year term)
* Director-at-Large (two-year term)
* Provincial/ Territorial directors for Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Territories (two-year term).

Are board members paid?
Some financial support is available for attendance at in-person meetings.

What if I have questions about being a board member?
For more information regarding the duties of the Board members, please contact your current provincial/territorial director, any member of the Executive Committee, or Executive Director Don Butcher at

What should I do if I’m interested in becoming a board member?
We would also ask that you include with the nomination a short description of your background and engagement with the CDA or other volunteer based organizations.  Complete details regarding the nomination process are posted on the CDA website 

Members should note that completed nomination forms are due July 31. 

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