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Islands Trust Conservancy - 1 member
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Business and Structure
The Islands Trust Conservancy is a separate corporate entity within the Islands Trust, empowered to acquire and hold money, land and interest in land within the trust area and to administer and manage the Islands Trust Conservancy. The Islands Trust Conservancy has six staff and an annual budget of over $450,000 and manages funds for property management, land acquisition, covenant defense and grants in excess of $575,000. The main office of the Islands Trust Conservancy is in Victoria and it serves constituents in the Islands Trust Area. More information about the Islands Trust Conservancy is available at www.islandstrustconservancy.ca.
The Conservancy’s work is directed by a five-year “Trust Fund Plan” (see http://www.islandstrustconservancy.ca/media/84795/itc_2018-07-18_5-year-plan_web_fnl.pdf) approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and its goals are set by a “Regional Conservation Plan” (see http://www.islandstrustconservancy.ca/initiatives/planning-for-conservation/). Based on scientific information and local knowledge, the Regional Conservation Plan identifies priorities for conservation within the Islands Trust Area and sets goals and objectives for achieving better levels of land conservation. To protect biodiversity in the islands, the 2018-2027 Regional Conservation Plan focuses the Islands Trust Conservancy’s future conservation efforts on these priorities:
- Sensitive ecosystems such as cliffs, wetlands, old forests, woodlands, riparian, herbaceous, and freshwater ecosystems
- Healthy forests
- Species and ecosystems at risk
- Marine shorelines and nearshore areas
- Islets and small islands
- Size, connectivity and corridors
Experience and Qualifications
While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.
Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.
Diversity and Inclusion
People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.
To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.
There is currently one vacancy on the Board. The following are the attributes sought for the position(s) currently under consideration:
- First Nations relations and engagement
- Fundraising and donor development
- Biology/ecology of coastal British Columbia
The Board typically meets 6 times per year, generally on a weekday between Tuesday and Thursday from approximately 10 am to 3 pm. Meetings take place at Suite 200, 1627 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C.
In addition, board members may serve on board committees. There is currently one Board committee, the Fund Development Advisory Committee, and it typically meet every 6 weeks at times convenient to all members. Most committee meetings occur after Board meetings or remotely, by phone and online. Board members also attend various functions such as:
- Training events;
- Annual conferences, such as the Lands Trust Alliance of BC Seminar Series;
- Board retreats and strategic sessions;
- Celebration events for land acquisitions and conservation covenant registrations;
- Events to promote Islands Trust Conservancy work, such as the Salt Spring Island Fall Fair; and,
- Events held by funding agencies and community partners.
The Minister sets the term of appointment for Islands Trust Conservancy board members and shall be consistent with CABRO guidelines.
Travel expenses are reimbursed and an honorarium of $150 per meeting is provided ($250 for the chair).
The Islands Trust Conservancy is composed of one member elected by and from the Islands Trust Executive Committee; two members elected by and from Trust Council; and up to three persons appointed by the Minister to represent the public interest. Board members are individuals with an interest in or knowledge of the Islands Trust region and conservation of natural ecosystems. The Board currently has one committee – the Fund Development Advisory Committee.
Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities
The Board’s role is that of:
- Leader - set the strategic direction, and empowering senior management to implement Board direction;
- Overseer - evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable;
- Steward - provide stewardship for the effective delivery of the organization’s mandate; and;
- Reporter - report to government, stakeholders, public, and others.
Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:
Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the board and ensuring appropriate board committees are in place; ensuring appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the board, committees, and chair individual governors; defining board process and guidelines; evaluating the board, committees, directors and chair; and identifying potential director candidates.
- Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the organization’s mandate set by government, review, and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.
- Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of the organization’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with the organization’s mandate as set by government.
- Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Chief Executive Officer (the President); oversee management succession and development.
- Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems to ensure appropriate risk management systems, code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are set in place.
- Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.
- Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.
In carrying out its work, the board operates within the broad policy direction and budget set by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The board must also adhere to policies and bylaws of the Islands Trust Conservancy and Islands Trust (see http://www.islandstrustconservancy.ca/about-us/our-policies-and-agreements/ and http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/trust-council/policies-and-procedures/ respectively).
The individuals who make up the Board should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:
- add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
- effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
- account for the performance of the organization.
All directors should possess the following personal attributes:
- high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
- appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
- able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
- flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
- capable of a wide perspective on issues;
- ability to listen and work as a team member;
- no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
- strong reasoning skills;
- able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
- may include personal attributes relevant to organization; and
- commitment to continuous learning about the organization and the relevant sector or industry.
Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:
- operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:
- strategic management and organizational change,
- internal control and accounting,
- public sector administration,
- human resources,
- labour relations,
- risk management,
- financial expertise;
- legal expertise;
- knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
- knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
- knowledge of the community served by the organization.
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You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of that page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website.