Resolutions Committee Expression of Interest Form

To: Council of Canadians Chapters & Members
From: Council of Canadians Board

Council of Canadians Opportunity
National Resolutions Standing Committee

The Council of Canadians is inviting expression of interest applications from members to serve on the new Resolutions Committee. This standing committee is being established further to adoption of a recommendation from the Council’s recent Chapter Task Force.

The Resolutions Committee will include five (5) individuals, who will each be appointed for two-year renewable terms:

  • Three (3) members of the Board of Directors; and
  • Two (2) additional Council of Canadians members selected from applicants who submit a completed “Resolutions Committee Expression of Interest Form” (below) by the deadline, at least one (1) of whom must be an active member of a chapter.

To the degree possible, the composition will reflect the full diversity of the Council and be based on demonstrated capacity in the criteria outlined on the expression of interest form. 


  • April 21 – Application deadline
  • April 22 – Council of Canadians Executive Committee to review applications and prepare recommendation to full board.
  • April 26 board confirms 5 members of the Resolutions Committee for 2-year appointments.
  • April 27 – Resolutions Committee begins work to oversee 2021 resolutions process in accordance with mandate (see below)
  • May 28 – deadline for resolutions to be sent to Council members in the Annual Members Meeting notice package
  • June 20 – AMM where resolutions are voted on
  • Following June 20, 2021 – Resolutions Committee to debrief and determine process for the 2022 AMM
  • January – June 2022 – Resolutions Committee to prepare for the 2022 AMM

MANDATE: Resolutions Committee
The following Chapter Task Force recommendation was adopted by a special membership meeting held February 28, 2021:

That the Council change the resolutions process to ensure chapter agency and follow up. This should include the following actions: 

  1. Creating a standing resolutions committee that includes an active member of a chapter
  2. Creating categories for the submission of resolutions, determining the number of resolutions that can be dealt with at an AMM and creating a procedure for members to rank the resolutions prior to the determine those that are brought forward.
  3. Within two months of a resolution being passed at the AMM, or by the board as an emergency resolution, Council staff and the mover will meet to create a plan to implement the resolution.
  4. Post-deadline emergency resolutions at the AMM and submission of resolutions to the Board between AMMs would remain unchanged.

Please ensure that this information is shared with those who might be interested, and who would contribute the skills, experience, expertise and diversity that would ensure strong outcomes.

John Cartwright

John Cartwright



The Council of Canadians Board will select two (2) member volunteers to serve for 2-year renewable appointments on the national Resolutions Committee.


1. Experience

2. Policy & By-law Development

3. Collaborative and Solutions Based

4. Chapter Activism

5. Interest

6. Diversity Representation

How do you self-identify? (pick any that apply)
How do you self-identify? (pick any that apply)

Commitment to Participation

If selected to serve on the Council of Canadians National Resolutions Committee, I confirm that I am willing and able to:
  1. Participate in conference calls, email and other forms of electronic communications as necessary, and possibly attend in-person meetings in Ottawa on occasion. 
  2. Meet the time commitments for 2021 as estimated at approximately 5 meetings of 2 – 3 hours each, to be held between April 27 and June 19, with the majority before May 28th, plus at least one follow-up meeting.  Additional meetings will be required in the first six months of 2022.
  3. Understand and act consistently with my responsibility to the Council as a whole, including confidentiality as may be required;
  4. Seek and contribute to a consensus based approach, and speaking with one voice as part of the Resolutions Committee, except where consensus could not be achieved and there is agreement as to how dissent will be reflected; and
  5. Be prepared to participate fully in the activities of the Resolutions Committee, without compensation but with direct expenses (e.g. For travel and accommodation, as approved) to be reimbursed or covered.

Additional Information

Documents can be emailed to Christina Warner at