Community Futures White Horse Plains PO Box 427, 14 Main Street East, Elie, MB - Phone: (204) 353-4200

Board of Directors

Mr. Michael Tumber

RM of St. Francois Xavier (Chair)

Mr. Kevin Blight 

RM of Portage la Prairie (Vice-Chair)

Ms. Debbie Forgie

RM of Cartier (Secretary)

Mrs. Nettie Neudorf           

RM of Portage la Prairie (Treasurer)

Mr. Gerry Arnal

RM of Cartier

Mr. Richard Van Wyk

RM of St. Francois Xavier

BOARD RECRUITMENT AND NOMINATION PROCESS

Community Futures White Horse Plains’ By-Laws state the following in regards to the recruitment and nomination of board members;

  1. Ownership

    The ownership and control of the Corporation shall be vested in the Membership.

  2. Membership

    Membership to the Corporation shall be by resolution from each municipal Council within the geographic boundaries. The elected Council shall appoint by resolution, two representatives to the board, one of whom shall be a member of council.

  3. Board of Directors

    The Corporation shall be governed by a Board of Directors composed of those representatives appointed by member communities in the White Horse Plains Region. 

BOARD COMPOSITION

Introduction

CF White Horse Plains believes that local municipal councils know the needs of their communities better than anyone else. They also believe that to provide the best economic and community development service to municipalities, CF WHP must work closely with the local officials who have the ability to make important decisions, sometimes very quickly. It is for these reasons that the organization has structured its board to include both community and council members. This arrangement benefits both the organization and the community as it allows the board to serve as a vehicle to disseminate information to the council and community as well as receive information and feedback from the communities.

With the local council appointing both the council and community representatives to the CF WHP board, this guide has been developed to provide a tool to aid in the selection of representatives who can help create a well-rounded board of directors who can guide the organization into effective service of the region it serves.

Guidelines

Through its By-Laws and Policies and Procedures, CF White Horse Plains has established some direction for the choosing of its Directors.

By-Laws:

Corporation By-Law #4 states that ownership of the corporation shall be vested in its membership. By-Law #5 states that, by resolution, each municipality shall choose to be a member of the corporation. Furthermore, each municipal council shall appoint, by resolution, two representatives to the board, one councilor and one community member. Further, By-Law #6 states that these representatives shall constitute the Board of Directors for the organization. The maximum length of service of a director shall not exceed nine consecutive years (By-Law #32). Terms of office exist solely for the Executive committee, those terms being three years in length, with a maximum of three consecutive terms (By-Law #33). All Directors and staff are required to sign a Code of Ethics which covers confidentiality, conflict of interest, criminal activity, and conduct (By-Law, 35 & 36).

Board Manual/Policies and Procedures:

In addition to the above stated By-Laws, the Board Manual states the following qualifications for a Director:

  • A director shall be considered to be of sound mind and good reputation in the community.
  • A person need not have owned or operated a business to be considered for a director, advisable.
  • A director should have a good understanding of the social, economic, and business needs of the local community, rural municipality, and the region.
  • No one shall be discriminated against or deemed ineligible on the basis of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, or disability.
  • If at all possible, the board shall be comprised of both genders, of people with a mixture of backgrounds and experiences, and a variety of skill sets.
  • No director shall be currently in a state of bankruptcy, nor have declared bankruptcy in the previous 7 years, nor expect to be in a position of declaring bankruptcy in the foreseeable future.

Skills and Experience:

As the Directors also have the role of advisor to the staff, as well as being legally responsible for the decisions and actions of the corporation, a board with a broad range of skills, experiences, and expertise provides a better core of knowledge and wisdom upon which to base decisions and offer advice.

The following is a list of areas in which skills and experience would benefit the corporation:

 Aboriginal Affairs                   Education                       Manufacturing
 Administration                       Finance                            Marketing/Media
 Agriculture                              Accounting                     Municipal Gov't
 Boards/Committees             Banking/Trust                Provincial Gov't
 Business - Medium               Investments                    Public Relations
 Business - Small                     Fundraising                    Real Estate
 Construction                           Human Resources       Sales
 Corporation                             Insurance                        Strategic Planning
 Economic Development     Legal                                Transportation

Form of Governance:

Recognizing that the Board of Directors is composed of volunteer representatives, the duties of the
board are kept to a minimum. Recognizing the responsibilities that the board members have as
directors of a legal entity, the role that the board plays in the day-to-day life of the organization is
essentially that of determining policy. The professional staff of the corporation are responsible for the
management of the corporation and the delivery of its services.