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Bylaw: Article IV — Officers

  1. Officers

    There shall be three (3) classes of officers of the Corporation (herein referred to, individually, as an “Officer” and collectively, as the “Officers”):

    1. The Honourary Officers; namely the Patron Scout, the Chief Scout and the Honorary Legal Counsel;

    2. The Governance Officers; namely the Chair of the Board, the Vice Chair of the Board Strategic, the Vice Chair of the Board Finance, and the Past Chair; and

    3. The Operational Officers; namely the Executive Commissioner/CEO, the National Commissioner and the National Youth Commissioner. The National Youth Commissioner shall be a voting officer only if he or she is at least eighteen (18) years of age.

  2. Term of Office

    1. All appointments of Officers, other than the CEO who shall hold office for such term as may be set out in the employment agreement referred to in Article IV b (2), , shall become effective on the termination of the annual general meeting of Members at which the appointments were made and shall end at the conclusion of the next succeeding annual general meeting of Members. With the exception of the Honorary Officers, the most recent Past Chair and the CEO, no Officer shall be eligible to serve more than three (3) consecutive one (1) year terms in any one (1) office.

    2. The CEO shall be retained as an employee of the Corporation by the Board on such terms as the Board deems appropriate. Such terms and conditions of employment of the CEO shall be set out in a written employment agreement entered into between the Corporation and the CEO.

    3. Officers, other than the CEO, who may be removed in accordance with the employment agreement referred to in this Article IV b. (2) and otherwise in accordance with applicable law, may be removed by the Board at any time.

  3. Vacancy

    Where an office becomes vacant by death, resignation or inability to serve, the Board may appoint a person to fill the vacancy until the following annual general meeting of Members. When an office has been filled within six (6) months from the date of the previous annual general meeting, the appointee shall be deemed to have served a term. Appointees assuming office after six (6) months of the date of the previous annual general meeting shall be deemed not to have served a term.

  4. Roles of the Officers

    The respective roles of the Officers are as follows: 

    1. Patron Scout: The office of Patron Scout is normally held by the Governor General of Canada. If the Governor General of Canada, for any reason, is unable to accept the office, a Patron shall be elected by the Voting Members.

    2. Chief Scout: The Chief Scout is an honorary, non-voting position and is normally held by an individual who will actively promote the values and ethics of Scouting in Canada. The Chief Scout shall be appointed by the Board of Governors.

    3. Honorary Legal Counsel: The Honorary Legal Counsel shall perform such duties and provide such services as are assigned or requested by the Board.

    4. Chair of the Board: The Chair of the Board shall act as chair of all meetings of the Members and all meetings of the Board. The Chair shall perform such duties as are assigned

    5. Vice Chair of the Board - Strategic: The Vice Chair of the Board Strategic shall be responsible for the development of the strategic plans of the Corporation, assist the Chair of the Board and shall chair the Board should the Chair of the Board be unable, for any reason, to carry out the responsibilities of that office.

    6. Vice Chair of the Board - Finance: The Vice Chair of the Board Finance shall serve as the treasurer of the Corporation, shall ensure that appropriate financial accounts and records are maintained by the Corporation, and shall present the annual audited financial statements to the Board and to the annual general meeting of Members.

    7. Past Chair of the Board: The most recent Chair willing and able to serve shall be the Past Chair and shall serve the Corporation in an advisory capacity to the Chair of the Board

    8. Executive Commissioner & Chief Executive Officer: The CEO shall be the chief executive officer of the Corporation and shall report to the Board. The CEO shall act as secretary of the Corporation and as secretary at all meetings of the Members and of the Board.

    9. National Commissioner: The National Commissioner is the principal volunteer for Scouts Canada; ensures focus on program quality and volunteer support is maintained throughout all levels of the movement.

    10. National Youth Commissioner: The National Youth Commissioner ensures that the youth of Scouts Canada are involved and engaged in every decision that relates to their Scouting experience; advocates for young volunteers throughout the movement; and ensures that youth leadership development opportunities are provided for all youth members.

    11. Operational Officers: The Operational Officers, namely the Executive Commissioner & CEO, the National Commissioner, and the National Youth Commissioner, are responsible for all activities of the Corporation in accordance with Policies and shall have the authority to implement all Polices at all levels of the Corporation. The Operational Officers shall bring to the attention of the Board all matters which require its attention and action.

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