Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chair: Bill Caulfeild-Browne

In fiscal year 2015-2016, the National Board of Directors was composed of 16 members made up of a diverse group of leaders who bring a variety of talents, experiences and expertise to the governance of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

The Board’s primary role is to oversee management and ensure NCC’s affairs are being conducted in a way that achieves the organization's objectives. Directors are elected by the Members of the Corporation for a term of three years, and are eligible for re-election provided that they have not served more than six consecutive years.

Governance, Nominating & Human Resources Committee

Chair: Fraser Stark

The Governance, Nominating & Human Resources Committee is responsible for the development and recommendation to the Board of a set of governance and nominating principles and practices applicable to NCC, including: conducting periodic reviews of the structure of the Board and its committees; reviewing the Board composition and recommending criteria to the Board with respect to size, diversity and skill mix; and conducting biannual evaluations of overall Board effectiveness.

Audit Committee

Chair: Ann Rooney

The Audit Committee assists the Board in overseeing NCC’s financial principles, controls and reporting. It monitors NCC’s financial performance and is responsible for monitoring any changes in the risk profile of NCC. All Audit Committee members are financially literate, as defined by the Ontario Securities Commission.

Conservation Committee

Chair: Eliza Mitchell

The Conservation Committee provides guidance to and oversight of NCC’s science, securement and stewardship business activities, and reports to the Board on these matters.

Fundraising & Marketing Committee

Chair: Bruce MacLellan

The Fundraising & Marketing Committee provides advice to management on the annual marketing and fundraising plans in support of NCC’s Strategic Plan, and reports to the Board on marketing and fundraising efforts.

Investment Committee

Chair: Robert Rabinovitch

The Investment Committee assists the Board in overseeing the policies that govern the investment of NCC’s financial assets. It monitors the performance of all short- and long-term funds held by NCC, such as the endowment funds, as well as the performance of external investment managers and advisers. Finally, it ensures that funds received and held by NCC are invested in accordance with any donor restrictions or wishes.

 Executive Management Group

  • John Lounds, President & CEO
  • Bob Alexander, Board Secretary & Executive Assistant to the CEO
  • Ian Barnett, Vice-president, Operations
  • Michael Bradstreet, Vice-president, Conservation
  • Jane Gilbert, Vice-president, Public Affairs & Communications
  • Julie Wood, Vice-president, Corporate Services