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Board Governance

Regional governance discussion
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Marcy Fogal

on 17 August 2015

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Transcript of Board Governance

Students' Council is indeed "management one step up", but also - and more importantly - "students one step down."
Today
2015-16 SC Training Agenda
Introductions & Getting to know one another
(Facilitated by REC)
Board Governance Overview
(Facilitated by ED)
Board's Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
(Facilitated by SAMRU's Legal Counsel)
SAMRU Roles & Responsibilities
(Facilitated by ED)
Overview of SAMRU's Work: Representation & Operations
(Facilitated by REC and ED)
SC Team-building
(Facilitated by REC)
Later in the year ....
Roberts Rules
(Facilitated by Speaker)
The Finer points of Governance
(TBD - External Facilitator)
Insights Discovery Training
(Facilitated by ED)
Completing the Board's Work: Committees & Work Groups
(TBD)
NFP Board-Staff Models
(TBD)
SAMRU's Framework: Bylaws, Strategic Plan, Budget
(TBD)
Financial Governance & Budgeting
(TBD)
Planners' Hopes & Aspirations
Hoped that, by the end of the day, you will:
Have a better understanding of concepts of Governance. What is governance? What isn't it? What does it look like? What are some of the challenges & pitfalls? How do you succeed at it?
Have a better understanding of the general division of work within SAMRU. Who does what? How? When? (And, maybe, why?)
Get to know one another: start bonding as a team.
Learn lots: increased understanding & comfort with roles, begin to figure out what your particular contribution will be.
Have fun.
5 Senses of Governance
(Well, alright, two.)
What do you do at those meetings?
You govern.
Fiduciary Governance
* "the Board exercises its responsibilities for oversight and stewardship.
Strategic Governance
Generative Governance
* "the Board makes major decisions about resources, programs and services."
* "the Board engages in deeper inquiry, exploring root causes, values, optional courses and new ideas."
Definitions: from Alberta Government's "Board Development Program".
Examples of Each Type of Governance
Examples of Fiduciary Governance include: audits and financial reports, tests of fraud, compliance verification (e.g., CRA remittances, insurance coverage, LOA reporting requirements, charitable tax & GST returns, employment standards, alcohol and food regulations), legislative compliance (e.g., PIPA, CASL, tax law, corporate governance law), risk management (both potential opportunity and loss), investment reports, supervising & evaluating the ED & REC.
This is the area that requires the most expertise, and where -arguably - the Board has most risk. Part of the reason for seeking accreditation though Imagine Canada was to provide reassurance to the Board (and, to a lesser extent, MRU) that SAMRU has the structure and capacity to uphold its fiduciary responsibilities.
Examples of Strategic Governance include: strategic planning, budgets, succession planning, policy (including standards and expectations) development, organizational sustainability.
Examples of Generative Governance include: defining organizational structure, Board training and development, defining governance processes, examining organizational systems and interactions. Also, exploring bigger questions about who is SAMRU? who we serve? and how? what is the balance of service to different parts of our membership? what needs do we fill? what needs do we leave unfilled? What are our attitudes to our other partners (e.g., MRU)?
Why do we need "governance"?
Governance is the tool we use....
when there is a large group of owners ("members")
who are responsible for an organization.
The "owners" select a small group from among themselves to
protect the organization's assets, define a desired future,
and to guide the organization to realize its potential.
This smaller group is called "the Board" (Students' Council).
Governance rules help:
guide the decisions and actions of the Board, while
protecting the interests of the organization's "owners".
Let's take a look at this video. It was developed for an American audience, but the principles are relevant also in Canada (and, in most of the rest of the world).
Another examination of Governance
2. Please answer the following questions:
What issues did we cover?
What were some key points? Which resonated with you? Which meshed most with your experiences & observations?
What personal a-ha's did you have (if any)?
What applies to your work? What will you do differently in your work now? How?
What do you already see yourself doing? How could you use this information to have the most success in your work?
3. Please move into groups of four or five and discuss your observations and reflections on this post.
Roles & Responsibilities
Getting to Know One Another
Forming your Team
Legal & Ethical Concerns
Presented by Richard Smith and Rachel West, from Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer
The Accountability Committee leads and manages fiduciary governance work for the Board.
The Agenda & Governance Committee leads and manages strategic governance work for the Board.
The Agenda & Governance Committee leads and manages generative governance work for the Board.
1. Please reflect on what we've covered so far.
What's our workload?
How is work done?

Pulling it all together
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