Call for NOMINATIONS for the 2022 Perth & District Chamber of Commerce- DEADLINE January 31st, 2022
The Nominations Committee of Perth & District Chamber of Commerce in accordance with the organization’s by-laws, is
seeking candidates with established business, leadership, and advocacy expertise to join the Board of Directors for a three
year term commencing April 1, 2022
We are pleased to provide this NOMINATION PACKAGE that outlines the expectations of Directors of the Perth & District
Chamber of Commerce together with their role and responsibilities.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Nominations close at 4:00pm on Monday, January 31st, 2021
YES, I am interested. Please email me the application.
Directors represent and are accountable to the membership and as such are responsible for governing and overseeing the
strategic direction of the Chamber. The effectiveness of your Chamber is directly dependent on the leadership and
enthusiasm of the Board of Directors.
The Nomination Committee urges you to consider the following desirable qualities, some, or all of which strong
candidates for the Chamber Board of Directors should possess:
➢ Awareness and understanding of the role of the Chamber and a desire to support it.
➢ Awareness of the business and economic climate in Perth & District.
➢ Sound entrepreneurial skills.
➢ Possess professional skills and expertise, which can be drawn upon as required in certain areas (e.g. financial,
marketing, communications, policy, HR, governance, event planning);
➢ High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings.
➢ Ability to work as a team member.
➢ Past history of community involvement.
➢ Previous board experience an asset.
In addition, nominees must be Chamber members in good standing for a minimum of two. If you have any questions
about the process and/or associated information, please contact the Chamber office at 613-267-3200 or Email:
Director Responsibilities and Obligations:
It is with the help of community minded people such as you that the Chamber has been successful in its role to enrich the
quality of the economic and civic well-being of the community as a whole. Outlined below are some of the responsibilities
that come with the title of Director.
➢ ATTENDANCE AT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS:
Board meetings are held every month at a mutually agreeable time and typically last an hour. (First Tuesday of each
month at noon).
➢ ATTENDANCE AT CHAMBER FUNCTIONS:
One of the reasons for an individual to join the Chamber is the networking opportunities that exist within the Business
after Five and Breakfast/Luncheon meeting framework. Attendance by the Board of Directors shows support for the
Chamber and gives members a chance to air views about Chamber operations, municipal affairs, business challenges, etc.
➢ DISCRETION AND CONFIDENTIALITY:
A Director of the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce is often exposed to confidential information during in camera
sessions at Board Meetings, during committee meetings, or in conversation with members, officials, other Directors, etc.
Please be aware of the confidential nature of some information and respect that confidentiality. (Signed confidentiality
agreement will be required)
➢ ORGANIZATION OF COMMITTEES:
A Director may have, by appointment, a committee responsibility. Normally a Director is appointed Chair for a committee
and is expected to drum up support by recruiting volunteers from the membership and Board of Directors. The President
and/or Executive Director are members of all committees and will assist in any way possible to achieve the goals set forth
by the Chairperson. Terms of Reference for each Committee are included in the Board’s Policy Manual.
➢ MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT:
Directors are expected to promote the Chamber and be a source for leads on potential new members along with the
➢ KNOWLEDGE OF CURRENT EVENTS:
Chamber of Commerce Directors are an important force in the growth of the community. Keeping up to date with current
affairs, especially as they relate to the community, is one of the Director’s most important responsibilities. If you have
specific areas of knowledge that would benefit your Chamber of Commerce, please advise the President.
➢ AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL:
Chamber of Commerce Directors are sometimes asked to attend openings, cut ribbons, participate in community events
and spread goodwill in the name of the Chamber. In many cases, a Director will be planning to attend the function
anyway, and the Chamber asks only that you wear your nametag and be visible as a Chamber representative.
➢ A COMMITMENT OF TIME:
A Director of the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce can expect to devote approximately –1-2 hours per month of his
or her time to the meetings, programs, and duties of the Chamber. This time commitment is the minimum to be
expected, and depending on the individual, can be much more extensive.
Each board member also will participate in a committee of choice. At the moment the following committees are active:
• Membership Committee
• Economic Development
• Business Awards
• Chamber Golf Classic
• Governance and Strategic Planning
Chamber Directors are regularly approached by the media for comment on current issues. The Chamber has a standing
policy that the President, Executive Director or a predetermined designate is the only acceptable media contact on any
issue. When in doubt, defer to the President.
DIRECTOR’S CODE OF CONDUCT
1. Although a Director may be drawn from a specific interest group, Directors as a whole must represent the interests of
the entire membership.
2. Directors shall maintain the confidentiality of the details and dynamics of Board discussions, as well as those items
designated as confidential.
3. Regardless of their personal viewpoint, Directors shall not speak against, or in any way undermine Board solidarity once
a Board decision has been made.
4. Directors are expected to attend all Board meetings. Directors shall be prepared to commit sufficient time and energy
to attend to Chamber business.
5. Directors shall avoid, in fact and in perception, conflicts of interest and disclose to the Chair, in a timely manner, any
6. Directors’ contributions to discussions and decision making shall be positive and constructive.
7. Directors’ interactions in meetings shall be courteous, respectful and free of animosity.
8. Directors shall know and adhere to the Chamber’s governance policies.
9. Directors shall be prepared for meetings, having read pre-circulated material in advance of the meeting.
10. Directors shall participate in the Chamber in ways other than attending Board meetings, such as committee work,
Chamber and community events and membership recruitment.
11. The Executive Director is responsible to the entire Board. Consequently, no single Director or committee has
authority over the Executive Director.
12. Directors shall not attempt to exercise individual authority or undue influence over the Chamber, other Directors or
13. Directors must resign if elected to public office (City Council, Regional District, Mayor, MP, MPP, and School District).
14. Directors shall always conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.