Strategic Planning Action Subcommittees 2020-06-16T14:42:43+00:00

Action Committees: Update

Updated on June 16, 2020

We are continuing to move forward on our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, Creating a Culture of Opportunity. Thank you to the volunteers who have so far contacted us to take part in the new, action-oriented subcommittees supporting the plan’s three strategic priorities.

We continue to look for members in several areas. Your participation will serve to strengthen our organization, expand our reach, and deliver our mission to connect science education and research in Atlantic Canada. These opportunities are open to all: current and former faculty, students and grads, and members of the broader community.

The purpose and description for each strategic priority committee and subcommittee is listed below along with an organizational diagram. If you have skills or interest in these areas or know someone who does, please contact lois@scienceatlantic.ca.

The Board is kicking off a couple of projects this month. More updates will follow!

Purpose: The Strategic Planning Committee’s purpose is to assist the Board and Executive Director in setting and maintaining the strategic direction for Science Atlantic, and to empower the strategic planning subcommittees to carry out their activities in support of the goals of the plan.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board members: Christian Lacroix, Jennifer Stamp, Robert van den Hoogen, TBD

Functions:

  • Ensure that Science Atlantic has a current and relevant strategic plan
  • Ensure that measurable goals and objectives are established to enable assessing progress
  • Make recommendations to the Board in order to achieve the goals of the plan
  • Coordinate the actions of the strategic planning subcommittees to ensure consistency and timeliness
  • On a quarterly basis, assess the achievements and activities of the organization against the goals in the plan
  • Prepare an annual written report summarizing the achievements and setbacks of the year (October) and present at the Annual Members Meeting (November)
  • Update the plan as necessary based on previous outcomes and emerging trends, for approval by the Board
  • Ensure the coordination of broader strategic planning activities every five years

Mandate: The mandate of the Sustainable and Inclusive Governance Committee is to ensure that the organization sustainably fulfils its legal, ethical, and fiduciary responsibilities, embraces an engaged and diverse community, and supports its staff and members. It accomplishes this through policy development, resource management, and monitoring and evaluating Board and member activities.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Members: Robert van den Hoogen, TBD

Subcommittees:

Purpose:  The Membership Subcommittee is responsible for ensuring the active and effective engagement of new and continuing members at both the institutional and individual levels.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: TBD

Ad hoc Committee to Develop MOU with member institutions, Board Lead:  Travis Fridgen

Functions:

Note: Most activities of this subcommittee will require partnership with staff for both information and implementation.

  • Develop and implement MOU with member institutions
  • Oversee annual institutional renewal process, including recruiting new member institutions
  • Manage Board director nomination process
  • Perform an annual review of Board activities
  • Provide orientation for Institutional Representatives, Committee Chairs, and Board Directors
  • Actively engage Institutional Representatives and Committee Chairs on an ongoing basis
  • Oversee member recognition including Hall of Fame and service pin criteria and nominee review

Purpose: The Policy Oversight Subcommittee is responsible for identifying required policies, reviewing and giving feedback on draft policies prepared by staff, presenting new and revised policies to the Board for approval, and providing recommendations to the Board on policy decisions that are beyond the scope of the Executive Director’s authority.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: Brent Myron

Functions:

  • Periodically review the adequacy and effectiveness of governance documents, including by-laws
  • Recommend new policies for approval by the Board
  • Review and recommend revisions of existing policies no less than once every three years
  • Interpret policies as requested to facilitate effective Board decision-making
  • Approve Holding Account uses outside established policy
  • Ensure consistency between SA policies and institutional policies when needed

Purpose:  The purpose of the Human Resources Subcommittee is to maximize the successful delivery of the mission through its employees and to make recommendations about appropriate job descriptions, work conditions, and compensation and benefits.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: Executive Committee

Functions:

  • With the Policy Oversight Subcommittee, establish human resources policies
  • Oversee and implement human resources policies as needed
  • Establish and regularly review the job description and compensation for the Executive Director
  • Oversee the hiring and evaluation of the Executive Director
  • Encourage professional development activities for staff
  • Investigate alternative solutions for office space

Purpose:  The purpose of the Finance and Resources Subommittee is to ensure adequate resources to allow the organization to thrive.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: TBD; Treasurer: Rick Pierrynowski

Functions:

  • Develop and oversee implementation of the annual budget
  • Ensure adequate funding for staff and other resources
  • Establish income generation strategy, including:
    • Periodically reviewing annual fee structure
    • Assessing potential new revenue streams
    • Developing partnerships and sponsorship agreements
    • Fundraising/personal donations strategy
    • Grant writing

Mandate: The mandate of the Partnerships and Community Committee is to cultivate partnerships within and outside the organization that strengthen the regional scientific community.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Members: Alain Joseph, Jennifer Stamp

Subcommittees:

Purpose: The purpose of the Outreach, Alumni and Student Engagement Subcommittee is to promote Science Atlantic at events and to networks, demonstrate the value of Science Atlantic to those outside the organization, and engage the large student and alumni community impacted by Science Atlantic activities.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: Jennifer Stamp

Functions:

  • Promote Science Atlantic at institutional events
  • Promote Science Atlantic at industry/networking events
  • Identify other channels for promotion of Science Atlantic
  • Work with the Finance and Resources Subcommittee on sponsorship agreements

Purpose: The Science Atlantic Working Group on Research/Advocacy seeks to enhance scientific research capacity and collaboration in the Atlantic region by building on the collective strengths of the Science Atlantic member institutions and collaborating with other stakeholders.

Broader purpose: To use our collective voice to address regional science issues (from the Mission Statement)

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: Alain Joseph

Functions:

  • Identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration on initiatives that support science research
  • Advise the Board on matters that may affect scientific research capacity in the region
  • Act as a knowledge exchange for information related to scientific research policy
  • Convene stakeholder meetings on topics impacting research in the Atlantic region
  • When a topic of relevance arises, activate the Science Atlantic Animal Care Committee or the Atlantic Facilities Research and Equipment Database (AFRED) Advisory Group

Mandate: The mandate of the Leadership and Empowerment Committee is to empower our membership community, students, and alumni to become leaders in both the organization and the greater community.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Members: Amanda Cockshutt, Christian Lacroix

Subcommittees:

Purpose:  To establish a clearinghouse of best practices and initiatives for faculty and students in disciplines supported by Science Atlantic.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: Christian Lacroix

Functions:

  • Develop new programs and tools to facilitate teaching and learning
  • Plan teaching and learning workshops for faculty
  • Attend annual regional science teaching and learning conferences, e.g., AAU Teaching Showcase, Dal LTC, etc.
  • Conduct surveys to understand learners’ needs and interests

Purpose: The Conference Planning Oversight Subcommittee ensures consistently excellent delivery of student conferences, in keeping with the mission and principles of Science Atlantic.

Terms of Reference: (download)

Board Lead: Amanda Cockshutt

Functions:

  • Collect and share best practices (e.g., planning, awards guidelines)
  • Provide suggestions and feedback to organizers
  • Encourage the development of value-added initiatives that can be adopted by some or all conferences
  • Ensure judging guidelines are consistent and appropriate
  • Determine solutions for issues that are outside the scope of staff decision-making authority

Structure

***Click here to see the Science Atlantic organizational chart