The GMF Council is seeking one elected municipal official who demonstrates:
- the ability to think independently, act in the best interests of GMF, and be free from any real or perceived conflicts of interest
- proven general management skills
- experience and expertise in governance
- in-depth knowledge of municipal issues and priorities related to one or more of the following GMF-funded sectors:
- Energy (energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, waste energy recovery)
- Water (improving water quality and reducing water use)
- Land use, planning, housing and the built environment
- Waste (reducing landfill and increasing diversion of waste materials)
- Integrated projects (community planning and development projects integrating one or more activities related to energy, transportation, water, waste, and brownfields)
The ideal incumbent will be recognized as a champion of environmental issues within their respective municipality and/or region and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to review technical and financial information in project applications.
About the Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
FCM’s mandate includes delivering programs that help build municipalities’ capacity to do what they do best: deliver innovative, cost-effective, local solutions to environmental challenges. The Green Municipal Fund is one of FCM’s flagship programs contributing to this objective. The GMF equips communities with the means to plan, design, and implement sustainability projects. GMF-supported initiatives aim to improve air, water, and land, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through GMF, FCM funds municipal environmental initiatives in five sectors of municipal activity. These projects lead to innovative solutions that can be readily scaled-up and replicated in other municipalities, for the benefit of all Canadians. GMF’s support includes grants and loans, but also a range of valuable knowledge services- resources such as case studies, training and networking opportunities.
About the GMF Council
The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council is comprised of up to 18 members. One-third of the members are Government of Canada representatives, one-third are municipal officials, and one-third are members from the public, academic, environmental and private sectors. GMF Council members are leaders in the federal, municipal, and environmental sectors, and are innovators and champions of environmental sustainability. FCM strives to ensure diversity in gender, ethnicity, regions, and community sizes among GMF Council members.
Council members’ work is supported by their collective, in-depth knowledge of risk management, accounting and auditing, investment and fund management, the law as it applies to organizations and funds like FCM and GMF, communications, community engagement, capacity building in the Canadian municipal context, and other related business disciplines and practices. Able to provide a balanced perspective, GMF Council members also exhibit exceptional ethical integrity as they act in the best interests of GMF and FCM. They speak with one voice, are collaborative in approach, and are capable and familiar with fulfilling a governance role for the GMF and its applications, as well as providing an advisory role to FCM’s national Board of Directors. Always willing to actively and effectively listen, learn, and develop, they ask challenging questions and exercise sound judgment as they diligently apply themselves to the work of the GMF Council. They proactively make wise, strategic decisions based on proven business best practices.
Why serve on the GMF Council?
The GMF Council is an integral part of a national sustainable fund that is able to invest in the “best of the best” ideas. Ideas that lead to fresh, innovative initiatives that result in broad knowledge transfer here in Canada and beyond. Council membership is an opportunity to contribute at a strategic level to the broader community, the environment and our planet, and to the generations that will follow. GMF projects will challenge and inspire you as you witness the positive difference they make in communities. As a GMF Council member, you will have an opportunity to develop and share your professional knowledge and expertise, provide strategic leadership, and know that what you do matters.
The GMF Council meets approximately 10 times per year. This includes four face-to-face meetings, usually held in Ottawa, and approximately six meetings held by electronic means. The three Council Committees — Audit, Investment and Governance — generally meet four times a year, prior to Council meetings, with some of these meetings being held also via electronic means.
A calendar of all meeting dates will be established at the beginning of each year. Occasional ad hoc meetings may be held by telephone or web conference. Members agree to participate in such calls wherever possible, to ensure a quorum.
Attendance is expected at all scheduled Council meetings.
Staff will provide a comprehensive Governance Manual outlining your responsibilities and legislative requirements.
Individual meetings will be held with the GMF Council Chair, the GMF Managing Director, and senior staff. You will gain insight into the culture of the organization and the guiding philosophies and methods used in the management process. The Chair will discuss your role as a GMF Council member, Council’s expectations of you, and help you determine where you might serve on one or more committees.
All Council members are expected to follow the Confidentiality, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies of the GMF and will be asked to sign these agreements annually.
Meeting preparation and follow-up
Approximately 8-10 business days prior to each Council meeting, an e-mail will be sent to all members with the “Meeting Package” — agendas, minutes of previous meetings, and material to be reviewed in advance of the meeting. Council members are expected to review this information and to direct any questions to the GMF Council Chair or GMF staff, so that clarification can be made or any additional information required can be brought to the meeting.
A staff member will take minutes for each meeting. Draft minutes will be submitted for approval by all Council members at the following meeting. Members are asked to review the minutes and to immediately address any questions or concerns, so that they may be dealt with prior to the next meeting.
Frequently asked questions
1. Does GMF compensate Council members for their time or efforts on behalf of the Fund?
Yes. The honorarium is a $350 per diem per web meeting and $700 per face-to-face meeting. GMF staff is available to assist with travel arrangements, including purchase of airline tickets. Committee members are also compensated for meetings.
2. Are out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed?
Expenses incurred for travel (airfare, taxi, personal mileage) to a Council meeting will be reimbursed, upon request, and upon presentation of appropriate receipts. GMF staff will arrange for direct billing for hotel accommodations and meals are provided during meetings.
3. What technological skills are required?
Council members are expected to be competent in the use of computers (e.g. able to access email and secure intranet sites, attend web meetings, and download and/or print documents.)
4. How long is a commitment to serve?
A Council member’s term is typically two to three years, with a maximum of 6 years of service.
How to Apply?
If you are interested in serving as a member of the GMF Council, please fill out the GMF Council Expression of Interest form. Please also send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ensure that you complete the form and email your resume to FCM by midnight (EST) on Friday, February 28th, 2020. All applications will be confidential. Decisions will be made no later than the end of April 2020.