FCM seeks nominations for the GMF Council
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is seeking one elected municipal official from British Columbia for the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council. The council is comprised of 15 members who are recognized as leaders in the federal, municipal and environmental sectors and as innovators and champions of environmental sustainability.
How to express your interest
If you are interested in serving as a member of the GMF Council, please fill out the GMF Council Expression of Interest form. Ensure that you complete the form by midnight (EST) on Friday, November 30, 2018. All applications will be confidential. Decisions will be made no later than the end of February 2019.
See below for information about the GMF Council and what is involved in being a council member.
About the GMF Council
The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Council is comprised of 15 members. One-third of the members are Government of Canada representatives, one-third are elected municipal officials, and one-third are members from the public, academic, environment and private sectors. GMF Council members are recognized as 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 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 Fund 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 that are based on proven business benchmarks and 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 make a contribution 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.
About the available GMF Council position
The GMF Council is seeking one elected municipal official from British Columbia who demonstrates:
- The depth and strength of character that are fundamental to effective boardroom culture
- The ability to think independently, act in the best interests of GMF, and be free from any real or perceived conflicts of interest
- The appetite, and ability, to participate actively in the Council's work
- Proven general business skills and experience
- Proven governance skills and experience
Skills set and industry experience
This includes in-depth knowledge of municipal issues in one or more of the GMF sectors (land use and integrated planning, energy, transportation, waste and water):
- Understanding of the political, economic, social and cultural landscape within British Columbia
- Community engagement and capacity building in the Canadian context
- Risk management
- Development and implementation of oversight policies
- Fiduciary responsibility
- Strategic thinking and organizational planning
- Understanding of the municipal sector within urban and rural Canada
The ideal incumbent will be recognized as a champion on environmental issues within their respective municipality, will have experience related to the sectors that GMF funds (land use and integrated planning, energy, transportation, waste and water), and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to review technical and financial information in project applications.
As FCM already has municipal representation on the GMF Council from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, and the Prairies and Territories, this call is open to only elected municipal officials from British Columbia.
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 three to 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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
- Does GMF compensate Council members for their time or efforts on behalf of the Fund?
Yes. The current 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.
- Are out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed?
Expenses incurred for traveling (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.
- 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 to download and print documents).
- 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.