So what does all of this mean?
CUSA Council adopted the new governance structure on the advice of the Democratic Reform Committee and CUSA’s lawyers to comply with new provincial legislation and to expand decision making responsibilities and ethical safeguards.
Students voted for change in 2021, and the restructuring will give students confidence their dollars are being used wisely by their students’ association in the future.
The CUSA Board holds responsibility for the long-term financial, legal, and reputational position of the corporation. As a Not-For-Profit Corporation, the CUSA Board is subject to all relevant principles and policies of the Ontario government, provincial law, and the Articles of Incorporation. The Board is to ensure ethical fiscal management of CUSA by investing a fiduciary responsibility in members of the Board.
Composition of the CUSA Board
- 8 student-at-large directors
- The CUSA President (ex-officio)
- The CUSA Vice President Finance/Secretary-Treasurer (ex-officio, non-voting)
Eligibility to be a Director
- Be a current Carleton Undergraduate student at the time of application, intending on remaining a Carleton Undergraduate student for the duration of the term of appointment
- Directors may not be employees of CUSA, unless occupying ex-officio positions (President/CEO, VP Finance/Secretary-Treasurer)
- Directors may not be sitting CUSA councillors, or CUSA councillors within the most recent academic year
- Directors may not be former CUSA executives
- Board Members may not maintain or hold fiduciary responsibility to another entity that could conceivably regularly conflict with their fiduciary responsibility to CUSA while a member of the Board.
- Directors shall not serve more than four calendar years on the CUSA Board.
Ascension to the Board
- Candidates for the board shall be reviewed and selected by the CUSA Board Nominating and Appointing Committee for ratification by CUSA Council
- CUSA Council will then vote to ratify or deny the selection
- All applicants so ratified will immediately ascend to the CUSA Board
- Inform strategic direction and organizational growth
- Provide oversight and accountability for the organization
- Monitor policies, procedures, and processes of decision making and resource allocation
- Approve the budget every year
- Comply with the Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (2010)
The Vice Presidents will no longer be voting members of the CUSA council. Their seats will be converted to student representative seats based on academic faculty enrolment
CUSA Council will be responsible for hiring Vice Presidents and appointing the Board of Directors.
Firstly, of the executive positions, only the Presidency is being elected by students-at-large. The Vice Presidential roles have been redefined, with much of their power dispersed to other check-and-balance bodies within CUSA. Because of this, the positions were deemed to no longer rise to the level of student-at-large elections and will be selected, elected, and appointed by CUSA Council after the CUSA Presidential and Council election.
The CUSA Presidency will be 25 hours/week for March and April of this year. From May 2022 to April 2022 (and for future presidencies), the role will be 35 hours/week.
The CUSA President will be responsible to the CUSA Board of Directors, CUSA Council, and the Not For Profit Corporations Act (2010). The CUSA President supervises the Executive Director on behalf of the CUSA Board and the Vice Presidents.