Your BIA Board of Directors is a group of people just like you: business owners and employees of businesses in the Crescent Heights Village BIA.
The role of the BIA board is to implement the BIA’s mandate, set out by the Municipal Government Act (MGA,) develop mission and strategic direction, and oversee the day-to-day operations.
Our board is a policy board, which means it sets policy and hires and provides staff oversight. The executive director (Camie Leard) is typically responsible for policy implementation and day-to-day operations. This position is directly accountable to the board, which delegates authority so the executive director can focus on hiring, supervising and releasing paid BIA staff and volunteers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I want to volunteer on the board?
Lot’s of reasons! Here are just a few:
- Have a say in how your annual BIA levy is spent.
- Meet your fellow business owners to network and share ideas.
- Have access and input on important issues like the Green Line, North Hill Local Area Plan and others.
- Gain valuable board experience you can carry into other areas of your live.
- Share your unique skills and experience to benefit other business owners like you.
What is the time commitment?
Our board meets monthly on the third Tuesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. This is the minimum time commitment. Committee duties or executive positions might entail meetings and communications which could require an additional 1-10 hours per month. There are also additional volunteer opportunities for events and BIA initiatives if you’re interested.
How long is the term?
Terms are two years with an option of serving up to three terms in a row.
What are the responsibilities of the Board?
The role of the board of directors is to oversee the organization within the framework of applicable laws and standards. Typically, the board sets the organization’s strategic direction and develops policies and strategies.
Responsibilities include overseeing:
- Mission and strategic direction
- Financial management
- Organizational sustainability
- Stakeholder relationships
Do you have directors’ insurance?
Do I need to have board experience?
Not at all. While board experience can be helpful, our current board and executive director have extensive experience in board governance and are happy to show new board members the ropes!
What is required to join the board?
You must be a business owner in the BIA or an employee appointed by the business owner to serve on their behalf. There is also some paperwork to fill out including an application form (below) and the provision of a resume.
Our bylaws require that board members be nominated by two BIA business owners. It is not necessary that these business owners are already on the board. If you’re interested in serving on the board and already have two nominators, you can fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch with you. If you don’t already have two nominators, our current board members are happy to nominate you once you’ve gone through the process.
What is the process to join the board?
First, fill in the form below. Next, we’ll be in touch to set up a meeting with one or two of our current board members to see if you’re a fit for us and we’re a fit for you. If both parties want to move forward, you’ll attend a meeting to introduce yourself to the rest of the board. If it’s still a fit for everyone, the board will hold a vote either at the following board meeting or by a special email motion using your two nominators or members of our current board will nominate you.
Do I need special skills?
The fact that you own or work in a business in the BIA uniquely qualifies you to serve on the board. You know what your business needs from the BIA and how it can best serve you and your peers. Many of the skills that make you a great business owner also make you a great board member: accounting, marketing, human resources, real estate and others. Every board also benefits from legal expertise and BIAs benefit from experience in development, city planning, streetscape, public art, dealing with municipalities and others. In our BIA, fluency in Cantonese and/or Mandarin are also great skills.
You will also need access to a computer or smart phone with Zoom installed as we hold our meetings virtually via Zoom. We’re happy to train you on the use of this easy-to-use software.
If you have these or other unique skills and experience, we’d love to chat!