• The governance committee is a Standing Committee of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Board of Directors (Board) and is therefore accountable to the Board. The governance committee operates within the context of the strategic intent of CSAE, the values and expectations of members and the factors critical to the success of the organization.

    The principal responsibility of the governance committee is to identify, promote and discharge functions designed to ensure CSAE is governing with excellence and complying with legislation and regulations that apply to it.


    All members, in good standing, are eligible to apply.

    Non-members are welcome to apply for a position on the committee. If selected, they will be required to obtain CSAE membership prior to attending the first committee meeting.

    Terms of Reference

    Click here to view the governance committee terms of reference.

    How to Apply (applications closed)

    CSAE is endeavouring to improve its processes to remove barriers to applicants and increase inclusion and accessibility. With this in view, the following changes are being piloted as part of the application process this year:  

    • There are multiple format options available for applying.  Applicants can provide submissions in writing, via audio or video recording. Those who prefer to have support completing the application may reach out to CSAE for direct assistance. 
    • The concept of “experience” relative to the needs of the committee are being expanded, to better consider the value of an applicant’s lived experience.  
    • Non-members are welcome to apply for a position on the committee.  If selected, they will be required to obtain CSAE membership prior to attending the first committee meeting.  (A limited number of complimentary memberships will be available to those from equity-deserving groups to support their ability to join the membership).  

    These changes are a work in progress. They will be evaluated and future adjustments may be made with an eye to continuous improvement.  

    Process for Governance Committee applicants:

    To apply, complete the application form and a competency self-assessment below.

    Note: You are required to upload a PDF copy of your resume or a 200-to-250-word letter outlining your experience as part of the competency self-assessment. The self-assessment is organized around the following competencies: advocacy/government relations, financial management, governance, risk management and strategic thinking. Not all committee members are required to be competent or subject matter experts in all areas. 

    If you would like to submit a video recording instead of filling out the application form, please reach out to volunteers@csae.com.

    Deadline: Submissions must be received by CSAE by 5 pm ET, on July 2, 2024

    Complete Application Form
    Complete competency assessment

    CAE® Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

    Credit is granted for community leadership and volunteerism. Serving on a Board/committee /task force with a not-for-profit, professional/trade association or charity. Must be outside of normal job responsibilities. Based on actual time contributed (not to exceed 12 hours per two-year reporting period), learn more.

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    If you have any questions regarding these positions and the application process, if you want to send in a video recording instead of filling out a form or if you require any assistance, please reach out to volunteers@csae.com.

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