One member, one vote


Voting will open on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at noon (ET) and close on June 24, 2021 at noon (ET).

Governance items to be voted on through One member, one vote

  1. AMENDMENTS TO RNAO BYLAWS TO REDEFINE “ASSEMBLY” TO “ASSEMBLY OF LEADERS”
  2. THE APPOINTMENT OF KPMG AS RNAO’S AUDITORS FOR FISCAL YEAR END 2021

1. AMENDMENTS TO RNAO BYLAWS TO REDEFINE “ASSEMBLY” TO “ASSEMBLY OF LEADERS”

For more details regarding the amendments, please review the backgrounder (download pdf)


Issue Summary – Amending Bylaws to replace “Assembly” by “Assembly of Leaders”

Purpose

To amend the term “Assembly” to “Assembly of Leaders” under Bylaw 1(4) ‘Definitions’.

Background

This motion comes as advise from RNAO’s CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun, to RNAO’s Board of Directors (BOD).

Assembly members – as a whole -- play a central role leading RNAO’s signature political events, representing the Association in their local media, and protecting our branding. Assembly members demonstrate incredible commitment in growing local and specialty presence, as well as expanding our collective voice and membership.

Given the vital role “the Assembly” and “Assembly members” play in the Association’s vibrancy and growth, RNAO’s CEO advises the BOD that a change of name is necessary to adequately recognize the role of the Assembly. Amending the definition of “Assembly” and “Assembly Members” to “Assembly of Leaders” conveys the true leadership and mentorship members of the Assembly provide to the RNAO at the local and specialty levels.


As directed by the RNAO Bylaws and Bylaw Committee terms of reference, changes to Association bylaws must be reviewed and passed by the Bylaw Committee. The RNAO Bylaw Committee met on March 9, 2021 and a motion was passed to approve the proposed amendments to Assembly under definitions.


Bylaw 7.5(1) states: “For greater certainty, members shall only be entitled to vote on such matters as required by the Act, this Bylaw or as determined by the Board.” In this case, a consultation with members through One Member One Vote is required. This consultation will take place June 8-24, 2021. Results of the One Member One Vote will be shared with members at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on June 25, 2021.


If passed, the change will come into effect immediately


Action Required

A motion to amend the RNAO Bylaws to amend the term “Assembly” to “Assembly of Leaders”

Board of Directors motion to:

  1. Approve the proposed changes, or
  2. Reject the proposed changes, or
  3. Ask the CEO for more information and bring item to the next BOD meeting.

2. APPROVAL OF KPMG AS RNAO’S AUDITORS FOR FISCAL YEAR END, OCTOBER 31, 2021”

For more details regarding the amendments, please review the backgrounder (download pdf)



RNAO Bylaw 7.06 – Auditors, states “The Members shall appoint at each annual meeting, one or more auditors to hold office until the close of the next annual meeting.”

KPMG LLP, Chartered Accountants and Licensed Public Accountants are the Association’s current auditors.

Assembly members – as a whole -- play a central role leading RNAO’s signature political events, representing the Association in their local media, and protecting our branding. Assembly members demonstrate incredible commitment in growing local and specialty presence, as well as expanding our collective voice and membership.

The Association asks the Members to vote on whether they agree with appointing KPMG to audit the financial statements for the fiscal year end as at October 31, 2021.


3. 2021 CANDIDATES LISTED ON THE TICKET OF NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President-Elect
No nominations received.

Region 1
No nominations received.

Region 2
No nominations received.

Region 9
No nominations received.

Notes:

* Positions are acclaimed in the event that there is only one candidate nominated for an open position, that candidate shall be acclaimed into the position and there shall be no election for that position.

** Appointed positions are in accordance with RNAO Policy 6.06 (2); “In the event that no nomination is received for a representative for a region by the new deadline set by the nominations committee or no nominations have been submitted for any other position, or that withdrawal of a nomination by the nominees leaves no candidate for a particular office or offices on the Ticket of Nominations, the provincial nominations committee shall notify the Board and the Board shall nominate one or more persons for the office or offices with no nominees to the annual meeting at which the election is to take place.”

*** No nominations were received for vacant positions.

Candidate webinars featuring positions up for elections can be found here: (view details).

Voting is open from Tuesday, June 8, 2021 noon (ET) to June 24, 2020 noon (ET).

Remember to vote and remind all of your RN and NP colleagues who are members of RNAO to vote!