About Us

Call for Nomination

The CALAS/ACSAL Nominations Committee is seeking nominations to serve a four (4) year term on the Board of Directors, starting Monday, May 27, 2019 until the 2023 Annual General Meeting.

The mission of the Nominations Committee is to ensure good governance by ensuring that the Board of Directors has a balanced skill-set and fair representation of our membership including:

  • Our diverse membership (Technicians, Managers, Veterinarians and Administrators)
  • Members from the various geographic regions we serve
  • Individuals who poses additional skills that will enhance the overall competency of the Board

The committee will be reviewing possible candidates and will be presenting a slate of the best qualified to the membership in early April, 2019.

The Qualities of a Good Candidate

  • Strategic, visionary thinking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Honest and accountable to the entire membership
  • Leadership qualities
  • Willingness to learn and build skills

Additional Skill Set

In order to ensure a balance of skills on the Board of Directors, possessing any of the following skills would be an asset:

  • Good understanding of the CALAS/ACSAL certification exams
  • Financial/budgeting knowledge
  • Training and education experience
  • Experience working with people
  • Communications/social media
  • Lab animal knowledge
  • Legal knowledge
  • Ability to write/edit technical information

The Commitment

  • 4 year term, board members can serve a maximum of 2 consecutive terms (eligible for additional terms after 1 year off)
  • Expected to attend bi-monthly teleconference calls (1 - 1.5 hours each)
  • Expected to attend annual Strategic Retreat in Toronto, each January or February
  • Expected to attend a 1 hour in-person meeting during the annual Symposium
  • The volume of additional work between meetings will depend on the workload of selected committees (1 - 10 hours)

The Process

  • Members are encouraged to nominate candidates who have a willingness to serve, self nominations are acceptable
  • Complete the Board Nomination Form, ensure that skills and qualities are highlighted
  • Submit the form to National Office by March 31, 2019
  • Members of the Nominations will review nominations and may reach out to nominees to confirm willingness to serve and skills
  • Selected candidates will be confirmed by phone or email
  • A slate of recommended directors will be presented to the membership for election at the Annual General Meeting

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the nominations process, please contact the National Office by email or phone 416-593-0268.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we look forward to receiving your nominations.


Karen Gourlay
Nominations Committee Chair