Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

Changes to the Board & Governance Structure 

During the fiscal year 2013-2014 the Board of Directors undertook an extensive review of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC's) governance structure in preparation for the introduction of the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act. As a result of this exercise, the Board has moved to change its governance structure. The Board will be comprised of 16 directors (reduced from 30). The Executive Committee of the Board has been eliminated, and the smaller board will meet five times a year. The Committee structure will remain unchanged, however the terms of reference for some of the Committees are being reviewed. These changes will be reflected in the Annual Report 2014-15.  

Board of Directors

Chair: Nathalie Pratte

In fiscal year 2013-2014, the National Board of Directors was composed of up to 30 members made up of a diverse group of leaders who bring a variety of talents, experiences and expertise to the governance of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

The Board’s primary role is to oversee management and ensure NCC’s affairs are being conducted in a way that achieves its objectives. Directors of the Board are elected by the Members of the Corporation for a term of three years, and are eligible for re-election provided that they have not served more than six consecutive years.


Governance, Nominating & Human Resources Committee

Chair: Bill Caulfeild-Browne

The Governance, Nominating & Human Resources Committee is responsible for the development and recommendation to the Board of a set of governance and nominating principles and practices applicable to NCC, including: conducting periodic reviews of the structure of the Board and its committees; reviewing the Board composition and recommending criteria to the Board with respect to size, diversity and skill mix; and conducting biannual evaluations of overall Board effectiveness.


Audit Committee

Chair: Ann Rooney

The Audit Committee assists the Board in overseeing NCC’s financial principles, controls and reporting. It monitors NCC’s financial performance and is responsible for monitoring any changes in the risk profile of NCC. All Audit Committee members are financially literate, as defined by the Ontario Securities Commission.


Conservation Committee

Chair: Margaret Kelch

The Conservation Committee provides guidance to and oversight of NCC’s science, securement and stewardship business activities and reports to the Board on these matters.


Investment Committee

Chair: Doug Hayhurst

The Investment Committee assists the Board in overseeing the policies that govern the investment of NCC’s financial assets. It monitors the performance of all short and long-term funds held by NCC, such as the endowment funds, as well as the performance of external investment managers and advisers. Finally, it ensures that funds received and held by NCC are invested in accordance with any donor restrictions or wishes.


Executive Management Group

John Lounds

President & CEO

Bob Alexander

Board Secretary & Executive Assistant to the CEO

Ian Barnett

Vice-President, Operations

Michael Bradstreet

Vice-President, Conservation

Jane Gilbert

Chief Communications Officer

Lynn Gran

Senior Campaign Counsel

Julie Wood

Vice-President, Corporate Services