The role of the Board
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The role of Plan International Canada’s Board is to protect the interests of all stakeholders and ensure that expected standards of good governance, accountability and transparency are met. More specifically, the Board:
- Approves the budget, audited financial statements and governance policies.
- Ensures all By-laws and key policies – like those addressing safeguarding children and young people, conflict of interest, privacy and procurement – meet today’s standards, and updates them when necessary.
- Ensures standard Board accountabilities are being fully addressed through the Terms of Reference of four Board Committees (Governance and Nominating, Finance and Audit, Human Resources and Compensation, and Development).
- Works with our independent auditors to ensure Plan International Canada meets the highest standards of accuracy in presenting our financial summary and statements.
- Oversees executive compensation policy and decisions, assesses CEO performance and does succession planning.
- Ensures adherence to the Imagine Canada National Standards Program through accreditation of all five key areas relating to good governance, accountability and transparency.
The CEO performance assessment process begins with the board and the CEO agreeing upon annual performance objectives and the key indicators that will measure achievement. There is a review at the six-month mark and a formal review at year end. For the formal review, the CEO provides written feedback on accomplishments to the Chair of the Board and the full board meets to review this. The Chair of the Board is responsible for delivering the final performance assessment to the CEO, with an evaluation of accomplishments in relation to the objectives set out at the beginning of the year.
Board of Directors
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
The Honourable Rona Ambrose is a national leader. She is the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition and an outspoken global champion for the rights of women and girls. She led Canada’s efforts to create the International Day of the Girl at the United Nations, a global movement that advocates for the rights of girls.
In addition to serving as an independent corporate director, Rona is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington DC, focusing on key Canada US bilateral trade and competitiveness issues. She also serves on the advisory board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Advisory Council on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Rona has received many meaningful awards for her advocacy and public policy over the last decade.
Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development Iogen Corporation
Former CHRO, RBC
FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Former MD International, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Partner, Torys LLP
Senior Associate, Social Venture Connexion (SVX)
Fora’s Girls on Boards Young Director
President, Clinical Division, Purkinje, MBA
Former Vice Chair, TD Securities and SVP, TD Bank Group
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