Canadian Masters Athletics - Annual Meeting of Members
Posted on Mar 15 2021
This is the regular 2020 Annual Meeting of the members of the CMA (“Members”). All full masters members of each Athletics Canada branch automatically become members of the CMA each year and, as a result, we had almost 1,900 members in 2020. In order to allow as many members as possible to attend the Annual Meeting, the Board had, in recent years, scheduled the meetings to be held after the day’s events at the CMA Indoor Track & Field Championships in March of each year.
However, when the Indoor Championships had to be cancelled in 2020, and Provincial rules pertaining to the holding of meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to hold public meetings, we were forced to reschedule the Meeting and hold it exclusively by telephone conference facilities. Since the 2021 Indoor Championships have now also been forced to be cancelled, and rules against the holding of public meetings remain in effect, we are this year scheduling this Annual Meeting to be held entirely through online facilities.
The CMA By-Laws do not provide for Annual Meetings to be held by online conference facilities. However, considering the current exceptional circumstances, and what is best for the health and safety of the Members, the Board has decided that it is in the best interests of the CMA and the Members to hold the Meeting entirely by online conference facilities, and provide for all voting in the Board and Officer elections to be by way of the “Mail/Email Ballot”, which includes online voting through “Trackie”. We describe below the arrangements we have made for attendance by Members via online conference facilities and for voting in the Board and Officer elections.
On the next page, you will find the formal Notice of this Meeting and, on the pages that follow, details about the quorum requirement, the candidates for election to the Board and as Officers, and how to vote. As we do each year, our members across the country will all have a chance to vote in these elections, through the Mail/Email Ballot which is attached. All members of the CMA on the date of the meeting are eligible to take part and to vote.
Instructions for Taking Part in the Annual Meeting and the Elections for Directors and Officers
1) To take part in the Meeting in any way, including to vote in the election of Directors and Offices, you must be a Masters Member of the CMA for the year 2021.
2) In order to be able to efficiently run the Meeting by online conference facilities, and to ensure that we will have a quorum, the Board requires that all Members who wish to take part in the Meeting by online conference must register their attendance by March 21, and their votes for the Directors and Officers elections, by checking in on Trackie at http://www.trackiereg.com/2021-CMAAnnualMeeting2
3) As part of registering for the Meeting, Members will be required to provide an email address. All members who register to attend the Meeting will be contacted by email and will be provided with the detailed information and instructions which will allow them to access the online conference facilities.
4) In addition, all other Members who wish to vote in the elections for Directors and Officers, but do not wish to take part in the Meeting, may also do so by 11:59 pm on March 21, via a Mail/Email Ballot, or online on Trackie at http://www.trackiereg.com/2021-CMAAnnualMeeting2
5) Information pertaining to the use of the Mail/Email Ballot, including the form of the Mail/Email Ballot, are included in Attachments “A” and “C” to the Notice of the Annual Meeting.
Notice is hereby given of the Annual Meeting (the “Meeting”) of the Members of Canadian Masters Athletics, to be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 6:30 pm EDT entirely by online conference facilities, in Toronto, ON, for the following purposes:
1. Approval of the minutes of the previous CMA Annual Meeting, held on April 14, 2020 (Note 2);
2. Review of the following Reports from Officers, Provincial Directors, Record Chairs and others, contained in the 2019-2020 Annual Report (Note 2):
- President’s report;
- Treasurer’s report, including the Financial Statements for the year ended October 31, 2020;
- Vice-President, Stadia report;
- Vice-President, Non-Stadia report;
- Membership Secretary report;
- Reports from Provincial Directors; and
- Other reports;
3. Elections for Six positions on the Board of Directors for 2020-2021 (Note 4);
4. Election of Officers for 2020-2021, from among the elected Directors (Note 4); and
5. Other Business, if any.
This notice is provided by the Board of Directors of the CMA.
Vern Christensen, March 2, 2021
1) The CMA By-Laws do not provide for Members’ Meetings to be held by Online Conference Facilities. However, the Board has considered the current situation regarding COVID-19, which makes it impossible to hold a physical meeting, and the importance of holding a meeting at an early date, and has concluded that it is in the best interests of the CMA and its Members to convene this Meeting at this time and in this way.
2) Copies of the 2019-2020 Annual Report, containing the minutes of the previous Annual Meeting and the various reports referred to in item 2 above, will shortly be available, will be provided to Members upon request, will be posted on the CMA web site, and will be discussed at the Meeting.
3) Please refer to the following Attachment “A”, which contains important information about the Meeting, how Members can take part in the Meeting, and the elections for Directors and Officers.
4) Attachment “B” to this Notice contains information about the persons who are proposed for election as Directors and Officers at the Meeting.
The following information is provided for the benefit of the members of the CMA (“Members”) by the CMA Board of Directors (the “Board”), in accordance with the By-Laws of the CMA (the “By-Laws”), as varied by the Board for the purposes of holding the 2020 Annual Meeting of Members.
Holding of Meeting by Online Conference Facilities
The By-Laws do not provide for the holding of the Annual Meeting of Members by online conference facilities. However, the Board has considered the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes it impossible to hold a physical meeting, and has also considered the strong likelihood that a physical meeting may not be possible for many months. Wishing to provide to the Members the ability to discuss the CMA’s activities during 2019-2020, and the ability to take part in elections for Directors and Officers, which are mandated by the CMA By-Laws, the Board has concluded that it is in the best interests of the CMA and its Members to hold the Meeting at this time and by online conference facilities.
Quorum for Meeting
The quorum for the Meeting is the lesser of 20 Members and 3% of the number of Members. As we have over 700 members at this time, the quorum will be 20 Members, and the Meeting will have to be adjourned to another time, unless we have that quorum of Members in attendance at the time when the Meeting is to start. Attendance by online conference will be considered as being present for purposes of forming a quorum.
Attendance at Meeting
All Members of the CMA at the date of the Meeting have the right to attend the Meeting by online conference facilities. In order to facilitate the holding of the Meeting, Members who wish to attend are required to register their attendance, and their votes for the Directors and Officers elections, by checking in on Trackie before 11:59 pm on March 21, 2021 at http://www.trackiereg.com/2021-CMAAnnualMeeting2. As part of registering for the Meeting, Members will be required to provide an email address. All members who register to attend the Meeting will be contacted by email and will be provided with the detailed information and instructions which will allow them to access the online conference facilities. In this manner, the CMA will know the number of members who are in attendance at the Annual Meeting.
Voting at Meeting
All Members, whether in attendance in the manner described above or not, have the right to vote in the election of Directors and Officers, by means of a “Mail/Email Ballot”, described under “Use of Mail/Email Ballot”, below. Members who vote using the Mail/Email Ballot (or the equivalent online ballot) but do not register and attend via online conference facilities will not be considered to be in attendance at the Meeting, for purposes of forming a quorum for the Meeting.
Board of Directors
The By-Laws provide for a Board of Directors made up of 10 Directors who are elected by the Members (“Elected Directors”), and up to 10 others who are nominated by individual provinces or territories. All Directors must at all times when they are Directors be Members of the CMA. The 10 Elected Directors serve for a period of 3 years each, on a rotating basis, so that approximately one-third of the Elected Directors must either be re-elected or replaced at each Annual Meeting (the “Director Rotation”). On the basis of the Director Rotation, the terms of the Elected Directors (before certain recent resignations of Directors) would have been slated to expire as follows: expiring at the 2020 Annual Meeting (March 23, 2021) – Jack Castle, Vern Christensen and Robert Jackson; expiring at the 2021 Annual Meeting – Paul Osland, Mike Sherar and Jay Yakabowich; and expiring at the 2022 Annual Meeting - Amy Ballon, Wendy Melvin, Dan Parsons and Katherine Willis. However, Paul Osland, Mike Sherar and Jay Yakabowich have each either resigned from the Board, or indicated that they will resign effective after the Meeting on March 23, 2021. Their Board positions are therefore effectively vacant at this time, and must be filled at the Meeting.
Election of Directors by Members
Based on the Director Rotation, the three Elected Directors whose terms expire at the Meeting (Jack Castle, Vern Christensen and Robert Jackson) must either be re-elected or replaced at the Meeting. Further, as a result of the three resignations mentioned in the previous paragraph, elections for 6 Directors will take place at the Meeting. One of the above-mentioned Directors, Jack Castle, has indicated that he does not wish to stand for re-election, while two of them, Vern Christensen and Robert Jackson, have indicated that they are willing to stand for re-election. In addition, as a result of a request for volunteers from a Nominating Committee named by the Board, five additional Members, Dala Bortolussi, Hal Carim, Carolyn Coffin, Pete Dehal and Karla Del Grande, have agreed to stand for election as Directors, so that there are seven nominees for election to the six Director positions available. Of those seven nominees, the six who receive the greatest number of votes in the election will be declared elected as Directors.
If either or both of the candidates for election who are existing members of the Board (Vern Christensen and Robert Jackson) are elected at the Meeting, they will serve terms of three years each, thus retaining their current Director Rotation. The Board has decided that, of the remaining four candidates who are elected, the one who receives the greatest number of votes will also serve a term of three years (replacing Jack Castle), and the other three will be elected for a term of one year each (replacing Paul Osland, Mike Sherar and Jay Yakabowich). As provided in the By-Laws, a description of each of the seven candidates for election as Directors is included in Attachment “B”. Each Member of the CMA may vote in this election by completing a ”Mail/Email Ballot”, or the equivalent online ballot. An explanation of the use of the Mail/Email Ballot is given below, and a copy of the form of Mail/Email Ballot is included as Attachment “C”.
The By-Laws provide that provinces or territories may name in total up to 10 Directors to the Board, provided that the provinces or territories have agreed to be part of an agreement between the CMA and Athletics Canada (AC), under which full masters members of the provincial or territorial AC branch will automatically also be members of CMA, upon the payment of an agreed-upon fee to the CMA. All provinces and territories have agreed to be part of such agreement. When provinces or territories do not name a Director, the Board may appoint their Directors. Under these arrangements, Directors were named during the past year representing the following provinces or territories: British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It is anticipated that these provinces or territories will continue to name representatives as Directors.
The By-Laws provide that, at the Annual Meeting, the Members of the CMA must elect certain Officers, referred to as the “Elected Officers”. The Elected Officers are the following: President; Vice-President, Stadia; Vice-President, Non-Stadia; Secretary; and Treasurer; and they must be elected from among the Elected Directors. The Board also may, if it wishes, appoint other Officers from among the Elected Directors. Under this provision, the Board has named one of the Directors to the position of Vice-President.
Election of Officers by Members
The following members of the Board have indicated that, if they are Directors after the election of Directors at the Meeting, they will be willing to stand for election for the following Elected Officer positions: President – Vern Christensen; Vice-President, Stadia – Dan Parsons; Vice-President, Non-Stadia – Robert Jackson; Secretary – Vern Christensen; and Treasurer – Wendy Melvin. As provided in the By-Laws, a description of each of the candidates for these positions as Elected Officers is included in Attachment “B”. As with the election of Directors, Members may use the Mail/Email Ballot or the equivalent online ballot for the election of these Officers. If Vern Christensen is elected both as President and as Secretary, the Board will appoint another Director, Donna Dixon, to carry out the duties as Secretary on an Acting basis. As a Provincial Director, Ms. Dixon does not qualify to be elected to the Office of Secretary
Use of Mail/Email or Online Ballot
Attachment “C” is the standard form of Mail/Email Ballot which may be used by Members to vote for the Directors and Officers. To use this Mail/Email Ballot, please complete it by placing marks in the boxes opposite up to six of the candidates for the election as Directors, and one candidate for each of the five Elected Officer positions. Please print your name and address, sign the Ballot and return it by mail, email or fax to the CMA at the following address: Annual Meeting Ballot, c/o Vern Christensen, 73 Pine Crescent, Toronto, ON M4E 1L3; or by email to CMA@canadianmasters.ca; or to fax number (416) 364-2067. As an alternative, you may use the equivalent online ballot, through the “Trackie” link: http://www.trackiereg.com/2021-CMAAnnualMeeting2. All Ballots received in any of the formats as stated above by 11:59 pm on March 21, 2021 will be included in the voting at the Meeting, provided that they will be used in the election to vote only for each person who continues to be a candidate in the elections. If the Meeting is adjourned, they will be used at the adjournment of the Meeting.
The following detailed information on each of the named candidates for election as Directors or Officers at the March 23 Annual Meeting of the CMA has been provided by the individual candidates:
Candidates for Election as Directors:
Dala Bortolussi (Quebec) –
Masters sprinter - Competed locally in youth; as Master, competed in Dartmouth Relays (three times); several CMA/NCCMA indoor and outdoor championships; AC Masters exhibition races in Ottawa in 2017 and Montreal Grand Prix in 2018.
Held provincial records - 50m, 60m, 200m and 400m; CMA meet record 50m.
Education - M.Sc. Community Health, University of Toronto, specialization health promotion research (1995).
Work experience, health field - Research Assistant, McGill University, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, research, breast cancer and communication, 1996-1999.
Personal Accomplishment - Raised two strong, driven, independent and very intelligent young women (1999-present).
Community involvement - Volunteer tutor (2004-2020) in local elementary schools with students with learning disabilities; organizer of four blood drives with Héma-Québec and Brossard Soccer Association (2014-2017).
More involvement - Chair, Parent Participation Organization at my children’s elementary school for 2 years, committee member for 6 years; co-manager of girls’ youth soccer teams.
Creative talent - Created unique videos of Masters athletics: https://youtu.be/9_8IRYAUuio, https://youtu.be/lNRZUD0ryY0 ; also, coordinator, creative director, producer of various soccer-themed short videos that won a Radio-Canada contest (2014).
Persuasive writer - Successful Research Assistant/Grant Writer, drafting research grant proposals for various professors and doctors; also, successful grant proposal for musical instruments for elementary school band program.
Personal goals as CMA Board Member - Channel my experience, my enthusiasm for Masters athletics and my creative talent to promote our sport, and promote CMA membership, particularly to women throughout Canada.
Hal Carim (Ontario) -
Love/life of athletics: Recreational international runner/jogger/walker for 30+years (5K, 10K, 1/2 and full marathons). Having recovered from DVT 20 years ago I continue as an active walker (>12Km/day) & act as a big brother to other DVT recoverees getting their legs back.
Diversity & inclusiveness: Multilingual (6 languages) / multicultural Professional Engineer having lived and worked in all continents
Empowerement: Founder of Fastbrook Fund active in the promotion of Girls'/ Women's empowerment, education, and athletic engagement in Africa
Involvement: Active participant in the WMA 2020 preparations including the translation of all material/signage to French and Spanish when I returned to Canada in 2019.
Engagement: 30+years' experience in complex international project deliveries from inception to final client satisfaction
Presentation skills from detailed operational plans to strategy executive levels
Computer literate: In all Office products, Agile/Waterfall Project Management tools, Database Operations (SQL/Access)
Active volunteer: Active in VAACT - Toronto Cultural Events as Goodwill Ambassador, Tour Guide and Stage Manager; Meals of Wheels "Runner" at Dixon Hall
Civic engagement: Deputy Returning Officer in all Toronto, Ontario, Federal Elections
Personal: As Canada has been so good to me, in wanting to give back, I have always dreamt of being able to volunteer my skills to the Canadian Athletics movement as represented by the CMA. Thank You/Merci!!!
Vern Christensen (Ontario) –
Chartered Public Accountant, Senior Vice-President/Secretary of public investment management company; bringing my legal and financial work experience to the CMA.
Active in Masters running for over 28 years; favourites are Cross Country and Steeplechase (not many in my age group, so I manage to hold several age group records).
On CMAA/CMA Executive/Board since 1998; Vice-President/Secretary past 13 years; now Acting President; wish to promote the CMA as an independent national masters organization.
CMA Vice-President, Stadia last 3 years; Championships in BC, AB, QC and NB; with this experience, 2021 is an opportune time to introduce a new person to this position.
Responsible for all arrangements for all CMA Board and Annual Members Meetings.
Competed in many WMA Championships: 13 Outdoor (every one since Buffalo in 1995) and five Indoor.
Race Director for local 5K competitive/charitable race in Toronto for 8 years.
Serve often as Canadian delegate to World/Regional General Assemblies; on WMA Law and Legislation Committee, worked on re-incorporation of WMA in current jurisdiction.
Serve often as Team Canada Manager for WMA/NCCMA Outdoor and Indoor Championships.
Instrumental in original incorporation of CMA and conversion from old CMAA association.
Vice-President, Non-Stadia of NCCMA since 2012; responsible for non-stadia in Costa Rica and Toronto.
Carolyn Coffin (Manitoba) –
Lifelong recreational road runner (5k to marathon), including Boston Marathon (2016).
Co-founded an adult running club in 2012 (Running Wild, Belleville, ON) that is still thriving today.
Educational background in Kinesiology (BKin, McMaster University,1996-2000) and Physiotherapy (BScPT, Queen’s University, 2000-2003).
Former Physiotherapist in clinic and hospital settings (2003-2012).
Certified Health Coach (Primal Health Coach Institute, 2016-present).
Business Owner (2012-present) – Work predominantly with masters athletes to help them train sensibly and implement good health fundamentals (sleep, nutrition, mindset, stress management). https://www.carolyncoffin.com
Running Podcast Host (Inspired Soles, Sept 2020-present) - interview inspiring people from both road and trail running https://www.buzzsprout.com/1312027 .
Regular contributor to the Manitoba Runners’ Association’s quarterly newsletter, “On the Run”.
Board of Directors (Comox Valley Road Runners, Jan-Jun 2018; Beatty Family Charitable Foundation, 2015-present).
Extensive volunteer work with the Comox Valley Road Runners 2016-2018 - Run leader for annual Learn to Run clinic, regular speaker and workshop presenter, race setup/tear down, filled in for “Tuesday track” coach, wrote complimentary training plans for their annual half marathon, organized their inaugural beer mile.
Looking to attract more women into masters running by making it appear less intimidating than it might seem initially.
Pete Dehal (British Columbia) -
Active with Ocean Athletics Track and Field Club, Surrey, BC, for the past six years, including member of the Board for the past two years.
Assisted in hosting 2018 CMA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, plus other events and Championships hosted by Ocean Athletics. Ran Cross Country in High School; competed in Rugby in College; lifelong recreational athlete in numerous sports, including road racing and recently competing in Masters Cross Country races.
Coach with Ocean Athletics Track and Field for six years; registered under National Coaching Certificate Program; soccer coach for past four years.
Education - Bachelor of Arts, Administrative and Commercial Studies, University of Western Ontario (1995); bringing financial and administrative aptitude to the CMA Board.
Past 24 years with the Federal Public Service; currently holding a management role in the Western Region; position has provided opportunity to travel and visit cities across Canada.
Previously volunteered with the YMCA as a basketball coach and as a board member for the Surrey Association for Early Childhood Education.
Throughout my career and personal life, I have acquired several skills, including: teaching, training and learning investigative and analytical skills, project planning, intelligence analysis, investigative interviewing, critical thinking and logical analysis which will benefit the CMA board in many ways.
My aim in joining the CMA Board is to assist in promoting the mental and physical health of all ages; and to further develop athletics both locally and nationally, including recruiting more members, with a special focus on road runners.
Karla Del Grande (Ontario) -
Competed since 2003 In Ontario Masters Athletics, CMA and WMA events, indoors, outdoors, track and Competed since 2003 In Ontario Masters Athletics, CMA and WMA events, indoors, outdoors, track and crosscross--country locally, nationallycountry locally, nationally and internationally, with many medals and records; inducted into OMA and and internationally, with many medals and records; inducted into OMA and CMA Halls of Fame.CMA Halls of Fame.
Trained Club Coach in Sprints/Hurdles, RunJumpThrowWheel, Safe Sport and other courses; coached Trained Club Coach in Sprints/Hurdles, RunJumpThrowWheel, Safe Sport and other courses; coached elementary school students in schools and club. elementary school students in schools and club.
Trained Level 2 Trained Level 2 Official; organized school track meets and still officiate at elementary and high school track Official; organized school track meets and still officiate at elementary and high school track meets; official (Call Room) at 2015 Panmeets; official (Call Room) at 2015 Pan--Am Games.Am Games.
Served on OMA Board of Directors from 2009Served on OMA Board of Directors from 2009--2016, and as VP from 20102016, and as VP from 2010--2016; organized medals, 2016; organized medals, awards, Hall of Faawards, Hall of Fame, meet registration; represented OMA at functions and AO meetings; assisted in meet me, meet registration; represented OMA at functions and AO meetings; assisted in meet planning; contributed content to website.planning; contributed content to website.
Committee member of Programs and Services Committee, Athletics Ontario. Committee member of Programs and Services Committee, Athletics Ontario.
Retired teacher (1975Retired teacher (1975--2011), with varied experience as 2011), with varied experience as Chairperson, TeacherChairperson, Teacher--Librarian, Literacy CoLibrarian, Literacy Co--ordinator, ESL/Phys.Ed./Computer Teacher ordinator, ESL/Phys.Ed./Computer Teacher —— giving me experience working with varied demands of giving me experience working with varied demands of administration, teachers and students, and skills in organization, collaboration, and delivering professional administration, teachers and students, and skills in organization, collaboration, and delivering professional developdevelopment.ment.
I am passionate about training and competing in Masters Athletics, and love to share that with others. My about training and competing in Masters Athletics, and love to share that with others. My success has given me opportunities on podcasts (Canadian Running Shakeout Podcast, Bolder Woman, success has given me opportunities on podcasts (Canadian Running Shakeout Podcast, Bolder Woman, Age is Irrelevant, WomenRunCanada), magazine features, panel discussions with students and The Age is Irrelevant, WomenRunCanada), magazine features, panel discussions with students and The Running Room, where I encourage others to find their own passion for fitness. Our sport is very welcoming Running Room, where I encourage others to find their own passion for fitness. Our sport is very welcoming and inclusive by its nature, and anyone can find an eveand inclusive by its nature, and anyone can find an event (road, trail, track, field) or level of participation that nt (road, trail, track, field) or level of participation that suits them, whether recreational or competitive, but encouragement and opportunities need to be there. suits them, whether recreational or competitive, but encouragement and opportunities need to be there.
My goal in being a director will be to support training and competing, and further encouraMy goal in being a director will be to support training and competing, and further encourage participation ge participation from members of diverse backgroundsfrom members of diverse backgrounds,, whether they do have previous whether they do have previous OROR no experience in athletics. no experience in athletics.
Robert Jackson (New Brunswick) -
Lawyer since 1979, Insurance Director at Law Society of New Brunswick, 2013 to date.
Participating in Masters running events since 2001.
2015 Lyon WMA bronze medal in M60 half marathon.
2016 and 2017 age group winner of Ottawa 10K CMA National Championship.
2019 winner of CMA National 10000m Track Championship.
Created, organized and delivered CMA’s “We Are Running Canada” virtual event in 2020.
Member of CMA Board since 2014; Track and Jumps Records Chair; Vice-President, Non-Stadia.
Member (2005-2017) and President (2014-2017) of Run New Brunswick Board.
One of five TO2020 Board members who worked for five years organizing the WMA 2020 Championships.
Holds 28 NB road and track records; ranked # 1 in 10 Athletics Canada rankings events.
Candidates for Election as Officers:
Vern Christensen (Ontario) (Candidate for election as President and Secretary) –
See information above.
Dan Parsons (Alberta) (Candidate for election as Vice-President, Stadia) –
Masters competitor since 2013 (World Championships, NCCMA, USATF Masters, Canadian Masters).
Coach for 35 years (32 in athletics) including McMaster University, University of Toronto, Etobicoke Huskies/Striders, Precision Athletics and others.
Athletics Performance Coach Certified (Throws and Combined Events), coaching athletes at the Olympics, World Championships, NACAC Games, FISU Games.
Education – McMaster University, B.P.E.; U of Windsor, B.Ed.; National Coaching Institute, Toronto.
Masters meet organizer – Iratus Throws Series.
Board member – Ontario Coaches’ Council, OTFA, TTFC Advisory Council, Recreational Hockey Calgary, Calgary Junior High School Athletics Association, as well as others.
Canadian Masters Record Holder (discus) and Canadian Championships Record Holder.
Looking to represent the masters Field Events community on the CMA board.
Robert Jackson (New Brunswick) (Candidate for election as Vice-President, Non-Stadia) –
See information above.
Wendy Melvin (Ontario) (Candidate for election as Treasurer) –
Currently acting Chief Operating Officer for International Group of Start-Up Companies in Canada, Europe and USA, where I lead with an outcome-based philosophy.
Earlier experience within all corporate functional roles, specifically focused on HR and Retail Operations.
My experience at Rotman School of Management has afforded me good governance practices, particularly in finance and reporting knowledge and execution.
Joined Masters Track and Field in 2013 and have competed in 60M and 100M sprints, including CMA and WMA Championships.
One of the Team Managers for WMA Budapest, Hungary and Torun, Poland and NCCMA Toronto, including WMA Country Representative at daily Global Manager Meetings, which broadened my comprehension of international competition organization, rules and procedures.
Rotman School of Management Programs completed are CHRP (Canadian Human Resources Professional) and ELHRP (Executive Leadership for Human Resources Professionals) and SME (Small to Medium Enterprise) Board Governance, where courses relevant to the CMA include Negotiation and Persuasion, Finance and Accounting, Organizational Strategy and Effectiveness, Board Selection, Behavior and Accountability, Risk Management and Executive Leadership.
Past Board and Humanitarian Experience includes Rotman School of Business HR Curriculum Planning Committee, Canadian Children’s Opera Company, Association of Registered Interior Designers Organization, UNHCR and United Nations advocacy to protect refugees of war, 2014-2015, and House of Commons Award for Community Leadership, advocating on a National platform.
Mail/Email Ballot Attachment “C”
2020 CMA Annual Meeting of Members – March 23, 2021
This Ballot is the standard format provided by the Board of Directors of the CMA, in accordance with the CMA By-Laws, for use at the Annual Meeting of Members of the CMA, being held on March 23, 2021. This Ballot may be used by Members to vote in the election for a maximum of six Directors, and in the election of Officers, which votes will take place at the Meeting, or its adjournment. In order to be used, this ballot must be signed,unless provided via “Trackie”. Attachment “B” contains the names and information about each of the candidates for the elections as Directors and Elected Officers, who were known when the Notice was prepared.
The undersigned Member of the CMA hereby wishes to vote as follows:
Election of Directors (You may vote for a maximum of 6 Directors):
Names of Candidates Vote For
Dala Bortolussi [_]
Hal Carim [_]
Vern Christensen [_]
Carolyn Coffin [_]
Pete Dehal [_]
Karla Del Grande [_]
Robert Jackson [_]
Election of Officers:
Position Names of Candidates Vote For
President Vern Christensen [_]
Vice-President, Stadia Dan Parsons [_]
Vice-President, Non-Stadia Robert Jackson [_]
Secretary Vern Christensen [_]
Treasurer Wendy Melvin [_]
______________________ ____________________________ ________________
Member’s Name Member’s Signature Date
Member’s Province of Member’s Athletics Canada
Residence Membership Number
1) Each Member may vote for a maximum of six Director candidates, and for each of the Officer candidates, by placing a mark in the boxes opposite the names of the desired candidates. This Ballot will not be voted with regard to a specific candidate, if: a) a vote is not indicated for that candidate; b) a Member’s vote is not clear with regard to that specific candidate; c) a candidate withdraws before the Ballot is used; or d) more than 6 choices are indicated for Director candidates, in which case none of the choices for Director candidates will be voted.
2) The Ballot will be used only if it is received before 11:59 pm on March 21, 2021, at: Annual Meeting
Ballot, c/o Vern Christensen, 73 Pine Crescent, Toronto, ON M4E 1L3; or by scanned email to CMA@canadianmasters.ca; or to fax number (416) 364-2067.
3) The form of online ballot provided on “Trackie” may be used in substitution for this ballot, by 11:59 pm on March 21, 2021, at the following link: http://www.trackiereg.com/2021-CMAAnnualMeeting2.