2024 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SQUASH CANADA

    DEADLINE – 21 May 2024, 11:59 pm ET

    Board Composition

    In accordance with the provisions of Article 4.1 & 4.2 of By-Law 1 of Squash Canada:

    4.1 The Board will consist of six to eight Directors, as follows:

    1. A President, elected by the Members at the Annual Meeting to serve a term of three years;
    2. A Vice-President Finance, elected by the Members at the Annual Meeting to serve a term of three years;
    3. Three to Five Directors-at-Large elected by the Provincial/Territorial Association Members at the Annual Meeting to serve terms of three years; and,
    4. One Athlete Director elected by the National Team Athlete Members using an electronic ballot procedure, the results of which will be announced at the Annual Meeting. The Athlete Director will serve a term of three years.

    4.2 No Director may serve more than three consecutive terms, inclusive of any term served as President.  No person may serve more than two terms as President.

    Current Board Terms of Office

    The schedule for elected volunteer Board positions is as follows [INCUMBENTS, election status]:

    • 2021 – 2024: President [SANDRA THOMPSON] – NOT up for election (term complete), (1) Director at Large [ALAN FERN] – NOT up for election (term complete), & (1) Athlete Director [STEPHANIE EDMISON] – NOT up for election (term complete, position elected by athletes)
    • 2022 – 2025: (3) Directors at Large [Incumbents:  RYAN MORRIS, KIMBERLY WATSON, and MARTHA SIMMONS]
    • 2023 – 2026: Vice President Finance BOB FERGUSON, (1) Director at Large [FAHEEM GWADRY] – NOT up for election (resignation)

    Positions Up for Election in 2024

    The Nominating Committee therefore invites nominations for the following positions on the Board of Directors of Squash Canada from 2024 – 2027:

    • Director at Large, 2-year term to serve remaining term of resigning Faheem Gwadry.
    • Director at Large, 3-year term, replacing Alan Fern, whose term is complete.
    • President, 3-year term, replacing Sandra Thompson, whose term is complete.

    Martha Simmons, current director has expressed an interest to run for the president position. If elected, Alan Fern, current director has expressed interest in assuming the remaining 1 year of Dr. Simmons term.

    Elections will take place at the Squash Canada Annual General Meeting to be held on June 22nd, 2024.

    Eligibility Criteria

    A nominee must meet all the below criteria:

    • Be a resident of Canada for not less than three (3) years;
    • Be 18 years of age or older, who has the power under law to contract;
    • Has not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country;
    • Does not have the status of bankrupt;
    • Satisfies the requirements of the Canadian Income Tax Act in relation to the eligibility to serve as a director of a registered charity;
    • Be a member in good standing of their Provincial or Territorial Squash Association and that Association must be a member in good standing with Squash Canada;
    • Is not subject to a disciplinary investigation or action by Squash Canada, or if subject to disciplinary action previously, has fulfilled all terms and conditions of such disciplinary action to the satisfaction of the Squash Canada.

    Desired Skills for Squash Canada Board of Directors

    Potential candidates for the Board of Directors of Squash Canada should possess a high level of experience and capability in board oversight responsibilities, including specifically the areas of fundraising, finance, marketing, management, not for profit, communications, and events. Potential candidates should possess some of the following skills:

    Senior Executive Leadership
    • Sports – Athlete
    • Sports – Coaching
    • Sports – Officiating
    • Sports – Management
    • Knowledge of the Canadian Sport System
    • Knowledge of the Sport of Squash and of Squash Canada Programming
    • Human Resources
    • Communication & Stakeholder Relations
    • Financial Literacy
    • Risk Management, Oversight including Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner’s Abuse Free Sport protocols
    • International Sports or Business
    • Strategic and Business Planning
    • Corporate Governance
    • Information Technology (digital/cyber)
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Not-for-profit Board Experience
    • Corporate Board Experience
    • Professional Accounting or Financial Designation
    • Legal
    • Innovation
    • Revenue Generation
    • Event Staging/Management
    • Bidding & Hosting
    • Government Advocacy & Lobbying
    • International Relations and Diplomacy
    • Professional Qualifications (MD, PhD, MBA, Sport science degree)

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Squash Canada’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy was approved and adopted 26 November 2020. The Board has given the Nominating Committee clear direction to make sure the Board reflects the objectives of this Policy.

    Nomination Process

    • Nominations must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on May 21, 2024 to the attention of Jamie Nicholls, CEO by email to; jamie.nicholls@squash.ca
    • The nomination must include all of the following information:
      • A completed Squash Canada Nomination Form;
      • Support letter and verification of membership from a Provincial/Territorial Member;
      • A written letter of recommendation be provided by someone that has known the candidate for at least 5 years and can attest to their professional experience and skills.

    If prospective candidates have any questions or wish to discuss the Call for Nominations, they may contact any of the following Squash Canada Nominating Committee members:


    Dennis Bishop, Chair, dbishop@aei.ca

    Sandra Thompson, Board Member, Sandra.thompson@squash.ca

    Gordon Campbell, Provincial/Territorial Squash Association Representative,  gordon@ghaven.ca

    TBA, P/T Squash Association Representative

    Jamie Nicholls, Squash Canada CEO (ex-officio)  jamie.nicholls@squash.ca