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Chartered Professionals
in Human Resources

Expressions of Interest for the 2021-2022 CPHR BC & Yukon Board Of Directors

It is time once again for the Nominating Committee of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR BC & Yukon), to receive and consider expressions of interest from members for the position of Director on the Association’s Board of Directors.

A Nominating Committee has been appointed by the Board of Directors to prepare a slate of candidates for vacant positions on the Board to be elected at the next Annual General Meeting.  The Nominating Committee members are:

  • Laura Thurnheer, CPHR (Chair)
  • Susan Ryan, FCPHR
  • Kevin Howlett, CPHR
  • Rita Ferrara, CPHR
  • Kristi Searle, FCPHR
  • Anthony Ariganello, CPHR (ex officio)

Submission Process

This year, there are 5 Director positions open for election, however all current incumbents can also stand for re-election. The Nominating Committee will review new nominations along with those of current incumbents in proposing their recommended slate of candidates for the membership to consider.

If you wish to submit your name, or the name of another member, for the Nominating Committee’s consideration, please email Anthony Ariganello, President & CEO at

Names, supported by a short cover letter stating the reasons why they should be considered, including how they align with the expectations and criteria detailed below, as well as a current resume and a signed version of the 2021 Campaign Guidelines (download here), must be submitted no later than Friday, March 5, 2021 (midnight) to be considered by the Committee.

The Nominating Committee will examine each nomination received along with the expressions of interest from current incumbents, and will advise the nominees prior to March 26, 2021, of the recommended slate of candidates for the membership to consider for election.

Nominees must notify the association no later than 60 days prior to the Annual General meeting, set for June 9, 2021, whether they intend to stand for election.

Should there be more nominees running for election than the recommended slate of candidates that the Nominating Committee has put forth campaign guidelines will apply (see below).

The slate of recommended candidates and other nominees running for election will be provided to the membership at least 30 days in advance of the AGM, which will be held this year in Vancouver on Wednesday, June 9 at 4.00 p.m. at the Terminal City Club or through virtual means if an in-person meeting cannot be conducted.

Following is a description of the Directors’ Duties for your consideration.


CPHR BC & Yukon Directors’ Duties


Recognized as “The Place” for leading people practices


Keep people first in the decisions of leaders

Board Mandate

Promote and enhance the profession and advance member value


  • Define what constitutes value for our Association and our members and ensure value is delivered
  • Lead the evolution of people practices that have a significant impact on organizations
  • Proactively act as ambassador for the Association and the profession within the HR and broader business community
  • Assume a multi-year view with a focus on supporting the Association’s vision, mission and strategic plan for the profession.
  • Ensure that effective internal systems are in place to support and achieve the Association’s objectives
  • Prepare for and actively participate in Board and Committee meetings with attendance at 100% of Board related meetings


  • Emphasis on business orientation
  • Established in both the business and HR communities with a proven track record of contribution
  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to high ethical standards
  • Ability to contribute to a strategic Board
  • Demonstrated volunteer contribution, preferably with CPHR BC & Yukon and the HR community
  • Understanding of the Association and a leader in the human resources profession
  • Ability to devote the necessary time and energy to the Association
  • Prior Board and governance experience is preferred

2021 Campaign Guidelines

These Campaign Guidelines have been approved by the Board of CPHR BC and Yukon and are intended to set parameters around how a candidate can campaign for election.

Once you have qualified as a candidate by the Nominations Committee, you may wish to tell others about your candidacy and ask them to vote for you. To assist you in this, the Nominations Committee has developed a protocol to ensure campaigning is conducted fairly and equally by all candidates.

The Nominations Committee is responsible for supervising the conduct of candidates during the election period. Where a candidate is found to have contravened these Guidelines, the Committee may recommend to the Board a range of sanctions.

Gaining support

You can gain support through your biography and your statement of goals and objectives that will be sent to members, along with the voting ballot. You may comment on your personal biography, skills and what you can bring to the Board (past experience, etc.). It is not appropriate to make promises about how the Board will act in the future. If you want to share specific ideas about CPHR BC and Yukon’s future, make it clear these views are yours alone and that they have not been endorsed by CPHR BC and Yukon’s Board or Management.


The best way to campaign is to speak directly to members to let them know you are running for election. Mass non-personal communication is not permitted.  Please make sure you respect all privacy laws.

Sharing your endorsement status

If the Nominations Committee has endorsed you, it is appropriate to say so during your campaign.

Be respectful

Speak positively about why you would be a good director and how your competencies, skills and experience would enhance the board’s oversight role. Derogatory campaigning and/or comments about other candidates, whether express or implied, is not permitted. All candidates should conduct themselves in a way that is consistent with the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of CPHR BC & Yukon.

Conduct yourself honestly and ethically

Candidates are expected to conduct themselves in an honest and ethical manner – this applies to campaigning as well. You must represent yourself accurately about your accomplishments, positions, or any other data intended to influence voters.


Campaign Expenses are your personal responsibility and may not exceed $500.

Commencement of Campaign

Campaigning may begin on the date specified by the Nominating Committee in the information provided to members.