Ottawa Branch Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of twelve volunteers who are members of the Association in good standing. It consists of a President, two Vice-presidents, a Branch Secretary, a Treasurer and seven others who take on responsibility for the running of various standing and ad-hoc committees of the Ottawa Branch. The Past President is an Ex Officio member of the Board.

Directors are nominated and elected into office by Branch members at annual general meetings. They are elected for no more than three consecutive terms of two-years each (six years).

The Board is responsible for the conduct of the affairs of the Ottawa Branch, its assets and properties. It conducts the business of the Ottawa Branch in accordance with the Association’s By-Laws.

There are five committees of the Board: The Executive Committee, and four standing committees: Policy and Governance, Membership and Services, Branch Community Liaison, and Member Recruitment and Retention. In addition, the immediate Past President usually strikes and presides over the Nominations Committee.

The current Board:

Board of Directors (2018-2019)

December 17, 2018

Officers and Committee Chairs

Robert Giroux, President
Christine Desloges, Vice-President and Chair – Membership and Services Committee
Keith Fernandez,
Vice-President and Chair – Advocacy Committee
Vacant, Corporate Secretary
Harry Ruthnum
, Treasurer

Committee Chairs and Directors

Terry Sing, Chair – Branch Community Liaison Committee
Elisabeth Renaud, Chair – Policy and Governance Committee
Chris Ford, Chair – Recruitment and Retention Committee

Gray Gillespie
Leslie Lawry
Richard Wagner
Patricia Walsh

Nomination of Directors


Each year, one-half of the twelve members of the Ottawa Branch Board of Directors reach the end of their two-year term.  Elections are held to fill the resultant vacancies during the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Ottawa Branch By-Laws call for the establishment of a nominations committee and, a written call for nominations that ends 14 days before the AGM.  To ensure transparency in the process, the call for nominations is provided to our members through Sage, the Federal Retirees magazine.

Every Branch member in good standing is eligible to nominate or stand as a candidate.  The nomination form can be downloaded or obtained by calling the Branch office.
(613-737-2199).  The completed nomination form should be accompanied by a short curriculum vitae or summary of the candidate’s qualifications (maximum 250 words).  Completed nominations forms and accompanying CVs must be received in the Branch office by the date set out in the SageThey may be sent by surface mail or fax, or as an attachment emailed to [email protected].  The material should be identified as for the attention of the Nominations Committee.

The Past President of the Ottawa Branch is usually the Chair of the Nominations Committee.  Other members of the Committee are drawn from both current and former members of the Board of Directors.