Election of a New Leader
The National Executive Committee meeting on Sunday, November 3, 2019, provided an opportunity for a change of guard at the lead of the APS with the election of Stéphane Désautels as APS National President. It was the last major topic on the agenda. The historic proposal was presented by David MacFarlane, the most senior member of the group. He was seconded by Toronto Local President Nathan Farr. The motion was unanimously adopted to appoint Stéphane Désautels, President of Montreal Local Branch, as interim National President.
APS in Good Financial Standing
Under the direction of the National Treasurer, Isabelle Benoit.
The National Executive session began with a detailed presentation of the association’s financial statements by the firm Désormeaux, Patenaude Inc. The two main partners running the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants) firm, Aline Désormeaux and Jasmin Patenaude were present to describe to the participants the details of APS financial activity and its results at the close of its fiscal year ended June 30, 2019. In addition to the members of the executive, delegates present at the previous day’s National Council were invited to attend as observers. The association not only carries on the tradition with sound financial management, but its assets are increasing significantly, thanks to the implementation of its new investment policy and the increase in new members. Both C.A. partners were pleased to learn that the voting results gave them the mandate to prepare the financial statements for the fiscal year 2019-2020.
The Executive Committee also discussed numerous topics ranging from the collective agreement status to Christmas parties.
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Herewith are the results of the APS election unveiled Sunday, November 3, 2019, by the election officers David MacFarlane and Pascal Baczyk. It took place at the APS Members’ Annual General Assembly held in Montreal at the Place D'Armes Hotel at 9 a.m.
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The APS National Executive Committee has elected the President of the Montreal Local Branch Stéphane Désautels to become the new National President of the Association, succeeding Mario Poudrier, who will officially retire from the CBC at the end November. This nomination takes effect as of the third day of November 2019 until the end of Mario’s mandate, which expires in a year.
The nomination was adopted unanimously by the members of the National Executive as the result of a proposal submitted by David MacFarlane, Regional Director for Western Canada and seconded by Nathan Farr President of the Toronto Local Branch.
The meeting of the Executive Committee was held the day after the National Council in conformity with the Association’s By-Laws providing the obligation to hold a session during the annual meeting of APS Delegates.
Stéphane thus becomes the fourth president of APS succeeding in order Réal Jean from Québec City, Stephen Moore from Toronto and Mario Poudrier from Montreal.
After 36 years with the Corporation Mario Poudrier, the National President of APS announced he was leaving the CBC to take his retirement at the end of November.
« I overshot my maximum tenure for pension purposes by one year because I wanted to participate in the rebirth of La Maison de Radio-Canada (the MRC) in Montreal », Mario said, « A fantastic opportunity for an Engineering aficionado like myself ».
Mario will officially leave APS at the National Council event, which will be held in Montreal on November 2, 2019. With a year remaining in his mandate, APS will proceed to nominate an interim replacement to complete the term. The APS By-Laws stipulate that the National Executive Committee has the responsibility to appoint the interim President.
All in all, Mario Poudrier will then complete 18 years of service at the head of our association, a record far removed from any foreseeable threats. He took over in 2001 succeeding Stephen Moore to become the National President of APS. Before, Mario was sitting as President of the Montreal Local since its creation in 1995. He was there at the assembly foundation of the Association when the founding members elected him to preside over the Assembly. A grand total of 24 years of union commitment is then the stature of a well-deserved salute we are sending his way upon his retirement.
He was in the trenches for his whole term by sitting on all of our Negotiation Committees from the very first in 1995 to the very last in 2016. Mario acted as a spokesperson on every imaginable front heading significant committees for almost a quarter of a century.
A FREE AND AUTONOMOUS UNION
He has thus left an imprint on a unique type of union philosophy, which characterizes APS. A Union totally controlled by its participating members, each and every one of them an employee of the CBC. APS gives the choice to every member of its bargaining unit to belong or not to its union life. APS is the only union to build its Union demand list for negotiations by using a professional, independent firm to conduct a scientific survey with each individual participating member. It is also dedicated to transparency by giving access to all of the participating members to its financial statements conducted by an independent bona fide professional accounting firm. Those are a few of many examples to characterize the unique style of the Association. However, Mario is also responsible by his personal touch to have placed the credibility of a small union at the same level as the other major players in the industrial relations’ world of the CBC.
But above everything else, Mario’s personal trademark will always be his devotion in helping out individual members in need of assistance. Mario has never backed down from a request for help coming from the ranks. In his very personal style, he would plow in headfirst, never fearing obstacles whatever their size. It’s by the hundreds that APS members are there to attest their gratitude after 24 years of loyal service to the Association.
Mario is leaving APS in a solid financial situation after instituting a flexible and light structure, ensuring tight control on spending. He faced a substantial challenge with a huge debt present at the start of his presidency and also major membership reductions hitting the organization in the middle part of his mandate as the result of massive job cuts undertaken by CBC Management.
He will then preside over his last National Council during the weekend of November 2 in Montreal in the midst of the APS family, undoubtedly ready to wish him the best to salute his departure.
This year, the APS National Council will take place during the weekend of November 2, 2019, in Montreal, at Place D’Armes Hotel, Tango Room. Delegates from the different regions of the country will meet to decide on the orientations of the association as well as learning about the various work activities in the life of the union. The President, the Interim National Secretary, the Treasurer as well as the General Manager will provide accounts of the outputs from their respective areas of concern while delegates will inform the assembly of their preoccupations and realities in the regional Round table event.
Members in good standing wishing to attend may contact their local APS officers to obtain the delegate status. Our By-Laws provide the possibility to nominate one delegate per share of 50 members. Members in good standing residing in the location of the National Council can also attend as observers. Maria Gaglione, APS Coordinator, is responsible for overseeing the operation.
Members’ Annual General Assembly
The day after the National Council, Sunday, November 3, 2019, the Members’ Annual General Meeting takes place at 9 a.m. at the same location. The purpose of the meeting is to disclose the election results following the vote held electronically during the week of October 21, 2019. This year, the only resolution proposed to a vote will be the renewal of the external auditors Désormeaux, Patenaude Inc.’s mandate, as submitted by our National Executive Committee.
The current Regional Directors, as well as the Montreal and Toronto Local Presidents, have all been re-elected by acclamation. All APS positions are submitted to two-year rotating mandates.
Two election officers representing each network will be appointed to oversee proceedings; David MacFarlane Regional Director in the West and Pascal Baczyk Regional Director in the East will be responsible for announcing the results by connecting to the company conducting the consultation, Big Pulse.
The beginning and duration period during which members in good standing will be able to cast their vote will be held from Monday, October 21, 2019, to Sunday, October 27, 2019, at midnight.
National Executive Meeting
Immediately following the Annual General Assembly, the National Executive Committee will meet for one of its yearly two face-to-face compulsory meetings.
Financial Statements year ended 30 June 2019
Members in good standing who require access to the Association’s financial statements 2018-2019 are invited to send their request to the Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the term of the nomination periods ended on August 8, 2019, for the Toronto Local Branch and September 6, 2019, for the Montreal Branch, the following candidates are elected to represent their respective regions for a two-year term mandate as per APS By-Laws.
Local Presidents Nathan Farr in Toronto and Stéphane Désautels in Montreal have been re-elected by acclamation.
The Local Elected Officers -
Calum McLeod – Ontario Regional Director / Secretary
Robert Chen – Director
Tandra Chakroborty – Director
Nadia Aftab – Director
Sébastien Fleurant – Quebec Regional Director / Secretary
Nicolas Ouellet – Director
Daniel Foisy – Director
Alain Gingras – Director
The Regional Directors in the East, West and Ottawa regions were elected by acclamation last August 30th:
Pascal Baczyk - Eastern Region
David MacFarlane - Western Region
Anne-Marie Roy – Ottawa Region
Congratulations to the elected Officers!
The end of the nomination period to fill the Regional Directors positions closed on August 29, 2019. The following three incumbents were elected by acclamation to represent their respective region for a two-year term mandate as per APS By-Laws.
Pascal Baczyk - Eastern Region
David MacFarlane - Western Region
Anne-Marie Roy – Ottawa Region
Congratulations to the elected Directors and a successful continuation with the Association!
In accordance with APS By-Laws, the positions of Directors for the East, West and Ottawa Regions are open for election in 2019. The mandate is for a two-year term.
We invite all members in good standing wishing to submit their candidacy, to fill out the Call for Candidacy form below. Please ensure that your application is endorsed by the signature of five (5) other members in good standing currently registered with the APS. Forward your duly completed nomination form by e-mail at email@example.com, by fax, (450) 575-0572 or by mail at the Union’s head office, 1212 Panet Street, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 2Y7, at the latest by Thursday, August 29, 2019.
ONLY MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING can be elected or cast their vote when required. For those wishing to become a member in good standing, kindly complete the Membership Application form herewith or click: www.apscbcsrc.org/display/en/Forms.
Please note that only members from the Eastern, Western and Ottawa Regions can vote for the candidate of their respective branch.
The employer has just issued the communication to APS employees concerning this year’s salary review information. The document originated from People and Culture sent by email.
APS has been involved in a continuous, long-standing protest over some of the negative consequences contained in the applications of the CBC/Radio-Canada’s compensation policy. The publication of this latest communication provides the opportunity to summarize the situation for the benefit of our members.
The memo gives the impression that APS negotiated a 1.5% increase for APS employees: « The budget for APS-represented employees, as negotiated in the collective agreement, is 1.5%... » However, the language of the contract is different as the 1.5% stands as a minimum. : « The value of the annual salary review budget will be no less than 1.5%... » - (Appendix « G » paragraph 1 of the agreement).
The communique also gives an erroneous impression that the salary progression available to employees over and above normal increases is only controlled by Managers. It states that the Managers have the option to grant those increases: « Managers may recommend an increase from the growth budget, on a priority basis, for employees whose salaries are below the midpoint of their pay band, and who are performing well in their role. » Although this is true, the memo is silent on the automatic progression available to all employees. Again the collective agreement states a different obligation where the managers have no role to play: « Employees with sustained performance will progress to the midpoint of the Reference Zone…by the start of the 8th year ». - (Appendix « G » paragraph 3). This means that any employee in that situation will reach the midpoint salary on an automatic basis with no intervention intended by any manager.
The memo also gives a distorted impression of the review process in cases of disagreement with a performance evaluation. Employees protesting the evaluation given by their managers can indeed write their comments on the form, but the system erases the opposition from the employee when the box is finally checked by the employee or automatically without the employee’s will by July 5th. As a matter of fact, there is no obligation for an employee to check the box, « I agree with the Content and Rating ». Discontent employees, then need to reach their union representatives to file a grievance if required. This is not explained in the memo, and it should be. A negative mark in your record has many consequences on top of a lower salary increase. Mainly it will prevent you from reaching the midpoint mark at the beginning of the eight years of service as well as counting as a factor in selecting employees who have to be cut in cases of job suppression. The whole aspect of disagreements with the results of a manager’s rating is erased from the memo by avoiding mentioning the recourse to the grievance procedure available to all the employees who are discontent about an unfair rating.
The memo about salary increases raises yet another problem. It prevents the employee from disagreeing with his or her increase by hiding the new salary bands before the meeting each employee needs to have his or her manager before June 21st. The memo mentions the new bands will only be unveiled by June 24. This is another twist the Corporation is taking to prevent employees from expressing their disagreement by hiding important information about their salary review.
NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF SALARY BAND INCREASES
The question of problems related to salary increases will be on the top of the APS agenda in the upcoming National Joint Committee meeting to be held on June 26, 2019, in Montreal; not only because of the flaws contained in this latest memo from the employer but also for the growing flow of discontent related to the application of increases to the salary bands. For the third year in a row, the employer is moving up the salary bands to catch up with the market. But in CBC/Radio-Canada’s case, those increases do not apply to the employees. Unlike other policies elsewhere in other organizations, an increase in salary bands is not intended to reach the employees. The bands go up because CBC has neglected to keep up with the job market, but the employees are left in the cold with the same salaries growing only by the size of their annual performance reviews. The only exception to that situation happens at the eight-year mark of an employee’s service record where the obligation to reach the midpoint level occurs. The accumulation of band increases leaves employees with the ridiculous hope of dropping under the midpoint in order to receive the same increases as their colleagues located under the midpoint of their bands.
Despite strong protests to provide a balanced approach to all employees, the CBC is still applying the same rule: no market adjustment available to their employees. The end result is that the grid increases contained in the salary matrix demotivate the employees. The larger amounts are only available to a minority. APS is having second thoughts about the whole system as a result. For sure the question will be on the table for the next round of negotiations. Will APS members wish to continue in the same direction, or will they opt for a system that provides the same amount of increase to all employees, including market adjustments?
During the weekend of May 4, 2019, the APS National Executive Committee proceeded to one of the two yearly mandatory face-to-face meetings it has to hold in opposition to the usual teleconference meetings used by the group. The By-laws of the Association provide for this format with the other face-to-face meeting is invariably held during the APS National Council in autumn. The National Executive has determined that this year’s Council will be held in Montreal during the weekend of November 2, 2019.
With a fully loaded agenda, the Executive dealt mainly with activity reports from the various committees operating in the APS universe as well as personnel replacements.
At the head of the latter topic came the departure of Marcel Arsenault, the long-standing Director of the Eastern Region for APS. As with his predecessor, Donald Leblanc, Marcel was the victim of a job suppression in Moncton after almost 30 years of service with the CBC. APS is thus losing a powerful and respected voice always representing with passion the interests of our members in the Maritimes as well as those of the membership at large. In that capacity, Marcel was at the head of the National Health and Safety Committee for APS.
Marcel’s mandate for representation was terminating this year, hence the need to appoint an interim replacement. To this end, the Executive appointed Pascal Baczyk from Moncton to complete the mandate as Regional Director for the East until its conclusion on November 3, 2019, before the commencement of a new two-year mandate. Pascal is a Financial Analyst who attended the Montreal meeting to meet the requirements of the replacement. This is how the members of the Committee came to discover a new recruit qualified to fulfill a difficult mandate as well as bringing a new breath of youth to the organization.
This autumn will also mark the start of the two-year mandates for the Regional Directors; the Ottawa Regional Director, filled in the interim by Anne-Marie Roy who replaced Daniel Lavigne as well as David MacFarlane, West Region Director.
To replace Marcel on the National Health and Safety Committee, the Executive appointed David MacFarlane, the Director representing the West who will be adding a new charge to his workload as he is already heading the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as the APS representative. However, David sees the two roles as complementary as they are both related. In the two cases, prevention is at the heart of the mandates and both concern the health and the wellbeing of employees. Nathan Farr, the Toronto President, will continue to occupy the other APS seat at that National Health and Security Committee.
The Executive also welcomed the arrival of Sébastien Fleurant at the National level. Sebastien came in as the second appointment from the Montreal Local following the election of Isabelle Benoit as the National Treasurer. Sébastien who also sits at the Montreal Workforce Adjustment Committee entered the assembly in full force by contributing to many discussions during the weekend.
Finally, as far as first events were concerned, the meeting was hearing for the first time the investment progress report instituted by the adoption of our new Investment Policy in November 2017. This new procedure covers the return on investments made by the Association. Isabelle Benoit as National Treasurer reports to the National Executive Committee to show individual returns for each investment fund. Isabelle confirmed the coming of age of the new investment strategy with higher returns on investments while preserving capital certified under guarantees.
At the level of future courses of actions for APS, the committee looked at the necessity to intervene with members to underline the failures of the corporation’s compensation policies. Since last year many interventions were made with management to attempt to correct inequities without any success. Pending last-minute interventions to bring changes to this year’s upcoming salary reviews, APS will launch an information campaign for all of its members.
The expiration of our existing collective agreement was also a topic of heated discussions. The date of expiration for the agreement is on March 31, 2020. There is a provision for automatic renewal that the parties have accepted to include in the duration clause of the agreement. To escape that possibility APS has to file a written notice to that effect six months before expiry, which places us in autumn 2019. Without adopting a formal resolution, the Executive Committee has debated possibilities very well aware of the consequences. Discussions with the employer will, therefore, be undertaken in the very near future.
The next face-to-face meeting of the Executive will, therefore, be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
This year’s National Council was held on the weekend of November 3, 2018, at the Toronto CBC Broadcast Centre.
This annual meeting serves as a forum for the Association’s orientation and is also as a reference point for an update on the activities which took place during the year coming to a close. As a matter of fact, the APS timeline chart brings to understand why this major event leads to the beginning of November as the end of our annual cycle.
Why in November?
The Association’s fiscal year ends on June 30 of each year. As of that date, our By-Laws provides a schedule to plan out all the series of events closing with the National Council meeting in November. The call for applications are submitted in August, the publication of the financial statements at the end of September and the Members’ Annual General Assembly in November. These events are structured around the end of our fiscal year.
As first obligation ensuing from the end of the fiscal year is the production of the Association’s financial statements. This process consists in transmitting the Association’s financial data to the external auditors who are given a deadline of 60 business days to submit the statement of income results. However, it is in August or after the end of the fiscal year that the nominations are launched for the positions to be filled in the organization. The duration of this period extends to 10 business days. All the APS positions entail two-year terms. Alternating every two years, we have a Notice of Election for the National President, the National Secretary and the National Treasurer and the other year the regional directors’ positions. The local elections in Toronto and Montreal are covered in the same year as the regional officers.
The elections are supervised by way of the Office of the APS National Secretariat, via an electronic procedure by using the services of an external firm specialized in the organization of ballots. This year we asked to withdraw the obligation to proceed by electronic vote for the selection of the firm of external auditors since the positions are filled by acclamation most frequently. In these circumstances, the appeal to the national vote to confirm the appointment of the external auditors turns out in a costly expenditure only to confirm a decision already adopted by the National Executive Committee. In regard to the local votes, the elections to fill the positions of Montreal and Toronto Officers are held before September 7, at the annual meetings of each local organization.
Although there is no target date for the voting process with the participating members, the consultations are done in October so that the results are unveiled during the Members’ Annual General Assembly at the beginning of November. The sequence of the activities stems from provisions in Article 10.05 of the By-Laws which sets a term of 15 business days after the audited financial statements approved by the National Officers, to communicate to the members the date and the information relative to the National Council meeting and the Members’ Annual General Assembly.
The Content of the National Council
Along the years, the National Council agendas steadied around the reports delivered by the main actors of the organization. There was a time when these meetings revolved around joint discussions or in the presence of guest speakers. But with the increase of various committees and complexity of the workloads, the councils of today serve especially to shed light on the union’s actions carried out through the course of the year coming to an end.
This year, the beginning of the session starred the officers responsible for the several regions of the country who reported the activities and locally real-life concerns. Marcel Arsenault’s absence on a work mission in Iqaluit prevented us from receiving news from Eastern Canada, but all the other regional officials provided their activity reports.
For Montreal – Stéphane Désautels, President
For Toronto – Nathan Farr, President
For Ottawa – Daniel Lavigne, Director
For Western Region – David MacFarlane, Director
The meeting followed with the activity reports from the National Treasurer and the National Secretary.
Yves Ledoux drafted a final broad outline of his mandate as National Treasurer during the last two years by presenting an overview of the new investment policy he implemented, the reduction in telecom, licenses and maintenance fees. He also pointed that he centralized the billing system.
Dominique Barrette also presented her last membership presentation outlining the fluctuations to the end of the year.
The officers responsible for their specialized committee also gave an overview of their activities:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) from David MacFarlane
National Health and Safety from Nathan Farr
Website status from Jennifer Barrett
At the core of the various activities’ reports are the ones from the National President, Mario Poudrier and the General Manager, Claude Beausoleil.
The first one announced we had a very busy year including the renewal of a ten-year agreement on the 0.1% contributions per employee for the increases in expenses of the social benefits and mentioned the numerous litigation before the courts. The General Manager provided a general profile of the many grievances settled throughout the year as well as those which are still active. He also announced a new plaint for the claims of a large majority of the APS membership from the SCRC (FNC-CSN) and from the Guild (Canadian Media Guild) before the Canadian Industrial Relations Board (CIRB).
During the Council’s deliberations, the delegates intervene as they please as much for the questions as for the suggestions. For example, changes were brought to the website structure resulting in important savings. It is also there that originated the consultation with the members to poll the perception of the individuals towards their union through a perception survey.
As usual, President Mario Poudrier led the proceedings so that the day would end as scheduled at 17:00 sharp. It is definitely a great improvement on past meetings that dwelled into the evening or worse until the next morning.
The APS By-Laws provide the obligation to hold two face-to-face National Executive Committee meetings each year. This is the reason that the Sunday following the National Council is always used to fulfill half of that obligation. The other Executive meetings are held through telephone conferences.
It was on Sunday, November 4, that President Mario Poudrier declared the opening of the meeting regrouping some ten members of the Executive. As he has done now for many years, Mario enlarged the attendance by inviting all participating members of the National Council held the day before to join in as observers.
Two major decisions were on the agenda; the replacements Dominique Barrette and Isabelle Benoit. The first one was due to Dominique’s departure from CBC and the second due to the election for the position of National Treasurer. Dominique had been elected to the position of National Secretary by acclamation in mid-August causing the National Executive to appoint a successor to replace her. Daniel Lavigne, the Ottawa Regional Director, got the nod from the executive to replace Dominique. On a practical side, the nomination made sense because of the physical proximity involved. One of the major responsibilities of the National Secretary is representation duties on the CCSB (Consultative Committee on Social Benefits). That Committee is established in Ottawa where it holds all of its meetings, therefore eliminating travelling expenses for Daniel’s attendance. But there is much more to Daniel’s appointment. That nomination promotes him to the second-highest level of authority in APS. Among others, the National Secretary has the responsibility to replace the President in case of absence.
For Isabelle, the situation was more complex. She was sitting on the Executive as the second representative of the Montreal local Branch. In such capacity, she was representing members from outside Montreal, in the rest of Quebec. Each of the two largest branches, Montreal and Toronto are allowed two representatives on the National Executive. Those nominations originate from the local executive levels. The replacement, therefore, will be coming out of a decision made by the Montreal Local Executive according to the By-Laws. But Isabelle was also sitting as a member of the Investment Committee which is the responsibility of the National Executive Committee. For that strategic nomination, the Executive Committee chose Calum McLeod from Toronto. Calum comes to us with a solid background in finance having held similar positions with another union of the CBC. He is also the one representing us on the Pension Fund Board as one of the only two union representatives sitting that committee. Calum will then become part of our team for CCSB dealings along with Mario and Daniel for the APS team.
Outstanding issues remain to be settled: the replacement of Isabelle Benoit as the second Montreal member of the National Executive Committee to be decided by the Montreal Branch. Also, the replacement of Daniel Lavigne as Director for the Ottawa Region, by an interim mandate will be decided by the National Executive. APS Regional Directors are elected on two-year mandates; besides Ottawa, the other Regional Directors represent the Eastern and Western parts of the country. When a vacancy occurs, the interim nomination stands until the end of the mandate which will be in 2019 in this case.
In closing then, the National Executive is pleased to announce the arrival of those two new players in their respective new roles; Daniel Lavigne from Ottawa and Calum McLeod from Toronto.
This year’s National Council held in Toronto on the weekend of November 3 marked an important changing of the guard at the top of the APS pyramid of power.
On one side there was the opening left for the position of National Treasurer as a result of Yves Ledoux’s retirement from CBC after a long and productive career while the other was the opening for the position of National Secretary as the result of a career change on the part of Dominique Barrette.
For the National Treasurer’s position, the replacement was organized through the voting process which resulted in the election of Isabelle Benoit as our new Treasurer. For the National Secretary’s position, we had to rely on the Association’s By-Laws due to Dominique’s resignation date. Dominique was selected for her new job outside the Corporation in September, after her election to the National Secretary’s position. In such a situation, our rules provide for the nomination of an interim replacement by the National Executive to complete the mandate. Daniel Lavigne, also from Ottawa was designated as Dominique’s interim successor at the National Executive Committee Meeting at the Broadcast Centre in Toronto, on November 4, 2018.
In both cases, the APS family was losing officers that had left their mark in their respective functions.
In the case of Yves, the commitment was a long-standing affair dating from the very beginning of APS. He had been recruited by the very first APS National Secretary, Marc Lapierre while both of them were working at the ex-Engineering CBC Headquarters in Côte-Saint Luc. Yves’ union career evolved at all the levels of the organization. Starting as a participating member, he reached the local executive level as a Director for the Montreal Branch followed by National level responsibilities as National Secretary and then as National Treasurer.
He is retiring by leaving us with the legacy of our new Investment Policy which will give us access to higher returns on interests while preserving as always the integrity of our capital assets
As for Dominique, she is leaving with much shorter seniority standing but still with a sound legacy. She reorganized our membership monitoring system to provide stronger fluctuation control and mainly, a user-friendly monthly report system opening up easy access to all.
Dominique was the one who also launched our very first feedback survey system to measure the members’ perceptions toward their union (Perception Survey). Her involvement with APS was the spark leading her to a career switch in favour of union work.
Thus two departures saluted warmly by all those who attended this year’s National Council. The weekend also marked the ultimate attendance of Jeff Gardiner at an APS National Council. On top of his unfailing presence through the years, Jeff is also leaving us with a record which will prove hard to beat for distance travelled as our delegate from Yellowknife.
The best for your retirement Jeff !
This year the Annual General Assembly of Members was held at the Toronto Broadcast Centre in the heart of Ontario’s capital. More precisely, it started promptly at nine AM on Sunday, November 4, 2018, because of the procedure tied to the electronic voting arrangements. The two Election Officers responsible for the disclosure of the results represented respectively the English and the French Networks. They were the ones connecting to access the results and afterward unveiling them to the General Assembly. David MacFarlane from Edmonton was representing the English Network while Sébastien Fleurant was officiating for the French Network. Sébastien was replacing Marcel Arsenault, the original nominee who could not attend. Marcel had to be excused because of a work assignment in Iqaluit.
Three different votes were submitted to the 407 voting members of APS. The participation rate for the election was recorded at 45.45%, a percentage slightly higher than the ones recorded in previous years.
For the position of National Treasurer of the Association the winner is Isabelle Benoit from Montreal, a clear choice with an impressive 55.68% of the votes (103 votes). In order, the two other candidates Jerry Ding and Gary Gornik respectively received 29.19% and 15.14% of the votes. Members attending the event were enthusiastic in congratulating the winner. The President Mario Poudrier also congratulated the other candidates while saluting the presence of Jerry Ding and extended his invitation to continue participating in the association as a valued member of the Investment Committee.
The Other Votes
Two other votes were submitted to members: the nomination of external auditors and the abrogation of the compulsory national consultation for the nomination of those auditors.
The proposal from the National Executive Committee to appoint the accounting firm Désormeaux Patenaude Inc. to produce the financial statements for the fiscal year 2018-2019 was accepted with a 77.84% approval rate (144 votes).
However the vote to abandon a national election for the selection of the auditors did not reach the standard affixed in our national By-Laws. To authorize a change in the By-Laws a minimum of 66% of the votes recorded at the election has to be reached. In this consultation only 57.30% of voters (106 votes) opted to support the proposal to eliminate the national vote for the nomination of external auditors; in other words, less than 10% of the requirement. However strict opposition to the proposal was not that strong with only 32 members (17.30%) actually voting against the measure. The failure to reach the mark was caused by the large number of 47 abstentions (25.41%). Grounds for reflection as this result means we will again hold a national vote next year for the nomination of external auditors.
In order to provide members the opportunity to know the candidates seeking election for the positions to be filled on the October 22 vote, APS offered each one the opportunity to use our Website to deliver a message of their choice.
Guidelines were sent to each candidate to ensure a fair and equal process. Also the individual messages are to be made available to the voters by the company responsible for the electronic consultation.
The following presentations are made by each of the candidates running for an election to be conducted from Monday, October 22 to Sunday, October 28, 2018, inclusive, with the voting members of APS. Three candidates are seeking election for the position of National Treasurer: Isabelle Benoit from Montreal, Jerry Ding, from Edmonton and Gary Gornik from Toronto.