At the conclusion of the Annual General Assemblies of the two main APS Local Branches, the participating members opted to support the incumbent local leaders for a new two-year mandate. In Montreal, the meeting was held earlier in the summer while Toronto held its Assembly last week on August 17.
Nathan Farr in Toronto and Stéphane Désautels in Montreal will then continue to lead their respective teams for this renewed mandate both having been re-elected by acclamation.
The By-Laws of our organization provide an active role for the two main Local Branches at the top level of the decision-making process for the union. The two local Presidents also become de facto members of the National Executive Committee, the ultimate national level body for the decisions of the Association.
The By-Laws also provide for the presence of one Director from each Branch to sit on the National Board. The two Directors also elected by acclamation are Isabelle Benoit from Montreal and Jennifer Barrett from Toronto. The other elected Directors are for Toronto Robert Chen and Amy Moylan and for Montreal, Charles Deschênes-Bolduc, Sébastien Fleurant, Nicolas Ouellet and Karl Plante.
Congratulations to both teams!
There are presently three other electoral periods running in APS until the Members’ Annual General Assembly to be held in Montreal, on November 5, 2017. Those elections are to fill the position of the Regional Directors representing the East, the West and the Ottawa regions. To elect the representatives for those seats, only local members in good standing from each region are allowed to vote.
Those three Directors also have a seat on the National Executive Committee which is made up of a total of 10 positions. The APS National Executive Committee is composed of the following Officers: the National President, the National General Secretary, the National Treasurer, the Regional Directors for the East, the West and Ottawa presently under election, with two local Directors from Montreal and Toronto designated to represent other members from Québec and Ontario. Of course, the two Presidents for Montreal and Toronto complete the National Executive Committee.
Marcel Arsenault from Moncton, David MacFarlane from Edmonton and Daniel Lavigne from Ottawa are presently sitting as incumbents representing the three Regions in the election. Their mandate will expire at the members’ Annual General Assembly. At present all three have filed applications for the renewal of the two-year mandate. The period for other candidacies is, however, still running. Interested members should file applications to the National Office to the attention of Maria Gaglione, APS Coordinator by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 450-575-0572.