EC is looking for dedicated individuals with the dynamic and relevant skills to take on a leadership role in the organization. Directors will have the opportunity to help EC effectively deliver on its mandate to represent, promote and advance equestrian sport and all related equine and equestrian interests in Canada.

EC Directors will also have the chance to work collaboratively toward the continued growth and development of the organization, while strengthening partnerships within Canada and abroad.

Prospective candidates interested in serving on the EC Board of Directors are encouraged to download the following package for full application eligibility information, instructions and timelines. The deadline for nominations is May 22, 2020, at 4 p.m. ET.

2020 Equestrian Canada Board of Director Election: Key Information

In 2020, there will be four (4) Directors elected.

As per Bylaw 4.2, d) Transition:

Commencing in 2019 and for every year thereafter unless changed in accordance with the By-laws and Act and subject to increase to fill any vacancies for the remainder of a term, the number of Directors to be elected shall be the number of Directors whose terms expire in the same year as the election.

  • Four (4) positions will be for a three (3) year term ending in 2023.

Term Limits: Per Bylaw Article 4.10
Directors shall be eligible for re-election, but no Director may serve for more than six (6) consecutive years. After serving six (6) consecutive years as a Director, an individual may be elected or appointed to serve another term after an absence of at least nine (9) months from the date he or she last served as a Director.

Key Information for Director Candidates

About EC

EC is the national governing body for equestrian sport and industry in Canada, with a mandate to represent, promote and advance all equine and equestrian interests. With over 18,000 sport licence holders, 90,000 registered participants, 11 provincial/territorial sport organization partners and 10+ national equine affiliate organizations, EC is a significant contributor to the social, physical, emotional and economic wellbeing of the equestrian industry across Canada.

Director candidates are encouraged to learn more about EC at Governance information, including EC’s By-laws, audited financial statements and Governance Policy Manual can be found at Relevant policies can be found at

Important Dates
The timeline for the 2020 Director Applications is as follows:

March 31, 2020 Call for Nominations Opens
May 22, 2020 
Call for Nominations Closes at 4 p.m. ET 
June 8-9, 2020
Interviews for selected candidates via conference call
June 30, 2020 
List of candidates to run for election announced/published
July 27-31, 2020 
Members cast their ballots
Aug. 10, 2020
Election results announced/published 
**Aug. 10-14, 2020
**In the event of a tie vote, Members cast a second ballot
**Aug. 24, 2020
**Second ballot election results announced/published (if applicable)
Sept. 25, 2020 (date TBC)
Introduction of Board Members to the EC Membership at the EC Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The EC Nominating Committee is responsible for:

  • Presenting a slate of candidates for the position of EC Board Directors in accordance with EC’s Bylaws
  • Ensuring there is an election each year
  • Ensuring EC has a rigorous nomination system
  • Recruiting qualified individuals to stand for election as Directors

The 2020 Nominating Committee is as follows:

Wayne Burwash (Chair) – Calgary, AB
David Whitford – Milton, ON
Fran McAvity – Vancouver, BC
Frédéric Pierrestiger – Saint-Eustache, QC
Jean Szkotnicki – Moffat, ON
Lisa Kavanagh Ross – Ailsa Craig, ON
Winona Hartvikson – Langley, BC

The EC Nominating Committee looks forward to receiving applications and thanks all candidates in advance for their interest in joining the 2020 EC Board of Directors. 

Questions, Comments?

If you have any questions or comments concerning the 2020 Director Application process, please contact:

Yves Hamelin
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Secretary General
Equestrian Canada

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