2017 Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Toronto Humane Society will be held on:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:00pm
Ramada Plaza Hotel - Ballroom

300 Jarvis Street (just north of Gerrard St.)

The meeting is open to all members in good standing of the Toronto Humane Society, although voting privileges are restricted to members who live or work within 60km of the shelter.

AGM Materials

Members will be asked to approve:

The by-law amendments show the exact, word-for-word changes; the following documents are referenced in the by-law amendments:

Open House

We’ve created a special “Ask Me Anything” member/volunteer event at Open House. If you have questions you can talk to Board members and senior staff, one-on-one in a relaxed and casual environment. Members will also be able to meet and speak with the candidates face-to-face.

Of course, that’s not the only reason to come to Open House – we’ve got seminars, tours and lots of family-friendly activities planned for June 3!

Board of Director Candidates

Succession planning is integral to the success of any organization, and the THS is no different. The Board has a responsibility to plan for leadership transition. It looks at the competencies and expertise that will be needed in the longer term to ensure optimal organizational effectiveness. In order to achieve and maintain the balance of expertise required to oversee our charity, in addition to a commitment to animal welfare, skills such as fundraising, communications, finance, human resources and veterinary medicine are especially needed.

This year, five seats on the Board of Directors are up for election, all for three year terms. Candidates were invited to meet with members of the Nominating Committee to discuss their skills, interests and views. The Board is recommending five candidates whose professional qualifications, knowledge, experience and personal qualities best fit the Board’s needs and to ensure the continuing success of the Society through strong and effective leadership:

Martin Buckle

All my life my family has shared its space with animals, most recently our cat who was adopted from a shelter in Montreal. As a kid I was never happier than when knee-deep in mud conducting population counts for frogs and newts – an early experience of the challenges facing wildlife from human encroachment. I am a qualified accountant with 25 years experience in finance, strategy and governance. As Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Canada Inc I have helped raise $200,000 annually for youth sport through partnership development with companies (Canadian Tire, RBC) and public bodies (TPSB). I have experience engaging politicians of all stripes including as CFO for my MPP and organising a speaking event for Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. I hope Members of the Toronto Humane Society will entrust me with the opportunity to serve and help increase and improve animal services and welfare.

Cathy Kinloch

For the past four years I have had the privilege of being a Toronto Humane Society director. During that time my animal rescue experience has been useful when serving on THS Animal Welfare Committee. But my business knowledge and charity fundraising experience also benefit THS. In my opinion, board members should help raise money. With this in mind, I began arranging THS fundraising and promotion booths at busy downtown locations. While selling catnip toys and dog-treats we signed up new animal-lovers to receive the THS e-newsletter and to become THS donors. I hope to continue this initiative and introduce new ways of bringing in funds. Another important board member task is looking to the future. As a former teacher I encouraged our new “humane education” programme teaching children to be kind to animals. THS has helped animals for 130 years and I want to see it continue many more years.

Bronwen Morgan

I am a firm advocate of the progressive measures the THS has implemented to help prevent unwanted animals and animal abuse. THS success depends on a coordinated effort from members, donors, staff and volunteers. I have experience in all these categories and am committed to best personal efforts in an integrated approach.

For the past three years I have been a THS board member. For the past year I have been president. I have experience in board governance issues and have done considerable work on board effectiveness. In my working career I gained expertise in human resources issues. My THS shelter volunteer work has given me knowledge of and respect for the work that hands-on staff and volunteers do to assist animals in need. My teaching background gives me appreciation for the humane education work that THS does to involve the next generation.

I would like to continue to contribute to the excellent work of the Toronto Humane Society.

Emily Pang

I want to help THS fulfill its mission of promoting the care of animals and achieve its aspiration to become a best-in-class animal shelter. I hope that my business experience as well as my training as a CA/CPA will allow me to provide guidance on how THS might operate to optimize financial resources to help as many animals as possible. Also, as a former corporate secretary with formal governance training, I will do my utmost to provide appropriate oversight to enable THS to continue to strengthen its reputation with the community, donors and the public. With my background in implementing large transformation and change management programs, I believe I can assist with THS’s plans to maximize its core operations and diversify. In my mind, it is all about how we can do more and help more animals, with every donor dollar.

Linda Power

I believe that the Toronto Humane Society can become a world class leader in animal welfare and protection and I will work tirelessly and sincerely as a team member of the Board of Directors toward seeing that potential realized. Animal welfare all over the world is evolving to be more caring, compassionate, progressive and ethical. I feel strongly that the Toronto Humane Society can be the agency that the world looks to as an example of excellence.

Christopher Wood

I’m a communications person and I believe that all respected organizations share one thing in common – a compelling narrative. For 16 years, I have helped companies develop and tell stories in ways that connect with their key audiences.

How? I start by understanding an organization’s communications challenges. Then I work with them to develop a strategic plan and tactics aimed at achieving their goals. This might include the creation or refinement of corporate messaging, development of various types of press materials, marketing collateral, content for social media campaigns and even public-facing events. I also teach executive spokespeople how to effectively engage the media and strategies for dealing with contentious issues.

I believe THS is an inspiring organization with an interesting narrative. I would welcome the opportunity to share my skills and help create relatable, authentic stories that can further build public awareness affinity and trust.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I vote?

All members in good standing will receive a voting package in the mail ahead of the AGM. You can attend the AGM and vote in person, or you can mail in the proxy included with your voting package. Your proxy must be received by Friday, June 2 at 6:00 pm.

What’s involved in being a Director?

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Humane Society meets about once a month for two to three hours, although meetings may happen more frequently and/or last longer. Directors may also sit on Board and/or volunteer committees. Each Board and committee meeting usually requires some advance preparation, so Directors should expect to dedicate about 10 hours a month to the THS.

What does the Board do?

The Board focuses on policy and governance, setting goals and strategies for the organization and monitoring its performance. Operational details are the role of the CEO. A good way to describe this is that the Board decides what to do, while the CEO determines how to do it. The Board is not involved in the day-to-day management of the organization.

Read the Director Profile to learn more about what the Board does and what skills and experience are most needed. You may also find it helpful to read the minutes from past Board meetings.

How are Officers chosen?

Each year, the 15 Directors on the Board elect the Officers (Chair, President, Vice President(s), Secretary and Treasurer). It is usually the first order of business at the first Board meeting after the AGM.

Have a question that’s not answered here? Contact Claudette Turner at cturner@torontohumanesociety.com or 416 392-2273 x2117.