The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia is directed by a Board of Governors in accordance with the Association’s Act of Incorporation. The Association has a progressive, forward-looking governance model that allows for effective decision-making and provides the Board of Governors with the opportunity to focus on strategic issues facing the CGA designation and the accounting profession.
Since the Board does not deal with administrative issues, the time commitment of members volunteering on the Board is reduced, allowing them to focus on the larger issues facing the Association. This streamlined process has the added advantage of allowing the Association to gain greater member involvement.
The Board of Governors sets policy and works to accomplish the Association’s strategic plan, receiving input from the Association’s standing committees, advisory groups, task forces, and the administration. Members are also represented locally through their chapters. Under the guidance of the Chief Executive Officer, administrative staff carries out the Association’s annual tactical plan.
The Association’s governance model recognizes that authority in the organization derives from the members under the Association’s Bylaws. It rests on clear lines of accountability and transparency of decision-making.
Members elect the Board of Governors to represent them and the Board has authority over standing committees, board task forces, advisory groups, the strategic planning group, the Executive Committee and the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer has responsibility for the Tactical Planning Team and staff. Accountability also flows in reverse order.
The Board of Governors approves the Association’s policies, strategic plan, budgets, tactical plan and the appointment and performance of the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall management of CGA-BC operations, carrying out policies consistent with the strategic plan, co-ordinating the flow of all policy recommendations to the Board, keeping the Board informed, implementing the tactical plan and managing staff.