Our AGM is on March 26

2018 board of directors on stage

Cycle Toronto’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (please note the date change)
Time: Registration begins at 6:15pm. Meeting starts at 7:00pm.
Location: Cadillac Lounge (1296 Queen St W,)

 

Cycle Toronto Candidates

This year we will be electing new directors to our Board. At present, we anticipate four director positions will be up for election.

 

New nomination process

The nomination period for the board of directors has closed.  

The Board of Directors serves a crucial role in the work that Cycle Toronto does. Every year as directors turn over, we are left with gaps in skills and experience that must be filled. The existing Board is in a unique position to assess what skills and experience are required for this work, what gaps exist, and which candidates might best fill those gaps.  

As a result, this year we will be interviewing candidates and recommending to our membership a slate of candidates for election. This is the process taken by most established non-profits and one that we believe strikes a balance between democratic openness and building an effective board. Regardless of which candidates the Board endorses, you are welcome to vote for any candidate! We strive to be fair and transparent and we appreciate your support as we attempt this new process.

 

Skills and experience

We are looking for self-motivated individuals who are passionate about cycling and who want to help Cycle Toronto achieve its goals.

We are looking for individuals with the following skills and experience:

  • Board experience
  • Communications and marketing

  • Community affiliation/access

  • Finance / Accounting

  • Fundraising

  • Human resources

  • IT

  • Organizational management

  • Law

  • Leadership

  • Strategic planning

  • Risk management

Nevertheless, hard-working and enthusiastic members without these qualifications are welcome and encouraged to submit a nomination.  For many directors, this is their first time on a board and a great place to learn.

Cycle Toronto is committed to recruiting, nominating, and supporting candidates for the Board that reflect the diversity of our membership and Toronto at large. Cycle Toronto encourages applications from people who live outside of downtown, individuals from racialized groups, Indigenous people, women, people with disabilities, people of diverse faiths, people of diverse social classes, people with diverse gender identities, and people with diverse sexual orientations.

 

Voting process

As in past years, our elections will be run by Fair Vote Canada, and we wish to recognize and thank them for their assistance.

 

Proxy votes

If you are unable to attend the AGM but would still like to cast your vote in our director elections, you may appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. 

The proxy form will be posted on this webpage before the AGM - check back soon if you plan to vote by proxy. 

 

Charitable Status

The Board of Directors is considering an application for charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency, which it will bring to the AGM. The Board has been studying the issue for some time, in consultation with legal counsel and stakeholders such as the Advocacy Committee and Ward Group leadership. Charitable status would permit Cycle Toronto to continue public policy dialogue and development (advocacy) while also creating exciting opportunities for growth as the organization matures beyond its 10th year. The Board will be circulating more information about what this means for the organization, including a Q&A, in the coming weeks. The Board will also provide opportunities for members to give further feedback as the AGM approaches, and will also make a presentation on the issue.

 

Dutch Auction

Every year at our AGM, we do an entertaining fundraiser called a Dutch Auction to support and expand our work. 

How does this work? 

In a Dutch Auction, bids start high and decrease over the course of the event, allowing everyone to donate at a level that's comfortable for them. 

The best part? If the fundraising target is met, Cycle Toronto staff will perform a stunt. It could be funny and may even occur in front of AGM attendees. Past years' antics have included our Executive Director Jared Kolb dying his hair Cycle Toronto orange and our Development Manager Mark Romeril doing an on-stage obstacle course using progressively smaller bikes. Don't miss this year's AGM to see what weird and hilarious challenge we've cooked up this time! 

Cycle Toronto's AGM is a members-only event. Our ongoing advocacy efforts are not possible without you! You can join us or renew your membership online beforehand, or at the door.