Society Election Information

Society Election Information

Current Election Information - 2018 Board of Directors Election


Craig Levine, our Society’s Past President, has advised that he will be ending his 3 year Director’s term 1 year early at the General Assembly in Calgary. Craig has served on the Board of Directors for 4 years now, including a term as President, after 6 busy years on National Council. On behalf of the Society and all of its Members, we wish Craig all the best and thank him for 10 years of service at the Society level of the RASC.

This leaves an additional 1 year Director’s term open, therefore all 4 Candidates standing for Director’s positions are acclaimed. Congratulations to all Candidates and thank you all in advance for your support and dedication to the RASC.

Robyn Foret

Vice President

Chair, Nominating Committee


Nominations Deadline: 2018 April 30

Campaign Period: May 1 – June 3

Election Period: June 4 – June 22

Participation on the RASC Board of Directors is a leadership experience that provides rich opportunity for personal and astronomical growth!

  • Be part of our leadership team at The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
  • The Nominating Committee is seeking at least three candidates to run for the Board of Directors
  • The President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President, National Secretary, and Treasurer will be drawn from the ranks of the Board, which will include the three members chosen in this election and six members who were elected in 2016 and 2017.

The Nominating Committee can be reached through the Society Office at 888-924-7272 or by email at

Here are the rules for candidate eligibility as set out in the RASC Policy Manual:

Candidate Eligibility

The Nominating Committee will ensure that candidates for the RASC Board of Directors meet the following criteria:

  1. be a member in good standing of the Society;
  2. meet the requirements for being a Board member as outlined by the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and, specifically:
  3. be over the age of 18 at the time of the Annual General Meeting (this year, July 2);
  4. be an individual person (i.e. not a body corporate);
  5. be solvent (not bankrupt);
  6. have agreed to stand for election in writing;
  7. have the support in writing of at least 3 people, one of whom is a member of the Society; and,
  8. have agreed to abide by the Society’s Directors and Officer’s Code of Conduct and indicated their willingness to sign the Society’s Board of Director’s agreement prior to assuming office.

Candidate’s Statement

As part of the nomination process, candidates will be asked to provide a Candidate’s Statement (see below), including:

  • their previous experience with councils and committees of the Society at both the National and Centre levels;
  • a suitable photograph in electronic format as well as contact information as required;
  • committee work and experience outside of the Society that may be relevant to the Society; and
  • their goals for the Society and how they would contribute to the Board if elected.

Anyone wishing to be a candidate should write or email the RASC Nominating Committee through its chair, Robyn Foret. Each candidate should state that they understand the eligibility requirements and state that they meet those requirements. Candidates must agree to abide by the RASC Director's and Officers Code of Conduct. They should also indicate whether they intend to seek a position on the executive, and if so, what position they are seeking. Candidates should also send a candidate's statement as set out above. The three supporters for each candidate should also write or email the committee. Candidates and their supporters must inform the Nominating Committee of their intention to run or support for a candidate by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, 2018 April 30..

Candidates' statements will be posted on the RASC website no later than 2018 May 4. Candidates can campaign from May 4 through June 3. Voting will take place from 2018 June 4 through June 22, and results will be announced 2018 June 25. All members of the RASC will be eligible to vote, and facilities to vote on line will be available as well as paper ballots on request from the Society Office.


Robyn Foret

2nd Vice-President

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:37am