Board Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the chair, the Vice-Chair(s), the Immediate Past Chair, and the Chief Executive Officer. The Immediate Past Chair and the Chief Executive Officer shall be ex officio members, they do not have voting privileges. The Chair may, considering the purpose of any meeting, invite appropriate Committee Chairs, Board members, staff and/or other persons to join the Executive Committee for a particular meeting. The Executive Committee meets as required, between National Board meetings, to liaise with National Office staff in the formulation of policy initiatives for approval by the National Board and in implementation of National Board policies, to monitor the overall financial condition of the Society through review of periodic financial reports, to inform the National Board of significant variations from expectations, to oversee the development of an annual consolidated budget for presentation and approval by the National Board, and to act as a compensation committee in assessing the performance of senior National Office staff. As well, other duties may be delegated to it by the National Board.

Nominating and Governance Committee

The Nominating and Governance Committee is composed of the Immediate Past Chair or, in the event of his/her refusal or inability to act, a Director appointed by the Chair, not more than five (5) members selected from among the Division Directors and Division Representatives. The function of the Nominating and Governance Committee is to present a slate of proposed nominees for election as Directors-at-Large and Division Representatives at the Annual Meeting of Members. The Nominating and Governance Committee shall invite nominations from the Divisions for the proposed slate. The proposed nominees for Division Representatives shall be taken from lists of possible nominees submitted to the Nominating and Governance Committee by the Medical Advisory Committee, the Scientific Advisory Committee and the Division Boards. Additional nominations for Directors-at-Large or Division Representatives may be filed at any time up to or during such annual meetings. It is also the duty of the Nominating and Governance Committee to present to the National Board a slate of proposed nominees for election as Officers and Committee Chairs.

Audit and Finance Committee

The Audit and Finance Committee reports to the National Board of Directors, acts in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee on matters relating to the financial activities and reporting of the National Arthritis Society, and the ongoing financial position and activities of the Society's National Office. The objectives of the Committee are to:
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent financial reporting by The Arthritis Society as required by the Society and relevant legislation;
  • Provide to the Executive Committee and the National Board observations and/or recommendations after review of interim consolidated statements;
  • Oversee the development of the annual National Office operating budget and assist in the review of the annual consolidated budget;
  • Monitor National Office financial activities on a regular basis; and
  • Liaise with the National Society auditors.

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee is comprised of the chair and two lay members of the National Board. It is responsible for the structure and composition of the National Peer Review System and of the Research and Career Development Program, and recommends the appropriate allocation of funds among the various categories of awards.

Medical Advisory Committee

The Medical Advisory Committee is comprised of the Chair and two lay members of the National Board and others who are acknowledged experts in their fields, and reports to the National Board.