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Board Governance Responsibilities

"It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations."

Walter Bagehot

Check List -

The following can be used as a check list to assemble a Board of Directors' Manual that will define the practical operation of a Board

Title Page

Mission Statement

List of Contents

Section A - Board Policies
Section B - Calendar of Reports
Section C- Annual Plan
Section D- The CEO
             - Annual Objectives
             - Evaluation Process
             - Evaluation Form
             - Remuneration

Section E - Organizational Chart
Section F - List of Board By-Laws
Section G - List of Board Agreements
Section H - Collective Agreements
Section I  - Board Members
Section J  - Strategic Plan
Section K  - Organizations Act

Glossary of Terms

A. Ends to be Achieved

1. Vision
2. Long Term Plan: Goals and Objectives
3. Complaints

B. Governance Process

1. Board Job Description
2. Board Members Remuneration
3. Governing Style
4. Code of Conduct
5. Conflicts of Interest and Loyalty of Board Members
6. Procedural Rules
7. The Role of the Chair
8. The Role of Board Secretary
9. Committee Principles

C. Board-CEO Linkages

1. Delegation to the CEO
2. General Job Description for the CEO
3. Continuity of Operations
4. Communications to the Board
5. Monitoring and Evaluating the CEO's Performance

D. Limitations of the CEO

1. General Constraint
2. Relationship to the Community
3. Treatment of Members of the Organization
4. Financial Planning
5. Asset Protection
6. Recruitment and Selection of Employees
7. Promotion of Employees

8. Purchasing Guidelines

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