CSE Call for Directors and Treasurer Nomination Submission Deadline: 25 September 2020

The Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE) is seeking nominations for members of its Board of Directors for the following positions:

Members of the Board (provincial and at-large) are expected to contribute to shaping the vision of the Society as well as directing its operations, including its educational and research missions. Participation involves two face-to-face (or virtual as mandated) meetings – one during the April Annual Echo Weekend, and the second at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. In addition, on average one to two teleconferences per year are held. Board of Directors members are voting members.

The EACVI Representative will work to foster collaboration with the EACVI in a number of domains, including joint sessions at the EuroEcho/Imaging meeting and at the CSE’s Annual Echo Weekend, joint statements/position papers, membership growth, collaborative research and other areas of mutual interest. In addition, s/he will coordinate with the CSE’s early career (Heart Imagers of Tomorrow) representative to the EACVI. The applicants should have a national/international presence and be known to the EACVI leadership.

The Treasurer position is a two-year (renewable) term as a member of the CSE Executive. Oversight and presentation of budgets, accounts and financial statements to the Board of Directors and general membership on a regular (at least annual) basis. S/he also chairs the finance committee that makes decisions regarding significant expenditures or revenue streams and is responsible for ensuring that the CSE is in compliance with federal regulations as pertains to non-profit organizations. Since joining the CCS’s One Heart Team model, many of the administrative and management tasks may be outsourced to the CSE but the Treasurer maintains oversight over annual governmental and financial reports and control separate bank accounts maintained by the CSE. Basic principles of accounting, the ability to understand a balance sheet and present a budget are an asset. Some assistance in the transition will be assured. The full Terms of Reference can be found here.

The Vice President position is a two-year term but a six-year commitment as it transitions to the Presidency (2022-2024) and Immediate Past President (2024-2026) responsibilities. The Vice President is expected to work closely with the President in setting Societal priorities and strategies for implementation. In addition, the VP serves as the Secretary at Board meetings. VP candidates should have demonstrated excellence in leadership ability, fostering collaboration across diverse groups, organizational skills and should have both national and international recognition in the field in order to foster international collaboration. Proof of accomplishment on CSE and other international committees is a plus. Strong time-management skills are a requirement and proficiency in the use of social media is a strong asset. 

Applicants for BOD positions are requested to submit their candidacy in either official language to info@csecho.ca close of the business day (COB) on Friday, September 25, 2020. Applicants should provide their curriculum vitae, one or two letters of reference from CSE members, a brief (less than one page) statement describing their previous involvement in the CSE and vision for the Society. Applicants to these positions should have had significant participation in prior Society activities. The applicants for the Vice President role should provide a more detailed outline of a vision for the Society, have two letters of reference, of which one should ideally be from their Division/Section Chief or Head, offering a commitment to support the candidate as pertains to time commitment associated with the position of President of a national society.
The CSE welcomes applications from its membership and seeks diverse candidates and candidates at varying stages of career to ensure a balanced Board, representing our members and users across Canada. Members may self-nominate.
In addition, the CSE is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and clinical excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, the Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Selection ProcessNominees/Applicants will be vetted by the Nominations Committee and a slate of recommended candidates will be recommended to the CSE Board and will be announced on the CSE Website. Those candidates recommended by the Nominations Committee will be voted on at the CSE’s virtual Annual General Meeting.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Lawrence Rudski MD, Immediate CSE Past President & Chair of Nominating Committee

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