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Board Assessment Results


CANADIAN DAIRY COMMISSION
2017-2018 BOARD ASSESSMENT SURVEY RESULTS

SUMMARY

• The CDC Board recently underwent its 10th annual assessment as recommended in the Treasury Board Secretariat Crown Corporation Guidance on Assessing Board Effectiveness.

• The CDC board consists of three members: a Chairperson, a Chief Executive Officer and a Commissioner.

• The CDC board is very pleased with this year’s results.

BACKGROUND


As per the Treasury Board Secretariat Crown Corporation Guidance on Assessing Board Effectiveness, Crown corporations are encouraged to ensure regular assessment of their boards and board members.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS


The CDC’s Board assessment for dairy year 2017-2018 was crafted into an online survey which incorporated clearly defined areas of knowledge, competencies, accountabilities and accomplishments to be evaluated. In November 2018, members of the Board and the Senior Management Team anonymously completed the questionnaire by ranking a list of statements according to the following scale: strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree; strongly disagree.

The following areas were assessed: Board Governance, Conduct of Meetings, Planning and Reporting along with the rating of general statements on performance.

Board members reviewed the summary of results and openly discussed the findings at their meeting in December 2018. Although the results pointed to an already highly efficient and effective Board, the Chair asked that members of the Board and the Senior Management Team identify some areas for improvement.

ASSESSMENT RESULTS

Most areas assessed reached a high level of satisfaction. The more prominent ones were: respect, collaboration and open discussion; decision-making; level of knowledge and experience of Board and Senior Management Team members.

Some areas were identified as requiring minor improvements namely, meeting preparedness, information sharing, strategic thinking and modernization of the operations of the Board.

CONCLUSION

The Board is pleased with the results of the 2017-2018 assessment and will work to enhance the areas identified as requiring minor improvements.

NEXT STEPS

The Senior Management Team will work towards the enhancement of meeting preparedness, information sharing, strategic thinking and modernization of the operations of the Board.

Recognizing that the CEO is a member of the Board as prescribed in the Canadian Dairy Commission Act, the Board will continue to monitor and ensure the proper distinction of leadership and responsibility between itself and management.

Recognizing that the Board consists of only three members, the Board will continue to elicit the valued input of the members of the CDC Senior Management Team and ad hoc advisors including a past employee who served for many years as Senior Director of Commercial Operations and Marketing.

The next assessment is planned for dairy year 2018-2019 which will take place in the Fall of 2019.


Alistair Johnston
CDC Chair



Prepared by:
Danie Cousineau
CDC/CCL
613 792 2016



14-12-2018