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2020 Hockey Alberta Board of Directors Candidates


Len Samletzki, Board Chair

Each year the Board has worked to improve the nominations process in order to attract and retain high-quality candidates who bring varying experiences and perspectives to the governance of Hockey Alberta. Bylaw 5.2 provides:

The Directors may approve a recommended slate of Directors and Officers, after considering the recommendation of the nominating committee and accompanying information, which will be delivered to the Members with the notice of the Annual General Meeting each year

This year, the Board decided to implement this procedure and we are recommending two candidates for election by the Members to fill two pending Board vacancies.

In examining the Board’s strengths and areas for improvement, key recruitment criteria for the types of skills, experience and diversity needed on the Board were developed to guide this year’s search. These criteria were first applied to any incumbent Board member seeking re-election and if the incumbent met the criteria s/he was added to the recommended slate for approval. The independent Nominations Committee was then selected and tasked to conduct a search for additional candidates that met as many of the key criteria as possible.

The Nominations Committee included a past Board member, a managing partner of a recruiting firm, and a Director of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion with experience working with Hockey Canada. Further to the Hockey Alberta Recruitment Notice (Information Bulletin 19-14), a total of 10 applications were received by the Nominations Committee. A thorough assessment process was conducted, including reviewing any potential conflicts of interest. A short list of five candidates was interviewed and after phone interviews with references, the Nominations Committee provided its recommendation to the Board Governance Committee of a recommended candidate and an alternate (in case the recommended candidate was unable to continue in the process).

The Governance Committee presented the recommendations for approval to the Board and, with one Incumbent candidate abstaining, the Board voted to present the following recommended candidates for election to the Board at the 2020 Hockey Alberta Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 21.

To learn more about the candidates, please review the short video and summary of credentials for each nominee:

Fran Zinger, Sherwood Park - Nominee for Director at Large

Fran Zinger Credentials >

Al-Amin Vira, Heritage Pointe - Nominee for Director at Large

Twitter: @avira10
Instagram: @avira10
Linkedin: @alaminvira

Al-Amin Vira Credentials >