Committees and special task groups have been a cornerstone for guiding the Council’s operations since its inception. The technical knowledge and experience shared amongst committee members enables them to help annually list and recommend key goals and activities for the Council. In this way, committees fulfill an important function by providing guidance and recommendations to the Board for key Council actions.
In 2012 the Council transitioned to a new Board committee structure to more effectively meet the needs of an evolving Council. The Council now has the following six standing committees to help guide the Council, composed of Directors and alternate Directors to the ISCBC Board:
1. Communications and Marketing Committee
2. Executive Committee
3. Finance and Human Resource Committee
4. Fund Development Committee
5. Governance Committee
6. Programs and Projects Committee
1. Communications and Marketing: Advises and assists the Board and the Executive Director in carrying out the Council’s mission and Business Plan by developing and monitoring communication practices.
2. Executive: Oversees board operations and may act on behalf of the board between meetings, develops policies not covered by other committees, approves meeting agendas and plans, and facilitates regular conference calls between Board chairs of Regional Committees.
3. Finance and Human Resources: Reviews all financial issues, and communicates with the auditor. Develops financial policies relating to financial issues, reviews major grants, and handles Human Resources issues.
4. Fund Development: Oversees creation and implementation of the Fund Development Plan. Works with staff to identify and obtain financial support, as well as ensuring the communications and marketing strategies enhance fund development opportunities.
5. Governance: Ensures effective Board processes, leads Board succession planning, and ensures orientations and training of Board.
6. Programs and Projects: Leads development of the Business Plan, guides development and delivery of an annual action plan and creates up to four Advisory Committees to implement the annual action plan. Ensures sound evaluation of products, services and programs.
The Council has engaged Advisory Committees to advise specific programs and projects, and will continue to do so under the new committee structure. Advisory Committees are composed of both Council members and one to three Directors. Each Advisory Committee is struck to advise specific programs or projects.
Active Advisory Committee Tasks:
1. Aquatics Advisory Committee: Addresses aquatic invasive species and advises the Clean Drain Dry program
2. Horticulture Advisory Committee: Provides strategic and business guidance on initiatives related to invasive plant impacts in horticulture.
3. Aboriginal Working Group: Aims to increase awareness and support for Aboriginal involvement in invasive species management in BC; and All Committees play an important role in the ISCBC’s functions by providing guidance and recommendation to the Board for their respective plans. The strength and integrity of ISCBC’s work would not be possible without valuable advice from committee members, along with their volunteered time and consistent support.