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The Alpine Club of Canada

ACC Board Committees

ACC Board Committees

About Board Committees

The Board of Directors of the Alpine Club of Canada can convene board committees on a permanent basis (Standing Committees) or a temporary, ad hoc basis to address a specific, single event or issue. These ad hoc committees meet for a few months and then disband once their task is completed. The Board may decide to change some of these committees into Standing Committees that meet on a more regular basis.

ACC members who have an aptitude for these portfolios, as well as a desire to volunteer for the club are encouraged to learn about the committees below and reach out via the contact information provided to express their interest in being involved.

The ACC sincerely thanks all of the volunteers who make our club successful.

Board Committees include:

  • Purpose: The purpose of the Access and Environment Committee is to undertake projects and initiatives that:
        • 1. Promote low impact self-propelled access and travel in alpine environments to members and the Canadian public; 
        • 2. Contribute to the diffusion of mountain science and knowledge of mountain environments to members and the Canadian public. 
  • Membership: The Access and Environment Committee shall consist of 3 – 5 members having a strong interest in preserving and protecting the alpine environment. It will be Chaired by the Vice President of Access and Environment. 

The Access & Environment Committee is recruiting new members to develop an action plan to:

  • Measure and report on or environmental footprint
  • Develop policy
  • Design internal education initiatives, and
  • Develop external advocacy.

If you are interested, please send your questions or CV (with a brief statement telling us where you think the club should be on this file) to John Andresen, VP Access & Environment for the ACC at johnandresen@shaw.ca, with a subject of “ACC Access & Environment Committee”.

Applications are open through to January 7th, 2024.

  • Purpose: The purpose of the Audit and Finance Committee is to ensure oversight and stewardship of the Club’s financial information, control systems, budgeting, external audit, fund management, and risk management. 
  • Membership: The Audit and Finance Committee shall consist of 3 – 7 members having strong financial skills, and shall be chaired by the Treasurer. 
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Awards Committee is to oversee the ACC National Awards Program through supporting solicitation of nominations, evaluation of nominations, and suggesting updates and improvements to the Awards program. 
  • Membership: The Awards Committee shall consist of not less than five and not more than seven ACC members in good standing.  The committee will strive for balance by region, language and gender and overall diversity. It is chaired by the Vice-President Services & Athletics, who has a non-voting role in the annual awarding process. 
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Code of Conduct Committee is to ensure that the Alpine Club of Canada fulfills its obligation to provide a safe and welcoming environment for its employees, contractors, volunteers, members, guests and activity participants by outlining acceptable conduct per the Member Code of Conduct and providing recourse for infractions thereof. 
  • Membership: The Code of Conduct Committee shall consist of three members including one Board member, one senior employee and one volunteer having some expertise in human resources. 
  • Purpose: The Fund Development Committee provides direction and support to help the ACC adhere to fundraising best practices. The Fund Development Committee creates, directs, and monitors a comprehensive fund development plan.  
  • Membership: The Fund Development Committee shall consist of a chair, nominated by the President, and approved by the Board, and such other members, appointed by the chair of the committee. 

We are excited to announce the formation of a Fundraising Committee, with a goal of building the financial backing so the club will last another 120 years. We want to make sure we can continue to deliver incredible outdoor experiences to our members and future members through our well-funded sections, a wider hut network, a greater adventure offering, and improved advocacy for the issues that matter most to our members.

The best candidates will have experience with fundraising and a love of the ACC. Additionally, a background in strategic planning, change management, communications, marketing, and community-building will also considered.

If you’re interested, please send your questions or CV to Richard Campbell, ACC Secretary at Richard@10adventures.com, with a subject of “ACC Fundraising Committee”.

Applications are open through to January 7th, 2024.

  • Purpose: The General Mountaineering Camp (GMC) has been an Alpine Club of Canada tradition since 1906. The GMC is about climbing mountains with old and new friends. It is about taking club members to mountains and places they would have difficulty organizing on their own. It is about learning mountain craft. It is about telling and listening to stories. It is about meeting and climbing with people that are new to the mountains, as well as those who have made the mountains their lives for sixty or more years. The purpose of the General Mountaineering Committee is to provide the expertise to plan and operate the annual General Mountaineering Camp 
  • Membership: The General Mountaineering Committee consists of five to seven members who have sufficient knowledge of the General Mountaineering Camp history and operations. The Chair of the General Mountaineering Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors of the Alpine Club of Canada. Members of the General Mountaineering Committee are appointed by the Chair of the General Mountaineering Committee. National Office representation and the Vice President of Activities will also be included as an ex-officio member. The committee membership represents its constituencies, participants, volunteers and amateur leaders, paid camp staff, guides and national office staff.
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Governance Committee is to ensure that the Board fulfills its legal, ethical, and functional responsibilities through appropriate governance, and operational oversight. 
  • Membership: The Governance Committee shall consist of 3 – 7 members having some expertise in Board governance, particularly in the non-profit sector, and shall be chaired by the Secretary. 

We are looking to add additional members who have a Governance, Legal or Strategy background and can commit to 8-10 hrs a month to committee work.

If you are interested, please contact Richard Campbell (Secretary) at richard@10adventures.com with the email subject “Governance Committee”.

Applications are open through to January 7th, 2024.

  • Purpose: TBA
  • Membership: TBA
  • Purpose: The purpose of the Leadership Development Committee is to promote and facilitate the delivery of leadership related training to ACC members across Canada through the Alpine Club of Canada/The North Face (ACC/TNF) Leadership courses, the National Leadership and Technical Training Development (LTTD) program, seminars, written materials and other formats determined by the committee. 
  • Membership: The Leadership Development Committee will be chaired by the Vice President of Activities. The Vice President of Activities may appoint a committee co-chair if desired. The Leadership Development Committee consists of five to seven members and may include a designated representative of the national office as an ex-officio member. The Leadership Development Committee chairperson(s) will appoint volunteer members of the committee from ACC volunteers from across Canada. 
  • Purpose: The Mountain Culture Committee is a project-based committee that works to promote and preserve the Alpine Club of Canada and Canadian mountaineering culture. 
  • Membership: The Mountain Culture Committee shall consist of 4-6 volunteer members having some expertise in and commitment to Canadian mountain culture. 
  • Purpose: TBA
  • Membership: TBA
  • Purpose: The Nomination Committee will ensure that the Board and its committees are made up of members with appropriate skills, diverse backgrounds, and appropriate regional representation, is driven by the strategic priorities of the Club and ensure that Board composition complies with the Club’s By-Laws and Governance Policies from time to time. 
  • Membership: The Nomination Committee shall consist of a chair, nominated by the President, and  

    approved by the Board, and such other members, appointed by the chair of the committee. 

  • Purpose: The purpose of the Safety Committee is to foster and promote safety in the mountain activities of the Alpine Club of Canada. The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC or “the club”) promotes and organizes mountain activities through the National Office and local sections. For the Club to prosper and grow, diverse mountain activities must be available to the members in a safe and enjoyable manner. A commitment to safety in the pursuit of mountain activities is one of the core values of the Alpine Club of Canada. All mountain activities by their very nature are hazardous, risky and can never be completely safe. Yet it is paramount for the Alpine Club of Canada to strive for a high level of safety in all its activities. 
  • Membership: The Safety Committee consists of five to seven members from different sections, bringing a variety of experiences and skills to the committee and representing a mix of local sections. The Chair of the Safety Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors of the ACC. Members of the Safety Committee are appointed by the Chair of the Safety Committee. Members can be nominated by the committee, individual Alpine Club members or by local sections. The Vice President of Activities will also be included as an ex-officio member.