Terms of Reference
Governance Committee


The Governance Committee reports to Council. The committee advises on and monitors the effectiveness of the Royal College’s governance model, and compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Responsibility and Authority

The Governance Committee supports Council by monitoring the overall functioning of the Royal College governance model in the following ways:

  • recommending to Council changes to Council roles, responsibilities, policies and practices;
  • overseeing a program to systematically assess Council and committee effectiveness;
  • overseeing a Council orientation process, and an ongoing program of Council information and education;
  • ensuring that the Council and its committees are appropriately equipped to apply an anti-oppressive, equity-informed approach in deliberations and decision-making;
  • ensuring the Royal College committee structure, and committee terms of reference, are appropriately designed, developed and reviewed;
  • recommending to Council for approval changes to the terms of reference of standing committees and of committees reporting directly to Council, and approving terms of reference changes for all other committees; and
  • reviewing, revising and recommending to Council approval of amendments to the Royal College Bylaw and other governance rules, regulations and policies.


The Governance Committee includes eight (8) voting members, including the chair who is either the President-Elect or Immediate Past President, whichever of the two is in office. The composition also includes six Council members, at least one of whom is a public member of Council, and the resident member of Council.

The CEO and the Council Chair/President are ex-officio and non-voting members of the committee.

Key Competencies and Characteristics

Committee members should possess the ability and willingness to meet the strategic directions of the Royal College and the willingness to participate effectively in committee meetings.

Members of the Governance Committee should have experience in not-for-profit governance and/or an interest in ensuring the Royal College is equipped with a productive and accountable governance framework. Committee members should also have knowledge of Council development; education planning; direct expertise with governance processes; senior volunteer experience; and knowledge of, and sensitivity to the mission and to member and other stakeholder expectations, including the Council’s commitment to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Term of Office

The usual term of office for the Chair is one year. The Chair shall remain in office until their successor is elected or appointed. The usual term of office for members drawn from Council shall be two (2) years renewable twice (maximum six years), and the usual term for the resident member shall be two (2) years, provided that such members remain as Council members for the duration of their term on the Governance Committee.

All terms shall begin and end at the time of the Annual Meeting of the Members when vacancies need to be filled.


Meetings will be held as often as necessary to do the work of the committee (approximately two meeting per year). Meetings may be held either face to face or via teleconference. 

Quorum consists of a majority of the voting members of the committee (i.e., 50% plus one). The chair is counted as a voting member in constituting quorum. However, as the presiding official of the committee, the chair does not move motions. Furthermore, the chair shall only vote when the vote is conducted by secret ballot. Every question shall be decided by a majority of the votes cast. In the event of a tie vote, the question shall be defeated. When a committee is called to make a decision outside of a meeting by e-ballot, the same rules apply.

Appointment to a Royal College committee carries significant responsibilities and all committee members are expected to adhere to the Volunteer Code of Conduct. In addition, committee members are required to maintain absolute discretion and not divulge, re-produce, or release any confidential information except when authorized by the Royal College. Committee members may download a copy of committee materials for the sole purpose of participating in committee work. All downloaded materials must be deleted once the related committee work is completed. The Royal College retains copies of committee materials should committee members wish to access them at a later time for related work.

Committee work product

In the course of performing their committee duties, committee members may produce or contribute to materials, content or other work products. These work products and the related intellectual property will be owned by the Royal College. The Royal College is open to discussing other ownership arrangements for specific projects. Alternative arrangements must be confirmed in writing by the project contributors and the Royal College.

TOR record

Most recent resolution: Most recent resolution: Resolution No. 2021/2022-09
Previous resolution(s): Resolution No. 2019/2020-18, Resolution No. 2018/2019-10
Approved by: Council
Approval Date: June 18, 2021
Approval path: GC, Council
Effective date: June 18, 2021
Date of next review: Spring 2022
Royal College Office: OCEO
Version status: Approved