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Committee and Groups Membership and Terms of Reference

Board Executive Committee

  1. ROLE

The Executive Committee may exercise the full powers of the Board in all matters of urgency arising in unusual circumstances, reporting every action at the next Board meeting. The Committee also supports the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities for executive management performance, strategic direction, and organizational quality and effectiveness.


The Committee shall:

  1. Exercise the full powers of the Board in all matters of administrative urgency, reporting every action at the next meeting of the Board;
  2. Recommend to the Board a process for the development of a NOSM Strategic Plan and ensure that the Board is given the opportunity to monitor the implementation of the Board-approved strategic plan on a regular basis;
  3. Oversee the performance, evaluation and compensation of the Dean-CEO
    • Establish and recommend to the Board the performance evaluation process for the Dean-CEO;
    • Ensure that the Dean-CEO evaluation is conducted on an annual basis, reporting and making recommendations to the Board;
    • Ensure that a Dean-CEO succession plan is in place;
    • Determine and recommend to the Board compensation for the Dean-CEO based upon the annual performance evaluation.
  4. Provide oversight of the key indicators of quality and effectiveness of organizational performance and achievement of the annual corporate strategic goals;
  5. Advise the Board with respect to labour relations matters as required;
  6. Receive regular reports from management as to litigation affecting NOSM;
  7. Serve as an informal resource to the Dean-CEO;
  8. Perform an annual review of Committee performance;
  9. Perform such other tasks as outlined in the Corporate By-law or requested by the Board


The voting members of the Committee shall consist of the following:

  • the Chair of the Board;
  • the Vice-Chair, who shall serve as Chair of the Committee;
  • five (5) additional elected directors, one of whom must be the Treasurer of the Corporation, and
  • the Dean-CEO, (non-voting on matters related to Dean-CEO performance, evaluation and compensation)


The Executive Committee is accountable to and reports to the Board.

  1. TERM

Members shall be appointed annually by the Board of Directors.


A quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Committee.


The Board Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly and at the call of the Chair.


The Dean-CEO shall provide staff and resource support to the Committee.


  • Dr. Moira McPherson – Chair (Ex Officio)
  • Dr. Robert Haché (Ex Officio)
  • Dr. Sarita Verma (Ex Officio)
  • Bruce Sutton (Treasurer)
  • Danielle Bélanger-Corbin
  • Lucy Bonanno
  • Mae Katt

Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Terms of Reference

Approved by:    Board of Directors        Responsible Office: Chief Administrative Office/Finance
Responsible Officers: Dean-CEO, Chief Administrative Officer
Effective Date: March 11, 2004
Revised: March 18, 2020

Finance Audit and Risk Management Terms of Reference


  • Bruce Sutton  – Treasurer, Chair
  • Dr. Sarita Verma (Ex Officio)
  • Ken Boshcoff
  • Dr. Michel Bedard *
  • Dr. Alex Anawati
  • Juliette Denis
  • Dr. Shemer Ratner
  • John P. Stenger
  • Brent Maranzan –Vice Chair (non-Director – Community Member) (also appointed by the Board to the Investment Committee)
  • Kathy Pozihun (Lakehead VP Finance and Administration) Ex‐Officio/non Director
  • Lorella Hayes (Laurentian VP Administration) Ex‐Officio/non Director

Resource Person(s):  (non-voting) Ray Hunt, Chief Operating Officer, Joe Lipinski, Director of Finance (Committee Secretary), Grace Vita, Director of Planning and Risk


DC Pension Committee (sub-Committee of Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee)

Investment Committee (sub-Committee of the Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee) 

Governance Committee

Approved by:    Board of Directors        Responsible Office: Governance Office
Responsible Officers: Chair, Governance Committee, Secretary of the Board
Effective Date: 02 25 2004
Revised: March 18, 2020

Governance Committee Terms of Reference

** See Nominations & Community Relations sub-Committee of the Governance Committee for remainder of Terms of Reference.


  • Mark Hurst –Chair
  • Joy Warkentin – Vice Chair
  • Dr. Sarita Verma
  • Dr. Robert Haché
  • Sue Lebeau
  • Mark Hartman
  • Nancy Jacko (Chair of NCR subcommittee)
  • Susan Soldan (non-Director – Community Member)
  • Lucas Jewitt (non-Director – Community Member)
  • Sue Lebeau  (non-Director – Community Member)

Nominations and Community Relations sub-Committee


  • Nancy Jacko –Chair
  • Donna Dorrington
  • Craig Abotossaway
  • Monique Rocheleau, Chair, Francophone Reference Group
  • DGCC Ed Wawia, Chair, Indigenous Reference Group
  • Sandra Hollingsworth, (designate) Federation of Northern Municipalities (FONOM)
  • Shelby Ch’ng (designate) Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) appointed May 2019.
  • Dr. Sarita Verma (Ex Officio) non voting

Climate Change and Health Task Force

Established in June 2019, the Climate Change and Health Task Force is established to provide advice about climate change and its impact on the health in Northern Ontario. NOSM is in a unique position to facilitate discussion on issues of environment including climate change and health, both internally and externally.  For more information see the Terms of Reference:  BOD400_ClimateChangeTaskForce