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How Equity is governed

Equity Governance
Equity is a democratically structured organization run by artists for artists. It is entirely self-supporting, funded by members' initiation fees and dues. Equity is the united voice of its members, and its strength lies in the collective support given by its members to its members.

The governance of Equity for 2015-2018 will be vested in a national Council of 22 members from across Canada. The number of Councillors from each region is proportional to the number of members in each region. The incoming Council is elected for a three-year term beginning December 2015 and lasting until November 2018.

Equity's national Council uses "Policy Governance" as the operating structure of the Association. Click here for further information on Equity's governing structure.

Three Council meetings per year are face-to-face, and seven more are conducted by telephone conference call.

Council Officers for 2015-2018:
The Officers of the Association, including President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer were elected at Council's inaugural meeting on December 1, 2015.
Council President Scott Bellis * Councillor for BC & Yukon
First Vice-President
(Advisory Coordinator)
Peter McGillivray Councillor for Eastern Opera
Second Vice-President
(Member Liaison)
Sedina Fiati Councillor for Ontario
Secretary/ Treasurer Diane Speirs * Councillor for Western Opera
* Council President and Sectretary Treasurer were elected at a Council Meeting on October 29, 2017.

Councillors are volunteers and are not paid for their service, although reasonable out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. The Council President receives an honorarium set by Council.

Request for Council Action
Members may submit topics to Council for discussion by using the Request for Council Action form. Once completed, a copy of the form will be forwarded to the Council President, Secretary-Treasurer and to the Executive Director. Once received and reviewed, you will be contacted within two business days to let you know how and when the matter will proceed.

For information on how Council deliberates requests for consideration on any matter, please see Equity Council's Policies - GP-4 - Agenda Planning, Article 7

Council meetings in 2018

*** Equity's National Annual General Meeting February 26, 2018 ***

January 22, 2018


February 25-26, 2018


March 26, 2018


April 23, 2018


May 28, 2018


June 17-18, 2018


August 27, 2018


Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2018


October 22, 2018


November 25-27, 2018


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