Equity is a democratically structured organization run by artists for artists. It is entirely self-supporting, funded by members' initiation fees and dues only. 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 is 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. Councillors are elected for a three-year term.
Equity's governance approach places primary importance on a board's responsibility to set specific organizational results for their organization. The staff of the Association is responsible for the achievement of these defined goals, within specific limits, set by Council. Results are monitored through rigorous evaluation of the Association's accomplishments. Equity's Council uses the Policy Governance model, created by Dr. John Carver, an organizational philosophy designed to empower boards of directors to fulfill their mandates.
Constitution and Bylaws
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Council Policy Document
View and download the Council Policy Document
Request for Council Action
Members are encouraged to 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 Equity's 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 Council Policies - GP-4.7 - Agenda Planning.
Equity uses a flexible slate of issue- or action-based advisories. Advisory Committees are struck as needed throughout the term, and report directly to Council. The advisories are regional, national, discipline or community-specific, as appropriate for the topic.