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Knowledge Network Corporation - 1 Directors

Requisition #2324749
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamEducation
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open1
Posting Date07-May-2019
Expiry Date15-Jul-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure

 

Knowledge Network Corporation (KNC) is British Columbia’s viewer-supported public broadcaster exploring the world through its commercial-free television and streaming services. Knowledge Network works in partnership with independent producers in British Columbia and Canada to develop and commission children’s and documentary programs that educate, inform and inspire. For more information, visit www.knowledge.ca and www.knowledgekids.ca

 

KNC is a Crown agency of the Province of British Columbia under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture. It operates under the Knowledge Network Corporation Act, which came into effect in 2008.

 

KNC operates on a commercial-free basis, funded through a provincial grant combined with self-generated revenue from additional sources. KNC manages the Knowledge Endowment Fund, established in 2007, to ensure that future generations have access to original, commercial-free programming in British Columbia. The purpose of the Corporation, as outlined in the Knowledge Network Corporation Act, is to:

  1. Carry on the business of broadcasting and communications to provide unique, quality educational programming to British Columbians, 
  2. Promote lifelong learning in British Columbia by providing quality educational programming, 
  3. Inform and educate British Columbians about their province and about issues that are relevant to them, 
  4. Provide British Columbians with a unique television experience, and 
  5. Collaborate with the independent television and web media production sectors in British Columbia.

Strategic Direction

KNC’s strategic direction for 2018-2021 is based on 4 goals:

  1. Enhance the accessibility and quality of the television service to maintain its relevance and importance to British Columbians.
  2. Champion more BC stories and support more storytellers.
  3. Improve the audience experience for video on demand by increasing the number of available programs and through the development of next generation apps and platforms.
  4. Connect with more viewers to enlarge the donor base and grow the Endowment Fund.

KNC is unique in its market—it is the only designated public educational broadcaster in the province. There are three other publicly mandated educational broadcasters in Canada—each operating under different business models based on their respective relationships with their provincial governments and the conditions of their broadcast licenses. Consequently, KNC’s performance is benchmarked internally against past performance.

Vacant Position(s)

Experience and Qualifications

While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.

Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.

 

To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.

Competencies/Attributes

There are currently 1 vacancy on the Board.   The following are the attributes sought for the position(s) currently under consideration:

  • Knowledge of BC’s cultural diversity
  • Knowledge of communities served by KNC (specifically areas outside of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island)
  • Leadership/Management Skills

Time Commitment

The Board meets in person 4 times per year with 3 additional conference calls. Meetings are generally held on Thursdays from approximately 11:30am to 2:30pm. Meetings take place at 4355 Mathissi Place in Burnaby, BC.

 

In addition, most board members serve on one or more board committees.   Board committees typically meet on average 4 times per year at times convenient to all members. Board members also attend various organization functions such as: broadcast season launch events, donor events and documentary screenings.

 

Term

 

Board members are typically appointed for a one-year term with the possibility of reappointment for a two-year term, followed by a three-year term for a total of six years. Reappointments are not guaranteed. Only in exceptional circumstances will members’ terms be extended beyond the six-year maximum. Lengths of terms may be adjusted to ensure optimal succession planning and staggering of appointments.

Compensation

Compensation is administered in accordance with Treasury Board Directive 2/17. Board members are reimbursed for authorized expenses incurred while on Board business.

 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/government-finances/treasury-board-directives/tbd2-17-remuneration-guidelines-for-appointees-to-crown-agency-boards.pdf 

 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/services-policies-for-government/public-sector-management/psec/crown-agency-remuneration-classification-list.pdf

 

Governance Structure

 

KNC’s corporate status is governed by the Knowledge Network Corporation Act of British Columbia. The shareholder is the Province of British Columbia as represented by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Under section 5 of the Act, the corporation is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of no more than 11 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Chair of the Board is a director who is designated as Chair by the Minister, or is appointed by the Board under the bylaws of the Corporation if a Chair is not designated.

 

The Board fulfills its obligations and responsibilities through 4 standing committees: Audit and Finance, Governance, Human Resources, and Strategic Planning.

 

KNC holds two other designations that inform our organizational and business decisions:

 

1. KNC is licensed through the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to broadcast educational programming in British Columbia.

 

2. KNC is a registered charity through the Canada Revenue Agency, engaging in fundraising activities through our Knowledge: Partners program. Funds raised support the acquisition of unique, high-quality programming for children and adults, and the creation of original BC content.

 

For more information on KNC governance visit: www.knowledge.ca/about/governance

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

The Board’s role is that of: 

  • Leader - set the strategic direction, and empowering senior management to implement Board direction;
  • Overseer - evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable;
  • Steward - provide stewardship for the effective delivery of the organization’s mandate; and;
  • Reporter - report to government, stakeholders, public, and others.

Responsibilities

Board responsibilities fall into the following general categories:

 

  • Managing Board Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the board. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the board and ensuring appropriate board committees are in place; ensuring appropriate board orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the board, committees, and chair individual governors; defining board process and guidelines; evaluating the board, committees, directors and chair; and identifying potential director candidates.

 

  • Organization’s Mandate: Fully understand the organization’s mandate set by government, review, and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.

 

  • Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of the organization’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with the organization’s mandate as set by government.

 

  • Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Chief Executive Officer (the President); oversee management succession and development.

 

  • Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems to ensure appropriate risk management systems, code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are set in place.

 

  • Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; account to government and stakeholders through appropriate reporting.

 

  • Communications: Oversee organization’s communications policy.

Accountabilities

In carrying out its work, the board operates within the broad policy direction and budget set by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Board Composition

The individuals who make up the Board should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
  • account for the performance of the organization.

Personal Attributes

All directors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the organization;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to organization; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the organization and the relevant sector or industry.

Competencies

Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the organization including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • internal control and accounting,
    • technology,
    • communications,
    • public sector administration,
    • human resources,
    • labour relations, and
    • risk management.
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization.

 

List of Current Governors and Senior Executives

 

Appointed:

 

First

Appointed

Term Ends

Occupation

 

Jan Lindsay

2013-11-27

2019-07-31

Retired President, North Island College

Sarf Ahmed

2018-05-22

2019-12-31

Former Associate Deputy Minister

Norah Bowman

2018-05-22

2019-12-31

Professor, Okanagan College

Chamkaur Singh

2015-11-30

2019-12-31

Instructor, School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic

Doreen Manuel

2018-05-22

2019-12-31

Film/tv communications

Maurine Karagianis

2018-07-31

2020-07-31

Former MLA

Anthony Knox

2014-07-31

2020-07-31

Lawyer

Gerry Martin

2016-12-20

2020-07-31

Owner of independent drug store chain

Stacy Shields

2016-07-31

2020-07-31

VP, Human Resources for the PNE

Eric Watt

2014-06-20

2020-07-31

Chartered Accountant

Senior Executives:

Rudy Buttignol, President & CEO, Knowledge Network Corporation

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Directory of Agencies website.

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.

 

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at abc@gov.bc.ca or by telephone at 604 660-0465.