Establish the Board for a Public Sector Organization

When a board for a new public sector organization is established, the following must be considered:

Board Composition

Each board consists of a Board Chair and individual directors. Boards generally have nine to eleven members, including the Chair. Board members are independent from management and have no material interest in the organization.

Recruitment

Most board appointments are made by the government according to governance guidelines (PDF) established by the Board Resourcing and Development Office (BRDO). Ministry staff work with BRDO to develop director profiles and recruit board members.

Compensation

The pay board members receive is determined by the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) and follows executive compensation disclosure guidelines.

Orientation

A comprehensive orientation program for new directors teaches them about:

  • The organization and its industry (including its mandate)
  • Corporate governance best practices
  • Roles and responsibilities of the board
  • The relationship between the board and the government
Find out more about best practices for orientation and professional development (PDF).