Establish the Board for a Public Sector Organization
When a board for a new public sector organization is established, the following must be considered:
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.
Most board appointments are made by the government according to governance guidelines (PDF) established by the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO). Ministry staff work with CABRO to develop director profiles and recruit board members.
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).