Governance at the Canadian Red Cross

The governance structure is a key component of Canadian Red Cross excellence in governance and is designed, to the extent reasonably possible, to have a broad representation reflective of the diversity of Canada including, but not limited to being,  geographically Pan-Canadian, representative of the Official Languages of Canada, inclusive of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, reflective of gender equality and social inclusion, and the economic, cultural and demographic diversity of Canada.

CRC Governance is composed of 32 Members divided in two (2) components that ensures a broad range of perspectives.

  • 16 Directors of the Board being Members by virtue of being on the Board, and
  • ​16 National Members

​While there is only class of Members, recruitment and selection processes for Directors of the Board and National Members are distinct. Generally, individuals being considered for election to the Board are selected for their specific competencies and possible contribution to the Board. National Members, while also bringing specific skills, are primarily recruited for their knowledge, expertise, engagement, and commitment to the Canadian Red Cross as volunteers or stakeholders.

All Members must respect and abide by the Movement’s seven Fundamental Principles. They must act in the best interests of the Canadian Red Cross and the people we serve.

Members exercise most of their responsibilities at the Annual Meeting, such as:

  • Electing Directors of the Board and National Members;
  • Removing Directors of the Board and National Members, if necessary;
  • Appointing the external auditor;
  • Receiving the audited financial statements; and,
  • ​Approving any fundamental corporate changes.

In addition, the Directors of the Board have fiduciary responsibilities and overall responsibility for overseeing the organization and ensuring that it fulfills its legal responsibilities.