Be the members’ voice
Every year, a maximum of 345 delegates may attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Chambre de la sécurité financière (CSF). They express their views and those of their peers on current key issues, and choose someone to represent them on the CSF Board of Directors for three years.
Alain C. Roy has been involved with the CSF for many years, so when the delegate positions were created, it was only natural that he volunteered. At the last AGM, he was chosen by his peers to sit on the Board.
“We’re on the ground throughout the year,” he says. “We exchange with colleagues and discuss the latest developments in our industry. But attending the AGM and its preceding workshops helps us to better understand the context in which decisions are made and to examine our own position.”
He recalled that 2018 had been a year of many debates, followed by the adoption of Bill 141 aimed at improving the regulation of the financial services sector, and that the CSF itself was in the hot seat.
“We can either criticize the decisions that are made or get involved to make our voice heard,” he asserted. “Delegates have the chance to be heard.”
A LINK BETWEEN THE MEMBERS AND THE CSF
The delegate positions were created in 2014 to maintain regional representation of members. Before that, the AGM was composed of representatives from the twenty former CSF regional chapters that were abolished
Patrice Lortie is a delegate from the Laval-Laurentides region. Active in the CSF since 2001, specially as president of the Laurentides chapter, he has taken a liking to his commitment.
“We keep an eye on what is happening in our profession,” he said. “We’re at the forefront of the matters that affect our practices.”
As for Anca Baban, who started the venture for the first time last year, feels that it is important to get involved so as not to lose this democratic right.
“We are a link between the members and the CSF,” she added. “We can report on what we hear in our workplaces and share documents and opinions heard at the AGM.”
Distribution of delegates
In 2014, the CSF established seven distinct regions, each with a maximum number of delegates, based on its percentage of members in relation to the total 32,000 registered CSF members.
If you wish to become a delegate, watch your email. The CSF sends out a nomination form every year in February. Write us at email@example.com if you have any questions.