Mayor Pender appointed to FCM Standing Committees

FB_Federation_of_Canadian_MunicipalitiesAs Mayor of the City of Corner Brook, and a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors I was recently appointed to serve on several standing committees of the FCM Board.

FCM’s Board of Directors comprises elected municipal officials and affiliate members from all regions and various-sized communities throughout Canada. It forms a broad base of support and carries the municipal message to the Government of Canada.

The Board of Directors sets policy priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments and affiliate members. It meets quarterly to develop policy positions on key national municipal issues.

During the quarterly meetings, the various standing committees meet to discuss and develop policy positions on these key issues. These recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Directors who discuss and adopt the recommendations.

All positions on FCM’s Board of Directors are filled by election on an annual basis, with the exception of those designated for affiliate members and the immediate past president, as outlined in the FCM by-laws, during the Annual Conference.

2015_boardFCM’s Board of Directors established standing committees to enable more comprehensive discussion and provide the board with recommendations on priority policy and program issues. Each committee has municipal elected officials and board members.

As a Director on the FCM board, I have recently been appointed to participate in the following standing committees;

1. Environmental Issues & Sustainable Development:

Green economy, climate change adaptation, clean air, water, waste, wastewater, brownfields, toxic substances (including pesticides), energy, invasive species, green infrastructure

2. Social Economic Development

Housing and homelessness; cultural and community infrastructure, immigration and municipal‐Aboriginal relations, aging.

In addition to my participation n these two standing committees, I will also participate in both the Atlantic Caucus as well as the Rural Forum.

I look forward to participating in FCM’s programming, policy and advocacy work on behalf of all Canadians and Canadian municipalities.

Our next FCM Board of Directors meeting will be held in Oakville, ON September 14-17, 2016.

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