Canadian Committee

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The Canadian Committee is a NASPA committee. Its mandate is to manage matters pertaining solely to Canadian and not to American players. To contact the committee, please send an email message to naspa-canada@yahoogroups.com.

Members

The following members currently belong to the committee:

[photo of Rich Baker]
ex officio
2016-11-29~
[photo of John Chew]
ex officio
2009-02-22~
[photo of Chris Cree]
ex officio
2009-02-22~
[photo of Mad Palazzo]
2016-01-01~2018-12-31
[photo of Andy Saunders]
2015-01-01~2017-12-31
[photo of Joshua Sokol]
2016-01-01~2018-12-31
[photo of Siri Tillekeratne]
2015-01-01~2017-12-31

The following members have served past terms on the committee:

[photo of John Robertson] John Robertson
chair
2009-02-22~2010-07-16
Albert Hahn
2009-02-25~2009-03-23
[photo of Tony Leah] Tony Leah
2009-02-25~2009-12-31
[photo of David Boys] David Boys
2009-02-25~2011-12-31
[photo of Siri Tillekeratne] Siri Tillekeratne
2009-02-25~2011-12-31
[photo of John Aitken] John Aitken
2009-03-27~2009-12-31
[photo of Jeff Parsons] Jeff Parsons
2009-06-11~2010-12-31
[photo of Tony Leah] Tony Leah
2010-01-01~2012-12-31
[photo of Randall Thomas] Randall Thomas
2010-01-01~2012-12-31
[photo of John Robertson] John Robertson
chair
2010-07-17~2010-12-31
[photo of Jeff Parsons] Jeff Parsons
2011-01-01~2013-12-31
[photo of John Robertson] John Robertson
chair
2011-01-01~2013-12-31
[photo of Lisa Kessler] Lisa Kessler
2012-01-01~2014-12-31
[photo of Siri Tillekeratne] Siri Tillekeratne
2012-01-01~2014-12-31
[photo of Dallas Johnson] Dallas Johnson
ex officio
2013-01-01~2015-08-15
[photo of Mad Palazzo] Mad Palazzo
2013-01-01~2015-12-31
[photo of Sary Karanofsky] Sary Karanofsky
2013-01-01~2015-12-31
[photo of John Robertson] John Robertson
chair
2014-01-01~2016-03-07
[photo of Bernard Gotlieb] Bernard Gotlieb
2014-01-01~2016-12-31
[photo of John Robertson] John Robertson
chair
2016-03-12~2016-12-31


Rules Governing Canadian Committee Elections

Each year two CC positions will expire on December 31. Prior to that date, there will be a nomination period for new candidates (lasting from September 1 to October 15). During that time, all Canadian NASPA members in good standing may nominate themselves or have others nominate them to run for election to the CC. The incumbents may also seek re-election.

SPECIAL NOTE: On August 30, 2013, the CC voted to not allow any Canadians who live outside of Canada to run in a CC election. Because of the regional organization of the CC, it was determined that an expatriate would have an unfair advantage in an election over resident Canadians because he/she would not be subject to the maximum and minimum membership quotas of the regions.

Each year the CC election period will run from November 1 to November 30. All Canadian NASPA members in good standing may vote in this election. An online voting system will be instituted. (The CC will appoint a returning officer responsible for receiving and counting ballots cast by voters who prefer to vote by paper ballot.) All votes must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on November 30.

Each voter may vote for as many as two candidates on the ballot, but may only submit one ballot (online, email or paper).

There is no limit to the number of candidates allowed to seek election each year. In most cases the two candidates with the highest vote totals shall be elected to three-year terms that begin on the following January 1. (Note: Because there are maximum and minimum regional requirements for the CC, a scenario might exist where candidates finishing worse than second in the election could win a spot ahead of candidates who finished with greater vote totals. Similarly, it is also possible for a candidate to win a CC spot by acclamation in a year when other candidates need to be elected. See Structure of Canadian Committee for further details.)

If an election ends in a tie that must be broken, a runoff election will be held. Deadlines to submit votes will be announced as necessary. If the runoff election ends in a tie, a lottery or coin toss will be used to break the tie.

Any disputes about the elections process will be decided by the CC members (excluding those running for re-election).

2016 Canadian Committee Election Process

The nomination process for the 2016 CC Election began on September 1 and ended at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on October 15. All Canadian-based NASPA members in good standing were eligible to nominate themselves or other Canadian-based NASPA members for election. The actual election period, had it been needed, would have run from November 1 to November 30.

The three-year terms of both Bernard Gotlieb and John Robertson were expiring on December 31, 2016. Each was eligible to run for re-election. Both chose to run. At the deadline they were they only candidates who chose to run in the election, thus they both retained their positions on the CC by acclamation.

Agenda

The Committee has the following items on its agenda:

  • Will examine the results of the poll responses.

Recent activity

  • The Committee worked on drafts of a poll to be sent to all Canadian NASPA players to garner their opinions on how the Canadian National Scrabble Championship tournament can be improved.

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