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Committees of Synod Council

Synod Council has five standing committees that help carry out its work. See a list of current members.

At its February 2022 meeting, Synod Council approved a policy that defines the decision-making authority of Synod Council together with the authority that Synod Council delegates to its committees.  The policy gives a committee the ability to approve certain items, recommend them for approval or report up to Synod Council.  Read the policy.

You can learn more about each committee below.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is a standing committee of Synod Council.

The committee’s duties are to:

  • recommend to Synod the appointment of auditors and their remuneration
  • review the annual audited financial statements of Synod with the auditor before making recommendations to Synod Council
  • review changes in accounting principles and practices being followed
  • review with the auditor and management any significant recommendations made by the auditor
  • report to Synod Council after each meeting
  • undertake other tasks as may either be requested by Synod Council or be appropriate for the Audit Committee, as outlined in professional guidelines, from time to time

See a list of current members.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is a standing committee of Synod Council.

The committee is established to:

  • provide financial oversight
  • provide technology oversight

See a list of current members.

Property Committee

The Property Committee is a standing committee of the Synod Council.

The committee is established to:

  • develop a property development strategy for the Diocese
  • oversee property developments undertaken pursuant to that policy or otherwise

See a list of current members.

Human Resources Committee

This Human Resources Committee is a standing committee of Synod Council.

The committee is established to:

  • work with the Director of Human Resources in recommending overall HR priorities and policies that have an impact on diocesan employees or more broadly across the Diocese

The committee’s work includes:

  • policy approval
  • fund reviews of short-term disability and parental leave
  • approving the cost of living adjustment

See a list of current members.

Risk and Governance Committee

The Risk and Governance Committee is a standing committee of Synod Council.

The committee is established to:

  • assist the bishop, Synod and Synod Council in identifying, mitigating, managing and accepting risk and in assessing and ensuring that the governance structures of the Diocese are appropriate and are operating effectively
  • consider the disposition of real property, gifts, requests for grants, trusts, and major alterations to church property, thus fulfilling the statutory requirement for particular fiduciary oversight in certain matters

The committee considers items from parishes about:

  • buying, transferring and severing property
  • building or structural alterations
  • mortgages and encumbrances
  • loans and financial obligations (not expected to be liquidated within one year)
  • license agreements
  • commercial and residential lease agreements
  • grants from the Baker Fund, the Carleton Fund and the Ferguson Trust

See a list of current members.

Upcoming meeting dates

The following meetings have been booked for 2022:

  • Thursday, April 14, 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • No scheduled meetings in July and August
  • September to December – TBD

Send your documentation to Wendy Pearson at least two weeks before the meeting dates so materials can be distributed to committee members.