All committees are supported by HPBAC staff and each is assigned a staff lead who coordinates meetings, takes minutes and implements the committee’s plans.
The Communication Committee is involved in the development of programs to help promote the industry and the association. It provides direction on our website, publications, campaigns and public relations. Currently, the committee has five active members and is looking for new, engaged members to join this committee. Please contact HPBAC’s Cristine Giampaolo if you are interested.
The Government Affairs Committee provides direction on government relations issues that affect the industry primarily in Canada. These include regulatory issues, codes and standards. The GAC works closely with the HPBA Product Section groups and HPBA’s GAC. This committee is well-populated with eight active members and three attending members.
The Education Committee provides direction on plans for education both at regional face-to-face meetings and by webinar. The committee also works on the development of new education programs for our members. This committee is currently well-populated.
The Member Services Committee is responsible for ensuring the needs of the membership are fulfilled by the association. The MSC oversees HPBAC’s Affinity Program package, membership renewal process including membership dues evaluation, membership engagement, and development of programs to support members and engage prospective members. Currently, we are looking for new, engaged volunteers to get involved with this committee.
The Board Development Committee has recently been established to replace the previous Nominating Committee, with the purpose of developing a succession plan for volunteers, ensuring Committee and Board members are provided with good orientation and ongoing support in their roles, and updating the process for application and selection to committees and election to the Board of Directors. In the meantime, this committee is made up of the Vice President, Past President and two members at large.
Our current structure includes three regional chapters, each with its own Board of Directors. The Amalgamation Task Force has recommended amalgamation of these three separate legal entities with HPBAC and the creation of Regional Committees in place of Chapter Boards. These committees will be tasked with overseeing and directing regional activities including member meetings, education sessions and public and government affairs efforts.
Most HPBAC standing committees meet for one hour by teleconference each month or every other month. Committee members receive a meeting package at least 2 business days prior to the meeting. This includes reports and proposals for review. From time to time, committee members are polled by email when a matter arises which must be dealt with before the next scheduled meeting. Committee members sometimes provide help with research and other member engagement but usually this work is done by staff.
Volunteering for a committee can be very rewarding. Volunteers work with other members who they might not otherwise encounter, often learning from them and sharing their own experiences. Committee members and their employers also benefit from having access to information quickly, the opportunity to provide their perspective and help to shape HPBAC’s plans and programs.