A GOVERNANCE IN ACTION

Eleven universities and one Arctic college are official members of the Amundsen Science Corporation, but the broader user base comprises more than 125 national and international institutions and organizations.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall governance of the Facility. The Scientific Leader and CEO are appointed by the Board with the mandate of providing strategic direction and oversight of the Amundsen Science program and general management and governance of the organization. The Scientific Leader is a non-voting member of the Board.

The Governance and Nominating Committee is responsible for assisting the Board in developing principles and systems for the management of corporate governance. The Committee identifies candidates and recommends nominees for Director and Committee appointments, and evaluates their performance and effectiveness.

The Budget and Finance Committee oversees the integrity of financial procedures. Its key functions are to review the financial statements and annual budget, evaluate existing financial and internal controls, policies and procedures, and to report its conclusions and provide recommendations to the Board.

The User Advisory Committee formulates recommendations on the prioritization of programs and develops a preliminary expedition plan. Access to the Amundsen for science is allocated using an impartial process that evaluates and ranks the different programs requesting ship time, berths, and subsidies from the Amundsen Science Ship Time fund. All user programs are required to submit a formal Ship Time application.

The Infrastructure Development Committee provides advice and recommendations regarding the development and upgrading of the Amundsen’s pool of equipment, thus ensuring that the Facility remains a state-of-the-art research platform.

The Administrative Center performs the day‐to‐day management and administration of the scientific program of the Amundsen. Specialized personnel work within three units: finance and accounting; operations and services; and data management and communications. The Executive Director and COO supervises these interdependent units to ensure the overall operation of the Facility according to directions set by the Board. The Executive Director supervises the administrative and technical personnel, oversees the day‐to‐day management of the Facility, liaises with the community of users, and coordinates the annual Amundsen expedition with the Canadian Coast Guard.