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GP26 - Corporate Secretary’s Charter

Policy Number: GP 26 Effective Date: April 2021
Last Review Date: November 2020 Next Review Date: November 2021
Review Frequency: Annually Related Supporting Documents:  

Duties and Responsibilities

The Corporate Secretary shall maintain the corporate books and records, and therefore shall:

  1. Ensure centralized confidential corporate secretarial services are delivered to the organization, Council and Committees. This will include:
    1. Requests for and proper notice of meetings of Council or of a Committee;
    2. Provision of the agenda, minutes of or reports from the meetings of all committees, and all relevant documents, notices and information as may be required for each meeting of the Council;
    3. Production of, and recommendations for, Council and Committee workplans.


  2. Ensure the management of all Council and Committee meetings logistics, including the coordination, preparation and distribution of Council/Committee pre-read materials, meeting agendas, notifications, and meeting minutes for the Council, and minutes or reports arising from Committees;
    1. Ensure the preparation of all correspondence for the Council and/or Committees;
    2. Attend Council and Committee meetings as necessary;
    3. Ensure minutes, including a record of all Council decisions, are kept of all meetings of the Council (draft minutes to be forwarded to the Chair and Council within 3 business days for review) and Committees;
    4. Ensure that a tracking system is in place for all outstanding action items and that follow up is brought to the attention of the Chair;
    5. Ensure records are kept of official documents;
    6. Upon request, sign and issue certified copes of all official and other documents;
    7. Ensure the processing of Council and Committee expense claims according to approved policy and/or guidelines;
    8. Promote corporate governance best practices through analysis, development, implementation and maintenance of Council and Committee policies and procedures;
    9. Support the Council Chair in performing their role;
    10. Ensure the official/legal corporate records including Council approvals are maintained for ease of access;
    11. Ensure the establishment of standards for presentations at Council and Committee meetings, and outside the organization to ensure consistent quality control; and
    12. Perform other duties that may be assigned to them from time to time by the Chair and/or the CEO & Registrar.


  1. The Corporate Secretary is an employee of the College and organizationally reports to the CEO & Registrar but functionally reports to the Chair of Council and/or Committee Chairs.
  2. Where the Secretary is absent or unable to act, has not designated a replacement, or the office of Secretary is vacant, the CEO & Registrar or a Department Chief  may appoint another person to act as meeting secretary for the purposes of that meeting.