Board of Directors

This package is for members of the business improvement area or those nominated by members of the BIA who are interested in volunteering as a Director for the Board of Management. Directors are appointed by City Council and serve a four-year term, which is concurrent with the term served by City Council. If you wish to be nominated or to nominate another individual, please follow these instructions carefully.

We are currently seeking 3 members at-large.

  • Step #1: Complete the Board of Management Director Nomination Form
  • Step #2: Nominee completes one of the Obligation of Notice & Eligibility Forms and have each nominator fill out an Obligation of Notice & Eligibility Form, for a total of four (4) completed Obligation of Notice & Eligibility Forms.
  • Please note that if you are a business tenant within the business improvement area and your landlord is the City of Welland, you must secure from them a letter stating this and thereby assigning their right of membership to you.
  • Step #3: Complete the Nominee Profile Form
  • Step #4: Please submit all forms to the Association offices, 60 East Main Street (WDBIA), as soon as completed.


The Process

The slate of Board of Management candidates, along with the completed Nomination packages will be presented to members for election. The designated slate of Directors will be considered by Council for approval in addition to the recommendations for nomination Council will appoint two (2) City Councillor to sit on the Board of Management. The Board of Management is to have between 9 and 11 directors.

Position of Director of the Board of Management of the Downtown Welland Business Improvement Area

A Director at Large is:

A voting member in good standing

A Director at Large must:

  • Support and further the mandate of BIA;
  • Represent the Association by bringing forward relevant issues;
  • Vote responsibly by reviewing and understanding the issues facing BIA through discussion, and studying supporting documentation;
  • Advocate on behalf of BIA with the external community – especially with members, politicians and business leaders;
  • Assist BIA staff with initiatives and special projects as required;
  • Attend BIA events and the Annual General Meeting;
  • Participate on committees;
  • Support Association events as a volunteer;
  • As a part of the Board of Directors develop the budget presented to them in draft by the Treasurer, and approve it for recommendation to the Membership at the Annual General Meeting, and;
  • Serve as stewards to ensure the responsible use of BIA financial resources.

Board Director Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct identifies the public’s expectations of BIA Board Members and establishes guidelines for appropriate behavior.

The key principles that underlie the Code of Conduct are as follows:

  1. Members shall serve and be seen to serve their constituents in a conscientious and diligent manner;
  2. Members shall perform their functions with integrity, accountability, and transparency, avoiding the improper use of the influence of their office, and conflicts of interest, both real and apparent;
  3. Members shall perform their duties of office in a manner that promotes public confidence and will bear close public scrutiny, and;
  4. Members shall seek to serve the public interest by upholding both the letter and the spirit of the laws and policies established by the Federal Parliament, Ontario Legislature, and City Council.