Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria

The City of Victoria and the Corporation of the District of Saanich established the Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria (“the board”) in 1922. Appointments are made to the board by Mayor and Council (three from Victoria and three from Saanich). Appointments are for an initial three-year term and may be renewed at the discretion of the appointing Mayor and Council. Appointees will have strong community ties in Victoria, Saanich and the greater Victoria community.

Purpose

The board is responsible for oversight of the development, operation and long-term maintenance of Royal Oak Burial Park (the Burial Park). The Burial Park is B.C.’s largest municipal cemetery and provides a wide range of cemetery and cremation goods and services to the greater Victoria community. The board is an independent, not for profit corporation and the Burial Park is operated on a 100% user pay operating model and does not receive a taxpayer subsidy from either stakeholder municipality. In addition to providing policy oversight for the regular course of business of the Burial Park the board also act as trustees for a number of capital, equipment, pre-paid services trust and perpetual care accounts. Candidates considered for appointment to the board should have business expertise that can help the board and the Burial Park strengthen its operating model to be fiscally sustainable and successful in a competitive and changing marketplace.

Eligibility

Education and current senior management in the following disciplines are essential for appointment: a not for profit organization, a unionized workplace, municipal operations, a commercial business, marketing, accounting and investment management. Specific knowledge and experience in the following fields are assets sought for the board: labour law and human resources management in a unionized setting, including collective bargaining; financial planning, investment and economics; business management in a highly regulated setting; generally accepted accounting practices and financial reporting; marketing and community engagement, local community demographics and issues.

Membership

The board meets 8 to 10 times a year. Meetings are in the form of a weekday working lunch and normally convene at 11:15 a.m. and conclude not later than 1:30 p.m. From time to time extraordinary meetings may be called, but this is a rare occurrence. When a vacancy on the board occurs screening of candidates being considered for appointment will take into account the knowledge, skills and abilities of sitting trustees.

By virtue of a combination of each trustee’s individual skills and abilities the board as a whole will bring a balanced cross-section of the above knowledge, education and experience to bear on its deliberations. Persons who are currently working or have worked in any capacity, directly or indirectly, for a death care service provider, corporation or other form of death care organization along with relatives of a sitting trustee or an employee of the Board may be disqualified from appointment.

The board is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the appointing municipalities. The board does not have the authority to refuse an appointment or unreasonably object to a nominated appointee who, in the judgement of the appointing stakeholder, meets the qualifications set out above.

Current City of Victoria appointee - Chris Lawless (term ending December, 2020)