The National Commissioner is responsible for partnering with the CEO and National Youth Commissioner to advance the operations of Scouts Canada. Together, the National "Key 3" oversees the implementation of the Scouts Canada Strategic Plan. This includes working with both the National Service Team on execution of the plan and the Board of Governors in reporting on progress toward organizational goals. This role was previously entitled Chief Commissioner which also involved being the Chair of the Board of Governors. The roles were separated temporarily in April of 2014 with a permanent change being passed in November of 2014 and the National Commissioner role introduced in place of the Chief Commissioner role.
The National Commissioner is also one of the key public representatives of Scouts Canada. This includes frequent engagement with our members, their parents, sponsors, governments, the media and more. In collaboration with the National Key 3, the National Commissioner provides direct support to a number to our Councils, assisting them to ensure that more youth in their communities benefit from high quality Scouting programs.
The National Commissioner position requires a significant time commitment. This includes participation in six Board of Governors / National Leadership Team meetings per year, the Annual Conference, major Scouting activities such as Jamborees and public events, in addition to engagement with local groups across Canada.