Stakeholder Advisory Council Call for Nominations

Note: The Call for Nominations 2013 ended on December 31, 2012.

Each year, the CPA invites stakeholder organizations to nominate individuals for membership on the CPA's Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC), one of the key channels through which the Association seeks input from the users of Canada's payment systems. Council members represent the views of the CPA's broad stakeholder base, including consumers, businesses, retailers, and governments, as well as related service providers.

Examples of recent initiatives on which the Council has provided input include: proposed amendments to CPA rules to facilitate mobile payments (including offline debit transactions and PIN-less point-of-service transactions); the development of the CPA's Technology Strategy; the CPA's Image Project (an initiative which has created enhanced efficiencies in the clearing system via the use of image technology); a proposed framework for bill payment error corrections; and, the analysis of a modernized, international set of standards for the payments sector.

During 2012, SAC established a list of top 5 priorities that stakeholders in the payments system believe merit action.

Are you a candidate?

The ideal nominee will effectively represent the views of their community of users or service providers, work cooperatively with other stakeholders with diverse perspectives, and actively contribute to the CPA's Stakeholder Advisory Council. Nominees should have:

  • current responsibility for, or experience in, payment-related matters or financial operations;
  • a working knowledge of Canada’s payment, clearing and settlement systems; and
  • previous experience in representing a stakeholder community.

Consideration of nominations is based on the following criteria:

  • The stakeholder’s access to other consultative processes for presenting its views directly to the CPA or to any of its working groups or committees.
  • Preference will be given to nominees representing interests on a national scope.
  • For payment system users, preference will be accorded to nominees representing associations or similar organizations that represent the interests of a broad constituency, or in the absence of such a body, to nominees who represent the interests of a prominent firm within the industry.
  • For service providers to the payment system, preference will be given to nominees representing associations or similar organizations that represent the broad interests of a majority of participants in the particular industry, or in the absence of such a body, to nominees who represent the interests of a prominent firm within the industry.

In the event that the number of qualified nominees exceeds the number of seats available on the Council, the Board may take into account the following additional criteria:

  • Whether the stakeholder represented by the nominee has other adequate representation on the Council;
  • The business of the stakeholder whose interests would be represented by the nominee and its degree of reliance of the stakeholder’s activity on the payment system;
  • The level of research and development in relation to payments systems undertaken by the stakeholder; and
  • The nominee’s affiliations or experience with international payments system organizations.

For more details on the Council, the nomination process and the criteria for appointment, consult the Stakeholder Advisory Council's page.