Organization

The scientific program of the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen was incorporated under the Canadian federal Corporations Act using the name “Amundsen Science”. The incorporation recognizes the Amundsen Science program as a legal entity with a clearly defined corporate structure. Amundsen Science, through its various governance and management committees, is responsible for coordinating the access to the Facility, managing operational funds, maintaining the Facility’s pool of equipment and scheduling the annual deployment of the icebreaker for science in accordance with a signed Cost Sharing Arrangement between U. Laval (who represents the Consortium of Canadian Universities) and the Government of Canada.

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A Board of Directors supported by two committees and the Scientific Leader (SL) oversees the overall governance of Amundsen Science.

The Governance and Nominating Committee manages the turnover of Board Directors and Committee members. In consultation with the Chair, it evaluates the performance of the Board, its Committees and individual directors on an annual basis. The committee plays a decisive role in ensuring that interests are balanced and that the composition of the Board fosters decisions that are in the best interest of the Facility.

The Budget and Finance Committee’s mandate is to ensure the integrity of the Facility’s financial procedures and to assess the actual state of the Facility finances.

The Scientific Leader and Chief Executive Officer is appointed by the Board with the mandate of providing scientific leadership and strategic direction for the development and governance of the Facility. The Scientific Leader and CEO is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.

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The Administrative Center is hosted at Université Laval with additional offices at University of Manitoba. It performs the day-to-day management and administration of the scientific program of the Amundsen and its pool of equipment. In the current functional structure, the Facility specialized personnel work within three units: Finance and Accounting; Operations and Services; and Data Management and Communications.

The Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer ensures the overall operation of the Facility according to directions set by the Board. He supervises the administrative and technical personnel, oversees the day-to-day management of the Facility, liaises with the community of users, and coordinates the annual Amundsen expedition with the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Infrastructure Development Committee advises the Scientific Leader as necessary on strategy, priorities and costs related to the upgrade and development of the Facility’s pool of equipment. It provides reviews and recommendations to the Board on proposals from the user/stakeholder community for the upgrade and development of the pool of equipment.

The User Advisory Committee is comprised of arms-length experts appointed by the Board of Directors to provide a rigorous and impartial review of applications from user programs to access the Facility. It prioritizes potential user programs and recommends funding levels for user programs eligible for support from Amundsen Science. Through the Scientific Leader, the committee reports to the Board, which has ultimate power of decision on the annual expedition schedule, and the allocation of ship time funds by the Amundsen Science program.

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