Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MEC voting (that time of year)

Voting is good. Most people don't bother voting for their representatives in elections. I go further: I vote for the non-profit where I bought my backpack for my first European tour (and my rock climbing gear etc).

MEC board elections 2015Choosing is hard, as most if not all the candidates are accomplished and with strong credentials. I thought that detailing my selection process could be useful not only to me when looking back, but also to anybody else facing a choice they’d rather skip.

  1. Daniel Blanche – “the incumbent”. I did not vote for him before and have no doubt about his suitability, but I’m biased against incumbents and prefer to always give a chance to someone new, so will pass this time as well.
  2. David Rankin – “leisure hat Dave”. I really don’t like that hat. His profile talks about the necessity to do more against climate change, including political lobbying. I agree in general, yet there are already those who are upset about co-op’s tax privileges, would lobbying be sufficiently prudent?
  3. Phil Arrata – “Kellogg guy”. Though Kellogg is on of the top business schools, for me that name is forever associated with the “antimasturbatory cereal” dude. Also, I never liked shopping at Future Shop (though, in all fairness, Best Buy is not that bad). Mr Arrata has, nonetheless, some interesting ideas about small town & kids, though would they be self-sustaining or just costly?
  4. Judi Richardson – “sporty chick”. Big time skier in the 70s and 80s, consulting since ‘98, recommended. Her profile is quite short in new ideas, but perhaps board members are supposed to provide guidance more so than new ideas.
  5. Michel Lamontagne – “philosopher king” With a this year not the time for me message, I find it hard to take him seriously and did not read his profile.
  6. Dale Mills – Pretty strong resume, but wondering how well he plays with others?

*(*This article is unfinished – it was scheduled to appear in the hope that it will be finished before, but since this message is here and until it is removed, the article is to be considered work in progress*)*.

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