After 23 years of HIV and Hepatitis C leadership, research, and project management through its sites in Vancouver and Halifax, CAAN recently moved it national office to the Treaty 4 Governance Centre outside of Ft. Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan.
CAAN is an incorporated, non-profit organization that is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors, of which Indigenous People Living with HIV and AIDS and Hepatitis C hold members-at-large positions. The Board members are legally responsible for the governance of the organization. Within that mandate is the expectation that the Board will develop, implement and monitor policies that allow the organization to carry out its work. Board members are elected by, and accountable to, the membership.
The Board’s role and responsibilities are based on three different activities of organizations.
- Governance: The Board develops policies that give overall direction to the organization.
- Management: The Board takes actions and makes decisions to ensure that there are sufficient and appropriate human and financial resources for the organization to accomplish its work.
- Operations: These are the activities related to the delivery of services or programs of the organization.
The Management structure of CAAN consists of two levels of senior staff. A Chief Executive Officer (CEO) provides leadership to the organizations with two divisions, Research and Programs, led by Directors who report to the CEO. The Directors provide daily supervision of projects, activities, and initiatives and contribute to organizational leadership.
A second level of management includes the Policy Manager and Research and Logistics Manager, with additional long term Research Project managers and a Communication lead. These Managers meet frequently with the CEO and Directors regarding CAAN initiatives to contribute to efficient implementation and integration of organizational activities.