Led by the General Manager of Corporate Services, this department provides professional advice and expertise related to legislative services, information services, legal services, risk and insurance management, real estate services, First Nations relations, and electoral area administration on the Southern Gulf Islands.
Legislative Services manages and provides specialized administrative support to the Board, standing and select committees including the provision of procedural advice, scheduling of meetings and preparation of agendas and minutes. This division also maintains and provides access to official corporate records including minutes, reports and bylaws; administers elections and assent voting opportunities (referendum and alternative approval process); and manages the appointments for all committees and commissions.
Information Services develops and implements corporate policies and standards and manages information flow into and out of the organization. Responsibilities include administration of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as the primary contact for the public to access records. This division is also the primary contact for privacy matters including Privacy Impact Assessments and breaches and oversees the records management function for the organization.
Legal Services provides support and direction on legal frameworks relating to local government, contracts, and bylaws; develops, reviews and provides advice and guidance on a variety of bylaws, contracts and agreements; manages internal procurement processes, advice, templates, and guidelines; maintains contract templates, bylaw style guides, and legal opinions; and supervises outside counsel relating to solicitor work.
First Nations Relations
First Nations Relations provides support to the CRD Board in achieving its stated key strategic goal of building strong relationships with First Nations, as well as to the Executive Leadership Team and division leads. Services include referral outreach, developing and maintaining service agreements, undertaking joint initiatives, and overall engagement on major regional plans, strategies and regionally-specific interests.
Risk & Insurance Management
Risk & Insurance Management provides specialized services and support for the entire organization in the areas of risk management, insurance management, corporate climate action and business continuity management.
Real Estate Services
Real Estate Services strategically manages, disposal, appraisal, acquisition and disposal of real property interests, including evaluation of the portfolio, commercial leases, subdivisions, proformas, valuations, conveyancing, registering Notices on Titles and Covenants, and land title research. In addition, Real Estate Services is responsible for maintaining property information, coordinating referrals from outside agencies and performing property research on behalf of CRD staff.
Southern Gulf Islands Administration
Southern Gulf Island Administration facilitates and coordinates actions to initiate and complete specific projects or initiatives taking place on the Southern Gulf Islands and provides local administration support. This includes advancement of the SGI Economic Sustainability Commission’s goals of resilient and sustainable local economies and triple bottom line initiatives.