TORONTO — The CFL has appointed Scott Banda as the 40th Chair of its Board of Governors.
Banda, who recently retired as CEO of Federated Co-Operatives Limited (FCL), brings to his new role extensive experience as an executive, legal counsel and board member, along with a passion for sport and a reputation for prioritizing people and community.
Here is one definition of a Chairman of the Board.
A board chair is often seen as a facilitator of meetings when, in reality, the Chairman of the board has way more responsibilities. In this role, the Chair of the Board of Directors stays focused on the organization’s best interests.
They also set the tone for effective corporate governance and leadership. Board Chairs collaborate with the CEO or Executive Director to shape the board’s culture and work. From their board seat, their role is to influence the board’s direction and priorities. The role is active, allowing board members to build upon their strengths while facilitating growth in favor of the organization.
Perhaps no outside promotion is required of him, but with no sports or media background it is difficult to see how he can influence the BOG or help with league growth.
The position of Chair of the Board of Governors has traditionally been focused on the business side of the league rather than the on field product. Previous chair's without a direct sports background include current Toronto Mayor John Tory and outgoing Chair Dale Lastman... his association with MLSE notwithstanding.
My point is that these are lawyers and business people. True, Dale Lastman does serve as a board member of MLSE but on the business side. Unlike the Commissioner position where Randy Ambrosie actually played in the league.