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Election of IPS Board Members 2019

From: Martin George, Chair, Elections Committee

The nomination period for IPS members who will stand for IPS board membership in the upcoming elections has now closed. A sufficient number of candidates have been nominated from each continental zone. Thank you to all candidates for accepting nominations!

Soon, you will see a set of candidate statements and photographs linked from the front page of the IPS website, and circulated in the IPS Newsletter. Voting will be electronic, here on the IPS website. The voting period will begin on October 1 and will end on December 1.

Please note that IPS members from each zone will vote for candidates only in that continental zone. All members will be notified when the voting period is about to begin.



The board is to consist of the officers (elected as usual, every two years) and up to three board members from each of the following six geographic zones:

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  • Africa
  • North America
  • Latin America (including South America, Central America, and the Caribbean)
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Oceania

Russia has agreed to be part of Europe for this purpose, and future suggestions for inclusion of certain countries within specific continental zones will be determined by the council or board as the needs arise.

The number of board members from each zone is determined by the number of current IPS members:

  • one for zones with fewer than 50
  • two for zones with between 50 and 499
  • three for zones with 500 or more


  • In regions covered by an affiliate, the affiliate makes nominations for board members.
  • In regions not covered by an affiliate, individual members may make nominations directly for people within their continental zone.

Duties of board members

  • Active involvement in IPS issues;
  • Maintaining contact with other board members, the IPS officers, affiliates, and IPS members within their continental zones;
  • Representing, at board level, IPS members and affiliates within their continental zones, by canvassing them  to gather comments and suggestions about IPS issues;
  • Promoting IPS within their continental zones; and
  • Where reasonable, attending affiliate meetings within their continental zones either personally or electronically (i.e. via Skype).

When is this happening?

All board members will be elected in 2019. Regions with two members will have a 3-year and a 2-year term (based on the number of votes). Regions with one member will be randomly assigned a 2 or 3 year term. This will ensure that future elections will be staggered so that not all board members end their terms at the same time.

When voting begins in October, all IPS members will vote within their own continental zones. The top people with the highest number of votes will be elected: first, second, and third, depending on the number of board members within that zone.

Instructions on how to vote will be announced at the time of the election.

The new board structure will take effect with the first seating of the board, which will be in Edmonton at the 2020 IPS Conference. 

Please contact Martin George at with any additional questions about the process. 

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