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The Canadian Committee (CC) is composed of six members, with at least one member residing in each of the following three regions:
Additionally, no more than three members will be allowed from any one of the above regions.
If a CC member is unable to complete his/her term due to resignation, death, incapacitation, or removal, the remainder of his/her term will be filled by a replacement selected in this order until the position is filled:
2009: Since Tony Leah (Ontario) and Randall Thomas (Western Canada) were the only two candidates, they both won by acclamation. Tony was an incumbent. Randall, in effect, replaced John Aitken (Western Canada) who chose not to run.
2010: John Robertson (Ontario) and Jeff Parsons (Quebec/Atlantic) were reelected. They both finished ahead of Carl Madden (Ontario) in the voting.
2011: David Boys (Quebec/Atlantic) chose not to run for reelection. Three candidates chose to run: incumbent Siri Tillekeratne (Western Canada) and two Ontarians (Lisa Kessler and Carl Madden). Since the CC's rules prevent any region from having more than three members, and there were already two sitting CC members from Ontario, Siri was automatically reelected by acclamation. Thus the election became a two-person race for the one vacant CC seat. Lisa finished ahead of Carl in the voting.
2012: Both Tony Leah (Ontario) and Randall Thomas (Western Canada) chose not to run for reelection. Four candidates ran for the two vacancies: Sary Karanofsky (Quebec/Atlantic), Mad Palazzo (Ontario), Juraj Pivovarov (Western Canada), and Andy Saunders (Ontario). Mad got the most votes, followed by Andy, Sary, and Juraj in that order. Since there were already two Ontario members on the CC, Mad's election gave Ontario its maximum three members. Therefore Andy could not be elected despite accruing the second-highest vote total. Third-place finisher Sary was thus elected.
2013: Jeff Parsons (Quebec/Atlantic) chose not to run for reelection. Incumbent John Robertson (Ontario) ran for reelection. Bernard Gotlieb (Quebec/Atlantic) also ran. As the only two candidates, John and Bernard were elected by acclamation.
2014: Incumbents Siri Tillekeratne (Western Canada/Territories) and Lisa Kessler (Ontario) both chose to run for re-election. Andy Saunders (Ontario) also chose to run. Since Western Canada/Territories requires at least one member, and Siri was the only member from that region, he won by acclamation. This left the election as a two-person race between Lisa and Andy. Andy won the election and replaced Lisa on the CC as of January 1, 2015.
2015: Incumbent Mad Palazzo chose to run as did Joshua Sokol. They were the only two candidates who registered for the election process, thus Mad and Joshua won the election by acclamation. Joshua, in effect, replaced Sary Karanofsky who chose not to run for re-election.
2016: Incumbents Bernard Gotlieb and John Robertson both chose to run for re-election and were unopposed. Thus both Bernard and John won by acclamation.
2017: Incumbent Siri Tillekeratne (Western Canada/Territories) chose to run as did Jason Broersma (Ontario). They were the only two candidates who registered for the election process, thus Siri and Jason won by acclamation. Jason, in effect, replaced Andy Saunders, who chose not to run.
We invite your input to determine the best possible way of making the CC a responsible and accountable body representing the interests of all Canadian Scrabble players. We strongly encourage all Canadian NASPA members to participate in the annual CC electoral process. Discussion can be posted to the Canadian Committee yahoo groups site by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.