Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has special responsibilities and authorities above all committees. The mandate of the Executive Committee is to facilitate decision making  between Council of Commissioners’ meetings, to make efficient the day-to-day  functioning of the EMSB, and to provide leadership for the EMSB.  The powers of the Executive Committee are those specifically delegated to it by the Council of Commissioners in By-Law No. 10 (Delegation of Powers).

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Advisory Committee on Special Education Services

The mandate of the Advisory Committee on Special Education Services (ACSES) is to:

  • Advise the Board on norms for the organization of educational services to handicapped students and students with social maladjustments or learning disabilities and the allocation of financial resources to the services intended for those students.
  • The committee may also advise the Board on the implementation of an individualized education plan for a handicapped student or a student with social maladjustments or learning disabilities.

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Audit Committee

The Audit Committee serves as a working and consultative committee whose purpose is to assist the commissioners in seeing to the establishment of internal control mechanisms, the optimal use of the School Board’s resources and to act on behalf of Council in overseeing all material aspects of financial reporting, internal controls, the Internal Audit function and the audit of the annual financial statements.

The mandate of the committee is to:

  • Review the annual External Auditors’ “Report to the Audit Committee”
  • Review the summarized annual Financial Statements prior to publication
  • Review the internal control observations made by the external auditor
  • Follow up on the internal control observations
  • Review the Internal Audit Department’s Report of non-compliance areas
  • Review the Internal Audit Department’s Report on the audit plan
  • Make recommendations for external auditing services
  • Review the External Auditors’ audit plan
  • Perform additional tasks as may be delegated to the Committee by the Council of Commissioners.
EMSB Parents Committee

The EMSB Parents Committee (EMSBPC) designates parents who will take part in the various committees established by the school board such as: Education, Finance, Transportation, Educational Policies, and Adult Education & Vocational Services Advisory Committee. The EMSBPC gives advice on subjects conducive to the most efficient operation of the school board. They inform the school board of the needs of parents and they give recommendations to the school board on matters such as: school closures, Deeds of Establishment, school calendar, dedication of a school to a special project, policy on Financial Contributions from Parents or Students. The EMSBPC also elects representatives to the English Parents' Committee Association (EPCA). The EMSBPC elects four parent commissioners (one for the elementary level, one for the secondary level, one at large and one from the Advisory Committee on Special Education Services) to represent them at the Council of Commissioners.

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Governance and Ethics Committee

The governance and ethics committee assists the commissioners, if necessary, in selecting persons whose competence and qualifications are considered to be useful for the administration of the Board for the purposes of co-optation under paragraph 3 of Section 143 of the Education Act and in developing and updating the code of ethics and professional conduct provided for in Section 175.1.

 The committee makes recommendations to Council on the following:

  • Development of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Changes, corrections or clarifications to be made to the Code of Ethics
  • Appointment of the person responsible for applying the Code of Ethics
  • Remuneration to be paid to the person responsible for applying the Code of Ethics
  • Report on matters related to the Code of Ethics as required by the Education Act or as mandated by Council
  • Promote the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and its principles at Council level
Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee shall, among other things, assist the commissioners in developing an expertise and experience profile and selection criteria for persons to be appointed by the school board.

The mandate of the committee is:

  • To receive an annual action plan from the Human Resources directorate for the review of Human Resources related policies. The Human Resources Committee shall receive such policy amendments and creations as proposed by Administration.  The Human Resources Committee shall recommend to Council retained policy proposals presented by Administration and may also propose to Council policy creations.
  • To participate in planning and priority setting with respect to orientations for the allocation of Human Resources and to make appropriate recommendations in the context of the Board’s Strategic Plan (e.g. review of norms and ratios); and Partnership Agreement.
  • To discuss and be kept informed of:
    • procedures relating to the recognition, assistance and on-going training of all personnel;
    • procedures of evaluation of all personnel;
    • health and safety matters emanating from the Board Health and Safety Parity Committee;
    • proposed staffing plans of the Director General and Director of Human Resources prior to their presentation to the Council of Commissioners;
    • employee negotiations affecting all categories of personnel at the provincial and local levels and make recommendations to Council;
    • information from the QESBA Labour Relations Advisory Committee (LRAC);
The English Montreal Student Advisory Committee

The English Montreal Student Advisory Committee or EMSAC for short, is a consultative body of students for the English Montreal School Board. Student leaders from across the EMSB meet every month to develop their leadership skills and have their voices heard within the halls of education, where decisions are made that affect the youth in our schools. There are 24 student members of EMSAC, two students from each high school in our network of schools. In addition, the youth-sector Regional Directors, two vice-principals and a teacher advise and mentor our students. EMSAC meetings are reported to the Council of Commissioners where their discussions and decisions become a matter of public record.  

Transportation & Safety Advisory Committee

The transportation advisory committee's mandate is to:

  • Provide its opinion on the planning, coordination, financing and administration of student transportation.
  • Provide its opinion on the student transportation organization plan of the board and on the terms and conditions for the granting of contracts for the transportation of students, before the board adopts that plan or sets the terms and conditions for granting those contracts.
  • Provide its opinion on the criteria and the terms and conditions for using a service referred to in section 298 of the Education Act (chapter I-13.3), before the board establishes those criteria or sets the terms and conditions for using that service.
  • Provide its opinion on the use of all or a part of the amount of a subsidy granted for student transportation that may be used for other purposes.