Agility Association of Canada

Development Committee


Section: Committees

P&P v.1       

Created: June 2015

This Policy and Procedures document outlines the duties and responsibilities of the AAC Development Committee.

The Mandate of the Development Committee is:

The guidelines for this activity shall be the Letters Patent, the current by-Laws and the philosophy of the Agility Association of Canada (see below).

The Development Committee will play a pivotal role in helping the Board of Directors to define the future direction of the Agility Association of Canada

Composition of the Development Committee:

Ideally, the Development committee shall have 5-7 members, including the Chair, with membership evenly distributed along geographic lines (e.g. Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, West Coast). However, should a potential candidate possess a needed skill, geographical representation may be over-ridden. Under no circumstances, however, shall more than two members on the committee come from any one Region.

Interested parties must submit an application to be considered for a position on the Development Committee. Applications may be downloaded from the AAC website ( ) and submitted to the AAC Administrator, who will forward as needed.

The applications shall be reviewed by the BOD, and/or existing members of the Development Committee, and must be approved by the BOD. Current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible for a seat on the Development Committee.

To be Considered for the Development Committee, the Candidate Must:

In addition to the above, the successful candidate must demonstrate one or more of the following skills or activities (in no particular order):

The Committee shall elect its own chair, unless otherwise directed by the Board. The Chair shall be responsible for ensuring that the committee fulfills its stated function in a timely manner. The Chair shall have a tie-breaking vote only.

The Committee shall also have a Board Liaison, who will be kept up to date on committee discussions and activities, but will not have a vote. The Board Liaison shall be the current President of the Agility Association of Canada, and shall be responsible for communications to and from the Board of Directors.

The main method of communication amongst the Committee members shall be via an e-mail list dedicated to committee activities. Occasional teleconferences or other on-line meetings may take place, as needed. Committee business shall be conducted in English.

The duties and responsibilities of the Development Committee are as follows:

*The AAC Member Discussion Groups shall be dedicated list serves created and managed by the Development Committee. Membership in these groups shall be open to a wide range of interested parties, and they need not all be AAC members. The group membership should represent all the potential stakeholders; handlers at all levels, judges, clubs, trainers, friends of agility, and so on. Current members of the Board of Directors are eligible to participate in these discussion groups.

Members of the discussion groups would be asked specific questions and give the answer that fits their unique perspective. There is no set number of participants on these lists. The list population shall be refreshed regularly. Provisions must be made for continuity of information.

Terms of Service:

The term for members of this Standing Committee shall be two (2) years. At the inception of the Committee, approximately half the members will serve one year terms and half will serve two year terms. Each subsequent term shall be two years. A committee member may reapply at the end of their term. There shall be no limit to the number of terms a member may serve, provided that they remain an AAC member in good standing and that they continue to participate actively in committee activities.

Any committee member, including the Board Liaison, may be removed by the Board of Directors for cause, or by Consent Resolution of the committee members themselves.

Consent Resolution:  Should the majority of the committee feel that one (or more) of their number is acting against the stated purpose of the committee, or is behaving in a fashion inconsistent with the smooth functioning of the committee, and the committee is unable to resolve these conflicts internally, they may apply to the AAC Administrator for a Consent Resolution, which must be signed by at least 75%  of the committee members, and returned to the administrator, who shall then pass the matter to the Board of Directors for formal action.

From the Letters Patent (the basis for the incorporation of the Agility Association of Canada):

“ The Object of the Corporation are:

  1. To promote the sport of agility in Canada for all dogs regardless of pedigree.
  2. To assist individual members, clubs or associations in running AAC Sanctioned Agility Trials
  3. To encourage responsible dog ownership and sportsmanlike competition in agility
  4. To adopt and enforce AAC Official Rules and Regulations governing agility, where the clubs and associations staging such events desire to hold same under said Rules and Regulations.
  5. To hold judging seminars and/or tests, by which AAC judges are approved for judging titling Trials.
  6. To award individuals such titles as may be designated from time to time by the AAC, if the minimum standards have been met.
  7. To operate, manage and lease premises and/or facilities for AAC National Agility trials.
  8. To encourage the organisation of clubs/associations in localities where there are sufficient fanciers of agility.
  9. To maintain, under an appointment (sic) editor, who shall choose his/her staff, a quarterly publication call AAC Newsletter, which shall include a Secretary’s Page of AAC announcements and other such items as shall be of general and educational interest. Subscription shall be free to all AAC members.

From the AAC Rulebook:

1.1    Agility Association of Canada

“The Agility Association of Canada (AAC) was founded in 1988 for the promotion of uniform and safe standards for dog agility in Canada. These rules and regulations for agility were originally based on those established by the Kennel Club (Great Britain) and the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) to promote interna­tional agility standards. The AAC is committed to promoting inclusive, competitive agility at a local, regional, national, and international level, for all handlers and dogs, without regard for pedigree.

The Agility Association of Canada is a registered not-for-profit organization.  It is governed by an elected Board of Directors, with representation from all Regions of the country.

1.2    Philosophy

Agility is a challenge and a competition to be enjoyed by handler, dog and spectator. The main elements of the sport are good sportsmanship and fun for the dog and handler. Nothing may be included in agility that could endanger the safety of the dogs participating, the handlers or the spectators.”