Registered as a private international school under the Education Ordinance of Hong Kong, Canadian International School of Hong Kong (”CDNIS”) is also registered as a non-profit organization with the Inland Revenue Department of Hong Kong. CDNIS has a two-tier corporate structure comprising the Council of Members and the Board of Governors. The Council of Members, consisting of the founders of CDNIS and past governors, is in charge of CDNIS’s Articles of Association and final financial accounts. Whereas the Board of Governors, consisting of parents, alumni, and experienced professionals is elected by the Council of Members based on their credentials and is responsible to formulate and guide CDNIS’s strategic direction and also to ensure proper operations by embedding into practice various policies and guidelines for systematic review. Given that CDNIS is a registered non-profit organization, all Members and Governors are volunteers for CDNIS and receive no compensation nor benefits for their efforts during their tenure with CDNIS.
Fiduciary responsibility rests with the Board of Governors as they are responsible for the overall stewardship of the school, including establishing the school’s direction and priorities and overseeing its financial and administrative functions. Under the Education Ordinance of Hong Kong, the Chair of the Board of Governors is the registered Supervisor of CDNIS, and each of the three Vice Chairs of the Board of Governors is the registered Manager of CDNIS. The Board of Governors works closely with the Head of School and the senior administrators to ensure the overall success of the school. The day-to-day running of the school is the responsibility of the Head of School and the Senior Administration Team.
The Board meets regularly throughout the year; normally twice each term. In addition, the standing committees with specific mandates will meet more frequently from two to five times a year.
As guiding principles, the Board has adopted the NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Boards and for Individual Governors. These principles provide common views on the responsibilities of private independent school boards as well as those of the individual trustees.