In 1976, under the authority of section 3(c) of the Lotteries Act, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador entered into an agreement (the Unanimous Shareholders Agreement) with the other three Atlantic Provinces to establish the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (ALC). The purpose of the ALC is to provide safe and responsible products for those Atlantic Canadians who choose to participate in lottery games. All profits earned by the ALC are returned to its shareholders and used to support the funding of essential services and infrastructure. The ALC shareholders are as follows:
Each of the Atlantic Provinces owns one (1) of the four (4) common shares of ALC. Under the Unanimous Shareholder Agreement, each of the Atlantic Provinces has appointed ALC as its agent: Nova Scotia has appointed ALC as its agent to operate lotteries in Nova Scotia while New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island have each appointed ALC as its agent to manage, conduct and operate lottery schemes on behalf of each Province.
The ALC Board of Directors determines the strategic direction and corporate policies, oversees business operations, and approves the annual business plan, operating and capital budgets. Assisted by the Audit Committee, the Board oversees the management of Atlantic Lottery’s internal controls and financial systems. Overall duties and responsibilities of the Board include:
Pursuant to the General By-Laws, each Shareholder is entitled to appoint up to three Directors, two of which are to be Independent Directors and only one of which shall be a Non-Independent Director. An Independent Director is a Director that is not:
A Non-Independent Director is one who is not an Independent Director.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Non-Independent Director is appointed as the Deputy Minister (or their delegate) of the Department of Finance. The two Independent Director appointments are therefore subject to this independent appointments process.
The Board appoints an independent Chair to hold office for a term as determined by the Board. The Chair of the Board cannot be a current member of the Board nor an officer of the Corporation. The Chair of the Board is a non-voting member and cannot be a current member of the Board nor an officer of the Corporation.
The elected officers of the Corporation include a Vice-Chair and Secretary and such other officers that the Board of Directors may determine by By-Law. The Board of Directors will appoint the Vice-Chair and Secretary at the first Directors’ Meeting following the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting at the AGM and they will hold office for one year.
The Board of Directors should collectively possess the following competencies to support its responsibility for stewardship of the ALC:
The following attributes are assets to serving on the ALC Board of Directors:
Meetings of the Board may be held at such time and place as may be determined by the Directors.
Board meetings can be held within the jurisdiction of any Shareholder and are typically a maximum of one day in length. Board books are emailed to members one week prior to each meeting.
Each Director is appointed for a three year term. Appointments are made at the annual general meeting of the Corporation. Directors hold office until the third annual meeting of the Corporation following the date of such appointment. The annual general meeting is typically held in June and its location rotates between the jurisdictions of the Shareholders.
The Directors appointed by each Shareholder will serve staggered terms and to give effect to such staggered terms, the term of each Director appointed by the Shareholder will commence as follows:
Thereafter, except where a Director is appointed to fill a vacancy, Directors will be appointed for three year terms.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is responsible for appointing three of the 12 members to the ALC Board of Directors. There is currently one vacancy. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess a combination of competencies described above, with a particular focus on knowledge and experience in digital marketing.
Consideration will also be given to diversity, inclusion and a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.