Echo Lacombe Association Terms of Reference


To improve the quality of life within Lacombe by fostering a collaborative environment focused on cultivating innovation, nurturing a business friendly culture, promoting sustainable growth and creating a safe, inclusive, vibrant and healthy community.


  • To encourage a spirit of collaboration and active participation within the community.
  • To support, promote and lead innovative practices and ventures within the community of Lacombe.

Desired Outcomes:

  • A growing and sustainable economy
  • An engaging cultural scene
  • A place of emotional, physical and environmental wellness
  • A connected community
  • Strong leadership
  • Social Enterprise
  • Community pride

Scope of Work:

To achieve these objectives, the ECHO Lacombe Association board will undertake the following activities:

  • Create and adhere to an annual operating budget.
  • Solicit and adjudicate proposals for the ECHO Lacombe fund.
  • Establish, oversee and approve work of subcommittees.
  • Build a strategic plan which will be reviewed and updated yearly.
  • Promote ECHO Lacombe vision within the community.


Goals will be reviewed and determined on an annual basis and will be supported by a plan of action that includes measurable goals.

Classification of Members:

  • Anchor Members of which:
    • Three total members
    • Full members with voting privileges
    • Must pay an annual fee beginning in 2016
  • Community members of which::
    • Five to seven total members
    • Two must be from the business community
    • One must be from a non-profit society
    • One must be from the public at large
  • Anchor Members are appointed by the three Institutions that formed the Association.
  • The terms of the public Board members shall be staggered so that a minimum of 25% of the members are appointed or elected each year.
  • Board members may serve on the Board for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms.


  • Board will meet monthly and/or on an as needed basis.
  • The majority of the committee shall represent quorum.
  • The order of business is to be set out in an agenda package to be provided to the Committee members in advance of the meeting date.
  • Everyone has a vote, including the chair.
  • If the votes are equal for and against, the motion is defeated.

Member Profile:

  • Commitment to volunteerism
  • Sincere desire to grow a well-rounded community
  • Good networking skills
  • Inspired by innovation
  • Must be one of the following:
    • Resident
    • Business Owner
    • Employee working for a business within the City of Lacombe

Annual Funding:

The board is to receive the following minimum funding amounts from its anchor members on an annual basis:

  • City of Lacombe – $12,000.00
  • Burman University – $2,500.00
  • Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce – $2,500.00

An annual budget shall be prepared and any new funding requested from funding partners by October 1 for the following calendar year.

Reporting to City Council:

The board will provide a status report to City Council annually.