Management Update from the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)

From Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)


Dear CPPN members, allies, and community-based partners/stakeholders,

As valued partners of the Canadian response to HIV and HIV co-infections, we would like to provide you with some important updates in follow-up to our communiqué, dated May 19, 2017. Specifically, we reported then that:

  • Our collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) was progressing well toward a five-year funding agreement for the CPPN.
  • The CPPN Board of Directors adopted a co-chair model of governance.
  • Deborah Norris (Alberta) joined the Board and its Executive Committee as Secretary.
  • Chad Clarke (Ontario) joined the Board and its Executive Committee as Community Engagement Officer.
  • Rene Boucher joined the Board as its representative for Indigenous/Aboriginal people.
  • Jeff Potts would serve the CPPN in a more formalized Executive Director role until September 30, 2017.

We are excited to share that our efforts to secure a five-year funding agreement with PHAC were successful: over five years, the CPPN will receive up to $900,000 from the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund.  We are grateful for this support and look forward to working with you to build a future for the CPPN.   We are working, now, on a detailed and thorough analysis of results from our recent “Establishing Priorities” electronic consultation, and we are confident that the feedback and advice that many of you provided will help shape that future.

We remain committed to respecting and meeting the needs and expectations of current and prospective members of the CPPN from coast-to-coast-to-coast, building on individual and collective strengths as a people’s network.  We will continue to engage CPPN members and with people living with HIV and HIV co-infections and their communities from across Canada.

While we hoped to bring members together for a national, face-to-face symposium and for our annual meeting (to coincide with this year’s CATIE Forum), a lower-than-expected response to our recent availability poll suggests that the CPPN’s leadership team needs to consider alternatives, including the possibility of engaging members through a series of regional workshops.  We are exploring our options now; we will connect with you again as soon as possible to check-in on our next steps.

Finally, the extension we granted Jeff as our Executive Director expired several days ago.  The Board of Directors discussed the CPPN’s near-term plans and priorities at length.  We agree that it will be very important to engage in an open and transparent process to recruit our longer-term Executive Director.  We also recognize and value Jeff’s work over the last 18 months, particularly the role he played to secure the CPPN’s funding.  The Board agrees that continuity and consistent capacity will be critical to successfully implementing the CPPN’s funding agreement and work plan, and to realizing our collective efforts to develop and implement the CPPN’s first “Five-Year Interventions Action Plan”.

Hence, at its September 22, 2017 meeting, the CPPN’s Board of Directors (unanimously) made these resolutions:

Jeff Potts’ role as the CPPN’s Executive Director is confirmed (and extended) until March 31, 2018; and By November 30, 2017, the Board of Directors strike a recruitment committee and implement a process through which the CPPN’s Executive Director is officially appointed (a contract is awarded) by April 1, 2018.

Incidentally, Jeff is contracted as an independent management consultant for his role as the CPPN’s Executive Director and his time and service is and will be compensated according to the terms and conditions outlined in the CPPN’s Contribution Agreement with PHAC.

As always, your feedback is welcomed and encouraged.  Specifically… if you have questions and/or concerns or objections related to Jeff’s extension as the CPPN’s Executive Director, please feel free to express yourself, in strict confidence, by sending an email to: [email protected].

Thank you.  We look forward to our ongoing collaboration and, as always, stand with you in solidarity.

Sincerely, on behalf of the CPPN’s Board of Directors,
Tracey Conway and Christian Hui, Co-Chairs


(received October 5, 2017)