CFI Canada has branches and paid staffers in several cities and they’ve had quite a bit of media attention as the result of a couple ad campaigns, but the organization looks like it’s in chaos right now.
The former National Director Justin Trottier was fired by the Board of Directors months ago. His replacement Derek Pert resigned last week because he felt he wasn’t getting the support (PDF) from the board that he needed. The group is hemorrhaging money and donors are fleeing.
Larry Moran has a far more detailed summary (with links).
I don’t know much about the Board of Directors even though I’m a CFI Canada Advisory Fellow. This could be because I haven’t been paying attention but I don’t think I’m entirely to blame for the lack of information; for example, if you check out the CFI website you’ll see that it’s hopelessly out-of-date. There’s nothing on the website to indicate that the organization is in (possibly fatal) turmoil.
A meeting with the Board of Directors has been scheduled for December 11, 2011. I don’t know where this meeting is going to be held and I don’t know who can attend. This is typical of CFI Canada. Nobody ever knows what’s going on.
If, as I suspect, this is an open meeting, then it’s a good time to challenge the current directors and try to get some new directors who can fix the problems at CFI Canada. Otherwise, I fear it is doomed to death by suicide.
I don’t have all the details here, but I would urge anyone in Canada who cares about the organization and who believes it needs to be salvaged to take an active role in getting to the bottom of what’s going on and attempt to steer the ship straight.
No matter what drama is going on behind the scenes, it’d be a shame to see such a large skeptical organization slip away because a handful of people can’t get their act together.