Council Leadership Election Process

Council leaders serve a 2- or 3-year tenure, depending on the policies of that council:

  • For councils with a 2-year process, an elected leader first serves as a vice-chair for a year, then moves into the chair role the following year.
  • For councils with a 3-year process, an elected leader serves as the vice-chair-elect for one year, then moves into the vice-chair role for a year, and then moves into the chair role for one year.

Therefore, barring any vacancies, the annual election process that takes place each fall serves to fill the first position: the vice-chair (2-year process) or vice-chair-elect (3-year process).


All participants in the council may provide as many nominations as they wish to fill leadership roles on that council. A nominee must work for a company that is: a) an AgGateway member and b) a member of that council. Once nominations are made, the AgGateway secretary checks with nominees to ensure their willingness to serve. Those who confirm are added to the ballot.


Ballots are directed to AgGateway’s primary contact at each eligible voting company. The election takes place in the fall of each year. New leadership is announced each year at the Annual Meeting in November. One-year terms begin in the new calendar year, and run January-December.


When there are vacancies in the chair, vice-chair or vice-chair-elect positions during the year, a special election is held within that council to fill that position.

Each council has created position descriptions that describe the requirements, expectations and benefits of being in leadership. Find these descriptions on the wiki, here.