The process of forming a new TRx starts with an invitation from Team Rubicon Global. Global will begin by identifying kick ass Canadians who will work on the ground to help launch TR Canada. These Country Liaisons will sign a statement of commitment showing their interest in standing up a new TRx in their respective country.
TR Canada was officially invited to start the launch process in October 2015. Within a few months, a small team of volunteers – veterans and emergency management professionals – began working to set the conditions for the eventual launch of TR Canada.
- Invitation to Operate
- Recruitment of Field Partners
- Statement of Commitment
The Country Liaisons are responsible for a variety of tasks that will help get the new TRx off the ground and running. These tasks include everything from local planning, coordination with partners, and recruitment of volunteers, to deploying members on operations to gain experience with TR culture and knowledge of how TR operates.
TR Canada began recruiting its first members in early 2016. We participated in our first operation in March 2016, deploying with Team Rubicon UK to Nepal. Many new members joined TR Canada in response to the Fort McMurray wildfires. Operation Pay Dirt in Fort McMurray was the first TR operation in Canada, and TR Canada’s first joint-domestic operation with TR USA that brought together TR volunteers from across the global network.
In 2016, TR Canada deployed members on seven different joint operations across the globe.
- Begin Recruiting Members
- Start deploying qualified members on operations
- Begin building a TR Canada Board of Directors
- Start building the foundation for a future kick-ass organization
- License to Operate
Launching a national organization takes a lot of planning, and paperwork. At this point, a Launch Manager will steer the launch of the TRx forward until a full-time CEO can be hired, and will replace the Country Liaisons. In this stage the TRx is close to launching but might still be looking for funding. While it may look operational – with volunteers signed up and ready to deploy - there are still lots of pieces in the background that need to fall into place before official launch.
The volunteers of TR Canada have been working together, and with various other organizations, for several months, to ensure that TR Canada has everything it needs to run smoothly. If you would like to view the full list of administrative tasks related to launching a TRx check out the Team Rubicon Global – Becoming a TRx webpage.
Some of the critical tasks needed to launch a TRx include:
- Securing Charity Status
- Finding local funding
- Build operational capacity
- Build membership engagement
- Provisional Certification
Once all of the start-up tasks are completed, TR Canada can begin finalizing everything needed to begin carrying out domestic and international operations. TR Canada leadership – by this time a CEO will replace the Launch Manager and will have hired a small staff - can begin to build a robust domestic and international deployment capacity. Alongside operations, TR Canada can begin running regular non-deployment events, such as training exercises, and service projects.
- Expand domestic and international operational capacity
- Expand and refine membership engagement
- Final Certification