The CMPA is governed by an elected council of 30 practising physicians representing 10 geographical areas across Canada. Each year elections are held for positions on council. The council meets quarterly to foster the long-term success of the Association.
The council members for 2012-2013 are listed here.
Responsibilities of council and councillors
In accordance with the CMPA's Act of Incorporation and By-law, the council is responsible for overseeing how the business of the Association is conducted and to direct management, to whom the council delegates the responsibilities for the day-to-day conduct of business. Article 4 of the by-law outlines the requirements of the council.
The terms of reference for council and councillors sets out the way in which the council organizes and conducts itself to fulfill its responsibilities, and describes the responsibilities of councillors.
Responsibilities of the president and vice-presidents
As specified in Article 5 of the CMPA By-law, the council elects the president and one or more vice-presidents. The president provides leadership in guiding the council and coordinating its activities, and may or may not be its chair. Two vice-presidents assist the president, and have powers and duties that the president may delegate or the council may prescribe.
The president and vice-presidents are elected annually through secret ballot by the council, using an elimination voting method. The president may serve for a maximum of two years; there is no limit on the tenure for vice-presidents.
The mandate, duties, and responsibilities of the president and vice-presidents are provided in the terms of reference for the president and vice-presidents.
The Executive Committee meets monthly and acts on the council's behalf between meetings of council. Much of the council's work is carried out through committees.
Responsible governance practices
The CMPA Council is committed to responsible governance practices. Read more here.