Council elections

The CMPA is governed by an elected council of 30 practising physicians representing 10 geographical areas across Canada. Once elected, councillors serve for a three year term. Each year approximately one-third of the positions on council are scheduled for nomination and election.

The CMPA Nominating Committee considers and selects nominees to recommend for election to the membership. All CMPA members have the opportunity to seek nomination and election to council on the basis of their province/territory of work (geographical area) and their type of practice*. Current members of council may also choose to seek nomination and re-election for an additional three year term. An annual Report of the Nominating Committee is prepared, outlining the recommended nominees to the CMPA membership. CMPA members may also propose additional nominee(s). If eligible nominations are received from the membership, online elections are held for any contested council positions. Nominees who are unopposed are acclaimed to their positions without the requirement for an election.

The council election process, including how candidates are nominated, is governed by Article 4 of the CMPA By-law.

Council positions scheduled for nomination and election in 2017

In 2017, 11 council positions are scheduled for nomination and election in the following Areas and Divisions*:

  • Area 1 (British Columbia and Yukon)
    1 position in Division B
  • Area 2 (Alberta)
    1 position in Division A and 1 position in Division A or B
  • Area 5 (Ontario)
    2 positions in Division A and 1 position in Division B
  • Area 6 (Québec)
    2 positions in Division A and 1 position in Division B
  • Area 8 (Nova Scotia)
    1 position in Division A or B
  • Area 9 (Prince Edward Island)
    1 position in Division A or B

As noted above, any member of the CMPA in an Area and Division in which the current term of the incumbent is ending may seek the nomination of the Nominating Committee or by CMPA members. Current members of council may also choose to seek nomination and re-election for an additional three year term.

*Divisions for the purpose of election of candidates to Council

To ensure the representation of the different specialties in the fields of medicine and surgery and of general practice, the Association’s By-law requires that individuals interested in seeking election to council be considered to practice in two Divisions, as follows:

  • Division A - Certification from CFPC, or CMQ (Specialists in Family Medicine), or physicians without CFPC or RCPSC certification
  • Division B - Specialist certification from RCPSC or CMQ, not including Specialists in Family Medicine

Candidate information guide

Members interested in seeking nomination and election to council are invited to review the Candidate Information Guide [PDF].

Candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee recently considered individuals, including current councillors seeking nomination and re-election, wishing to seek its endorsement. The Committee’s deliberations may continue into January 2017. As an outcome of the Nominating Committee’s deliberations, the 2017 Report of the Nominating Committee will be released by February 22, 2017, announcing the recommended slate of candidates for the 11 council positions scheduled for election.

Nominations from CMPA members

Following the February 22nd release of the 2017 Report of the Nominating Committee, interested members may also seek nomination from the CMPA membership. For CMPA members seeking nomination, it is expected they:

The following are core competencies for members of council:

  • strategic orientation
  • judgment
  • communication
  • business and financial acumen
  • governance knowledge
  • teamwork/collegiality
 

Members interested in seeking nomination are encouraged to review the Candidate Information Guide [PDF], and must submit the following documents by April 5, 2017:

Contact information

Members interested in seeking nomination are encouraged to contact Mrs. Cheryle Watson, Manager, Executive Services and Governance at 1-800-267-6522, extension 534, or at elections@cmpa.org.

Learn more about the council nomination and election process