About council elections
The primary purpose of Council is to foster, through sound governance, the long-term success of the Association consistent with its Strategic Plan and responsibilities to the members. It is the Association’s objective to achieve a Council that reflects a balance of family physicians and specialists, a range of medical specialties, appropriate diversity including but not limited to gender, ethnicity and race, and geographical balance within provinces.
Each year, approximately one-third of the positions on the CMPA Council are scheduled for nomination and election. All CMPA members have the opportunity to seek nomination and election to council on the basis of their province/territory of work and their type of practice*. Councillors serve a three-year term. Current members of council may also choose to seek nomination and re-election for an additional three year term. To fulfill the role of councillor, a member must follow the Terms of reference for CMPA council and councillors [PDF].
The council is composed of member physicians from 10 geographical areas across Canada (British Columbia and Yukon; Alberta; Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; Manitoba; Ontario; Québec; New Brunswick; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; and Newfoundland and Labrador).
*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
The number of Division A and Division B council representatives has been specified by geographical area; in some instances a council position within a geographical area may be Division A or B.
Candidates are nominated in two ways:
- by the Nominating Committee
- by members-at-large in their geographical area
Candidates proposed by the Nominating Committee
Following deliberations on interested nominees, which may include current councillors, the Nominating Committee identifies and recommends to membership, through its annual Report of the Nominating Committee, names of candidates who will ensure that the governance of the Association is of the highest calibre and reflects the Association's membership. The criteria for nomination include:
- Nominees must be a current CMPA member who will actively and convincingly support the work of the Association.
- Nominees must meet the requirements of being a councillor as outlined in the Terms of Reference for council and councillors [PDF] and, on an annual basis, must sign the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Guidelines [PDF].
- Nominees should be members who enjoy the respect of their peers.
Nominations from CMPA members
In addition to nominees proposed through the Report of the Nominating Committee, any CMPA member in an area and division in which there is a council position scheduled for nomination and election may be nominated as a candidate provided:
- The nomination is accompanied by the names and signatures of 10 supporting members who reside in the same geographical area as the member they are nominating.
- The member's practice is located in the geographical area of the council position that is being contested.
- The member's type of practice* (Division A or B) is appropriate to the position.
In considering a member nomination, interested and supporting members are asked to consider how the member’s experience in the following areas may contribute to the governance of the CMPA:
- Medical, clinical and safe medical care experience
- Leadership in the medical profession
- Influence beyond the medical community
- Medical education or research experience
- Governance, business or legal experience
- Financial or investment literacy
As well, the following are identified as core competencies for a CMPA Councillor:
- Strategic orientation
- Business and financial acumen
- Governance knowledge
If eligible nominations are received from the membership, online elections are held for any contested council positions. Based on the geographical area of the election, members vote within a specified time period. The election results are announced during the CMPA Annual Meeting of Members. Nominees who are unopposed are acclaimed to their positions without the requirement for an election.