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Council Elections

Have you heard? Council Elections have been moved to the spring, beginning in 2020!

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This change will enable elected members to receive proper orientation before their term begins at the Annual General Meeting of Council in December.

The following areas will be part of the 2020 CPSO Council elections:

District Number Areas Number of Positions
  • County of Simcoe
  • District Municipality of Muskoka
  • Regional Municipalities of Durham, Peel and York
  • City of Toronto

To be eligible to run, you must either:

  • primarily practise in District 5 or 10; or
  • reside in District 5 or 10 (for those who no longer practice)

In addition to your passion for making a positive difference in how the medical profession is regulated, we are looking for individuals who:

  • have governance experience that can help to shape the future of medical regulation
  • demonstrate leadership skills and a solid understanding of the health care system
  • are committed to acting solely in the best interest of CPSO, consistent with its mandate to act in the public interest

Here are the important dates you need to know:

  • April 21, 2020: Applications must be received by 4 p.m.
  • May 19, 2020: Online voting polls open at 7 a.m.
  • June 9, 2020: Online voting polls close at 4 p.m.

If you think you might like to run in the elections, follow these four steps:

  1. Familiarize yourself with CPSO’s:
  2. Attend an upcoming CPSO Meeting of Council as an observer (just let us know you are coming, and we can arrange to have a Council member speak with you about their experience so far.)
  3. Chat with a member of the Governance and Policy team  at CPSO to learn more.
  4. Prepare and submit your application which includes:
    • A current resume
    • A nomination statement outlining governance experience, leadership skills and knowledge of the health system
    • Completed candidate profile and nomination form
    • Signed conflict of interest form
    • A current headshot

The Council

The Council of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is responsible for governing the affairs of CPSO in fulfilling its duty to serve and protect the public interest.

When making decisions, the Council recognizes its obligation to reflect the values and expectations of society in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities which include:

  • setting and monitoring the strategic direction of CPSO;
  • establishing governing policies which, at the broadest levels, address: definition of executive authority, governance process, the relationship between Council and staff, and Council communication;
  • approving statements of principles and positions related to CPSO policy;
  • discharging its statutory functions and fiduciary responsibilities in the public interest;
  • appointing the Registrar, monitoring and evaluating the Registrar’s performance; and
  • ensuring the Council’s goals for CPSO are met.

The Council of CPSO will:

  • govern in a manner that guides and inspires through thoughtful, balanced policies, which reflect CPSO’s vision, mission and values;
  • govern with integrity in a moral, ethical and transparent manner;
  • govern in a manner that protects the public interest and is in keeping with the best principles of self-governance;
  • govern with a strategic perspective that understands the long term and systemic impacts of policies developed and decisions made;
  • respect the roles assigned within CPSO’s structure;
  • empower staff to implement policies developed by Council;
  • ensure high standards by providing orientation to new Council members and assisting them in developing the skills and knowledge needed to govern effectively;
  • ensure CPSO’s mandate is fulfilled through regular goal setting and monitoring;
  • evaluate the collective and individual performance of the Council and Council members on an annual basis, identifying strengths and developmental needs;
  • ensure that no officer, Council member, Committee of Council, or CPSO staff member interferes with or hinders the fulfillment of CPSO’s mandate;
  • ensuring appropriate resources are available to achieve CPSO’s mandate; and
  • monitoring the performance of CPSO.