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2020 Council Election Results: Districts 5 and 10

District 5

Counties of Simcoe, District Municipality of Muskoka, Regional Municipalities of Durham, Peel and York: 2 positions

  • Dr. Kashif Pirzada was elected
  • Dr. Anne Walsh was elected

District 10

City of Toronto: 4 positions

  • Dr. Glen Bandiera was elected
  • Dr. Camille Lemieux was elected
  • Dr. Deborah Robertson was elected
  • Dr. Patrick Safieh was re-elected

Congratulations to all the elected and re-elected Council members and thank you to all the candidates who ran in the 2020 Council elections!

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 in 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;
  • ensure appropriate resources are available to achieve CPSO’s mandate; and
  • monitor the performance of CPSO.

About Council

The Council is the governing body of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). It is responsible for setting strategic direction, developing policies and providing oversight of CPSO’s performance.

The Regulated Health Professions Act stipulates that the Council consist of at least 32 and no more than 34 members. Council is composed of 16 elected physicians, 3 academic physician representatives and 13-15 members of the public appointed by government.

Elected physician members serve a term of three years, up to a maximum of nine years.

The key behaviours and competencies of Council members are:

Continuous Learning – Involves taking actions to improve personal capability, and includes the ability to quickly understand and apply information, concepts and strategies. Demonstrates an interest in continuous personal learning.

Creativity – Is generating new solutions, developing creative approaches, and implementing new approaches that lead to improved performance. It requires the ability to anticipate and lead change that contributes to organizational success.

Effective Communication – Is willing and able to see things from another person’s perspective. Demonstrates the ability for accurate insight into other people’s/group’s behaviours and motivations, and responds appropriately. It is the ability to accurately listen, understand and respond effectively with individuals and groups.

Planning & Initiative – Recognizes and acts upon present opportunities or addresses problems. Displays effective use of time management skills. Is able to plan and organize workflow and meetings in an efficient manner to address the opportunity or problem.

Relationship Building – Is working to build or maintain ethical relationships or networks of contacts with people who are important in achieving Council-related goals and the College mission.

Results Oriented – Makes specific changes in own work methods or systems to improve performance beyond agreed standards (i.e., does something faster, at lower cost, more efficiently; improves quality; stakeholder satisfaction; revenues, etc.).

Stakeholder Focused – Desires to help or serve others, meeting the organization’s goals and objectives. It means focusing one’s efforts on building relationships, and discovering and meeting the stakeholders’ needs. Partnerships between internal colleagues within the College are essential to meet external stakeholders’ needs.

Strategic Thinking – Understands the implications of decisions and strives to improve organizational performance. It requires an awareness of organizational issues, processes and outcomes as they impact key stakeholders and the organization’s strategic direction.

Teamwork – Demonstrates cooperation within and beyond the Council or College. Is actively involved and “rolls up sleeves.” Supports group decisions, even when different from one’s own stated point of view. Is a “good team player”, does their share of work. Compromises and applies rules flexibly ,and adapts tactics to situations or to others’ response. Can accept set-backs and change own immediate behaviour or approach to suit the situation. Is candid about opinions and raises justified concerns.