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By-Election Notice to CPSO Members in District 9

A by-election will be held from Tuesday, January 18 to Tuesday February 8, 2022 to elect one (1) Council representative to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Under the CPSO General By-Law, a by-election shall be held to fill the vacancy in District 9 left by Dr. Andrew Turner, who was acclaimed earlier this year and recently resigned for personal reasons.

District 9:  Territorial districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay (view the District Map.)

Members in District 9 who are interested in being a candidate in the election are invited to complete and submit a nomination package no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to run, you must either:

  • primarily practise in District 9; or
  • reside in District 9 (for those who no longer practice but are still registered members of CPSO).

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

  • exhibit a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion to help 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 the public

CPSO has made a commitment to examine how we, as an organization, can better fulfill our mandate through bringing equity, diversity and inclusion to our processes and policies. CPSO is seeking nominations from physicians who can bring a broad range of skills and perspectives to Council’s work.

Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in Section 13 of our General By-Laws.

Here are the important dates you need to know:

  • December 14, 2021 — Nomination packages must be received by 4 p.m.
  • January 18, 2022 — Online voting polls open at 7 a.m.
  • February 8, 2022 — Online voting polls close at 4 p.m.

Next Steps

  1. Complete an orientation prior to submitting your nomination package. Please email [email protected] to access the orientation materials.
  2. Prepare and submit your nomination package, which includes:
    • A completed nomination form;
    • A current resume;
    • A nomination statement that briefly explains why you are running for election and highlights what skills and diversity attributes you would bring to Council (no more than 300 words);
    • A signed conflict of interest form;
    • A current headshot (1024x1024 pixels)

    Completed nomination packages may be submitted to [email protected] or through our website by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. 

  3. Familiarize yourself with CPSO’s By-Laws, and Declaration of Adherence.

For more information about the District 9 By-Election, please email [email protected].


“Why run for election to Council?  It is an exciting time to be involved in medical regulation in Ontario, that’s why!  The College has been modernizing its structures and governance over the past several years and this work continues, pushed forward even more by the COVID pandemic.  Being a member of Council provides you with an opportunity to have input into policy changes, licensing issues and other processes that affect the way medicine is practised in this province.

I have found the discussions of these issues to be both interesting and challenging.  My goal at Council is to regulate the profession in a way that optimizes the care of Ontarians while respecting the realities and challenges that doctors face every day. Come join me in that journey!”

Dr. Judith Plante, President


Council Member Skills and Competencies

CPSO seeks physicians who can bring a broad range of skills and perspectives to the Council’s work. To ensure that the Council can successfully execute its strategic objectives, Council members are expected to have a number of skills, attributes and behavioural competencies which are outlined below.

Diversity Attributes

  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Indigenous
  • Gender
  • LGBTQ2S+
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Practice Setting
  • Practice Specialty

Technical Skills

  • Financial Literacy
  • Governance
  • Knowledge of Anti-racism and Anti-oppression
  • Legal and Fiduciary Knowledge
  • Technological Proficiency
  • French
  • Health Systems Knowledge
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Policy Development

Behavioural Competencies

  • Continuous Learning
  • Creativity
  • Effective Communication
  • Planning & Initiative
  • Relationship Building
  • Results Oriented
  • Stakeholder Focused
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Teamwork

Additional Information

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].