2019 Call for Applications: Director-at-Large

The 2019 Call for Applications for Director-at-Large position has closed

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)’s Board of Directors has one vacancy for a Director-at-Large position.

Help us maintain diverse representation with a balance of skills, experience, and geographic diversity on our Board of 11 Directors.

The Nominating Committee welcomes all applicants. CFPC members interested in a leadership position are encouraged to apply or encourage a colleague to apply.

One nominee or multiple nominees, as applicable, will be shared with members. Members will then elect one Director-at-Large.

The CFPC’s Board of Directors is a multi-talented group of individuals who are expected to collectively possess the following skills and proficiencies:

  1. Knowledge of the CFPC
  2. Experience with boards and governance
  3. Experience in financials
  4. Experience in strategic planning
  5. Knowledge in risk management
  6. Understanding of legal matters
  7. Knowledge of not-for-profit organizations
  8. Familiarity with systems thinking
  9. Experience in government relations
  10. Experience in patient and health care advocacy
  11. Aptitude for stakeholder engagement
  12. Comprehension of ethics and conflict of interest
  13. Possession of political acumen and understanding of public affairs
  14. Experience in communications

In addition, we are seeking the following attributes for the 2019 election. Please note that these are in alphabetical order. We are looking for family physicians who represent some or all of the following attributes and practice scenarios:

  • Hold a Certificate(s) of Added Competence and have a focused practice
  • Are Community-based
  • Are in their first five years of practice, or have been in practice less than 20 years
  • Are Indigenous
  • Are practising in Atlantic Canada or the Territories
  • Are in a rural area
  • Are a visible minority

Applicants are not expected to possess all of these attributes. We welcome all interested applicants.

How can you apply for the 2019 Board Director-at-Large position?

What can you expect during the application process?

Details of the Board’s list of nominees for the 2019 election.

What is the nomination and election process, as outlined in the CFPC Bylaws?

How can you apply for the 2019 Board Director position?

If you are interested in applying for the Director-at-Large position on the CFPC Board of Directors, please provide the Nominating Committee with the following information by March 31st:

  1. Review the CFPC Board Director Code of Conduct. You will be asked to confirm that if elected, you will sign and adhere to this.
  2. Review the CFPC Conflict of Interest Policy: Disclosure of potential, perceived, or real Conflicts of Interest among CFPC Members involved in (or wishing to be involved in) College leadership activities. You will be asked to complete the disclosure form as part of the application.
  3. Complete the online application form. (View the application before entering the online form.)
  4. Submit your resumé to Sarah Scott, Director of Governance and Strategic Planning, at [email protected].
  5. Ask two individuals who know you well and who are CFPC members to act as your references. The most useful submission is a personal letter that relates to the questions in the Board Director application. Please ask for the letters be to be submitted to Sarah Scott, Director of Governance and Strategic Planning, at [email protected].

What can be expected during the application process?

As an applicant you can expect feedback from Sarah Scott regarding the status of your application. The Nominating Committee will review the applications, score them, and develop a short list of applicants to interview. Interviews will be conducted by video conference on Tuesday May 28, 2019.

The Nominating Committee will make a recommendation to the Board. The Board will confirm the nominees.

Applicants will be informed by July 1st of whether they are being nominated for member consideration in the 2019 election.

It’s important to note this rigorous process is meant to assist the Nominating Committee in getting to know those who are interested in Board positions and enable the Committee to develop the best list of nominees possible.

Nominees must be available to participate in video conferences during which CFPC members can ask any questions prior to voting. These video conferences are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday October 2nd from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Monday October 7th from 12:00 to1:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Tuesday October 8th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Additional information:
Expectations of Board Directors
Recruiting great nominees
Composition of the Board of Directors
Application process
2019 Key Dates

Questions? Please contact Sarah Scott at [email protected].

The Board approved the following five recommendations from the Nominating Committee:

That the members of the CFPC be invited to elect:

  1. Dr. Catherine Cervin of Sudbury, Ontario as a Director holding the office of President-Elect for a one-year term from October 31, 2019, to November 5, 2020
  2. Dr. Brady Bouchard of Battleford, Saskatchewan as a Director holding the office of Secretary-Treasurer for a one-year term from October 31, 2019, to November 5, 2020
  3. Dr. Marie Giroux of Sherbrooke, Quebec as Director-at-Large for a three-year term beginning October 31, 2019, until the time of the 2022 Annual Meeting of Members.
  4. Dr. Christie Newton of Port Moody, British Columbia as Director-at-Large for a three -year term beginning October 31, 2019, until the time of the 2022 Annual Meeting of Members.
    (Details of the 2019 nominees above)

  5. That the Nominating Committee will recommend one nominee, or multiple nominees, as applicable, for one three-year term Director-at-Large position. The Board will approve the nominee(s) to be shared with members for election. If there is more than one nominee, the nominee receiving the most votes will be elected.

2019 Director-at-Large nominees

Information about the Board and Nominating Committee’s nominees for the Director-at-Large vacancy will be shared with members by August 26, 2019. Comparable information will be provided to inform your vote!

Introducing the Board candidates and nominees for 2019–2020

Board Composition 2019

The CFPC Board is comprised of 11 Directors. We are eager to establish further continuity and ensure strong corporate memory after some significant governance changes. In 2015 we transitioned from 40 Directors to a smaller, skills-based Board of 11 Directors. We also introduced an open call for applications for Director positions to our election process. Additional Director orientation has been introduced. In 2018 we had three Directors resign unexpectedly due to personal reasons. The Board appointed new Directors for the unexpired terms, pursuant to the Canada Not–for–Profit Corporations Act (132(6)).

The current Board of Directors are collectively strong in addressing the required skills-matrix. They offer a strong diversity in terms of gender, geography, community of practice, and career cycle. The anticipated gap areas are highlighted in the 2019 Call for Applications.

At the time of the 2019 Annual Meeting of Members (AMM):

  • The four Directors holding Officer positions will all complete their one-year term.
    • Our Past–President, Dr. Guillaume Charbonneau, will step down.
    • Our current President, Dr. Paul Sawchuk, will be acclaimed as a Director holding the office of Past–President.
    • Our current President–Elect, Dr. Shirley Schipper, will be acclaimed as a Director holding the office of President.
    • Members will be asked to elect our current Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Catherine Cervin, as a Director holding the office of President–Elect. Catherine has extensive academic and administrative leadership. Learn more about Dr. Cervin’s nomination here.
    • Members will be asked to elect our current Director-at-Large, Dr. Brady Bouchard, as a Director holding the office of Secretary-Treasurer. Brady was elected in 2017 for a 3─year Director-at-Large term. Learn more about Dr. Bouchard’s nomination here.
  • Among the 7 Directors-at-Large, three changes will occur.

What is the nomination and election process, as outlined in the CFPC Bylaws?

Details about the Election of Directors are in section 5 of the bylaws. Pursuant to section 1.32 of the bylaws and section 152 of the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, the Directors approved the following changes to the bylaws, effective December 18, 2018, and to be confirmed with or without changes at the next Annual Meeting of Members (AMM), on October 31, 2019. The bylaw amendments will cease to have effect if they are rejected by the members at the AMM.

  • Updating sections 5.2 and 5.3 to confirm that the Nominating Committee shall review applications and propose one nominee, or multiple nominees, as applicable, for Board approval. Additional amendments support this change and fortify the power of the Board to determine the list of nominees, pursuant with the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.
  • Rationale for the amendment: Based on requests from some members for choice in electing CFPC’s leaders, the Board introduced a pilot project in 2018. The two-year pilot was communicated with members and proposed one nominee or more nominees per vacancy (rather than one nominee as outlined in the bylaws). Some concern was expressed by members about the pilot project not complying with the bylaws. The Board therefore discontinued the pilot and amended the bylaws, effective December 18, 2018. The Board is committed to providing choice, where appropriate.


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