Canadian Medical Association

The CMA unites physicians who believe in a better future of health.

Our vision is a sustainable, accessible health system where patients are partners; communities where everyone has the chance to be healthy; and a new culture of medicine that elevates physician wellbeing and embraces equity and diversity.

Realizing that vision is the work of the CMA as well as the CMA Group of Companies (CMA Foundation and CMA Impact).

Together, we are leading change through:

  • Advocacy, knowledge generation and engagement
  • Support for physicians, including leadership development, wellness, and promotion of clinical excellence
  • Charitable giving and responsible investment

Learn more about our Impact 2040 strategy.

CMA Board of Directors

The board is responsible for managing the CMA’s affairs, which includes overseeing for-profit subsidiaries, strategic planning and risk management. The board meets regularly to provide direction to the senior management team.

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CMA Leadership

The CMA’s leadership teams set our strategic priorities — ensuring all policies, actions and activities advance our vision of a vibrant medical profession and a healthy population in Canada.

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CMA Governance

The CMA Governance structure includes CMA members, an Annual General Meeting, General Council, a Board of Directors and several committees.

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The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for members to connect on important and emerging association issues. 

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CMA Nominations

The CMA follows fair and transparent processes to nominate its board members and other CMA committee members.

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CMA Presidency

Every year, the CMA holds fair and transparent nominations and elections processes for the position of CMA president-elect.

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Member Health Policy Proposals

Accepted year-round, members can submit health policy proposals to help establish a new CMA policy or clarify CMA’s ongoing health advocacy.

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Corporate business proposals

Addressed yearly at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), members can submit corporate business proposals to enhance CMA governance, operations and bylaws up to 90 days before the AGM.

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The CMA is guided by, and committed to, the World Association Medical Editors guidelines The Relationship Between Journal Editors-in-Chief and Owners . This commitment was a cornerstone of the CMAJ Task Force led by Dr. Chris Simpson in 2016 which led to creation of the CMAJ Governance Council. These guidelines are imbedded in the CMAJ  Terms of Reference and referenced in the CMAJ GC  Governance Policy #3 on editorial independence disputes.  The CMAJ Editor-in-Chief has the right to raise editorial independence disputes (i) to the CMAJ GC or (ii) for exceptional matters, as the Editor-in-Chief may determine, directly to the CMA Board of Directors. 

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