Canadian Medical Association

Job of the CMA president

At any given time, the CMA has: (i) a president who acts as the spokesperson for the association, (ii) a president-elect who serves as a back-up to the president and will act as president the following year, and (iii) a past president who supports the president and president-elect.  Each of these individuals also serves as a director on the CMA Board of Directors.

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How the CMA president-elect is selected

The CMA presidency is rotated alphabetically among the provinces and territories (excluding Nunavut). Each year, the CMA issues a call for expressions of interest for the president-elect position in the respective province or territory. Members in that province or territory then elect a final CMA president-elect nominee to be presented for approval by General Council (GC) delegates at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Some GC delegates are appointed by virtue of their position (e.g., the chair and members of the CMA Board of Directors, the speaker and deputy speaker, the president of each division, and some past officers). Provincial/territorial and affiliate society delegates are members appointed by their respective provincial/territorial medical association or affiliate society to vote in CMA elections. See section 10.2.1 of the bylaws for a complete list. If the president-elect nominee is approved by GC delegates, they become CMA president in the subsequent association year.

Current election timeline

Starting in 2024, the CMA AGM moved from August to May. Accordingly, the CMA president-elect election in Newfoundland and Labrador will take place in late November 2024 so that it is concluded at least five months before the AGM in May 2025, in compliance with the CMA bylaws (sections 12.3.4 and 12.4.1) and operating rules and procedures (section 14.1). 

Below is the timeline of all steps in the process:

Call for interest opens: June 19, 2024
Application deadline: Sept. 9, 2024
Eligibility and background checks: By Oct. 1, 2024
Information session for all confirmed candidates: Oct. 24, 2024
Candidate information (photo, bio, message of intention and public-facing professional social media handles) posted on By Nov. 1, 2024
“Meet the candidates” session for members: Nov. 13, 2024
Election period: Nov. 20 to Dec. 4, 2024
Election results declared: By Dec. 6, 2024
Approval by CMA General Council: May 31, 2025

Determine if you are eligible

To be eligible to be presented as a candidate for election as CMA president-elect, individuals must:

  • be a  member of the medical profession (required under Bylaw 12.2.1);
  • reside in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • be a member in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (required under Bylaw 12.3.4);
  • have been a CMA member for five consecutive years preceding their nomination (required under Bylaw 12.2.2);
  • in May 2025, not be a voting director or sitting president of a provincial/territorial medical association or affiliate society (required under Bylaw 12.2.1 and Operating Rules and Procedures 12.4);
  • be at least 18 years of age (required under Bylaw 12.2.2);
  • not have been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country (required under Bylaw 12.2.2); 
  • not have been found guilty of an indictable criminal offence for which they have not been pardoned (required under Bylaw 12.2.2);
  • not have the status of bankrupt (required under Bylaw 12.2.2). 

Since the president-elect also serves as a director on the CMA Board of Directors, all applicants are subject to the CMA Group of Companies Leadership Code of Conduct (“the Code”). If you would like to review a copy of the Code, please email [email protected].  Additionally, the CMA conducts background checks of all applicants via a third party (criminal record, credit check, and open source intelligence scan, including public-facing, professional social media accounts).

The position of CMA president-elect may be of interest to individuals who:

  • are currently practicing medicine in the respective province or territory;
  • demonstrate interest in the organization of medical care and medical practice;
  • possess experience with the physician/community/government interface; 
  • are skilled in communications and relationship building; and,
  • are recognized as leaders by their peers.

Candidates should be willing to devote the necessary amount of time to this role, specifically:

  • three consecutive association years (i.e., spanning from one AGM to the next) on the CMA Board of Directors:
    • president-elect from May 2025 to May 2026
    • president from May 2026 to May 2027 and
    • past president from May 2027 to May 2028
  • three orientation sessions in June 2025;
  • effectively a full-time commitment as president and a 40% full-time equivalent during the president-elect and immediate past president terms; and
  • 15 days fulfilling responsibilities as the Nominations Committee Chair by virtue of their office as past president in the third year of their term.

Commitment to equity and diversity

As reflected in its Policy on Equity and Diversity in Medicine, the CMA is committed to equity, diversity, reconciliation and inclusion. It is important that the CMA leadership reflects the diversity of the medical profession and the communities it serves to ensure a wide range of experiences, perspectives, attributes, and skills to develop better solutions, drive innovation and creativity, and enhance decision-making at the CMA. Applicants are invited to voluntarily self-identify with respect to their diversity attributes and lived experience.

Submit your application form

Click here to complete the online form. It should take you approximately one hour to complete. You are not required to complete it in one sitting.

You will need to provide the following: 

  • details about your eligibility and contact information
  • answers to questions regarding your competencies vis-à-vis the role and your achievements in supporting underrepresented perspectives
  • optional answers to self-identification questions with respect to various diversity attributes (including age, gender identity, sexual identity, ethnicity/race, Indigeneity and disability)
  • message of intention demonstrating how your vision aligns with the CMA’s strategy, Impact 2040, and outlining your experience as a leader, communicator and relationship builder (500 words or fewer)
  • your public-facing, professional social media handles, if any 
  • biographical statement of 300 words or fewer (view a sample
  • head and shoulders photo (minimum 600x600 pixels, JPEG or PNG format)

Submit the application form by the deadline: Sept. 9, 2024.

If you have any questions or require accommodation throughout the application process, please contact [email protected].

Please note: Each confirmed candidate’s photo, message of intention, public-facing, professional social media handles and biography will be made available on exactly as they are submitted to the CMA, subject only to correction of typographical errors in the text. The CMA has factored accessibility formatting requirements into the nomination timeline and therefore cannot accommodate changes to materials after the deadline.

Information session for all confirmed candidates

Confirmed candidates who submit an application by the deadline will be contacted by the CMA in October 2024 to participate in an all-candidates information session with the immediate CMA past-president and staff prior to the election in late November 2024. The meeting will cover topics such as the role of the CMA president-elect, the CMA’s strategic direction and the elections process and guidelines.

Election process

  • Confirmed candidates may begin campaigning once they receive confirmation that the eligibility and background checks have been completed. They are asked to abide by the Campaign Guidelines.
  • An invitation to vote is emailed to all CMA members in the respective province or territory.
  • An election period is established when there are two or more candidates. In the event of a sole candidate, CMA members in the candidate’s province or territory must vote to affirm them before the candidate becomes the president-elect nominee.
  • Voting is conducted electronically by preferential ranked choice ballot, which means that each voter is asked to rank the candidates in order of preference. 
  • The voter is not required to rank all candidates.
  • Voting takes place via a third-party secure voting site.
  • When the voting closes, ballots are tabulated by the third-party election provider to ensure accuracy and compliance with accepted electoral processes. 
  • The results of the election are declared shortly thereafter.
  • After the president-elect nominee is identified, there is a third-party audit of the elections within 15 business days of the election.

Presidential rotation

Newfoundland and Labrador

Election: Fall 2024
President term: 2026–27

Northwest Territories

Election: Fall 2025
President term: 2027–28

Nova Scotia

Election: Fall 2026
President term: 2028–29


Election: Fall 2027
President term: 2029–30

Prince Edward Island

Election: Fall 2028
President term: 2030–31


Election: Fall 2029
President term: 2031–32


Election: Fall 2030
President term: 2032–33

Yukon Territory

Election: Fall 2031
President term: 2033–34

Alberta Election: Fall 2032
President term: 2034-35
British Columbia Election: Fall 2033
President term: 2035-36
Manitoba Election: Fall 2034
President term: 2036-37

New Brunswick

Election: Fall 2035
President term: 2037–38

Should you require additional information, please contact [email protected].

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