Canadian Medical Association

Nominations for CMA leadership positions

The CMA is committed to bringing in passionate leaders who are ready to make a difference, and has exciting and fulfilling opportunities to join the CMA Board of Directors and committees. This page will help you understand more about how the CMA’s governance structures operate to determine if you may wish to apply.

About the CMA and its leadership

The CMA Group of Companies – CMA, CMA Impact and CMA Foundation – unites the medical profession at the national level. Guided by our Impact 2040 strategy, our focus is on creating strong and accessible health systems, fostering well-being and diversity in medical culture, and ensuring every person in Canada has equal opportunity to be healthy. To learn more, read our most recent annual report.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

As reflected in its Policy on Equity and Diversity in Medicine, the CMA is committed to equity and diversity, reconciliation and a robust processes for inclusion. It is important that the CMA has a board of directors and committees that reflect 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.

CMA Board of Directors

The CMA is a membership organization governed by a board of directors responsible for managing the CMA’s affairs, including overseeing for-profit subsidiaries, strategic planning and risk management.

The board is made up of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, chair, a member from each province and territory with at least 40 CMA members, a medical student, a medical resident and a non-physician.

Terms for provincial/territorial directors are three years, renewable once; these directors generally serve two three-year terms. Terms for the medical student and medical resident directors are one year, renewable twice.

CMA committees

The CMA has several committees to support its governance and overall activities. All committees include board directors who are appointed by the board. Certain committees also include members-at-large who are ratified by General Council at the CMA’s Annual General Meeting and/or experts appointed by the board.

All committee terms are for three years, renewable once (except the medical student and medical resident positions, which are for one year, renewable twice).

Current CMA committees:

  • Appointments Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Committee on Ethics
  • Governance Committee
  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee
  • Nominations Committee

Role expectations

The CMA has established policies and procedures that ensure transparency around role expectations and facilitate meeting participation for board and committee members across Canada.

Code of conduct – CMA board and committee members are required to sign and abide by the board/committee Code of Conduct and Organizational Expectations, which sets out requirements around conflicts of interest, confidentiality, communications and fiduciary duties (if applicable).

Format and frequency of meetings – The CMA board has at least five full-day meetings per year and additional meetings are scheduled as necessary. Board meetings are currently being held virtually. Certain meetings will move to a hybrid model when public health guidelines permit; board members will have the option of participating in these meetings virtually or in person.

CMA committees have at least two full-day meetings per year, and additional meetings are scheduled as necessary. Committee meetings are held virtually.

Compensation – Board directors, committee members and the Francophone spokesperson (who speaks on behalf of the CMA in French; typically, the board director from Quebec) receive an honorarium for preparation time and meeting attendance time. Chairs of certain committees receive an annual retainer in lieu of preparation time. If applicable, the CMA also provides an honorarium for travel time and reimbursement for travel expenses.

Nominations process

Every year, the CMA holds a nominations process to fill vacant positions on the board of directors and certain committees. This process is organized through the Nominations Committee, which welcomes:

  • expressions of interest, including self-nomination where the candidate can confirm membership in a medical organization; and
  • nominations from multiple sources, including provincial and territorial medical associations, affiliates (e.g., Resident Doctors of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students) and other medical organizations such as the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities.

The Nominations Committee collaborates closely with stakeholder organizations to secure strong and balanced leadership candidates for the CMA and enhance diversity among its director and committee positions. The Nominations Committee brings the slate of candidates to General Council for ratification at the CMA’s Annual General Meeting.

The call for interest in CMA's leadership vacancies for 2023 will open in November 2022.


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