Canadian Medical Association

How is the CMA president selected?

The CMA presidency is rotated alphabetically. Alberta members will present a nominee for confirmation at the CMA AGM/General Council meeting in August 2021 to become CMA president-elect. If Alberta’s choice is ratified, that person will become CMA president in 2022.

Alternatively, in accordance with the CMA’s Operating Rules and Procedures (CMA Bylaw 12.3.4), a candidate from Alberta may be nominated by any 50 CMA members; the nomination must be received by April 1, before the CMA’s General Council (to be held in mid-August in 2021). The AGM will be moving to a spring timeline starting in May 2022.

CMA members in Alberta will be invited to vote between Feb. 11 and 25, 2021.

The winning candidate will be announced on Feb. 26, 2021.

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Election timeline

Call for nominations: Oct. 29, 2020
Close of nominations: Nov. 26, 2020 (11:59 pm EST)
Campaign period begins: Nov. 27, 2020
Candidate teleconference meeting: Early-January
Candidate information available on Mid-Jan. 2021
Voting credentials sent/start of election period: Feb. 11, 2021*
Close of election: Feb. 25, 2021 (4:30 pm MST)
Results declared: Feb. 26, 2021
Deadline for other nominations (from 50 members): Apr. 1, 2021
Ratification by CMA AGM/General Council: Aug., 2021

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*An election period is only established when there are two or more candidates for CMA president-elect nominee. Voting for the president-elect is conducted electronically by preferential ranked choice ballot, which means that each voter is asked to rank the candidates in order of preference. In casting a vote, voters indicate their first preference by entering “1” in the box beside that person’s name, “2” beside their second choice and so on. The voter is not required to rank all candidates.

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