Canadian Medical Association

How we govern our association is key to realizing our vision of a vibrant medical profession and a healthy population − as set out in our 2020 strategic plan. We need to be able to communicate effectively with our members, mobilize action on priority issues and partner with organizations that share our vision.

The CMA maintains democratic, transparent governance processes designed to:

  • Support physicians, our mission of empowering and caring for patients, and our vision
  • Unite and inspire physicians on health issues and causes that matter
  • Promote and encourage courageous and influential dialogue and advocacy
  • Support more direct communication and engagement with members

Bylaws

Visit our bylaws page for more information about our governance structure and general legislation.

Elections and nominations

Visit our elections and nominations page to learn more about our guidelines and processes.
 

Board of Directors meetings

See highlights from past CMA Board of Directors meetings:


How CMA governance is structured

Our governance structure includes CMA members, Annual General Meeting, General Council, a Board of Directors and several committees. Provincial and territorial medical associations, affiliates and associates also play a significant role in how we’re governed.

CMA standing and policy committees

We’ve formed several committees to support our governance and overall activities:

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

CMA governance updates

In 2018, the Governance Committee recommended a number of changes to our governance and consultation model to better support the implementation of the 2020 strategic plan. Resolutions passed at the 151st CMA Annual General Meeting in August 2018 include:

A smaller Board of Directors

There will be 19* seats on the CMA Board of Directors. That includes one seat for a non-physician, one for each province and territory, one for students and one for residents, a president, president-elect, immediate past-president and chair.

A smaller Board of Directors is consistent with governance best practices and will help CMA leadership more effectively advance the association’s mission and vision.

*The reduction in Board size will be achieved through attrition by summer 2020.

More engagement opportunities for members

We’re revising our consultation model to engage thousands of members instead of hundreds and support broader member input on CMA policy development and other initiatives.

Our community engagement platform empowers physicians from coast to coast to coast to work together and collectively advocate on health issues. Our community of interest grant program offers funding to support these grassroots communities.

We also introduced CMA member proposals, which enable members or stakeholder organizations to propose or adapt CMA policies. A physician peer group reviews policy proposals and makes recommendations to the Board. For corporate matters, members may propose business and bylaw changes that relate to the functioning of the CMA (to be submitted 90 days prior to the AGM).