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CMA elected positions

The CMA is seeking nominations for five elected positions. Nomination deadline is February 23. 

The CMA is seeking nominations for the following five elected positions. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. 

Speaker*

Duties of the Speaker include:
  • shall preside at all meetings of General Council and enforce due observance of the bylaws and the rules of order according to Chapter 10 of the CMA Bylaws
  • shall, in consultation with the Chair of the Board of Directors, decide upon the relative order of all business to be presented to General Council
  • shall have the authority to establish a Resolutions Committee
  • shall remain in office for a 3-year term, and may hold office for a maximum of 2 consecutive terms, until the conclusion of General Council or until such time as his or her successor is appointed
  • if the office of the Speaker should become vacant, the Deputy Speaker shall assume the position.

*Current incumbent(s) eligible for a second term.

 

Deputy-Speaker*

Duties of the Deputy Speaker include:

  • shall, when requested or when the Speaker is absent, deputize for the Speaker and assume all rights, duties and responsibilities of the Speaker
  • shall remain in office for a 3-year term, and may hold office for a maximum of 2 consecutive terms, until the conclusion of General Council or until such time as his or her successor is appointed
  • if the office of the Deputy Speaker should become vacant, the Board of Directors shall appoint any member

*Current incumbent(s) eligible for a second term.

 

Committee on Ethics (Atlantic Member)*

The Committee on Ethics:

  • shall elaborate, interpret and recommend amendments to the Code of Ethics
  • shall address problems related to ethics referred to the association
  • shall advise the association on matters pertaining to ethical issues that arise from scientific and technological progress in the health sciences and ethical issues of interest or concern to the medical profession
  • shall advise the association on ethical issues related to its core strategies and priorities
  • shall maintain the confidentiality of documents and where appropriate, committee deliberations

Term: 3-years, renewable once (with the exception of the student and resident members who serve a 1-year).

Meetings: At least two meetings per year, and teleconferences as required.

*Current incumbent(s) eligible for a second term.

Governance Committee Member-at-large*

The purpose of the Governance Committee is to advise and make recommendations to the Board of Directors and General Council with respect to all aspects of the governance of the association (excluding nominations and appointments).

With a view to maximizing the effectiveness of the Board of Directors and General Council, the Governance Committee will:

  • make recommendations to the Board of Directors for the continued development of the association’s approach to governance issues and for assessing the effectiveness of General Council, the Board as a whole and of committees of the Board and General Council
  • periodically review and make recommendations with respect to the Bylaws and Operating Rules and Procedures
  • make recommendations on Board assessment practices and, subject to Board approval, implement agreed upon practices.
  • make recommendations on terms of reference to the Board of Directors for bodies appointed by the Board.

The Governance Committee shall have such other authority and shall perform such other duties as are incidental or ancillary to the duties set out in these terms of reference and as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.

Membership:

  • at least 3 and no more than 5 members of the Board of directors and 2 members of General Council
  • the Chair of the Board and the Chair of the Appointments Committee
  • the Chair is to be selected by the committee from among its members.

Term: up to 3-years, renewable once, or by virtue of their position.
Meetings: The Committee will meet twice per year and hold teleconferences as necessary.
*Current incumbent(s) eligible for a second term.

Audit and Finance Committee Member-at-large*

The Audit and Finance Committee shall be responsible for overall financial management of the Association, including financial risk management, annual budget overview and the internal audit function. The committee shall be responsible for overseeing the integrity and credibility of the Association’s audited financial statements. The committee shall also be responsible for liaison with the Association’s external auditor and overseeing the audit (15.1.2 in the CMA Bylaws).

Within the scope of its mandate, the committee shall:

  • Review all financial information, and assess the financial implications of significant Association programs and projects, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Review issues (i.e. stipends, significant unbudgeted financial items, requests for capital from CMAH 2014, and the investment policy for reserves) as necessary.
  • Review the budget for the ensuing year and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on the budget. Monitor that the Association operates within the approved budget.
  • Monitor the management of financial risks that could impact the finances, operations and fiscal reputation of the Association.
  • Meet with the Association’s external auditor to review and approve the annual audit plan, process and results of the audit. Assess the performance of the external auditor, and ensure there is open communication between the external auditors, management, and the Board.
  • Advise the Board and make recommendations with respect to and the administration of the CMA pension plan.
  • Review the annual audited financial statements of other specific Association programs or activities as delegated by the Board (e.g. the CMA Pension Plan).
Membership:
  • Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee (appointed by the Board of Directors from within the Board’s membership)
  • 4 CMA Board Directors
  • 1 individual with accounting or financial management expertise, who may or may not be a member of the Association
  • 2 members elected by General Council
  • Chair of the Board of Directors
Expectations:

Committee members should be financially literate. Each committee member is required to review financial statements and have sufficient knowledge and understanding to make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Term: Appointed for a term of up to 3-years, renewable once. Board Chair sits for the duration of their term of office.
Meetings: Will normally meet quarterly in advance of Board meetings (in person or by teleconference).
*Current incumbent(s) eligible for a second term.


How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a one-page bio to The bios received for all elected nominations are compiled into a booklet distributed electronically to delegates at General Council in August. In order to facilitate delegates’ review of the nominees and to keep the booklet within a reasonable length, the CMA asks that bios be no more than one page in length and provided in Microsoft (MS) Word format. Please note that bios exceeding this limit will be shortened to one page. All of the above positions are for three-year terms (renewable once) beginning in August 2018.

CMA Governance Review

The CMA is conducting extensive consultations with its stakeholders on some proposed Governance structure changes. Recommendations are expected in 2018 for implementation in 2019. As such, there may be a need to adjust the terms of some incumbents at that time. As part of the General Council review, some roles such as Speaker and Deputy Speaker could also significantly change as GC transitions into a proposed Health Summit.

Contact:
Sonia Abi-Ajab
Executive Assistant
902-481-4900
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4900
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