This notice of election informs College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (College) full registrants that two Board of Director (Board) positions are available in 2023.
As part of this notice, information is included about the role of the College and the Board, the election process and timing.
Who makes up the College Board of Directors?
Six elected registrants and three government-appointed public representatives are voting Board Members. Two student representatives from the Physical Therapy program, University of British Columbia attend Board meetings as non-voting members.
What is the time commitment?
The term of office is three years*.
The Board meets at least four times per year. Preparation is required in advance of each meeting. Up to four hours (estimated) of reading materials may be required for each meeting. Board members are expected to attend other relevant events such as planning workshops, governance training and other regulatory education sessions and conferences.
Where are the meetings held?
In-person meetings are generally held in Vancouver. Recent meetings have been held virtually.
What is the role of the Board?
The Board has a variety of roles. Ultimately, the Board ensures that the mandate, duties, and objects of the College are fulfilled. The Board is responsible for overseeing the performance of the Registrar who is their only employee.
More specific Board duties include:
- Determining the College’s strategic direction;
- Financial stewardship;
- Appointing a Registrar responsible for advising the Board on the College activities, administering the statute, and implementing the goals as established by the Board;
- Appointing a Deputy Registrar(s) as recommended by the Registrar;
- Reviewing the College’s programs to ensure relevance, efficiency, and compliance with the mandate;
- Complying with the responsibilities of the Board as outlined in the Health Professions Act (HPA), including to govern, control and administer College affairs following the HPA, regulations and bylaws;
- Committing to good governance and learning to support the same;
- Supporting policy objectives including but not limited to Cultural Safety and Humility, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion;
- Appointing statutory committee members; and,
- Conducting a regular evaluation of Board performance and acting on results.
The Board works collaboratively with the Registrar/CEO to achieve the strategic goals of the College as well as other organizations who share a mutual interest.
What should registrants understand about governance?
Understanding the role of the College is critical to a Board Member’s personal and professional fulfillment. Role and governance are very different than that of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) or other member-driven associations and that difference is important to understand. The College exists for the public, not to advance professional interests. The Board is not representative of those who elect the Board members, they act to serve the public.
All incoming Board members are required to attend governance education specific to the Health Professions Act and regulatory affairs. Candidates interested in advocating for the profession should consider opportunities with the professional association or special interest groups.
Board core competencies
The Board provides a list of core competencies.
Each Board Member is personally responsible for:
- Ensuring the College meets its mandate to serve and protect the public;
- Upholding the Board principles and governance policies;
- Attending all Board meetings or giving adequate notice when attendance is not possible;
- Being an active member, providing input on all Board matters;
- Attending CPTBC events such as learning activities or town hall meetings;
- Notifying the Chair of any real, perceived, or potential conflict of interest;
- Maintaining confidentiality of College matters; and,
- Notifying the Chair if there is any reason to be removed as a Board Member.
The nomination and election processes are set out in the College Bylaws. The key steps are:
- Any full registrant may nominate up to two (2) registrants for each vacant position using the form found here: Nominations Form;
- Each candidate up for election must consent to the nomination using the form found here: Consent to Nominations;
- Scan and email forms to: email@example.com;
- Nominations must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 17, 2023;
- Candidates will be asked to provide a photo and a brief statement outlining background and interest in running for election. The Registrar reviews the statements in advance of posting to ensure nominees have a clear understanding of the role of the College;
- Voting is held using a digital platform;
- Voting will open on April 14, 2023, and close on May 19, 2023;
- Candidates who receive the most votes will be elected;
- Newly elected Board members must take and sign or affirm an oath of office prescribed by the Minister of Health.
Newly elected Board members commence office at the first meeting of the Board that follows the election. In 2023 this meeting will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2023.
For more information, contact Dianne Millette, Registrar, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Regulatory changes, including the implementation of new legislation and amalgamation of Colleges, are expected in the near future. These changes will impact the College including the Board of Directors although the exact timing of these changes is not known. In 2023, the election of Board members will continue in accordance with the existing College bylaws.