Competency & Attribute Framework

Competency & Attribute Framework

Good governance is the foundation for effective regulation and public trust. CDO’s Board of Directors collectively possess a range of competencies and attributes which enable evidence-informed decision-making in the public interest.

The Competency and Attribute Framework identifies the knowledge, skills, experience and individual qualities for board directors and is used to screen applicants for election eligibility.

For the 2024 election, applicants will only be screened against the core competencies and attributes. The core competencies and attributes are critical in ensuring that board members have a clear understanding of CDO’s public protection mandate, are able to effectively participate in CDO work, can assess and evaluate information and can work collaboratively with colleagues and staff.

Competencies: things that you bring
  • Knowledge: things that you understand (theoretical or practical)
  • Skills: things that you can do
  • Experience: things that you have done
Attributes: things that you are
  • Core: all Council members must have
  • Preferred: ideally all Council members have, but not a requirement, can be learned
  • Specific and general: a select number of Council members should have


Technology Familiar with and comfortable using technology for College work. Able to work effectively in a remote/hybrid environment.
Public Interest/Public Service Experience protecting and acting in the public interest. Understanding and passion for the CDO’s mandate.
Evidence-Based Decision-Making Able to find, critically assess, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate information.
Able to practice independent and objective decision-making in a timely manner.
Strategic Able to think strategically and further the mandate of the CDO by adapting to changing situations, responding to issues, planning, and evaluating progress.
Understands the difference between strategic and operational decisions.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Able to evaluate complex issues to reach solutions and considers whether there is a better, or more efficient option.
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Awareness of structures of power and how they contribute to inequality.
Understanding of how implicit, explicit, and structural biases influence regulation.
Prioritize creating equitable and inclusive environments and contributes to an atmosphere of belonging.
Able to apply EDI-B knowledge to deliberations and decision-making.
Leadership The skill and ability to lead others to solve problems, adapt and manage change, innovate, and achieve results.
The ability to lead in an inclusive manner that engages and respects diverse stakeholders and partnerships.
Risk Management/Oversight Able to take a proactive, continuous, and systemic approach to identifying, understanding, and communicating risks from an integrated oversight perspective.
Board/Governance/Fiduciary Experience providing stewardship of an organization by ensuring its financial and organizational well-being and that it achieves its mandate and strategic goals.
Understanding of the distinction between the role of the board and the role of management/staff.
Knowledgeable about the principles of good governance and the roles and responsibilities of board members.
Health Systems Understanding of how health care is delivered in Ontario.
Experience working directly with or for the Ministry of Health and/or health agencies, such as Ontario Health.
Financial/Accounting Knowledge and experience in auditing, accounting, or financial management.
A strong understanding of investments, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and financial statements.
May have accounting credentials (e.g. CPA).
Legal Expertise Formal legal training and experience (e.g. paralegal, LLB, LLM)
Rural practice experience Experience working with clients in rural or remote areas. Knowledgeable about unique needs and challenges of the demographic.
Cross-Cultural Practice Experience Experience working with diverse teams and marginalized or vulnerable groups.
French Fluency Able to fully participate in College work in French.
Change Management Experience providing leadership and support for strategic organizational change.
Able to identify opportunities for change and innovation.
Able to engage diverse partners and stakeholders in potential change.


Collaborative Prepared to listen to and work towards consensus in partnership with others. Understanding the importance of building strong working relationships within the Council and staff, members, and systems partners.
Committed Available to perform the College’s work and play an active role on Council. Includes providing timely responses to CDO communications, and adequately preparing for and attending meetings for Council and committees.
Self-Aware Able to understand and manage emotions, especially when faced with conflict and confrontation.
Have a clear understanding of personal strengths and areas for growth.
Able to recognize biases and potential conflicts of interest and understand the consequences of each.
Committed to continuous development and improvement to support governance and regulatory excellence.
Open to reflection, feedback, and opportunities to learn, relearn, and unlearn.
Effective communicator Able to convey information and express opinions clearly and succinctly in a way that is receptive and responsive to the audience.
Identifies as Female  
Identifies as Male  
Identifies as Non-Binary  
2SLGBTQ+ For this application, 2SLGBTQ+ includes persons who identify as two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and additional sexual orientations and gender identities.
Indigenous person For this application, Indigenous person includes persons who identify as First Nations (Status, non-Status, Treaty), Métis, Inuit, Native or North American Indian.
Racialized person For this application, racialized persons are people (other than Indigenous persons) who are non-white in colour and/or non-Caucasian in race, regardless of their place of birth or citizenship.
Person with disabilities For this application, persons with disabilities are people who have a chronic, long-term or recurring physical, sensory, mental, learning or intellectual impairment that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders that person’s full and effective participation in society.
Internationally Educated Completed post-secondary education outside of Canada.