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Council By-Elections 2021- Districts 5 and 7

Posted: February 24, 2021

Publié le 24 February 2021

The College will be holding by-elections for districts 5 and 7 since there were no nominations received by the original deadline. This means that you now have until March 16, 2021 to submit your nomination. See the details below.

WHAT IS COUNCIL?

Council is responsible for governing the College and regulating Ontario’s dietetic profession in the public interest. It sets the College’s strategic direction, monitors its activities, establishes by-laws, standards and regulatory policies. Council is composed of approximately15 councillors – eight elected dietitians and five to seven members of the public appointed by the government.

SIGNIFICANT TIME COMMITMENT REQUIRED

Councillors commit a significant amount of time and have flexibility in their schedule to accommodate meetings and other College obligations.
 
Council meets at least four times a year. Currently, these two-day meetings take place virtually, however, the College will resume in-person meetings when it is safe to do so. Attendance at Council meetings is expected. Preparation time for meetings is typically 5-7 hours.
 
In addition to meetings, Council participates in regular training and workshops, which are held virtually and in-person (when it is safe to do so). These half-day to full-day sessions take place in between Council meetings and are scheduled as needed. Attendance at training sessions and workshops is required.
 
In addition to Council meetings, councillors must sit on at least two committees. The time commitment for each committee varies based on the workload. The table below gives a general idea of the time commitment expected for each committee.
 
If you are considering running for election, discuss the time commitment with those who may be affected, such as your employer. If elected, it is important that you participate on Council and committees.
 
Currently, all committee meetings are being held virtually.

Table Showing Committee Meeting and Preparation Time
 

Committee

Meeting details

Prep time

Executive Committee Eight meetings per year
  • Six – two-hour teleconferences
  • Two – full-day, in-person
½ day
Registration Committee Six meetings per year
Five – full-day, in-person
One – half-day, panel teleconference
Full day
Quality Assurance Committee 13 meetings per year
  • Four – full-day, quarterly, in-person
  • Nine – 1 ½ hour panel teleconferences
½ to full day
Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee Seven meetings per year
  • Six – one to two-hour teleconferences
  • One – full-day, in-person
Full day
Discipline & Fitness to Practice Committees Meetings as needed based on hearings requirements Varies
Patient Relations Committee One to two meetings per year
  • One – one-hour teleconference
  • One – full-day, in-person, as needed
Varies
Professional Practice Committee Eight meetings per year
  • One – half-day, in-person orientation
  • One – full-day, in-person
  • Six – ½ day teleconferences
½ day
Audit Committee Two – one- to two-hour teleconferences ½ to full day
Election Committee Meets as needed Varies
Registrar Performance & Compensation Review Committee Two meetings per year ½ day
 


COUNCILLORS RECEIVE AN HONORARIUM

Councillors receive an honorarium for expenses related to College work including meeting preparation, meeting time, travel, accommodation and meals.

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RUN AS A CANDIDATE FOR ELECTIONS, you must:

  • Be a general member of the College, not subject to a term, condition or limitation other than one applicable to all members of the class.
  • Be nominated by six dietitians who are in your electoral district.Be engaged in the practice of dietetics in the electoral district for which you are nominated or, if you are not engaged in the practise of dietetics, you principally reside in the electoral district for which you are nominated.
  • Complete and submit the Conflict of Interest form by the deadline and do not have a conflict of interest to serve as a member of Council. The form is available here.

YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RUN IF:

  • There are any terms, conditions or limitations on your certificate of registration other than one applicable to all members of the class.
  • You are in default of the payment of fees payable to the College.
  • You are currently the subject of any disciplinary or incapacity proceedings in Ontario or any similar proceeding in any other jurisdiction relating to dietetics or any other profession.
  • You have been revoked or suspended in the last six years, for any reason other than non-payment of fees.
  • There has been a finding of professional misconduct against you by the College’s Discipline Committee or any discipline committee in any jurisdiction relating to dietetics or any other profession.
  • You have been disqualified by the Council in the past three years as a result of a breach of a code of conduct or policy on conduct approved by Council or a breach of the conflict of interest provisions of this by-law;
  • You have a notation on the College’s register of a finding of professional negligence or malpractice.
  • You are the subject of a charge under the Criminal Code (Canada) or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada).
  • You have a notation on the College’s register of a charge in relation to any offence.
  • You have a criminal finding of guilt as an adult under the Criminal Code (Canada) or the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada).
  • You have a notation on the College’s register of a finding of guilt made by a court with respect to any offence.
  • You have a notation on the College’s register of an undertaking provided to the College with respect to a matter involving the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee or the Discipline Committee.
  • You are the subject of an undertaking provided to the College with respect to a fitness to practice issue.
  • You are currently the subject of an interim order made by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.
  • You have been ordered to attend a caution or complete a specified continuing education or remediation program by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee in the past six years.
  • You are a Council member of another regulated health profession in Ontario.
  • You are currently an employee of the College or have been employed by the College during the previous two years.
  • You are an applicant for employment with the College or have applied for employment at the College during the previous two years.
  • You are in default of completing and submitting any information or form required under the regulations of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Dietetics Act, 1991, or by-laws of the College.
  • You are a party in any legal proceedings against the College.
  • You have not completed and filed with the Registrar a conflict of interest declaration by the deadline and in the form approved by the Registrar.
  • You have a conflict of interest to serve as a member of Council.
  • You currently hold a position that would cause you, if elected as a Councillor, to have a conflict of interest by virtue of having competing fiduciary obligations to both the College and another organization, including but not limited to having or had during the previous year a leadership, employment or contractual role with an international, national or provincial association or organization that advances the interests of dietitians, has policy making responsibilities for dietitians, or oversees the regulation of dietitians.
  • You have served nine consecutive years as a councillor and/or committee appointee, and less than three years have passed since your last year.


INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR COUNCIL?

If you are interested in running for Council and meet the eligibility and time requirements, you will need to do the following:


1. Complete and submit the nomination form for your district by March 16, 2021.
(Forms: District 5,or District 7).

2. Review and sign the College’s conflict of interest form by March 16, 2021.

3. Optional: Candidate statements and photos will be included in the election package provided to eligible voters. This gives candidates the opportunity to highlight their experience, qualifications and reasons for wanting to be a part of Council. If you would like your statement included, send your statement and photo along with your signed conflict of interest form. Statements should be between 200 and 500 words.

4. Send all forms, your statement and photo to lisa.dalicandro@collegeofdietitians.org

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the College’s elections, email lisa.dalicandro@collegeofdietitians.org

ELECTIONS CONDUCTED ELECTRONICALLY

To participate and vote in these elections, you must have a current email with the College. Please make sure the College has your current email on file.