Board of Directors Elections: Districts 2 & 4

Posted: January 19, 2023

Publié le 19 January 2023

Nominations are now open for members from Districts 2 and 4 to run on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 for election to the CDO Board of Directors.

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your knowledge and skills in the interest of the public and the governance of your profession? Consider running for the CDO Board of Directors on April 19, 2023 as a representative of your district!

Nominations are now open and will close on February 17, 2023. We invite you, as a Registered Dietitian and registrant of Districts 2 or 4, to read the requirements (below) necessary to stand for election to the College’s Board of Directors and access your 2023 forms: Complete the Pre-election Training Module
Registrants interested in running in the 2023 election are required to complete a pre-election training module and quiz before submitting their nomination. The purpose of this training module is to provide individuals who are interested in serving on CDO’s Board or a Committee, with an overview of health regulatory colleges, the College of Dietitians of Ontario, the Board of Directors, and College Committees.

The online pre-election training module can be accessed here. If you have questions, please email Lisa Dalicandro, Manager, Governance and Operations or call 416-598-1725 / 800-668-4990, ext 261.

What is the Board?
The Board 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. The Board is composed of approximately 14 councillors – eight elected dietitians and five to eight members of the public appointed by the government.

Time Commitment Required
Being part of the Board requires a significant time commitment and flexibility in your schedule to accommodate meetings and other College obligations. 

The Board meets at least four times a year. These one to two-day meetings take place virtually and in-person at the College. It is expected that Board directors attend every meeting. Before each Board meeting, preparation time is typically five to seven hours. In addition to Board meetings, directors 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 are available to participate on the Board and committees:
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, full-day, in-person meetings per year Full day
Quality Assurance Committee 20 meetings per year
  • Three – full-day, quarterly, in-person
  • 17 – 1 ½ hour panel teleconferences
½ to full day
Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee Eight meetings per year
  • Six – one to two-hour teleconferences
  • Two – 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
Professional Practice Committee Four meetings per year
  • One – full-day, in-person
  • Three – ½ day teleconferences
½ day
Audit Committee One to two meetings per year
  • Two-hour teleconferences
½ to full day
Election Committee Meets as needed Varies
Registrar Performance & Compensation Review Committee Two meetings per year ½ day
Governance Committee Meets as needed Varies
Directors Receive an Honorarium
Directors receive an honorarium for expenses related to College work including meeting preparation, meeting time, travel, accommodation and meals.

Eligibility Requirements to Run for the Board:
Please read Eligibility Requirements to Run as a Candidate for Elections (PDF) before submitting a nomination form.

Desired Competencies and Attributes

Click here to read the full Competency and Attribute Framework for the CDO Board of Directors.

Core Competencies
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.


Interested in running for the Board?

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

  • Complete and submit the nomination form for your district by February 17, 2023 (District 2 or District 4.)
  • Review and sign the College’s Declaration of Commitment and Conflict of Interest form by February 17, 2023.
  • Optional: Candidate statements 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 the Board. If you would like your statement included, send your statement along with your signed conflict of interest form. Statements should be between 200 and 500 words. The College does not include candidate photos in its election packages.
  • Send all forms to
If you have any questions about the College’s elections, email

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.