Governance Model

Tally of Board & Other RA Elected Nominations

speaker and deputy speaker
Speaker (1) 1
Deputy Speaker (1) 1
board of directors
General Practitioners (3) 9
Specialists (3) 3
1 year Specialist (1) 1
Governance Committee (2) 4
Nominating Committee (3) 3

New Governance Model: Board Nominations & Election Results

Nominations are being accepted for Board Directors-at-Large, and other positions to be elected by the Representative Assembly. More information, along with nomination forms, can be found in the CEO's Official Call for Nominations dated July 26, 2017 (login required). Please note: you do not have to be a member of the Representative Assembly in order to be nominated for the Board.

Voting in the election for President-Elect and for District and Rural Delegates to the Representative Assembly concluded at midnight on July 24, with Dr Eric Cadesky elected into the position of President-Elect. A complete list of all election results, along with a list of the entire new Representative Assembly (RA), can be found here (login required).

Next Steps

1. July 26 – Aug 5, call for nominations for the following positions (nominated by members, elected by the RA):

  • Board Directors-at-Large
  • Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the RA
  • Members-at-Large for the Governance and Nominating Committees


2. September 14 and 15 respectively, inaugural meetings of the Representative Assembly and new Board

Completed Steps

On July 25, 2017, election results were announced for the positions of President-Elect and District and Rural Delegates to the RA. The nominations process preceded the election.  

How to get involved

Latest updates on transition to new model What you need to know to get involved


Why the change?

Our current 39-member Board is the largest of all Provincial Medical Associations in Canada. In consultations over the last few years and in our Member Survey, we heard that members want us to be more responsive and proactive on their behalf. The new smaller Board and Representative Assembly will enable the Association to be more nimble and proactive, while at the same time providing broader representation across the profession.

The new model

The “dual model” of governance was informed by extensive feedback from members and other stakeholders. It centers on:

  • A much smaller, more nimble and flexible Board that will be able to make more timely decisions on behalf of our members, and
  • A new Representative Assembly (RA) that will provide wide-ranging representation from: all geographical areas of the province, GPs/FPs and specialists, those practicing in rural and First Nations communities, medical students, residents, and those members in early years of practice.

The goal is to strike a balance between an efficient, nimble governance body (the Board), and a body that will ensure members’ views are fully represented (the RA).

Some members may also notice a change to their district. To find out more, click here (pdf download). 

Click on the tabs below for further details. Additional information can be found in the Executive Summary & Table (link below under "More Background".)

The Board
  • Role is that of a decision-making and strategy-setting body.
  • Will maintain its legal fiduciary and oversight responsibilities, and will be accountable to the Representative Assembly and the entire membership
  • Comprised of 9 members – the President, President-Elect and 7 Directors at Large – allowing for efficiency in decision-making and the ability to quickly respond to events that arise.
  • Of the 7 Directors at Large, 3 will be Specialists, 3 will be GPs, and 1 will be the ‘opposite’ of the incoming President (i.e., a GP if the incoming President is a Specialist, and a Specialist if the incoming President is a GP).
Representative Assembly
  • Role is that of an influential body representing members’ interests and providing guidance to the Board, enhancing accountability between the Board and members.
  • Will have 104 voting delegates representing all Sections, all geographical areas including rural and First Nations communities, students and residents, the Society of Specialists, Society of General Practitioners, and the CMA. There will also be a non-voting Speaker and Deputy Speaker; the 9 Board Directors would be non-voting participants.
  • Has the power to remove Board Directors at Large if it feels they are not acting in the interests of the broader membership.
  • Marks the first time ever that a governing body of Doctors of BC will have an equal number of Specialists and GPs.

More Background

For further information, following are documents prepared originally for the referendum: