Governance Model

Tally of Election Nominations 2017

President-Elect 2
Representative Assembly Elected Delegates
district gp Tally specialist Tally
District 1 -
Lower Island 
2 2
District 2 -
Upper Island
District 3 -
3 2
District 4 –
North/West Vancouver
1 1
District 5 –
North of the Fraser
3 1
District 6 –
South of the Fraser
2 2
District 7 –
Okanagan Thompson
2 1
District 8 –
East/West Kootenays
1 1
District 9 –
1 1
District 10 –
1 1
RSA Rural Delegates 4 2
First Nation Delegates 1 1


New Governance Model: Smaller Board, Broader Representation

This coming September 2017, Doctors of BC will transition to its new governance model - that of a dual structure with a 9-member Board and a 104-member Representative Assembly. In the coming months, members will have the opportunity to help form the Representative Assembly and Board through nomination and election processes.

How to get involved

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

Next Steps

  1. May 10th - June 12th, call for nominations for the following positions (nominated and elected by members):
    • President-Elect
    • District Delegates to the Representative Assembly
    • Rural Delegates to the Representative Assembly
    • First Nations Delegates to the Representative Assembly


  1. June 26th - July 24th, election for the above positions
  2. Late July, phase two of nominations begins with a call for nominations for the following positions (nominated by members, elected by the Representative Assembly):
    • Board Directors-at-Large
    • Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Representative Assembly
    • Members-at-Large for the Governance and Nominating Committees
  3. September 14th and 15th respectively, inaugural meetings of the Representative Assembly and new Board

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: