Nominations are now open for one Council position over the 2022 to 2025 term. The College is seeking nominations from members in any specialty.
New nominations and appointments process
Please note that the Council nominations process has changed from previous years. Instead of being elected by their peers, MRTs and ENPs will be appointed based on specific attributes and competencies: their experience, knowledge and skills. We invite regulated members to nominate themselves by completing the nomination form or to encourage a colleague they think would be a good fit for Council to do so. The Nominations and Appointments Committee will assess and interview applicants to ensure they meet the requirements of the Health Professions Act (HPA), bylaws and Council policy and make recommendations to Council on appointments for the vacant position. Nominations and all related processes are confidential; only names of appointed members are published.
Council member vacancy
- There is one vacant position to be filled for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2022, and ending on June 30, 2025
- A regulated member from any specialty can fill the position
- Ensure that the College carries out its activities in a manner that serves the public interest
- Ensure compliance with legislated requirements
- Set the strategic direction of the College, its bylaws and governance policies
What Council members gain
- Opportunity to impact how the professions serve Albertans
- Governance training and professional development opportunities
- Insight and involvement with key statutory committees and Council Workgroups
- In accordance with the Bylaws, Council consists of six regulated members and six public members appointed by the Alberta government.
- Council meetings take place five times per year. Each meeting includes ongoing education, mentoring and the opportunity to network with peers from other specialties within the College.
- For the duration of the pandemic, all meetings have been switched to web conferences. When appropriate, in-person meetings will continue to be held at the College office in Edmonton.
- Meetings held by web conference are typically 1.5 to 3 hours in length
- When the option to attend meetings in-person is available, meetings will be held in Edmonton, and span Friday evenings and Saturdays. All travel, meals and accommodation expenses for attending Council meetings are covered by the College.
- Council has subgroups of members who focus on different aspects of the Council mandate: the Finance and Audit Workgroup, the Governance Workgroup, the CEO Evaluation Workgroup and the Nominations and Appointments Committee.
- Workgroups consist of Council members, and the Nominations and Appointments Committee consists of Council members and non-Council members.
- Workgroup and Committee meetings typically take place every 6 to 8 weeks by web conference for approximately 1.5 hours.
- Council members receive an honorarium at the end of each Council year.
If you’re interested in joining Council, please submit a completed confidential nomination form by January 14, 2022, to the College’s Corporate Services Administrator, Adrienne Hislop (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Nominations and Appointments Committee will interview applicants and recommend successful applicants to Council for the purposes of appointing them to Council.
Submission deadline: January 14, 2022
Workgroup and committee information
The Governance Workgroup monitors and develops governance policies, bylaws and any other documents required by Council from time to time to meet its mandate.
The Finance and Audit Workgroup focuses on the qualitative aspects of financial reporting and organizational process to manage business/financial risk and compliance with all applicable legal, ethical, and regulatory requirements.
The CEO Evaluation Workgroup performs a formal evaluation of the CEO to be presented to Council annually, based on the achievement of the Council mandate and non-violation of its Executive Limitations policies.
The Nominations and Appointments Committee ensures a high standard of governance by encouraging and identifying prospective applicants for vacant Council positions. Members of this committee assess all applicants and make recommendations to Council on appointments for vacant positions.
Being a part of Council has been instrumental for my personal and professional development. It has also allowed me to build meaningful professional relationships with the other phenomenal Council members who motivate me to continuously learn each and every day.
— Omer Hussein, MRT(R), Council chair
I first became involved with the College when a member of the Nominations Committee contacted me to ask if I would consider putting my name forward to be nominated. Until that time, I had not even considered joining Council. To be honest, it had not occurred to me that I would have the skills to be a Council member. But truly, if you care about protecting the public, which is really our patients and are willing to review documents and contribute to the deliberations of Council for decision-making, you are well on your way to having the skills to be an effective Council member. Through time on Council and the education provided, you will learn a lot more about College work and the responsibilities as a regulatory body and how the government affects the work of the College and what we are permitted to do. You will develop many other skills that are useful in your work and personal life and an added benefit is that you have an opportunity to form lasting friendships as you get to know other Council members.
I personally have loved my time on Council and appreciate all the learning. As I am committed to lifelong learning, the experience on Council has been rewarding and fulfilling. I know the work of Council affects every practitioner in our College and I take this responsibility very seriously. If you are even considering becoming involved, I suggest reaching out to a current volunteer in the role to discuss the responsibilities of the role. I have found it very rewarding and I would highly recommend taking a chance as I think you would find that there is a lot of satisfaction in volunteering.
— Gail Astle, MRT(R), Council member and chair of the Governance Workgroup
Serving on Council has given me a unique opportunity to make a difference in my profession and the Albertans that we serve. It has also provided me with phenomenal personal development opportunities that I will continue to use throughout my career and personal life.
— Jessica Cherwick, ENP, past Council member
My first introduction to Council was via a colleague. He spoke with such enthusiasm and commitment to the good of what the College stood for. I wanted to know where my money was going (pretty sure I’m not alone in this), so I decided to put my name forward for a Council position and find out first hand.
It didn’t take me long to appreciate the “behind the scenes” work of the College. I enjoy the collaborative efforts of Council and having a voice in helping to ensure that “we” (our professions) provide quality care to our patients.
The professional connections, the regulatory education, networking with other professions under our College umbrella, and the friendships, only add to the experience around the table. Council members are treated very well.
So if you’ve ever wondered about the workings of our College and Council, consider nominating yourself. It’s so worthwhile!
— Wendy Read, past Council president and retired radiation therapist