Role of a Councillor

What does a Councillor do?

Simply put, Council members are responsible for governing CPSA and fulfilling its legislative mandate, making policy decisions that help CPSA meet its obligations to Albertans. Council members also:

  • review, approve, and monitor CPSA’s corporate objectives;
  • ensure the objectives align with CPSA’s overall strategic direction and reflect the beliefs and values of CPSA and Alberta physicians; and
  • appoint the Registrar (CEO), who is responsible for implementing CPSA’s strategic plan and running the entire organization.

Council members do not get involved in running CPSA programs or day-to-day operations.

"Whether a physician or public member, the real value is having constructive conversations with various opinions and the opportunity to learn from others."

- Stacey Strilchuk

"My time on Council has been a complete eye opener for me, an honour and an incredibly enriching experience."

- John O'Connor

We want your unique perspective so we can fully represent both public and regulated members’ interests. Together, we can impact the future of medicine in Alberta.

Our expectations

Council members should have knowledge about the healthcare system and understand CPSA’s vision and mission to effectively deliberate policy.

Those successfully elected to Council must:

  • be prepared to read and understand all material provided prior to Council meetings, so they can knowledgeably participate in discussions;
  • be thoughtful, objective and focused;
  • maintain confidentiality on Council matters;
  • be responsible stewards of the medical profession;
  • act as an ambassador for CPSA;
  • be focused on quality improvement; and
  • be a role model for other CPSA regulated members.

Why become a CPSA Councillor?

In Alberta, we have the privilege of profession-led regulation. This privilege is dependent on keeping public trust in all we do, including registering physicians and physician assistants, and setting standards of practice. If we ever lose the public’s trust, our future to self-regulate will be in jeopardy.

By having public, regulated member and university representatives on Council, we can continue to provide a well-balanced and thoughtful approach to the business of medical regulation.

What is the time commitment?

Council generally meets for two days, four times a year, at CPSA’s office in Edmonton. Meetings usually take place in March, May, September and December, and run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Meetings usually start as a closed session (in-camera) before opening the doors to the public and media.

As a Council member, you must give yourself time to fully review agenda material before each meeting.

You may also have to sit on a Council committee or sub-committee, which can meet anywhere from four to 12 times per year.

Are Councillors paid?

Yes. Councillors are paid an honorarium plus travel, accommodation and meal expenses for each Council-approved meeting they attend. The amount paid does not represent full compensation for lost earnings, but rather reflects a reasonable payment for one’s time and service.

Questions about becoming a CPSA Councillor?

Reach out to one of our existing Councillors to ask them your questions.

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