Elected Council members are expected to attend all Council meetings, which are generally held four times per year (March, June, September and December) at the College office in Toronto or virtually, when in person is not possible. Additional teleconferences may be called in between Council meetings as needed.
Council members will also be appointed to one or more committees, which hold meetings and teleconferences throughout the year. Depending on the committee, members can expect 7-14 days per year.
In addition, Council and committee members are expected to:
Understand and fulfill their role:
- demonstrate accountability through decision-making in the public interest;
- understand the division of roles and responsibilities of the Council or committee and staff;
- identify and address conflict of interest situations;
- recognize and respect confidential information obtained in the course of College activities as required by Section 36 of the RHPA;
- maintain constructive, collaborative and mutually respectful relations with Councillors, committee members and staff; and
- maintain good relationships with members, healthcare organizations, educational groups and other stakeholders.
Possess the necessary knowledge:
- acquire and apply knowledge of Council and committee policies and procedures including relevant legislation, College values and strategic direction;
- maintain knowledge of College functions and issues facing Council or the committees on which they participate;
- review all material in advance of Council and committee meetings;
- identify information needed to enhance Council and committee discussions and decision-making;
- communicate concerns to Council or the committees on which they participate;
- communicate Council or committee decisions and rationale to individuals and groups as requested by the College.
Effectively participate in decision-making:
- arrange their personal schedule to allow attendance at meetings;
- contribute constructively to Council and committee discussions and decision-making;
- maintain positive working relationships with Councillors, committee members, and College staff;
- identify and attempt to resolve concerns with the committee chairpersons;
- if the committee chairperson is unable to resolve the concern, address the concern to the College President;
- contribute to decision-making by identifying to the Chair relevant expertise or contacts;
- respect the specialized knowledge and expertise of other Council members, committee members and staff; and
- identify issues to be added to the Council or committee’s agenda in a timely and appropriate manner.