2022 Council Elections: Districts 1 & 3

Posted: January 20, 2022

Publié le 20 January 2022

Nominations are now open for members from Districts 1 and 3 to run for Council on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your knowledge and skills in the interest of the public and the governance of your profession? Consider running for College Council on April 20, 2022 as a representative of your district!

Nominations are now open and will close on February 18, 2022. We invite you, as a Registered Dietitian and member of Districts 1 or 3, to read the requirements (below) necessary to stand for election to College Council and access your 2022 forms:

Learn more about the Election process and the role of Council Member

The College is inviting members interested in seeking a nomination to learn more through an information session with College Registrar and Executive Director Melanie Woodbeck on February 3, 2022 at 12 noon. Find out more about:
  • The role and mandate of the College
  • The role of the Council and the role of the CEO/staff
  • The duties and responsibilities of Council members
  • The time and other commitments (i.e., Committee work) implicit in seeking to be on the Council
  • Council and Committee evaluation process requirements
  • Training and compensation provided by the College once elected
  • Ongoing support from Council and staff
  • The election process

To register for the College Council Information Session or if you have questions, please email Sandra Brazel, Manager, Governance and Operations or call 416-598-1725 / 800-668-4990, ext 261.

What is Council?
Council is responsible for governing the College and regulating Ontario’s dietetic profession in the public interest. It sets the College’s strategic direction, monitors its activities, establishes by-laws, standards and regulatory policies. Council is composed of approximately 15 councillors – eight elected dietitians and five to seven members of the public appointed by the government.

Time Commitment Required
Being part of Council requires a significant time commitment and flexibility in your schedule to accommodate meetings and other College obligations. 

Council meets at least four times a year. These one to two-day meetings take place at the College and in-person attendance is expected. Before each Council meeting, preparation time is typically five to seven hours. In addition to Council meetings, councillors must sit on at least two committees. The time commitment for each committee varies based on the workload. The table below gives a general idea of the time commitment expected for each committee.
If you are considering running for election, discuss the time commitment with those who may be affected, such as your employer. If elected, it is important that you are available to participate on Council and committees:
Committee Meeting details Prep time
Executive Committee Eight meetings per year
  • Six – two-hour teleconferences
  • Two – full-day, in-person
½ day
Registration Committee Six, full-day, in-person meetings per year Full day
Quality Assurance Committee 20 meetings per year
  • Three – full-day, quarterly, in-person
  • 17 – 1 ½ hour panel teleconferences
½ to full day
Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee Eight meetings per year
  • Six – one to two-hour teleconferences
  • Two – full-day, in-person
Full day
Discipline & Fitness to Practice Committees Meetings as needed based on hearings requirements Varies
Patient Relations Committee One to two meetings per year
  • One – one-hour teleconference
  • One – full-day, in-person, as needed
Professional Practice Committee Four meetings per year
  • One – full-day, in-person
  • Three – ½ day teleconferences
½ day
Audit Committee One to two meetings per year
  • Two-hour teleconferences
½ to full day
Election Committee Meets as needed Varies
Registrar Performance & Compensation Review Committee Two meetings per year ½ day
Governance Committee Meets as needed Varies
Councillors Receive an Honorarium
Councillors receive an honorarium for expenses related to College work including meeting preparation, meeting time, travel, accommodation and meals.

Eligibility Requirements to Run for Council:
Please read Eligibility Requirements to Run as a Candidate for Elections (PDF) before submitting a nomination form.

Interested in running for Council?

If you are interested in running for Council and meet the eligibility requirements, you will need to do the following:
  1. Complete and submit the nomination form for your district by February 18, 2022 (District 1 or District 3).
  2. Review and sign the College’s Declaration of Commitment and Conflict of Interest form by February 18, 2022.
  3. Optional: Candidate statements will be included in the election package provided to eligible voters. This gives candidates the opportunity to highlight their experience, qualifications and reasons for wanting to be a part of Council. If you would like your statement included, send your statement along with your signed conflict of interest form. Statements should be between 200 and 500 words. The College does not include candidate photos in its election packages.
  4. Send all forms to
If you have any questions about the College’s elections, email

Elections Conducted Electronically
To participate and vote in these elections, you must have a current email with the College. Please make sure the College has your current email on file.