Interested in serving on the CDO Board of Directors?

Posted: January 10, 2023

Publié le 10 January 2023

Looking for an opportunity to use your knowledge and skills in the public interest and the governance of your profession? Consider running for the College Board as a representative of your district!

2023 election nominations will soon open for Districts 2 and 4. If you're a registrant in one of these two districts, you will soon receive a Call for Nominations email from the College.

Serving on the College's Board of Directors is an important role.

Directors are decision-makers when it comes to setting standards for the profession, charting the strategic direction of the College’s work, and allocating the financial resources necessary for the College to complete its achieve the goals of its Strategic Plan

Directors also collectively oversee the management of the organization making sure that programs, finances and staff resources are managed effectively and are coordinated to achieve the desired results. That’s how the College benefits from the work of Council members.

Here is how directors benefit in return:
  • They make a meaningful contribution to safe, ethical and competent dietetic services to people in Ontario.
  • They have an opportunity to give direction to the College in its regulatory mandate.
  • They receive formal and informal professional and personal development especially as it relates to planning and evaluation, communications, governance, including financial oversight.
  • They develop and exercise leadership skills.
  • They are exposed to health profession regulation, legislation and the complexities of the sector.
  • They receive compensation for meeting and preparation time and are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.
Which electoral district am I in?
District 2: Counties of Brant, Dufferin and Wellington and the Regional Municipalities of Haldimand, Norfolk, Halton, Hamilton Wentworth, Niagara and Waterloo.
District 4: Counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Lanark, Prince Edward and Renfrew, and the united counties of Leeds and Grenville, Lennox and Addington, Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and The Regional Municipality of Ottawa, Carleton.

Find out more about electoral districts here.

What is the Board?
The Board 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. The Board is composed of approximately 14 councillors – eight elected dietitians and five to eight members of the public appointed by the government. Find out more here.

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

The Board meets at least four times a year.
These one to two-day meetings take place virtually and in-person at the College. It is expected that Board directors attend every meeting. Before each Board meeting, preparation time is typically five to seven hours. In addition to Board meetings, directors 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.

We hope that, if you're a registrant of District 2 or 4, you will consider running for election in 2023, and serving the public interest in the role of Director on the Board of the College of Dietitians of Ontario.