Applications Open under CDO’s New Election Model

Posted: January 18, 2024

Publié le 18 January 2024

Applications are now being accepted for registrants across Ontario to run on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 for election to the CDO Board of Directors.

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 the CDO Board of Directors on April 17, 2024.

Nominations are now open and will close on February 16, 2024. We invite you to read the requirements (below) necessary to stand for election to the College’s Board of Directors and apply to run in the election by completing the following:  
Orientation Module
Registrants interested in running in the 2024 election are required to complete an orientation module and assessment before submitting their application. The purpose of this module is to provide individuals who are interested in serving on CDO’s board or a committee, with an overview of health regulatory colleges, the College of Dietitians of Ontario, the Board of Directors, and College Committees.

The online orientation module can be accessed here. At the end of the module is a link to the assessment. If you have questions, please email

What is the Board of Directors?
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 bylaws, standards and regulatory policies. The board is composed of approximately 12 members – seven elected dietitians and five to eight members of the public appointed by the government.

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. You should expect to commit 20-25 days per year attending and preparing for board and committee meetings.

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 two to three committees. The time commitment for each committee varies based on the workload. The time commitment table in our Election Guide 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 the Board and committees.
Directors Receive an Honorarium
Directors receive an honorarium for expenses related to College work including meeting preparation, meeting time, travel, accommodation and meals. The per diem for attending and preparing for meetings is $300 (full day/>6 hours).
Eligibility Requirements to Run for the Board:
Please read Eligibility Requirements to Run as a Candidate for Elections

For information about how to apply for this exciting opportunity, see our Election Guide or email us at