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Canadian Public Health Association

2020 call for nominations for the Board of Directors

Call for Directors

CPHA’s Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for general election of five (5) Directors to take office for a two-year period commencing 1 January 2021.

CPHA is the leading Canadian non‐governmental organization focusing on the pan‐Canadian public health sector with links to global public health. Central to its governance is a skills-based Board of Directors that stewards the Association and guides its policy and advocacy work.

CPHA’s Board of Directors is a governance board; this requires that Board members have expertise relevant to governance. Governance excellence requires members who can think conceptually and with a long-term perspective, and who are able to welcome a wide range of opinions. The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations of candidates to join this dynamic group of leaders.

As a national, membership-based organization, it is highly desirable that CPHA’s Board of Directors include diverse members from all regions of the country.

The Nominating Committee encourages nominees from members across the country, from different sectors and with diverse backgrounds. The Nominating Committee is seeking nominees who are working in a range of roles (e.g., practice, finance, education, communications) and public health disciplines (e.g., nutrition, inspection, biostatistics and epidemiology, medicine, public health dentistry, health promotion, nursing, veterinary sciences), and other allied public health professionals (e.g. speech language pathology and informatics) and who indicate:

  • Commitment to the vision and mission of CPHA;

  • Ability to commit time and resources to serve on the Board and its committees, attend the annual conference, and represent CPHA, as requested;

  • Facility as a team player with effective connections to networks and organizations working on public health issues; and

  • Demonstrated leadership in the public health sector.

Board members also require:

  • Governance experience, including some familiarity with financial systems and risk management issues; and
  • Interest in local, regional, pan-Canadian and global public health issues.

Valuable skills include:

  • High-level understanding of organizational development and effectiveness; and
  • Advocacy experience on public health issues, with an understanding of policy development and political systems that impact implementation.

For 2021-22, we are seeking particular expertise in:

  • Distinct needs of diverse populations and communities;
  • Fundraising and/or corporate sponsorship;
  • Financial systems and risk management;
  • Public health disciplines such as nutrition, inspection, biostatistics and epidemiology, medicine, public health dentistry, health promotion, nursing, veterinary sciences;
  • Membership engagement; and
  • Advocacy and policy development.

CPHA is committed to equity and diversity in all its appointments and activities.

Nomination form

Nomination Requirements

Any CPHA member in good standing shall be eligible to be nominated for the office of Director without regard to geographic location. Nominations for Director will be in writing by e-mail. The nominee will indicate his/her consent to be nominated and be supported by two (2) persons (nominators) who are current CPHA members.

Nomination papers must be received by the office of the Executive Director, addressed to the Nominating Committee, on or before 17:00 ET 3 September 2020.

The nomination form must be accompanied by:

  • A statement of eligibility (maximum 500 words) from the nominee indicating how his/her experience fits with the skills and strategic areas being sought by the Nominating Committee; and
  • The contact information of the two (2) nominators.

In addition to the above, candidates have the option to include any or all of the following at their discretion:

  • Photo (head and shoulders)
  • Link to a video message
  • Link (one) to an online profile (e.g., LinkedIn)

The above additional information will be made available via CPHA’s website in the language in which it is provided (i.e., CPHA will not translate any of this material).

All supplied materials will be published to CPHA members.

If you require assistance identifying potential nominators, log into the membership portal, select Member Directory, and enter search criteria that will help you find CPHA members who you may know and can approach to support your nomination.

If you have any questions about the nominations or elections process, please send an e-mail to

The election takes place from 6 October through 12 November 2020.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is responsible for the process for soliciting nominees for election and filling vacant positions on the Board of Directors. Taking into account the skills required by the Board for 2021 and 2022, the Nominating Committee will review nominations and recommend to the Board eligible names for election by the membership. Nominating Committee members are:

  • Benita Cohen, CPHA Chair-Elect
  • Georgia Carstensen, CPHA Member
  • Nancy Laliberté, CPHA Director   
  • Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, CPHA Director    
  • William Osei, CPHA Member
  • Richard Musto, CPHA Chair ex officio
  • Ian Culbert, Executive Director ex officio

2019 Board Members and Term Completions

Richard Musto Chair (AB) December 31, 2020
Benita Cohen Chair-Elect (MB) December 31, 2020 (then a two-year term as Chair)
Katie-Sue Derejko Director (NT) December 31, 2021
Monica Emode       Student Director (BC) 31 December 2021
Caitlin Johnston Director (BC) December 31, 2020
Donika Jones Director (NU) December 31, 2021
Nancy Laliberte Director (ON) December 31, 2020
Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh Director (QC) December 31, 2020
Vamini Selvanandan Director (AB) December 31, 2021
Julie Stratton Director (ON) December 31, 2020