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Canadian Public Health Association

2019 call for nominations for the Board of Directors

Call for Directors

CPHA’s Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for general election of three (3) Directors to take office for a two-year period commencing 1 January 2020.

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 policy governance board with a balance of pre-identified skills. 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 diversity of opinions. The Nominating Committee will be seeking nominations of candidates to join this dynamic group of leaders.

The field of public health is diverse and broad and 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 2020-21, we are seeking particular expertise in:

  • Distinct needs of diverse populations and communities;
  • 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: Director

Call for Student Director

The Nominating Committee is seeking nominees from among its student members for one (1) Student Director for a two‐year term of office beginning January 1, 2020.

The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is the leading Canadian non‐governmental organization focusing on the pan-Canadian public health sector with links to global public health. Critical to the future of public health in Canada are the public health professionals now in training; specifically, students who are currently engaged in programs in public health and its related disciplines at the undergraduate, graduate, resident and post‐doctoral levels in Canada.

The Student Director position is a full Director position with general Board duties while also bringing a student perspective to the table. The Student Director spearheads CPHA’s current activities in relation to students and has sufficient freedom to inspire and direct further developments in CPHA’s work of student and early career professional engagement and capacity building.

The Student Director position is also responsible for chairing the CPHA Student and Early Career Professional Committee, which meets a minimum of four times a year via teleconference. The purpose of the Student and Early Career Professional Committee is to be a resource and advisory body to the CPHA Student Director. Under the Chair of the Student Director, the committee will discuss and develop ideas as to how CPHA can continue to effectively engage students and early career professionals through development of a) student opportunities sponsored by CPHA, b) recruitment of CPHA students members, and c) exploration of and support for interdisciplinary networking of public health students and early career professionals.

Expenses incurred for travel, accommodation and meals to undertake the work of a Director on behalf of CPHA will be reimbursed according to CPHA policy.


The Student Director shall be:

  • Enrolled as a full‐time undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral student or resident in public health or a related discipline (i.e., community health, epidemiology, medicine, nursing, community planning, geography, etc.) for at least half of the two‐year tenure on the Board.
  • Committed to the principles, values and mission of CPHA;
  • Interested in pan-Canadian, regional, local and global public health issues;
  • An effective team player with connections to networks with relevant public health student groups; and
  • Able to commit time to serve on the Board and its committees by:
    • Attending the annual conference;
    • Representing CPHA as requested; and
    • Assisting with student events and meetings.

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

Nomination form: Student Director

Nomination Requirements

Any CPHA member in good standing shall be eligible to be nominated for the office of Director/Student Director without regard to geographic location. Nominations for Director/Student 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 (at least one of whom must be a CPHA student member for the Student Director nominee).

Nomination papers must be received by the office of the Executive Director, addressed to the Nominating Committee, on or before 17:00 ET 5 September 2019.

Nomination form: Director Nomination form: Student Director

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

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 in October-November 2019.

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 2020 and 2021, 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
  • William Osei, CPHA Member
  • Manasi Parikh, CPHA Student Director
  • 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 (plus a two-year term as Chair)
Katie-Sue Derejko Director (NT) December 31, 2019
Caitlin Johnston Director (BC) December 31, 2020
Donika Jones Director (ON) December 31, 2019
Nancy Laliberte Director (ON) December 31, 2020
Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh Director (ON) December 31, 2020
Manasi Parikh Student Director (ON) December 31, 2019
Vamini Selvanandan Director (AB) December 31, 2019
Julie Stratton Director (ON) December 31, 2020
Ingrid Tyler Director (BC) December 31, 2019