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GP10 - Council Selection Policy

Policy Number: GP 10 Effective Date: April 2021
Last Review Date: November 2020 Next Review Date: November 2021
Review Frequency: Initial review after first year, then every 2 years Related Supporting Documents:  

Council consists of 16 members: 8 regulated members and 8 government appointed public members. This Policy outlines the process by which Council members and the Chair will be selected.

  1. On an annual basis, the Nominating Committee will update the Competencies and Attributes Profile for Council. This will identify the sought-after competencies and attributes for the coming selection year.

  2. The Profile will be widely distributed among registered members, seeking applications and nominations for Council membership. The Nominating Committee will review all applications and vet their competencies and attributes against the approved Profile. This vetting process may include resumes, reference checking and/or interviews, to satisfy the Committee.

  3. Incumbent Council members who are eligible and seek re-election will follow the same process as new candidates.

  4. The Committee will identify qualified applicants and those not qualified, who will be notified in a constructive manner to encourage their capacity building in relevant areas and interest in future years. Nominees who did not receive the Nominating Committee’s qualification have the option of stepping down or of letting their name stand for election.

  5. The Nominating Committee may retain the services of an external search firm to assist with recruitment if insufficient qualified candidates are identified.

  6. The Committee will widely distribute the short bios of candidates to all regulated members, identifying those who were deemed qualified and why.

  7. All regulated members will participate in an election process to elect the designated number of registered members on Council each year (see Bylaws for Election process). The Nominating Committee will oversee the election process to encourage high voter engagement and turnout.

  8. After the election process is completed, the Committee will update Council’s Competencies & Attributes Profile to reflect the new composition of Council.

  9. This updated Profile will be communicated to the Government of Alberta, which is encouraged to use this in selecting the government appointed public members of Council each year.

  10. Council will select its own Chair from among its number. The Chair may be a registered member or a public member. The Nominating Committee will review the qualifications of interested candidates against the Chair Competencies & Attributes Profile,  and recommend qualified candidates to Council. Council will follow an accepted process for selecting the Chair, such as secret ballot voting.