FAQs for College Council Nominees

How Do I Run for an Elected Position on Council?

The nomination process is simple. You must be in good standing with the College and live, or practise optometry, in the district in which you wish to run. Written intent to run by way of an email, letter, or fax is all that is necessary.

What Information Can I Provide Optometrists in My District?

All nominees will be asked to provide a bio to the College that outlines their academic, practice, and volunteer experience (250-word maximum). The College will also ask each nominee to provide a 100-word (or less) statement in response to the following: “If elected to College Council, here is how I propose to ensure public protection.” The College will review the statements to ensure they reflect the public-interest mandate of the College and are not advocacy statements. Nominees must revise any statements not found to be appropriate. All bios and statements will be available to members, and the public, on the College website in advance of voting.

How Will Elections Be Held This Year?

The College holds its elections electronically; optometrists will vote using the secure member portal on the College website. Voting is overseen, and results tabulated, by a neutral third party. Optometrists will receive a link to vote when the ballot opens on October 9. You will have until October 24 to vote. The results will be tabulated on Thursday, October 25 and announced on the College website.

What Can I Expect to Do if I Am Elected to Council?

Elected Council members are expected to attend all Council meetings, which are generally held four times per year (January, April, June, and September) at the College office in Toronto. In addition, teleconferences may be called in between Council meetings as necessary.

In the past, elected Council members were primarily placed on College statutory committees (i.e., ICRC, QA, Registration, Discipline, etc.), however, Council member participation on such committees will be reduced given the creation of two new governance-related committees. Council members may be appointed to either the Governance/Human Resource Committee or the Audit/ Finance/Risk Management Committee.

If you are only interested in participating on a statutory committee, you can apply for such a position as a non-Council committee member rather than running for a seat on Council. The volunteer form is here (PDF).