Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 3 2019 - Page 13

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL Governance Modernization Continues Series of non-legislative changes approved by Council I An overview of the discussions and decisions made at the September Council meeting. n an effort to align with leading governance practices, Council has made a series of non-legislative changes to further its ongoing governance modernization work. Council approved amendments that will remove three of the Col- lege’s current standing committees: Council Awards Selection, Educa- tion, and Outreach. The Council Awards Selection Committee will continue as the Council Award Selection Advisory Group and the Education Committee as the Pro- fessional Learning Advisory Group. The mandate of the Outreach Committee has been incorporated into the mandate of the Executive Committee. The College has also reviewed other best practices relating to committee member appointments in an effort to promote succession planning and committee member- ship renewal as well as to promote diversity with regard to demograph- ics and clinical and committee experience. Council approved the following by-law amendments: • Extending the length of most Committee appointments from one year to up to three years (ef- fective December 2019); • Introducing a nine-year term limit for Council members (excluding public members) and members of any one Committee, whether those years are consecutive or non-consecutive (effective De- cember 2020); and • Introducing an 18-year limit for individuals who have sat on any combination of Committees or Council, whether those years are consecutive or non-consecutive (effective December 2020). The by-law amendments also include the creation of an “excep- tional circumstances” provision that ISSUE 3, 2019 DIALOGUE 13