2023 Royal College Council Elections

Elections to the Council of the Royal College will take place at the Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) on February 23, 2023. The Nominating Committee (NC) is now accepting applications until October 2, 2022, to fill six Council positions.

The Royal College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive Council membership. All Fellows and residents who meet the basic criteria outlined below are encouraged to apply and particularly those from traditionally marginalized communities. We also encourage applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations will be made available. Learn more about Council.


We are recruiting new Councillors who have knowledge, skills and/or experience in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion, government relations, information technology and communications and marketing.

The following positions are under recruitment.

Council Position Division Term Number of positions available
Region 1: British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and Northwest Territories Division of Surgery 4 years 1
Region 4: Quebec Division of Surgery 4 years 1
Region 5: Atlantic Canada Division of Surgery 4 years 2
Fellow-at-large (any geographic region in Canada) Division of Medicine or Surgery 2 years 1
Resident member Not applicable 2 years 1

In support of our commitment to build a diverse and inclusive Council membership, the Fellow-at-large position will be intentionally filled by a Fellow from an equity seeking group.

The resident member of Council must be a resident enrolled in a Royal College accredited residency program in a Canadian medical school at the time of their appointment and for the duration of their term.

All new terms begin at the time of election at the February 23, 2023, AMM.

Application form – deadline October 2

The deadline to apply is October 2, 2022; applications received after this date will not be processed.

When completing the online application form, please

  • use the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge;
  • be prepared to complete the application form in one sitting; and
  • be prepared to upload your biography of approximately 300 words.

To ask questions, please contact a member of the Governance team at nominations@royalcollege.ca including to request a paper copy of the application form or any other accommodation(s) that you may require to ensure your equal participation.


Next steps in our 2023 Council election process

All completed applications received by October 2 will be considered by the NC when it meets in October 2022. The overall nomination and election process consists of the following steps.

  1. The Nominating Committee recruits new Council members (September).
  2. The Nominating Committee nominates incumbents and selects new Council applicants to interview (October).
  3. An interview panel comprised of Nominating Committee members interviews new Council applicants (October-November).
  4. The Nominating Committee nominates new Council members (November).
  5. Fellows receive the Nominating Committee ’s nominations for the region- and division specific Council members and are invited to submit additional nominations (December).
  6. Council receives the Nominating Committee ’s recommendations and nominates public members, Fellows-at-large and the resident member on Council (December).
  7. Fellows are informed of all Council nominations with the notice of the AMM (January).
  8. Council members are elected by the Fellows at the AMM (February).

Council committee recruitment

Recruitment to the governing committees that report to Council will begin in October. Learn more about committee opportunities or email your questions to governance@royalcollege.ca.