Board of Directors

An extensive consultation process identified that the Board structure must evolve to be more effective in leading the OMA. 

The current Board structure has several challenges

  • The very large size of 26 members makes decision-making cumbersome
  • The representative model inherently places Directors in conflict of their fiduciary duty when making decisions. Directors are conflicted between protecting the interests of the physician profession verses the interests of their Constituency Group (Assembly/District/Council/Section/Fora)
  • Current OMA by-laws are confusing, with dual bodies (Board and Council) both having governing authority
  • The OMA is experiencing disunity and conflict as a result
  • The current election process mandates that Council elects 5 Board Directors
  • Districts and Academic Forum elect their representatives for the Board
  • General membership is only able to vote on the election of Directors in their district. General membership is not able to vote for all Board Directors

The OMA requires a single decision-making authority necessary for effective, efficient and agile organizational governance. Clear delineation of which body governs the organization will eliminate the existing conflict and disunity. The Ontario Corporations Act mandates that the Board of Directors oversee the management of the corporation’s activities and affairs.


New Board Structure

  • Implement a smaller, skills-based Board of Directors with a small number of non-physician
  • Reduce the Board of Directors to 11 Directors (8 physicians and 3 non-physicians) 
  • Directors elected by the OMA membership based on a fair nomination process and detailed candidate summaries provided to members
  • Board Chair elected by Directors
  • President-Elect will be elected by the members and sit as an Observer
  • President will be a voting Director
  • Immediate Past President will sit as an Observer for one year
  • The OMA will contract with reputable, neutral, third party provider to deem Board nominees as eligible, provide a skills and experience summary, and to create digital resumes for all nominees
  • A transparent and high integrity process to recruit qualified candidates for the Board will enable members to trust the process and make an informed choice for their Board of Directors

Role of the Board

  • Uphold the vision and mission of the OMA
  • Oversee the governance and management of the corporation’s activities and affairs
  • Provide unifying and inspiring leadership for the OMA
  • Approve the PSA negotiations mandate with input from Constituency Groups and a diverse representative body
  • Secure a proposed PSA and forward to members for ratification
  • Oversee CEO recruitment, support and accountability
  • Lead the strategic planning process with the CEO, Senior Management Team, and with input from a diverse representative body
  • Oversee Board Committees and Task Forces
  • Oversee risk management
  • Oversee human resource policy
  • Oversee the development and implementation of an efficient and agile governance framework for the OMA organization

The Role of the Board in the New General Assembly Model

The Role of the Board in the New General Assembly Model

The Role of the Standing Committee and Task Forces in the New General Assembly Model

The Role of the Standing Committee and Task Forces in the New General Assembly Model

Role of Director

Board Directors of the OMA are elected directly by members during the regular election period. Directors of the Ontario Medical Association will:

  • Ensure Board oversight and performance related to all aspects of the Board Charter
  • Provide governance leadership in supervising the management of the OMA’s activities and affairs
  • Contribute consistently and meaningfully to the effective performance of the Board of Directors of the OMA
  • Members will directly elect their Physician Board Directors, and non-physician Board Directors

Board Directors will be in good standing with the OMA and eligible to hold office as per the OMA By-laws. Board Directors will serve a two-year term, with a maximum service of 6 years.


OMA Leaders

Role of Chair

The Board Chair will lead the Board of Directors and work collaboratively with Directors and the CEO to advance the vision and mission of the OMA. The Chair will:

  • Represent the collective voice of Directors and act as a spokesperson for the Board of Directors
  • Represent the Board of Directors in discussions with the CEO and consult with the CEO about achieving the goals of the Board of Directors
  • Deliver reports and speak to members, the Board of Directors and physician leaders on issues relating to Board decisions, Board accountability, and the governance of the organization
  • Oversee that the Board of Directors and the CEO remain transparent in their processes and actions, and are accountable to the corporation
  • Support OMA communications and advocacy efforts when required

Role of Vice-Chair

The Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors will serve on the Board of Directors and act as the Chair of the Board either in the absence of the Chair or as requested by the Chair. The Vice-Chair will carry out certain additional leadership duties, within reason, relating to the functioning, responsibilities, and effectiveness of the OMA Board of Directors, as requested by the Chair. The Vice-Chair is a member of the Board of Directors and works closely with the Chair

Role Of President

The OMA President will be considered the Primary and Official Spokesperson for the OMA with regard to physician and professional issues.

  • The President will serve a 1-year term – non-renewable and will be a voting member of the OMA Board of Directors
  • Fixed terms will ensure the OMA Board of Directors benefits from a constant inflow of talented leaders who bring their unique perspective to the challenges of the profession

Election and role of President-Elect

In the existing Council structure, Council elects the President-Elect and is guided by a non-binding poll of members. The President-Elect prepares to take on the role of President at the expiry of the President’s on-year term. The President-Elect will learn all aspects of two roles – the role of Board Director and the role of Official Spokesperson for the OMA. In the new structure there will be a more open and democratic process for electing the President-Elect:

  • The President-Elect will be elected directly by the membership
  • The President-Elect election process will include an eligibility, skills and experience summary (identical to the Board of Directors process) to enable members to make an informed choice for their President-Elect

In the new structure, the President-Elect will sit for a one-year term as an Observer on the Board of Directors. They will assume the role of President at the expiry of the Presidents one-year term.

Immediate Past President

The Immediate Past President will sit as a non-voting Observer on the Board Directors for a one-year period. In keeping with the effort to reduce the size of the Board, it is not feasible for the Past President to retain a (voting) Director position. The Immediate Past President will bring strong value to the Board of Directors:

  • The Immediate Past President’s vast experience, institutional memory and knowledge can be leveraged by the Board of Directors
  • The Immediate Past President cannot seek re-election. Once again, a fixed term for the Immediate Past President will ensure the OMA Board benefits from a constant inflow of talented leaders who bring their unique perspective to the challenges of the profession

Role of Past Presidents

Past Presidents of the Ontario Medical Association may be called on by the Board Chair or CEO to provide counsel or support initiatives of the OMA. Each Past President brings in depth experience and knowledge gained in their role of President and Immediate Past President and may have particular talents that would assist the organization from time to time.

Past Presidents will not formally serve any further terms on the OMA Board and will be called on an “as needed” basis to support the OMA.