College of Nurses of Ontario Nominating Committee FAQ

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The Opportunity

The College of Nurses of Ontario is actively searching for volunteers to serve on its inaugural Nominating Committee.

About the College of Nurses of Ontario

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is the regulatory body for Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Nurse Practitioners in Ontario. CNO’s purpose is to protect the public by promoting safe nursing practice. Go to for more information.

About the Position


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The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), a visionary leader in regulatory governance, is looking for volunteers to serve on its inaugural Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will support CNO in advancing competency-based governance, a key component of CNO’s vision for governance that promotes public trust.

You can review the Terms of Reference here.

You can review the Nominating Committee Competencies & Attributes Profile here.

You are a seasoned leader with a dedication to public service and experience in decision-making, change management and protecting the public. In addition to those attributes, we are looking for at least one person with a strong background in human resources, particularly in candidate recruitment, assessment, and selection. We are also looking for someone experienced in industrial-organizational psychology.

Governance certification or board level experience in a regulatory and / or non-profit environment rounds out your background. A skilled communicator with unquestionable integrity, you possess strong professional judgement, systems level thinking and a passion for protecting the public.

If this sounds like you, CNO invites you to apply to serve as a member of its Nominating Committee. The CNO is actively searching for volunteer members including two members of the public and two members of CNO’s Council (one who is a nurse and one member of the public).

What will I be asked to do if selected for this Committee?

The Nominating Committee will support CNO in advancing competency-based governance, a key component of CNO’s innovative vision for governance that promotes public trust.

As a member of the Nominating Committee, you will be part of a team that assists the Board (Council) in ensuring CNO’s committees have the competencies and attributes (the experience, knowledge, skills, and character) to enable them to fulfil their roles and public protection purpose. Among its duties, the Nominating Committee recommends candidates for appointment or re-appointment to CNO’s committees.

Specifically, the Nominating Committee is responsible for:

  • Succession planning for the Board and Committees.
  • Collaborating with the Board, Committee chairs, and CNO staff to assess the needs of the Board and Committees.
  • Implementing a Board-approved process that is structured, transparent, and objective for actively recruiting, evaluating, and selecting qualified, diverse candidates for appointment to Committees.
  • Recommending to the Board candidates for appointment or re-appointment to Committees.
  • Acting in accordance with applicable legislation, CNO by-laws, and Board-approved principles, policies, processes, and criteria in discharging its duties.
  • Declaring election results, resolving election disputes and fulfilling other duties related to the election of nurses to the Board.
  • Making recommendations to the Board for filling Board vacancies in-between elections.
  • Supporting the Board to elect the Executive Committee.
  • Seeking the Board’s input and involving the full Board in its work on a regular basis, as appropriate.
  • Discharging its duties in a transparent, independent, impartial, and fair manner.
  • Reviewing the Nominating Committee’s processes on a regular basis and recommending improvements to the Board.
  • Reviewing its Terms of Reference no later than three years from their approval, and making recommendations to the Board about a more permanent Nominating Committee structure if required. Performing any other activities necessary to fulfil its mandate, or as may be required by the Board from time to time.
How long will I serve?

The members of the Nominating Committee are appointed for up to 3-year terms, with a maximum of 2 consecutive terms. Nominating Committee members’ terms may be staggered so that no more than 2 expire in any given year.

What is the time commitment?

There are 2-4 virtual meetings occurring between November and May and each meeting is up to three hours. Preparation for meetings vary with the heaviest amount up to 3 hours.

There is an orientation session to learn about CNO, nursing regulation, the committee’s role (e.g., Terms of Reference) and the committee appointments process. Occasional ad hoc meetings may be called by the chair to address issues arising (e.g., making recommendations about filling board vacancies in-between elections)

Can I attend meetings virtually?

CNO continues to meet virtually at this time.

Do I need to live in the Province of Ontario?

Yes, it is important to be a resident of Ontario.

Do I need to be a nurse?

No, you do not need to be a nurse. CNO is currently seeking individuals who are not nurses.

Will I be paid?

This is a voluntary role and volunteers receive a nominal honorarium.

How do I apply?

Begin the application at this link. Please allow up to 75 minutes for completion. Once you have submitted, you will be provided instructions on how to communicate your resume.

When will I hear more?

The selection process will be completed in September, so you can expect to hear back by then.

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