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Members vote to ratify new governance model
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Physicians from across the province voted to ratify the proposed NLMA governance model in an online vote that concluded on April 11.
By NLMA Staff
Physicians from across the province
voted to ratify the proposed NLMA governance model in an online vote
that concluded on April 11. A total of 396 ballots were cast
with a final tally of 5.3%
opposed and 94.7% in favor of the new model.
"I am extremely pleased that members
support this new direction we are taking the Association. Now that we
have approval from the membership to proceed, we will begin implementing
the new organizational committee structure over the coming months." said
NLMA President Dr. Tony Gabriel.
"Although the proposed changes were
overwhelmingly endorsed, the response rate of 23.4 per cent of eligible
voters is an indication that we still have our work cut out for us when
it comes to engaging members and encouraging participation in NLMA
decision making. Our new governance model ensures there will be
opportunities for all members in all areas of the province to become
more involved," he added.
The NLMA initiated the governance review
and strategic planning process to examine its representational
structures. It was determined that the Association’s former governance
structures might limit the NLMA’s ability to effectively respond to
“Our Association was established in 1924
and while the Association has evolved considerably since then, our way
of doing business has not kept pace with the rapidly changing
medico-political landscape. We needed some modernizing to bring us into
the 21 Century,” said NLMA Executive Director Mr. Rob Ritter.
Initial planning for the NLMA governance
review began in the summer of 2011 with the creation of the Governance
Steering Committee to oversee the review and guide the strategic
planning process. The committee was co-chaired by Dr. Pat O’Shea and Dr.
Brendan Lewis, and included Dr. Eric Stone, Dr. Vicky Crosbie and NLMA
Executive Director Mr. Rob Ritter.
Following months of consultations and
interviews with members and key stakeholders, the vision for the new
governance structure was presented to NLMA members at the 2012 AGM.
During the meeting, delegates voted to adopt the new governance model in
principle, pending formal approval by a majority vote of the entire NLMA
The ratification vote was launched on
March 25 following a province-wide Special General Meeting, which gave
members an opportunity to learn about the proposed changes in more
The primary component of the new
governance model is a framework that includes a shift to an at-large
nine-member board of directors from the former 20-member board; the
dismissal of the Executive Committee; the creation of four standing
committees; the development of a number of ad hoc committees and
advisory councils; and, mechanisms to facilitate enhanced member
The transition to the new governance
structure will begin in June following the 2013 Annual General Meeting.
To ensure a President is in place when the new board structure comes
into full effect, a call for nominations for President-Elect was issued
in February. To manage the overlap of the old and new governance
structures no new board members will be nominated at this year’s AGM,
excluding the President-Elect. Instead, the seats of board members whose
term ends in June 2013 will not be replenished. The remaining board
members will stay on to fulfill their terms to bridge the transition.
When the remaining members complete their terms, the positions of the new
board structure (excluding the Past-President) will be filled
through a general election in 2014.