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The Royal College is governed by Council

Council acts as the Royal College’s policy-setting board and is our ultimate decision-making body. Specifically, Council sets strategic and governance policy, establishes our mission and vision, and provides oversight by monitoring the manner in which policies and decisions are implemented. Meet our Council members.

Large, diverse perspectives

Council meets face-to-face at least three times a year for two days at a time. It is chaired by the President and includes either the Past-President or President-Elect, 24 elected regional members, and up to eight appointed members including two Fellows-at-large, five public members and one resident member. Elected members join Council for four years, renewable once. Appointed members serve Council for one year, renewable up to seven times. The resident member’s term is renewable once. All Council positions are volunteer.

Executive Committee supports Council

An Executive Committee of Council — chaired by the President of the Royal College and including officers and standing committee chairs — supports Council and has delegated authority as defined by Council and the applicable bylaw. The Executive Committee of Council meets face-to-face at least three times a year.

Volunteers are indispensable in our governance

Volunteers (Fellows and lay volunteers) are a key feature in Royal College governance, with roughly 3,000 sustaining our committees, exams boards, surveys and other activities. Fellows also shape our direction and policies through various outreach programs, publications, focus groups and conferences.

Read more about the importance and value of our volunteers »