RCDSO 2022 Elections

The College is looking for leaders to join our Council (Board of Directors). Bring your talent and enthusiasm for strategic thinking, quality of patient care, financial planning and oversight, and policy development to the College to make decisions and set directions that enhance public interest protection.

Interested in learning more? Watch an RCDSO virtual town hall presentation where President Sandy Venditti candidly discusses with three Council members their direct experiences and contributions to the College's work. Hear about what motivated them to run, how they managed busy professional and personal plates, and how you can get involved! You can also check out recordings of Council meetings on our YouTube channel.

Our Council is composed of both dentists and members of the public. Twelve dentists on Council are elected by peers through a regional election process. Two dentists are academic selections. Nine to eleven public members are appointed by government. Find about more about the role and make up of Council.

All Council members work collaboratively to fulfil the College’s statutory mandate of regulating the dental profession in the public interest by putting patients first and ensuring the highest quality of oral health care.

If you are interested, complete our Council Candidate Application Form for the upcoming Council election. All candidates must also complete our new online orientation module about the expectations and duties of Council and committee members, and the role of the College. The module takes about an hour to complete and will provide interested candidates with insight into whether their skills, interests and experience are well suited for a role on Council and aligned with the College’s public interest mandate. We strongly suggest that you complete the orientation module first as it will assist you in completing the application.

The deadline to apply is September 23 at 4:00 p.m.

Information about the application process

Eligibility requirements for election are set out in article 7.2.4 of By-law #7.

We continue to strengthen our competency-based assessment process and are focused on enhancing the skill set and diversity of perspective on Council. Applicants must meet competency requirements  to be eligible to run for election to Council.

Council candidates must first demonstrate that they meet these competencies by completing the Council Candidate Application Form, which includes self-assessing against a list of Council and committee competencies, uploading a curriculum vitae, and writing a brief statement of interest setting out why they wish to run, their qualifications and relevant experience.

The determination whether candidates meet the competencies and can stand for election is made by the Eligibility Review Committee (ERC), composed of individuals external to the College with significant expertise in professional regulation and governance.

You can also apply to serve on a College committee as a non-Council member. The online application will be posted in late September, and a call for applications and more information will be sent out at that time. To increase your chances of being involved with College governance, you can apply for both Council and a non-Council committee position. People elected to Council will be removed from consideration for non-Council appointments.

Guidelines and information about campaigning will be sent to candidates in October 2023. No campaigning may take place before the decisions of the ERC committee are made and the Registrar confirms the slate of candidates in each district. 

Time Commitment

As an elected Council member, your term of office is about two years. Council typically meets four times per year for a full day, plus occasional training sessions or short videoconferences as needed.

The first Council meeting after the election is in January 2023. This meeting includes an orientation session. We suggest you hold January 17-19, 2023 for the Council meeting in the event you are elected.

Typically, Council members also serve on one or more committees. 


The significant commitment of Council members is recognized with an honorarium. The 2023 rate is $1,150 per full day (>6hours), with $1,375 per full day for committee chairpersons and for the chairpersons of panels of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) or the Discipline Committee. Compensation rates are outlined for quarterly increments of your time as outlined in College by-laws. Other reasonable expenses, such as travel, accommodation and meals, related to your Council activities are reimbursed according to the outlined policy. There are also preparation time fees for ICRC panels.

Committee Involvement

Appointments to College committees are recommended by the Executive/Nominations Committee and approved by Council in January. The College continues to strengthen its competency-based assessment process and to improve diversity and equity on committees. In populating the committees, the Nominations Committee will consider:

  • terms of reference
  • committee competencies
  • diversity and representation
  • practice areas
  • availability
  • balance of experience and new perspectives
  • succession planning
  • the needs of the Committee.

Council members are typically appointed to sit on one or more committees, but it is not automatic. Preferences expressed by Council members are considered but not guaranteed. Committees meet anywhere from three days a year to once a month, depending on the committee. Read more about time commitments for Council members and descriptions of College committees.  

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Equity, diversity and inclusion is a priority for the College. These values strengthen the College’s decision-making capacity, performance and accountability in carrying out its public protection mandate. The College strives to ensure that its Council and committees reflect the diversity of the populations that they serve and have decision-making and programming which are inclusive. We encourage applications from minority populations, including persons of colour, Indigenous persons, individuals with disabilities, women, persons who identify as immigrants and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The online application includes a voluntary diversity questionnaire where you are invited to self-identify your unique attributes.