In addition to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the CPA has a governance structure to support the mission and strategic focus of the organization. In particular, the Board has created a number of Committees, Councils and Working Groups that report directly to the Board.
A 14-month governance review was completed in December 2015 with the objective of ensuring the governance structure of the CPA is sound and positioned for success. The report, Built for the Future…Blueprint for the Future, contains 41 recommendations designed to ensure the CPA is a member-focused, member-responsive and member-driven organization.
Committees are created by the Board to assist in meeting its current strategic priorities, and provide assistance and advice on issues pertinent to their area of expertise. They do not make decisions, but rather provide recommendations to the Board for review and approval. The Board reviews terms of reference at least every five years.Board of Directors Nominating Committee
Dr. Padraic Carr, Chair
The Board of Directors Nominating Committee oversees a fair and transparent process for selecting elected officers of the Association, Chair of committees and CPA representatives on external bodies.Continuing Professional Development
Dr. Nancy Brager, Chair
The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee provides guidance on matters related to required activities outlined by the Royal College in the Maintenance of Certification program, in order to facilitate members’ professional development. Through the Annual Conference (Dr. Glendon Tait, Chair and Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Associate Chair), CPD Institute (Dr. Susan Abbey, Chair) and International CPD Conference (Dr. Gary Chaimowitz, Chair) subcommittees, the CPD Committee promotes and develops regional, national and international CPD programming.Economics
Dr. Linda Hoyt, Chair
The Economics Committee develops policy recommendations and carries out projects that relate to the economics of psychiatry.Education
Dr. Jodi Lofchy, Chair
The Education Committee provides the primary national specialty society focus for the education of psychiatric learners and a secondary focus for educational matters of interest to the specialist practitioner and the public.Executive
Dr. Pam Forsythe, Chair
The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Board when required to represent the organization. The Executive Committee also acts as the Finance and Audit Committee to set and recommend financial policies, provide oversight on financial activities, including stewardship of assets, and to provide accountability to members.Membership Affairs Committee
Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Chair
The Membership Affairs Committee provides guidance on recruitment, retention and recognition of members. The committee undertakes the responsibility of visioning to encourage the participation of all Canadian psychiatrists and psychiatric residents in the Association. The Members-in-Training and Fellows Section (Dr. Michael Butterfield, Chair) is a subcommittee with the vision to encourage the participation of all Canadian psychiatric residents in the Association and to represent resident interests and to generate solutions to gaps in the current system.Professional Standards and Practice
Dr. Doug Urness, Chair
The Professional Standards and Practice Committee prioritizes the activities and the allocation of resources related to professional standards and practice. The committee develops papers, guidelines, discussion papers and statements relating to professional standards and practice, and reviews and revises these on a periodic basis. The Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Subcommittee (Dr. Doug Urness, Chair) reports to this committee.Research
Dr. Jitender Sareen, Chair
The Research Committee is an expert advisory resource and think-tank on scientific and research issues. The Practice Research Network (Dr. Roger C. Bland, Chair) is a subcommittee of this committee.
Councils are created by the Board to assist in meeting its current strategic priorities, and provide assistance and advice on issues pertinent to their area of expertise. They do not make decisions, but rather provide recommendations to the Board for review and approval. The Board reviews terms of reference at least every five years.Council of Academies
Dr. Johann Brink, Chair
The Council of Academies provides a national forum for the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine to discuss issues of provincial or national interest for information, review, discussion, opinion, advice, direction, support or action in the areas of psychiatry, mental health or public policy.Council of Psychiatric Associations
The Council of Psychiatric Associations provides a national forum in which representatives from the provincial psychiatric associations can address matters of provincial or national interest for information, review, discussion, opinion, advice, direction, support or action in the areas of psychiatry, mental health or public policy.
Working Groups deal with time-limited, issue-specific strategic issues and their terms of reference are reviewed annually.Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care
Dr. Nick Kates and Ellen Anderson, Co-Chairs
In 1997, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the CPA agreed to work together to enhance the care received by people in Canada with mental health problems and disorders. Specifically, both organizations committed to advancing the principles and recommendations outlined in the 1997 position paper, Shared Mental Health Care in Canada.
CPA currently has 18 active sections. With consent and approval of the Board, members may organize a section for the purpose of: (1) reading papers, evaluating and promoting discussion on scientific or technical matters of particular interest in their special field of medicine; and (2) voicing considered expressions of opinion for the benefit of the CPA on all matters which concern the section, at the invitation and with the approval of the Board.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
ECT & Neurostimulation
Global Mental Health
History and Philosophy of Psychiatry
Members in Training and Fellows
Military & Veterans
Native Mental Health
Telepsychiatry, Media and Informatics