Governance opportunities at CPA:
Apply now to get involved

Call for Candidates: Members-in-Training Subcommittee

The CPA invites applications from resident members in good standing to join the Member-in-Training (MIT) Subcommittee. Applications will be due by Oct. 6, 2023 at midnight PT.

The following regional positions are available:

  • British Columbia
  • Prairies (Saskatchewan/Manitoba)
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic (Nova Scotia/Newfoundland/New Brunswick/PEI)
  • Member-at-Large (any province)

Drs. Marianne Côté-Olijnyk, Helen Olaoye, Rhys Linthorst, Laura Rivera and Joanne Barnes are each eligible to apply for a second term.

The purpose of the MIT Subcommittee is to provide expert advice and leadership to the CPA on matters of interest to psychiatry residents and trainees. Our mandate includes the following:

  • Represent and advocate for residents and trainees throughout CPA governance. MITs are members of most CPA committees.
  • Identify, prioritize, and recommend new products and services for residents and trainees and provide input on existing offerings.
  • Encourage participation of all residents in the CPA.

Examples of projects that the MIT subcommittee coordinates include resident-track CPA conference workshops, national webinars on topics of interest to trainees, the trainee mentorship program, medical student outreach initiatives, a quarterly trainee newsletter, a national psychiatry trainee handbook (in progress), an annual trivia competition, and an annual trainee conference social. Each member of the MIT Subcommittee is expected to take a leadership role in at least one project and/or a CPA committee requiring MIT input.


Ideal candidates should:

  • Recognize the value of the CPA’s mission and have a vision for how to improve the trainee experience for their colleagues.
  • Have prior experience with coordinating educational activities and working in medium-sized organizations.
  • Support provision of an equitable and inclusive learning environment with educational content that promotes health equity.

To be eligible, candidates must be members in good standing of the CPA as defined in sections 3.01 and 3.03 of the CPA’s bylaws, and if appointed, agree to remain so throughout their tenure. The successful candidate must also agree to abide by the prevailing Volunteer Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy (disclosure of competing interests will be required at the application stage and if appointed, annually thereafter).


Member terms are two years in length. We expect the average member to need five to 10 hours per month to attend meetings every six weeks, attend other CPA committee meetings, and complete project work, though there will be periods of more and less work throughout the year. Members are encouraged to attend the CPA annual conference though this is not a requirement.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted online until Oct. 6, 2023 at midnight PT. When submitting your candidacy, please be prepared to submit the following:

  • A (400-word max) statement of interest in an available position above, indicating your stage of training, relevant experience, any projects or committees you are most interested in, and any other strengths that you would bring to the subcommittee.
  • A copy of your CV (10 pages maximum).
  • A declaration of conflicts of interest.

If you have questions or would like more information about this leadership role, please contact the Nominating and Governance Committee.