Council Selection Process


In March 2020, Council approved, in principle, revisions to the College’s bylaws that would replace the existing election process for registered nurse (RN) members of Council with a selection process, and that would increase the number of public representatives on Council from four to five. The changes allow for a stronger alignment with the College’s mandate to serve and protect the public interest, facilitate effective succession planning and the creation of a skills-based Council.

These proposed changes came after a substantial review of current trends in regulatory governance and reflect emerging best practice both in Canada and abroad.

Consultation process

Council provided a detailed presentation at the 2020 AGM on the proposed Council Selection Process, inviting registrants and the public to engage in a discussion on the proposed changes. Following the 2020 AGM, Council embarked on a lengthy consultation process between October 2020 and April 2021, engaging more than 175 registrants, stakeholders and members the public in 12 separate webinar presentation and Q&A sessions regarding these changes to our governance structure. As part of that consultation process, a recording of the webinar and a number of resources were available on the College's website.

In addition, in accordance with subsection 222(5) of The Regulated Health Professions Act, the Council provided a copy of the bylaws to membership for review and comment in February 2021.

What we heard

Overall, feedback was positive, with most expressing support for the overall model and how it supports the continued alignment the governance of the College with the public interest​. Several frequently asked questions were raised, which you can see below.

Outcome and next steps

On June 11, 2021 at the Annual General Meeting of the College. the proposed changes were put forward for approval. The motion to approve the amended bylaws passed by a vote of 29 in favour, 23 opposed. 

Council will now begin the work of implementing these changes, and will continue to keep registrants and the public informed regarding their progress. Council will continue to engage and seek feedback as the process unfolds.




Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the role of the College?

    The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba exists to protect and serve the public interest through quality registered nursing regulation. The College sets the standards for registered nursing practice, supports RNs in meeting those standards, and takes action when the standards are not met.

  2. What is Council’s role?

    The Council is the College’s governing body, whose mandate is to govern the College and the registered nursing profession in the public interest.

  3. What changes did Council propose?

    Council reviewed this issue at length and put forward the following proposals:

    • Transitioning away from elections for RN members of Council, so that all Council members are appointed based on a common set of publicly available criteria.
    • Increasing the number of public representatives on the Council from four to five, and therefore reducing the number of RN members from seven to six.
  4. What information did Council consider in drafting these changes?

    After reviewing a substantial body of evidence from across Canada and abroad, Council identified a distinct pattern in other jurisdictions with regard to regulatory reviews and the recommendations related to the structure of regulatory boards/councils, such as:

    • Creating an appointed, rather than elected Council
    • Greater public participation in professional regulation and its governance
    • Building a skills-based Council and effective succession plan to ensure continuity in effective governance

    Read below to access a number of publications and relevant information.

  5. What is the process for candidate selection?

    Council believes the process for candidate selection must be open and transparent, and will deliberate on this particular issue. Ultimately, it will be a Council-led process in which Council makes the final decision. The process would include the following characteristics:

    • The criteria used to identify potential candidates would be posted publicly on the College website.
    • A call for applications would be posted on the College’s website at least 30 days prior to the application deadline.
    • A committee of Council would review applications against a predetermined set of criteria, interview selected candidates and make recommendations to Council as a whole.
    • Following Council approval, successful applicants would be announced on the College’s website.
    • Council would also engage an external consultant after the first few years to review how well the criteria for council appointments are being applied, how they can be approved, and that report would be made available to registrants and the public.
  6. What criteria will be used for candidate selection?

    Criteria will include competencies and attributes such as:

    • Ability to put the public interest above all other considerations, even when they may conflict with professional interests
    • Ability to make think critically and strategically, consider different perspectives to make decisions in the public interest
    • An understanding the role of governance as it relates to operations
    • A variety of individual characteristics to maintain a diversity of perspectives, such as:
      • Cultural diversity (e.g. Indigenous heritage, internationally-educated, member of a visible minority group)
      • Geographic diversity (rural and remote practice environments)
      • Specific professional experience/knowledge (e.g. legal, finance, accounting)
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the role of a Council member and the selection criteria
  7. What happens to current Council members?

    As current registered nurse Council members terms expire, the process to fill the vacancy would be done through the appointment process. Current RN Council members eligible to apply for a possible second term would be welcome to do so.

  8. How will registrants be notified about a call for applications?

    Registrants will be notified about a call for applications in very much the same way that nominations were handled in the past. The information will be posted to the College website, shared in the eNews, and criteria and deadlines will be clearly identified.

  9. When will these changes take effect?

    With the approval of the amended bylaws at the 2021 Annual General Meeting, the changes take effect August 1, 2021.


Cayton, Harry. An Inquiry into the Performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act (2018).

Robertson, Esther. Fit for the Future: Report of the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation in Scotland (2018).

College of Nurses of Ontario. Governance Vision 2020 (2019)

Field Law. [Alberta] Bill 30: Increased Public Participation in Professional Regulation (2020).

Province of British Columbia. Recommendations to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework (2020).