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Change to selection process

At the College’s Annual General Meeting on June 11 2021, revisions to the College’s bylaws were approved that replaced the election process for registered nurse (RN) members of Council with a skills-based selection process, and that increased the number of public representatives on Council from four to five. The changes take effect in 2022 and 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.

2022 Selection Process

The 2022 Council Selection process has now concluded. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply to serve on Council. Council is pleased to welcome the following individuals to Council for terms beginning on August 1, 2022:

  • Dawn Harris, Public Representative
  • Kenneth Molloy, Public Representative
  • Cynthia Taylor, RN


Evaluation of the Selection Proces

The College is currently conducting an evaluation of the selection process, including seeking feedback from applicants about how the process can be improved.

Information regarding the next selection process will be available in early 2023. For more information on the Council selection process, please review the FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is the 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.

What is the role of a Council Member?

For more information on the role of individual council members, please consult the Information on the Role of CRNM Council Members resource.

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:

  • A call for applications will be posted on the College’s website at least 30 days prior to the application deadline.
  • A committee of Council (the Council Member Selection panel) will 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 has also committed to 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 improved, and that report would be made available to registrants and the public.

What criteria will be used for candidate selection?

The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba recognizes the importance of building a Council that is reflective of the public whose interest the College is mandated to protect. This includes actively seeking Council members with diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. An applicant’s ability to contribute to a diverse Council composition will be a priority factor in the selection process.

Applicants must meet all of the following essential criteria in order to be considered for appointment to Council

  • Understanding of the role and responsibilities of the College
  • Ability to put the public interest above all other considerations, even when they may conflict with professional interests
  • Ability to think critically and with an open mind about issues
  • Ability to clearly communicate views on issues
  • Ability to make decisions based on open and thorough consideration of all the arguments
  • Ability to be a team player and use effective inter-personal skills to develop strong, trustworthy and cooperative relationships
  • Ability and intent to participate regularly and devote the required time and energy

Desired qualifications are considered an asset. Applicants who do not meet these criteria are still eligible for appointment to Council. The Selection Panel will give preference to candidates who possess expertise that are not sufficiently represented among existing Council members.

Prior experience of expertise in any of the following areas:

  • Governance, including experience serving on a governing board
  • Strategic planning
  • Quality improvement
  • Finance, including reading and interpreting financial statements
  • Risk management
  • Professional regulation
  • Law

The Council is also interested in having representation from diverse perspectives amongst RN members of Council. This includes giving consideration to factors such as domain of nursing practice (e.g. direct care, education, administration/management and nursing designation).

What happens to current Council members?

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

How were registrants and the public notified about a call for applications?

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

Members of the public were notified about the call for applications via the College website, on the Volunteer Manitoba website, on social media, and by print notices in a number of newspapers throughout the province.

When did these changes take effect?

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