If you are interested in joining one of the COA’s Committees as a volunteer member, please contact
Chelsea Patriquin: email@example.com or 514 874-9003 x 5.
The COA’s various Committees are an integral part of the Association’s governance structure. They lead projects, policies, programs, and initiatives that support the COA’s Mission and Vision.
Each Committee is made up of a Chair and Members selected by the COA’s Nominating Committee. Together, their interests and expertise contribute to both the COA’s and the Committee’s goals and mandates.
All Committee positions are on a volunteer basis and serve a mandate of approximately three years, with the possibility of renewal. The Board of Directors or Executive Committee positions may involve longer mandates.
COA Committees meet either in person or via teleconference at various times throughout the year. Committees are grouped under Councils named after the four strategic priorities of the COA: Education, Engagement, Advocacy and Quality. Each Council Chair serves as a member on the Board of Directors.
Members in COA leadership positions (Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Committee Chairs) are strongly recommended to complete the following implicit bias and cultural safety training modules during their term.
All COA members are encouraged to complete these same modules at their own discretion.
- Harvard Implicit Association Test – Countries, Skin-Tone, Gender, Weight, Sexuality, Race, Age (Free)
- CIHR Unconscious Bias in Peer Review and Research – Applicable for Practice (Free)
- Indigenous Cultural Safety Training – Healthcare Module (Payable by COA for Board & Committee members upon request)
- An open call for nominations is issued annually.
- Voting COA members* can nominate colleagues or themselves by completing the nomination form.
- *Active or Active International membership categories are considered voting members.
- A single nomination for an eligible candidate is all that is required to be considered for office. Multiple nominations or letters of support sent directly to the COA or Nominating Committee will not improve or influence a nominee’s candidacy.
- Completed nomination forms are submitted directly to the COA head office. After the submission deadline, the list of candidates is sent to the Nominating Committee for review and selection.
- Candidates are contacted by the COA to confirm their interest in being considered for the role, and to submit a copy of their CV when applicable.
- Completed nomination forms and corresponding CVs are sent to the Nominating Committee for review.
- A short list is compiled by the Nominating Committee. Short-listed candidates may be contacted for additional information or questions.
- The Nominating Committee selects final candidates from the short list.
- To become final, the Nominating Committee’s recommendation will be first voted on by the Board of Directors, followed by a vote from the general membership at the Your COA business meeting held at the COA Annual Meeting in June.
- Short-listed candidates for 2nd President Elect are automatically considered in the following year’s iteration (unless withdrawn).
Candidate General Criteria
- The COA is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are seeking candidates who reflect the broadest range of COA membership, including but not limited to diversity of leadership experience, geography, gender, age, race, cultural heritage, seniority, practice setting and subspecialty interest.
- We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in any of the following areas:
- Leadership development/mentorship
- Principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
- Continuing professional development
Attributes of a Volunteer Leader
- Leadership capabilities
- Consensus building – supports and environment of participative dialogue and compromise
- Openly facilitates problem resolution
- Strategic planning and risk management
- Change management – understands how to set and manage expectations associated with change
- Manages consistency of purpose and sees commitments through to completion
- Clear sense of business acumen
- Commitment to the COA and its Mission
- Global perspective on professional issues
- Professional temperament
- Effective communication skills
- Institutional knowledge – brings a considerable understanding of the COA, its core initiatives and its stakeholders
- Acceptance and adhesion to the respective Committee’s Terms of Reference
COA Leadership Opportunities
2nd President Elect
Past President & Nominating Committee Chair
Member at Large
Cassandra Lane Dielwart
British Columbia Representative
Council Chair, Education
Council Chair, Engagement
Council Chair, Advocacy
Council Chair – Quality
Chair, Finance & Audit Committee
President, Research Society
Co-Chair, Canadian Orthopaedic Residents Association
Co-Chair, Canadian Orthopaedic Residents Association
The Executive Committee addresses issues related to planning, programs, staffing, and the implementation of the Board’s strategic direction. It is also responsible for overseeing the Association’s order and structure during the periods in between Board meetings. The Executive reviews financial statements on a monthly basis and receives staff reports on all COA operations. This ensures that the COA leadership remains current on the relevant issues in a timely manner.
The Executive Committee is chaired by the COA President, and is made up of the President Elect, 2nd President Elect, Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, as well as the Chair of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. The CEO and Manager of Strategic Initiatives also support the Executive Committee.
The Executive meets a minimum of ten times annually, primarily by teleconference, with at least two in person meetings.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is chaired by the COA President and is made up of the members of the Executive Committee, regional representatives, and Council Chairs. The Board oversees the general direction of the organization, represents the interests of the membership, and upholds the Association’s reputation on a local, national and international platform. The Board is responsible for setting long-term goals and objectives that govern the future direction of the Association.
The Education Council is composed of the Continuing Education, Orthopaedic Chairs of Canada, and COA Global Surgery (COAGS) Committees and their Sub-Committees. All Committees have national representation and strive to be equitable in their makeup, while adhering to COA by-laws and upholding individual and specific mandates. The Council is Chaired by a member of the COA Board of Directors.
The Engagement Council is composed of the Membership Committee, the Exchange Fellowships Committee and the Emerging Leaders Committee. Committees have national representation and strive to be equitable in their makeup, while adhering to COA by-laws and upholding individual and specific mandates. The Council is Chaired by a member of the COA Board of Directors.
The Quality Council is composed of the Standards Committee and two sub-Committees: Evidence-based Research and Knowledge Translation. Committees have national representation and strive to be equitable in their makeup, while adhering to COA by-laws and upholding individual and specific mandates. The Council is Chaired by a member of the COA Board of Directors.
The Advocacy Council is composed of the Communications Committee and Provincial Associations Committee. Committees have national representation and strive to be equitable in their makeup, while adhering to COA by-laws and upholding individual and specific mandates. The Council is Chaired by a member of the COA Board of Directors.
The Standing Committees of the COA are the Finance and Audit Committee, Nominating Committee, Ethics Committee, Subspecialty Council and Presidents’ Council. Committees have national representation and strive to be equitable in their makeup, while adhering to COA by-laws and upholding individual and specific mandates. Each Standing Committee is Chaired by a member of the Board of Directors.
Who are the COA Committees and What Do They Do?
Learn more about what the COA’s committees do, and how to get involved.
COA Past Presidents 1945-2023
|2023||Laurie Hiemstra||1984||John W. Hazlett|
|2022||Kishore Mulpuri||1983||Hans K. Uhthoff|
|2021||Mohit Bhandari||1982||Edward H. Simmons|
|2020||Mark Glazebrook||1981||Robert B. Salter|
|2019||John Antoniou||1980||Glen E. Edwards|
|2018||Kevin Orrell||1979||Carroll A. Laurin|
|2017||Peter B. MacDonald||1978||Richard L. Cruess|
|2016||Robin R. Richards||1977||Ian Macnab|
|2015||Bas Masri||1976||W. Robert Harris|
|2014||Edward J. Harvey||1975||Jacques Robichon|
|2013||Geoffrey Johnston||1974||David G. Landells|
|2012||Emil H. Schemitsch||1973||Robert N. Lofthouse|
|2011||Ross K. Leighton||1972||Jean-Marc Lessard|
|2010||Cy Frank||1971||Olav Rostrup|
|2009||Peter J. O’Brien||1970||Frederick P. Dewar|
|2008||Marc J. Moreau||1968||F. Robert Tucker|
|2007||Brendan D. Lewis||1967||Roger Gariépy|
|2006||Robert B. Bourne||1966||R. Gordon Townsend|
|2005||Alain Jodoin||1965||George F. Pennal|
|2004||Robert M. Hollinshead||1964||Frank P. Patterson|
|2003||William R. J. Rennie||1963||Ian W. Davidson|
|2002||Clive P. Duncan||1962||Ulric Frenette|
|2001||Cecil H. Rorabeck||1961||E. Wilson Ewart|
|2000||D. William C. Johnston||1960||William B. MacKinnon|
|1999||David P. Petrie||1959||J. Gordon Petrie|
|1998||James P. Waddell||1958||George W. Armstrong|
|1997||Robert F. Martin||1957||Louis-Phillipe Roy|
|1996||André Beaupré||1956||Harold H. Boucher|
|1995||Michael A. Simurda||1955||John L. McDonald|
|1994||R. Merv Letts||1954||John R. Naden|
|1993||Morris Duhaime||1953||J. Calixte Favreau|
|1992||Marvin Tile||1952||R. Graham Huckell|
|1991||Reginald H. Yabsley||1951||Freeman A. Brockenshire|
|1990||Robert W. McGraw||1950||Alexander Gibson|
|1989||David E. Hastings||1949||Robert I. Harris|
|1988||James W. Wiley||1948||Joseph Édouard Samson|
|1987||Charles Sorbie||1947||Joseph Édouard Samson|
|1986||John R. Huckell||1946||John A. Nutter|
|1985||Gordon W.D. Armstrong||1945||John A. Nutter|
COA Past Presidents
The COA presidency has been maintained by a long list of leaders, visionaries and pioneers from across the country.