Get on Board!

The CWC PCN Board of Directors needs physician members like you who are passionate about primary health care, and committed to the Patient Medical Home and the delivery of PCN programs and services in the community.

As a Board director or subcommittee member, you will engage with your fellow physicians and share your ideas and energy as we pursue the CWC PCN’s strategic goals in support of Alberta Health PCN objectives.

Get on Board and you will also:

  • Earn Mainpro+® credits.
  • Be compensated for your time.
  • Develop valuable skills to enhance your career, including financial planning, policy, public speaking, strategic planning and writing.
  • Stay connected to the pulse of primary care in Alberta.

Interested? As a CWC PCN physician member you are eligible to stand for election as a Physician Director or apply to become a Committee Member at Large. Read on to learn more about the requirements and commitments for these important roles:

Physician Director

PHYSICIAN DIRECTOR (three-year term)

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the Calgary West Central P.G. Co. (CWC P.G. Co.), a not-for-profit corporation compromised of community-based physician members. Through a joint venture with Alberta Health Services, the CWC P.G. Co. operates the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network, a healthcare organization supporting family physician members and their patients, primarily located in the southwest of Calgary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The CWC P.G. Co. is looking for physician members to run for one of three director positions on the Board at the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM). This individual would represent the physician membership in Board discussions and decisions while ensuring alignment with Alberta Health objectives. The physician Board member is to be thoughtful in their approach and offer considered advice based on sound judgement, independence, courage, integrity and constructive diplomacy.

Activities associated with being a Member of the Board:

  • Preparation for and attendance at monthly Board meetings, meetings of assigned committees, AGM and other meetings of the membership.
  • Attendance at the annual Board Governance 101 Orientation and Strategic Board Planning Retreat.
  • Review of the organization’s articles and policies and recommending any changes as appropriate; monitoring compliance with Board policies.
  • Participation in Board evaluation processes.
  • Review of annual and semi-annual budget, business plans, business plan amendments, and significant organizational expenditures and/or commitments.
  • Actively developing and maintaining positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members and community to enhance the mission.
  • Participation in discussions and decisions on matters of strategy, policy, finance and programs.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance (e.g. policy, finance, programs, personnel and/or advocacy) would be an asset but are not required. As a member of the Board, this director will act in a position of trust for the organization’s membership and the community and will be responsible for making positive contributions toward the effective governance of the organization. All directors have a legal duty to act in the best interest of the organization, its members and its funder.

Experience

Understanding of primary care as a member physician of the CWC PCN.

  • Experience and understanding of the clear distinctions between the role of the Board and that of the Executive Director and staff of the organization.
  • Leadership experience in the community would be an asset. 

Key Characteristics

  • Ability to build trusting relationships with fellow Board members and senior staff.
  • Passionate about not-for-profit work with a clear, creative and visionary approach.
  • Able to commit to be fully engaged and work between meetings to keep fully informed.
  • Commitment to the principles of policy governance focusing on fiduciary, strategic and generative issues.
  • Positive and constructive contributions in meetings and interacting with others courteously, respectfully and free of animosity.
  • Possess sophisticated, thoughtful communication skills, emotional intelligence and independence of thought.
  • Ability to balance strong viewpoints with a supportive style in the boardroom.
  • Commitment to the work of the organization, adherence to Board policies, and maintenance of confidentiality of Board business.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about how to stand for election to the Board of Directors, please email board@cwcpcn.com or contact Jonathan Macpherson, Manager of Governance & Policy, at jmacpherson@cwcpcn.com.

Click here to download the full Physician Director job description.

Committee Member at large

COMMITTEE MEMBER AT LARGE (Renewable one-Year Term)

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the Calgary West Central P.G. Co. (CWC P.G. Co.), a not-for-profit corporation compromised of community-based physician members. Through a joint venture with Alberta Health Services, the CWC P.G. Co. operates the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network, a healthcare organization supporting family physician members and their patients, primarily located in the southwest of Calgary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The CWC P.G. Co. is looking for physician members to serve on one of four advisory subcommittees of the Board. These individuals will be remunerated for their time as per the Board Cost of Governance Policy. They will represent the physician membership in committee discussions and recommendations to the Board. An advisory subcommittee is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills that augment the knowledge and skills of the formal Board of Directors in order to more effectively guide the organization. Since the Board of Directors has ultimate governance authority for the organization, the advisory committee is able to focus narrowly on a specific program in order to advise or support the organization.

SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE BOARD

Each subcommittee of the Board will meet on average between four and six times per year for approximately 1.5 hours each meeting. Committee members at large can expect to contribute between six to 10 hours per year to attend committee meetings for which they will be compensated.

Finance Audit & Risk Committee

  • Oversight of financial planning and reporting.
  • Participates in review of annual budget planning process.
  • Review of annual external audit.
  • Supports the oversight of regulatory compliance and risk management.

Board Development Committee

  • Supports and reviews Board training and development opportunities.
  • Supports the facilitation of the annual Board evaluation.
  • Develops the agenda and content for the annual two-day Strategic Board Planning Retreat.
  • Identifies key competencies needed when recruiting for new Board members.

Board Policy & Human Resources Committee

  • Reviews and makes recommendations of Board policies and governance processes.
  • Supports the organizations strategic human resources policy review.
  • Ensures the organization is adhering to human resources best practices.
  • Facilitates the annual performance review of the Executive Director.

Membership & External Relations Committee

  • Reviews membership applicants.
  • Listens to membership grievances.
  • Reviews Annual General Meeting (AGM) Board of Director nominations and AGM business.
  • Reviews strategic communications.
  • External and Physician Director recruitment.

Activities Associated with Being a Member of a Subcommittee:

  • Preparation for and attendance at regular committee meetings, AGM and other potential meetings with CWC PCN senior leadership.
  • Review of the organization’s articles and policies and recommending any changes as appropriate; monitoring compliance with Board policies.
  • Annual review of committee terms of reference and committee work plan.
  • Participation in discussions and decisions on matters of strategy, policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy.
  • Evaluating the performance of a program, or policy, as advocates for the organization to the community in which you serve.
  • Other advisory committees can be created to address a specific organizational need. These advisory committees are temporary and are disbanded as soon as their specific goals are met. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance (e.g. policy, finance, programs, personnel and/or advocacy) would be an asset but are not required. As a member of a subcommittee of the Board, this individual will act in a position of trust for the organization’s membership and the community and will be responsible for making positive contributions toward the effective governance of the organization. All subcommittee members have a legal duty to act in the best interest of the organization, its members and its funder.

Experience

  • Understanding of primary care as a member physician of the CWC PCN.
  • Experience and understanding of the clear distinctions between the role of an advisory committee in relation to the Board of Directors.
  • Leadership experience in the community would be an asset.
  • Previous experience serving on a Board, task force or committee.
  • Board or committee experience in the following areas would be an asset but are not required :
    • Finance/treasury
    • Human resources
    • Policy
    • Risk management
    • Member relations

Key Characteristics

  • Ability to build trusting relationships with fellow Board members and senior staff.
  • Passionate about not-for-profit work with a clear, creative and visionary approach.
  • Able to commit to be fully engaged and work between meetings to keep fully informed.
  • Commitment to the principles of policy governance focusing on fiduciary, strategic and generative issues.
  • Positive and constructive contributions in meetings and interacting with others courteously, respectfully and free of animosity.
  • Possess sophisticated, thoughtful communication skills, emotional intelligence and independence of thought.
  • Ability to balance strong viewpoints with a supportive style in the boardroom.
  • Commitment to the work of the organization, adherence to Board policies and maintenance of confidentiality of Board business.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To learn more about applying to serve on one of our advisory committees, please email board@cwcpcn.com or contact Jonathan Macpherson, Manager of Governance & Policy, at jmacpherson@cwcpcn.com.

Click here to download the full Committee Member at Large job description.


Additionally, up to three volunteer External Directors from outside our membership are eligible for appointment to the Board. These individuals provide a voice from the community and represent the general public in Board discussions and decisions. Their primary purpose is to bring objective scrutiny and independence of thought. 

External Director

EXTERNAL DIRECTOR (volunteer, three-year term)

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the Calgary West Central P.G. Co. (CWC P.G. Co.), a not-for-profit corporation compromised of community-based physician members. Through a joint venture with Alberta Health Services, the CWC P.G. Co. operates the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network, a healthcare organization supporting family physician members and their patients, primarily located in the southwest of Calgary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The CWC P.G. Co. is seeking to appoint a volunteer External Director to its Board. This individual would provide a voice from the community and represent the general public in Board discussions and decisions. The primary purpose of the External Director is to bring objective scrutiny and independence of thought. The External Director is to be thoughtful in their approach and offer considered advice based on sound judgement, independence, courage, integrity and constructive diplomacy. They will understand their uniqueness of experience and perspective and will have a style of communication that enables them to influence without appearing dictatorial.

Activities Associated with Being a Member of the Board

  • Preparation for and attendance at monthly Board meetings, meetings of assigned committees, Annual General Meeting (AGM) and other meetings of the membership.
  • Attendance at the annual Strategic Board Planning Retreat.
  • Review of the organization’s articles and policies and recommending any changes as appropriate; monitoring compliance with Board policies.
  • Participation in Board evaluation processes.
  • Review of annual and semi-annual budget, business plans, business plan amendments, and significant organizational expenditures and/or commitments.
  • Actively developing and maintaining positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members and community to enhance the mission.
  • Participation in discussions and decisions on matters of strategy, policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge and skills in one or more areas of Board governance (e.g., policy, finance, programs, personnel and/or advocacy) would be required. As a member of the Board, this External Director will act in a position of trust for the organization’s membership and the community and will be responsible for making positive contributions toward the effective governance of the organization. All directors have a legal duty to act in the best interest of the corporation.

Experience

  • Sophisticated understanding of not-for-profit financial and legal governance issues.
  • Experience and understanding of the clear distinctions between the role of the Board and that of the Executive Director and staff of the organization.
  • Leadership experience in the community.

Key Characteristics

  • Ability to build trusting relationships with fellow Board members and senior staff.
  • Passionate about not-for-profit work with a clear, creative and visionary approach.
  • Able to commit to be fully engaged and work between meetings to keep fully informed.
  • Commitment to the principles of policy governance focusing on fiduciary, strategic and generative issues.
  • Positive and constructive contributions in meetings and interacting with others courteously, respectfully and free of animosity.
  • Possess sophisticated, thoughtful communication skills, emotional intelligence and independence of thought.
  • Ability to balance strong viewpoints with a supportive style in the boardroom.
  • Commitment to the work of the organization, adherence to Board policies and maintenance of confidentiality of Board business.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your application via email at board@cwcpcn.com.

Only submissions received with the following two (2) documents will be considered:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Click here to download the full External Director job description.

 

If you have any questions or require more information about how to Get on Board, please contact your Physician Liaison, email board@cwcpcn.com or contact Jonathan Macpherson, Manager of Governance & Policy, at jmacpherson@cwcpcn.com.

The Board of Directors is the legal authority for the Calgary West Central P.G. Co. (CWC P.G. Co.), a not-for-profit corporation compromised of over 500 community-based physician members. Through a joint venture with Alberta Health Services, the CWC P.G. Co. operates the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network, a healthcare organization supporting family physician members and their patients, primarily located in the southwest of Calgary.