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

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 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 CWC PCN, a healthcare organization supporting family physicians and their patients, primarily located in the southwest of Calgary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The CWC P.G. CO. is looking for members to run for one of three director positions on the Board at the annual general meeting. This individual would represent the physician membership in Board discussions and decisions while ensuring alignment with Alberta Health objectives. The Physician Director 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:

  • Prepare for and attend monthly Board meetings, meetings of assigned committees, AGM and other meetings of the membership.
  • Attend the annual Board Governance 101 Orientation and Strategic Board Planning Retreat.
  • Review the organization’s articles and policies and recommend any changes as appropriate; monitor compliance with Board policies.
  • Participate in Board evaluation processes.
  • Review annual and semi-annual budgets, business plans, business plan amendments, and significant organizational expenditures and/or commitments.
  • Actively develop and maintain positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members and community to enhance the mission.
  • Participate 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 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

  • Able to build trusting relationships with fellow Board members and senior staff.
  • Passionate about not-for-profit work with a clear, creative and visionary approach.
  • Fully engaged and able to work between meetings to stay informed.
  • Committed to the principles of results-oriented policy governance focusing on fiduciary, strategic and generative issues.
  • Makes positive and constructive contributions in meetings and interacts with others courteously, respectfully and free of animosity.
  • Possesses sophisticated, thoughtful communication skills, emotional intelligence and independence of thought.
  • Able to balance strong viewpoints with a supportive style in the boardroom.
  • Committed 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 the Board or contact Jon Macpherson, Manager of Governance & Policy.

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 physicians and their patients, primarily located in the southwest of Calgary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The CWC P.G. CO. is looking for members to serve on one of four advisory committees of the Board. These individuals will be remunerated for their time as per the Board Cost of Governance Policy. They will represent the membership in committee discussions and recommendations to the Board. An advisory committee 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 can expect to contribute between six to 10 hours per year to attend 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 Board policies and governance processes and makes recommendations.
  • Supports the organization’s strategic human resources policy review.
  • Ensures the organization is adhering to human resources best practices.
  • Facilitates the annual performance review of the Executive Director and Medical 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.
  • Recruits External and Physician Directors.

Activities Associated with Being a Member of a Subcommittee

  • Prepare for and attend regular committee meetings, AGM and other potential meetings with CWC PCN senior leadership.
  • Review the organization’s articles and policies and recommend any changes as appropriate; monitor compliance with Board policies.
  • Review committee terms of reference and committee work plan annually.
  • Participate in discussions and decisions on matters of strategy, policy, finance, programs, personnel and advocacy.
  • Evaluate the performance of a program, or policy, as advocates for the organization to the community in which you serve.
  • Other advisory committees may be created to address a specific organizational need. These subcommittees 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, 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 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

  • Able to build trusting relationships with fellow Board members and senior staff.
  • Passionate about not-for-profit work with a clear, creative and visionary approach.
  • Fully engaged and able to work between meetings to stay fully informed.
  • Committed to the principles of policy governance focusing on fiduciary, strategic and generative issues.
  • Makes positive and constructive contributions in meetings and interacts with others courteously, respectfully and free of animosity.
  • Possesses sophisticated, thoughtful communication skills, emotional intelligence and independence of thought.
  • Able to balance strong viewpoints with a supportive style in the boardroom.
  • Committed 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 the Board or contact Jon Macpherson, Manager of Governance & Policy.

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


Additionally, up to three volunteer External Directors from outside of 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 physicians 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 have a style of communication that enables them to influence without appearing dictatorial.

Activities Associated with Being a Member of the Board

  • Prepare for and attend monthly Board meetings, meetings of assigned committees, AGM and other meetings of the membership.
  • Attend the annual Strategic Board Planning Retreat.
  • Review the organization’s articles and policies and recommend changes as appropriate; monitor compliance with Board policies.
  • Participate in Board evaluation processes.
  • Review annual and semi-annual budgets, business plans, business plan amendments, and significant organizational expenditures and/or commitments.
  • Actively develop and maintain positive relations among the Board, committees, staff members and community to enhance the mission.
  • Participate 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, the External Director will act in a position of trust for the organization’s membership and the community and 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

  • Able to build trusting relationships with fellow Board members and senior staff.
  • Passionate about not-for-profit work with a clear, creative and visionary approach.
  • Fully engaged and able to work between meetings to stay fully informed.
  • Committed to the principles of policy governance focusing on fiduciary, strategic and generative issues.
  • Makes positive and constructive contributions in meetings and interacts with others courteously, respectfully and free of animosity.
  • Possesses sophisticated, thoughtful communication skills, emotional intelligence and independence of thought.
  • Able to balance strong viewpoints with a supportive style in the boardroom.
  • Committed 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, please contact your Physician Liaison, email the Board or contact Jon Macpherson, Manager of Governance & Policy.

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 comprised of over 465 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 physicians and their patients, primarily located in the southwest of Calgary.