Council elections

Two elected councillor positions will be vacant as of September 30, 2021. As of April 1, 2021, all Council positions now represent the province of Alberta, rather than a specific ward or region. This is an exciting chance to protect the public and help move CARNA from dual-mandate (combined association and college) to single-mandate (college only.)

These positions will be filled through a “double-key” election process and will serve on Council from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2024.

Find out more about governance at CARNA.

What is the purpose of Council?

The Council is the College’s governing body and oversees the effective regulation of the nursing profession and protecting the public interest as mandated in the Health Professions Act.

Council is supported by three governance committees:

Finance and Audit Committee – advises Council on financial and audit issues affecting the College and recommends annual budgets to Council.

Leadership Review and Governance Committee – oversees the performance and recruitment of the CEO & Registrar, the evaluation of Council, Committees, and the Chair and to oversee the College’s governance practices and procedures.

Nominating Committee – assists Council in ensuring the Council and Committees (Regulatory and Governance Committees) have the experience, knowledge, skills, and character, to enable them to fulfil their roles and public protection mandate.

What councillors do

Members of Council protect the public interest by:

  • Leading the organization with a focus on governance, strategy and performance oversight.
  • Taking responsibility for the College with a strong focus on fiduciary accountability.
  • Taking responsibility for governance decisions and actions: enabling informed, rigorous, and timely decision making. 


Requirements and compensation

Councillor roles are a challenging commitment. Find out more about what councillors do at the College and the terms and composition of the Council. To learn more about what makes a councillor successful, read our competencies and attributes profile.

Any registered nurse or nurse practitioner registered with the College is eligible to submit their name for upcoming vacant positions.

Councillors must:

  • contribute 10 to 20 days per year, made up of quarterly meetings (March, June, September, and December), ad hoc meetings, governance committee participation, and orientation and development.
  • prepare for meetings (materials will be sent in advance).
  • attend all meetings, virtually or in person.

Some expenses are covered for councillors and their time is compensated by per diem through payroll or salary reimbursement. Campaign expenses will not be covered. We encourage all interested regulated members to focus on competencies, experience, and skills in putting their names forward for election.

The value of a diverse Council

It is important that Council stay informed and responsive to the needs of Albertans. We strive to be a Council that includes diverse backgrounds, life experiences and knowledge.