The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is seeking nominations from the Prairies region (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) for an upcoming vacancy on the CIHI Board of Directors: Region 2 (Prairies) Non-government representative. Ideally, this individual should have a clear understanding of the value and use of health information, including involvement in the health sector, and be able to provide an independent and objective perspective on health information matters. In addition, this individual should possess the skills and experience necessary to guide CIHI in the fulfillment of its mandate. For more information, please see the position description below. Here's a current list of CIHI's Board of Directors.

Please forward nominations with biographical notes to corporatesecretariat@cihi.ca no later than February 14, 2018. Questions may be sent to the same email address.

CIHI Board member position description

Accountability

The Board of Directors provides the strategic leadership necessary to establish and review the vision, mandate, mission and corporate goals or objectives of CIHI. As a whole, the Board represents the collective interests of the provincial, territorial and federal governments, as well as quasi-governmental and private sectors, for the activities of CIHI requiring national direction.

Responsibilities

Directors and officers have a fiduciary responsibility to CIHI. Every director and officer is required to exercise his or her powers and discharge his or her duties by

  • Acting honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the corporation; and
  • Exercising the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances.

In addition, directors are expected to

  • Attend all Board meetings;
  • Understand their responsibilities regarding the appropriate use of a consent agenda (see the Board's Governance Handbook, Appendix C);
  • Act as spokespersons for the organization, serving as representatives of the organization to both internal and external constituencies; and
  • Participate in at least one Board committee.

For specific responsibilities regarding stewardship, advisory, fiduciary and monitoring roles, see the Board's Governance Handbook, The Board's role.

Commitment

CIHI's Board meets at least 3 times each year. Board meetings take place over 1 to 2 days in March, June and November. On an annual basis, CIHI holds an annual meeting of its members. This electronic meeting is generally held in July. On a biennial basis, a Board retreat is held.

Qualifications

  • Is a recognized individual knowledgeable about the field of health and/or health information
  • Is in a position of authority to influence opinion leaders/decision-makers
  • Possesses superior leadership and communication skills
  • Has insight to help shape health information directions, policies and programs
  • Brings visibility to and enhances the profile of the organization

Term

A director is eligible to serve on CIHI's Board for 2 consecutive 3-year terms not to exceed, in the aggregate, 8 years. This limitation is abrogated should the director be elected to the position of vice chair or chair.