Duties of Officers and Description of Ideal Candidates

President

  • Enunciate CAPL policies, and manage and direct the business and affairs of the Academy.
  • Preside at all meetings of the Board and the Executive Committee, as well as the AGM.
  • Set the agenda and provide due notice to all directors of Board and Executive meetings.
  • Ensure that accurate records are maintained of all directors’ declared conflicts of interest.
  • Ensure that Board discussions and decisions that will put any director into a conflict of interest situation duly exclude the affected director.
  • Ensure the proper procedures are followed in Board decision-making.
  • Report to Members about Academy and Board activities at the AGM.
  • Act as a resource to directors regarding compliance with laws and regulations, bylaws, governance policies and Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • Coordinate representations of the Academy to the Canadian Psychiatric Association, governments, the community and public at large, as well as with affiliated professional or voluntary organizations.

In the event that the President is temporarily unable to carry out the duties of office, the alternate leaders (in order) are the Vice-President, Past-President and Secretary.

Ideal candidates for President shall:

  1. Offer a broad range of knowledge and understanding of the various fields within forensic psychiatry.
  2. Demonstrate a record of good judgement, decision-making and excellence in leadership.
  3. Be able to communicate effectively on behalf of forensic psychiatry.
  4. Be comfortable with public speaking and interacting with the media and politicians as the public face of organized forensic psychiatry.
  5. Be willing to dedicate adequate time to fulfilling the duties of President.

Supplementary qualifications include: experience on the executive of a similar organization representing psychiatry or forensic psychiatry at the provincial, national or international level; a national or international reputation for academic achievement and publishing of scientific papers; current or former academic appointments.

Vice-President

  • Assist the President and shall assume all duties and power of the President in the President’s absence.
  • Sits on the Executive Committee.

Ideal candidates for Vice-President shall:

  1. Offer a broad range of knowledge and understanding of the various fields within forensic psychiatry.
  2. Demonstrate a record of good judgement, decision-making and excellence in leadership.
  3. Be able to communicate effectively on behalf of forensic psychiatry.
  4. Be comfortable with public speaking and interacting with the media and politicians as the public face of organized forensic psychiatry.
  5. Be willing to dedicate adequate time to fulfilling the duties of President.

Supplementary qualifications include: experience on the executive of a similar organization representing psychiatry or forensic psychiatry at the provincial, national or international level; a national or international reputation for academic achievement and publishing of scientific papers; current or former academic appointments.

Secretary

  • Shall give, or cause to be given, as and when instructed, notice to Members, directors, the public accountant (if one is appointed) and members of committees.
  • Oversee safe custody of all books, papers, records, documents and other instruments belonging to the Corporation.

Ideal candidates for Secretary shall:

  1. Demonstrate a record of good judgement and decision-making.
  2. Have proven administrative ability.
  3. Be willing to dedicate adequate time for review of documents.

Treasurer

  • Function as the chief financial officer of the Academy by ensuring the maintenance of proper accounting records in compliance with legislation as well as the deposit of money, the safekeeping of securities and the disbursement of funds of the Corporation.
  • Oversee financing plans, investments, budgets, and review of financial operations.
  • Present financial reports to the Board and to Members at the AGM.

Ideal candidates for Treasurer shall:

  1. Demonstrate a record of good judgement and decision-making.
  2. Have proven administrative ability.
  3. Be willing to dedicate adequate time for review of financial statements, expenses and other financial documents.