OCFP Board of Directors: An Overview

Consider a role with the OCFP. We need new members of all ages to continue to inspire and lead family medicine in the future to benefit our communities, our colleagues and our patients.

Dr. Renee Arnold, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Hawkesbury, Ontario
OCFP President, 2007-2008

Established in 1954, the Ontario College of Family Physicians represents more than 10,000 family physicians and residents across the province and is the provincial chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The OCFP’s vision is that every Ontarian receive high-quality, coordinated, comprehensive and continuing care from a primary health-care team led by family physicians and supported by an integrated and sustainable health-care system. The OCFP’s work is guided by the mission to improve the health of Ontarians by promoting excellence in family medicine through professional development and evidence-based continuing education, leadership, research and advocacy.

The OCFP values:
  • Partnerships with patients to create a responsive health-care system.
  • The role of family physicians as a key provider in primary care.
  • High-quality, accessible, sustainable health-care delivery for Ontarians.
  • Excellence in professional development, education and research.
  • The views and needs of our membership.
  • Proactive leadership and collaboration with partners to advance family medicine.

Role of the Board of Directors

The OCFP Board of Directors governs the College on behalf of its members and provides strategic leadership and direction to the OCFP’s staff to help realize its vision, mission and strategic plan.
The Board is made up of 13 to 16 Directors who provide leadership as members of the Ontario College.  The strength of the Board comes from a diversity of skills, competencies and personal characteristics that are reflective of the OCFP membership. In accordance with the OCFP By-laws, physician Directors must be in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
"Participating as a member of the Board of Directors of the OCFP is one of the best ways I know to develop your own leadership skills and contribute to improving primary care in Ontario."

Dr. David Tannenbaum, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Toronto, Ontario
OCFP President, 201​1-2012

The Board’s responsibility for good governance includes:
  • Maintaining strong connections and positive, engaged relationships with members and key stakeholders.
  • Appointing, supervising and maintaining a well-functioning collaborative relationship with the CEO.
  • Making decisions appropriate to the Board that advance the goals of the OCFP.
  • Ensuring effective oversight of the management, activities, financial health and performance of the OCFP.
  • Protecting the assets of the OCFP and ensuring real and potential governance and fiduciary risks are identified and managed effectively.
  • Ensuring the OCFP is an influential advocate for the practice of family medicine in Ontario.
  • Maintaining the excellent reputation of the OCFP.
"All of the Board members have come to the Board as “imperfect Board Members” and we have all grown through support from fellow Board Members and the OCFP staff who help each of us get up to speed and be a valuable contributing member."

Dr. Jennifer Young, MD, CCFP(EM)
Collingwood, Ontario
OCFP Board of Directors,
2011 to present

Board Directors can serve up to two terms of three years each. The Board of Directors meets on average five times per year. The meetings take place in Toronto, with the occasional meeting by teleconference. Each Board member also sits on a Board Committee, with four to five 90 minute teleconference meetings annually. Board members are compensated for their time according to the OCFP’s honoraria policy. If a Board Director becomes a Board Officer (President-Elect, President and Past-President), that may extend a Director’s time on the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors' policy on Board Roles, Responsibilities and Accountabilities is available upon request. Please contact Lynn Hammond.