Criteria for Nominations

To be a nominee for Council Election, you must:

  • be a regulated member in good standing
  • hold a valid practice permit
  • not be an officer or senior employee of a professional association or labour union representing dental assistants
  • be willing and able to devote the necessary time to prepare for and attend all Council meetings during the Council term
  • have your nomination supported by three regulated members in good standing
  • submit a completed Nomination Form by the nominations deadline

Attributes, Competencies and Experiences

Our Council manages and carries out the affairs of our College. For an effective Council team, it’s important that we have Councillors with attributes, competencies and experiences that support and enhance their role.

Below, we list attributes, competencies and experiences that will contribute to an effective Council team. Which ones do you possess? Make sure you consider this list when you complete your Nomination Form.


  • express ideas and information clearly and concisely
  • recognize who the audiences are and frame communications appropriately
  • listen to others
  • debate respectfully
  • demonstrate commitment to regulating registrants in the public interest
  • show up prepared and ready to participate in discussion, debate and decision making
  • attendance at Council meetings, events and professional development is a priority
  • abide by the governance and legal responsibilities of council members
  • contribute to discussion and debate
  • work effectively with diverse groups of people
  • understand a variety of perspectives
  • build consensus for appropriate solutions
  • consider issues from multiple perspectives
  • identify problems and solutions others might miss
  • provide insight and constructive criticism in complex situations
  • base decisions on facts and verified information
  • provide clear rationale for decisions
  • consider long term consequences and implications of decisions
  • ability to imagine long-term goals and outcomes for the College and profession within the mandate of serving and protecting the public interest
  • ability to anticipate opportunities to engage proactively in an evolving health care system
  • desire to enhance the dental assistant’s role in serving the public interest


  • understand and support the mandate, values and goals of the College
  • ensure decisions reflect the role of the College and Council
  • understand the relationships between Council, the public, dental assistants, College administration and stakeholders
  • demonstrate high ethical standards
  • acknowledge and declare real and/or perceived conflicts of interest and personal biases
  • demonstrate competent and ethical dental assisting practice
  • understand the value and implications of advanced practices and specialty training
  • understand the strengths and challenges of dental assisting in meeting the needs of the public
  • know and support diverse models of dental practice within the confines of ethics, access to care and patient need
  • demonstrate adherence to the College Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
  • understand the current acceptable standard of care and the dental assistant’s role in that care
  • understand financial statements
  • understand budgets
  • demonstrate fiscal responsibility
  • optimize collaboration with appropriate partners and colleagues
  • demonstrate ability to work as a team member
  • work effectively with multiple groups with unique perspectives and skills


  • condo boards
  • committee work: group work, optimizing collaboration
  • community leagues and sports leadership
  • student council
  • educator: understanding goals, outcomes and evaluations
  • advanced practices
  • specialty modules
  • general/specialty practice
  • community health: research and education
  • rural/urban practice
  • large/small practices
  • administrative experience
  • practice administration
  • inventory control: ordering
  • billings: insurance
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