Council Elections

Results of the 2020 nomination period

The College would like to congratulate Marie Cousineau and Lynne Alis Bonsignore, who were elected by acclamation to Council in Districts 2 and 4. We look forward to welcoming them this fall.

Kinesiologists in District 3 will participate in elections from July 7-14. The following kinesiologists are running for election:

  • Susan Garfat
  • Rod Hare
Learn more about the candidates.

If you live in District 3, you should have received a notice of election and you will receive your ballot via email on July 7.

Notice of the 2020 nomination and election period

This July, kinesiologists in the following districts will participate in elections to Council:

  • District 2- Eastern
  • District 3- Central East
  • District 4- Central (one member)

Council is the College’s board of directors. Council sets the College’s strategic and policy direction, and makes decisions that protect and promote the public interest.

Your district is determined by where you work. If you are not working, your electoral district is determined by where you live. View the electoral districts

The College will be seeking nominations from kinesiologists eligible to run for Council in early May. View the eligibility criteria

If you work or live in one of these districts, check your inbox in early May for more information and consider running! This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to public protection and the future of the profession. 

Not sure what’s involved and want to learn more about serving on Council? View the Election FAQs and learn more about Council.

If you have any questions about the nomination or election process, contact Ryan Pestana at ryan.pestana@coko.ca.

2020 election schedule

 Date    Activity 
 Tuesday, August 11   Election results released 
 Saturday, August 8   Last day for College to conduct a recount
 Wednesday, July 29    Final day to request a recount
 Friday, July 17  All candidates notified of results
 July 7-14  Election period
 Tuesday, June 16  Notice of election or acclamation sent
 Sunday, June 7  Final day for candidates to withdraw nominations 
 Friday, May 29  Nominations confirmed by the College
 Friday, May 22  Nomination period ends
 Tuesday, May 5   Nomination period begins 

About elections

The College is run by a Council, similar to a board of directors. Council sets the College's overall direction and ensures that the College is protecting the public. 

Council is made up of:

  • Ten kinesiologists elected by their peers for three year terms, one of whom must be a member of an Ontario university’s faculty or department of kinesiology, and
  • At least six and no more than eight public members appointed by the Ontario government to provide the public's point of view.

While kinesiologists are elected by their peers, they do not represent them. Once elected or appointed, all Council members are required to put the interests of the public ahead of the interests of the profession.

Determining your electoral district

There are seven electoral districts for the purpose of Council elections. Your electoral district is determined by where you primarily work. If you are not working, your electoral district is determined by where you live. View the electoral districts

Election dates

Elections are held every July. The schedule is as follows:

  • in 2020 and three years after, Districts 2 and 3, and one member from District 4.
  • in 2021 and three years after, one member in Districts 4 and 5 and District 6.

Running for election

To run for election, you:

  • must be registered in good standing;
  • cannot have been an employee, officer or director of any professional association or certifying body in the healthcare or health-related field for one year before submitting your nomination;
  • must run in the district in which you are eligible to vote; 
  • (District 7 only) must also be employed full-time at a faculty or department of kinesiology at an Ontario university.

View the full eligibility requirements.

Process for submitting nominations and voting

If you are in a district that is up for election, you will receive an email at the beginning of May notifying you of the upcoming election. This email will also contain instructions on how to submit nominations. Nominations must be submitted online. The College accepts nominations for about three weeks, and the names of candidates eligible for election are announced in late June. In mid-July and if you are eligible to vote, you will receive an email that contains your ballot. To be eligible to vote, you must have paid all outstanding fees.

The full election process can be found in section 10 of the College By-Laws.