CUHMA 2020-2022 Board of Directors Election

2020 Annual Scientific Meeting - Niagara Falls, Ont.


The Call for Nominations to the 2020-2022 CUHMA Board of Directors officially closed at 23.59h on 24 Sept 2020. All candidates who expressed interest in running for the BoD sent their bio-sketch, photo and initiative statement to the Editor of CUHMA E-News for publication in the Oct issue which was released to the membership and public on 1 Oct 2020. All candidate profiles may also be viewed on the Candidates Page.

Polls are now open for the 2020-2022 CUHMA Board of Directors and will close on 23 Oct 2020 at 22.00 ET.

CUHMA/ACHMS members should receive a Survey Monkey invitation to vote for the 2020-2022 BoD on 7 Oct 2020. If you have not received a ballot by this time, please contact the Elections Committee at

Election results will be announced during a virtual Annual General Meeting of the CUHMA membership, to be held on-line Wed, 28 Oct 2020 (details to follow at a later date).

Please read the 2020 CUHMA BoD election instructions (below) before you proceed with voting.

Instructions for 2020 CUHMA BoD Elections

  1. There shall be a maximum number of 18 CUHMA members on the Board of Directors (BoD). The Executive is fixed at 6 positions, allowing for up to 12 Directors-at-Large (DaL). Voting for up to but not more than 12 DaL positions is permitted.
  2. As per the CUHMA By-laws, two-thirds of the BoD must be comprised of MD Regular members.
  3. Regular members are eligible to vote for any position on the BoD. Associate members are eligible to vote for any position for which they are eligible to run (i.e. DaL, Treasurer and Secretary).
  4. All positions shall be voted for by means of an electronic secret ballot. Sole nominees who run unopposed are not automatically acclaimed.
  5. All nominees in any position must receive >50% of cast ballots to be elected. A vote to affirm (yes) or reject (no) a candidate is required. A failure to vote is effectively a vote against them.
  6. Two candidates are running for more than one position. You may affirm them for both positions, only one position, or neither position. If they are elected to more than one position by >50% of the vote, they may choose the office they wish to fill (only one office can be occupied).

Board Service FAQs

Q. I might be interested in running for an executive officer position (President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer). Is it hard?
A. Running is easy; but there is work in holding any position. Fortunately, there is a lot of corporate knowledge to help new members, including from the incoming President who will generally have already served for 2 years as President-Elect, the Past President, and all the other members of the Board of Directors.

Q. Will it be OK if I try things out as a Director-at-Large (DaL) instead?
A. Of course! As a DaL, there is lots of flexibility on how you can contribute. The Board needs directors who can represent both Associate and Regular members, from as many provinces and territories as possible. It's a great way to engage in CUHMA and network with colleagues.

Q. Is there a lot of administrative commitment?
A. Board members are expected to attend video/phone meetings as frequently as possible (up to 8-10 per year) and actively serve on at least one committee. Member time is spent shaping the nature and direction of the organization.

Q. Why are CUHMA elections important?
A. CUHMA exists to represent, in a non-partisan way, our Canadian academic and practicing diving and hyperbaric medical and scientific community. Board leadership makes this possible.

Q. If I decide not to run for election, why should I vote?
A. Each member's vote is important, and a good proxy demonstrating the strength of an organization.

Q. How do nominations happen?
A. You can nominate yourself or other CUHMA members by using this simple nomination form. Once the Nomination Form has been filled out, please also complete the Consent to Serve form and e-mail both forms to

Q. What else do I need to know?
A. Some positions (President, and a number of Director positions) may only be held by a physician Regular member as per CUHMA by-laws, viewable here, and CUHMA also requires inclusion of Associate members and representation from various provinces and territories. You may view the complete information regarding the 2020-2022 Board of Directors election by clicking here, as well as the Duties of BoD members by clicking here.

CUHMA - Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Association

ACMHS - Association Canadienne de M├ędecine Hyperbare et Subaquatique

Who we are

CUHMA-ACMHS is the Canadian voice for the advancement of hyperbaric and diving medicine throughout our country and beyond.

Our activities include continuous medical education for physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and anyone involved in the fields of hyperbaric and diving medicine. We are also promoting dissemination of clinical research, publishing Position Statements, liaising with related professional associations and government agencies. Our main goal is advocating on behalf of our patients.

Our vision

To be the reference for the development and delivery of Hyperbaric and diving medicine in Canada and beyond.

Our mission

To promote excellence in Hyperbaric and diving medicine through leadership in education, promotion of best practices and advocacy for our patients.

Our values

Excellence, Leadership, Collaboration, Communication, Integrity.

Our logo

Our logo was designed to represent both the hyperbaric and diving medicine communities. The round shape is a symbol of unity, expressing that our association is open to everyone involved and interested in hyperbaric and diving medicine. The round shape also recalls the porthole of a hyperbaric chamber. The blue colour reflects the water associated with diving medicine, while the colour green reflects the colour most often associated with the drug oxygen used in hyperbaric medicine. The spirals in the outer circle symbolize the concept of angiogenesis, one of the most important therapeutic effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The caduceus identifies us as a medical association. Finally, the red maple leaf is a symbol that has proudly represented Canada internationally since the early 1700s.