CUHMA Committee terms of reference

  1. The Board of Directors (BOD) may establish Standing Committees and ad hoc committees as it deems necessary or dissolve these committees at any time by simple resolution of BOD.
  2. The Chair and members of each committee are appointed by the President with input from the BOD, except as otherwise stated below.
  3. The Chair of each committee or their alternate is responsible for arranging meetings and providing reasonable notice to committee members.
  4. The Chair or any committee member that has concerns about the committee is expected to notify the President or other BOD member.
  5. The BOD may accept, reject or amend any recommendations from committees.
  6. The BOD can change the membership of any committee at any time by a simple resolution of BOD.
  7. Committee members must comply with the BOD Code of Conduct, complete the annual Conflict of Interest Declaration and comply with all policies related to harassment, intimidation, discrimination and misconduct.
  8. The BOD may permit Committees to establish sub-committees for specific defined purposes.
  9. Committee membership must take account of geographic distribution, clinical and academic factors, gender, regular and associate members, conflict of interest.
  10. Each committee must submit a report of its meetings or activities prior to BOD meeting as requested by the President or BOD.
  11. Committee Chairs are responsible for calling meetings, coordinating activities and reporting to the BOD.
  12. The President shall be an ad hoc member of every committee that they are not a regular member of.
  13. The required Committees are set out below.

CUHMA Committees

Executives

Composition: President, Vice-President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Past-President

Duties:

  • Review Conflict of Interest Declarations
  • Strategic planning
  • Operations and staffing
  • Review any concerns of harassment, intimidation or misconduct and appoint and investigate as deemed appropriate. This may include appointing a review and appeals committee.
  • Ensure compliance with the By-laws and applicable legislation and regulations
  • International relations
  • Government and health authority relations
Finance, Budget and Membership

Composition: 3

Chair: Julie Malone (CHT, NS)

Duties:

  • Chaired by Treasurer
  • Reports to every BOD meeting or as requested by the BOD
  • Prepares budgets
  • Oversees all financial matters
  • Administers membership
  • Maintaining and following membership policies
Communications, Website and Publications

Composition: 3

Chair: Sherri Ferguson (MSc., BC)

Duties:

  • Liaise with Management and the Finance, Budget and Membership Committees
  • All communications with CUHMA membership and the public
  • Organizes and maintains the website and any publications
Standards of Practice - Hyperbaric Medicine

(2 subcommittees)

1. Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation, Recognition and Safety

Composition: 4

Chair: Ron Linden (MD, ON)

Duties:

  • Advises the BOD on all matters related to facility accreditation, recognition and safety


2. Clinical Guidelines

Composition: 3

Chair: Geoff Zbitnev (MD, NL)

Duties:

  • Considers clinical standards of practice and ethics
  • Responsible for producing Clinical Guidelines
Standards of Practice - Diving Medicine

(2 subcommittees)

1. Recreational, Technical and Free-Diving

Composition: 3

Chair: Joanne Provencher (MD, PQ)

Duties:

  • Liaise with training agencies
  • Considers diving medicine standards
  • Make recommendation about fitness to dive


2. Occupational, Scientific, Public Safety and Military Diving

Composition: 3

Chair: Mike Hatcher (MD, ON)

Duties:

  • Considers diving medicine standards
  • Make recommendations about fitness to dive
  • Liaise and provide input to CSA diving and hyperbaric committees
  • Participate in international activities related to diving medicine
Research, Education and Professional Development

Composition: 3

Chair: Ken Ledez (MD, NF)

Duties:

  • Educational and professional development programs for all categories of CUHMA membership
  • Organization of the Annual meetings
  • Promotes high quality research
  • Research ethics
Awards

Composition: 3

Chair: George Harpur (MD, ON)

Duties:

  • Makes recommendations to the BOD on awards
  • Solicit nominations for the awards 6 months before the AGM
  • Report recommendations to the board at least 6 weeks before each AGM
Governance and Elections

Composition: 3

Chair: Paul Cervenko (MD, ON)

Duties:

  • Maintaining and following election policies
  • Organization of all matters related to CUHMA elections