CLPNADistrictMapThe Council is the governing body of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta consisting of Licensed Practical Nurses elected from each of the seven CLPNA Districts, plus the President. In addition, the Health Professions Act requires the provincial government to appoint three public representatives to sit on this Council and represent the views of the people of Alberta.

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If you would like to contact the Council Member for the district you reside in, contact the CLPNA office at and a message will be forwarded to the appropriate member.


Council Meeting Dates

  • March 13, 2020
  • May 8, 2020 AGM and Education Forum (Edmonton)
  • June 12, 2020
  • September 18, 2020
  • December 3 & 4, 2020

Council Member Duties

The Council is responsible for the overall general direction of the College through Policy Governance. The Council is responsible for:

  • setting CLPNA strategic direction including Mission, Vision, Mandate, and Strategic Plan, and Outcomes and holds the CEO to account.
  • establishing, maintaining and monitoring policies which govern the CLPNA, including Bylaws, Regulations, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics (see Governance)
  • approving practical nurse education programs in Alberta
  • reviewing and monitoring fiscal policies and statements and understanding the economics of health care and the financial health of the CLPNA
  • selecting, directing, assessing, coaching and succession planning for the Chief Executive Officer
  • understanding the difference between governance and management
  • understanding that the Council has authority as a whole and speaks with one voice
  • establishing and supporting Council Committees
  • reviewing Council performance
  • hearing appeals on matters of conduct or registration

The Council does not manage day to day operations, or the “means” of achieving outcomes. Formally, the Council deals with College business through the Chief Executive Officer.



An ideal Council Member has the following characteristics:

  • Understands and subscribes to the CLPNAs vision, mission, mandate and strategic plan.
  • When to identify potential conflicts of interests and abstain from participating in Council decision-making.
  • Ability to examine and interpret evidence and proposed decisions against existing policies to determine variances.
  • Willingness and ability to understand LPN / stakeholder / public perspectives and make decisions without bias and on behalf of public protection.
  • Team player and understands when to listen and when to debate in a constructive manner.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to be open, honest, and ethical.
  • Commitment to servant leadership, valuing social and volunteer service.
  • Optimistic but realistic.

READ – Council Member Personal Characteristics (PDF)

Term of Office

The terms of office of each Council member is three (3) years starting September 1 of the year of election, and may be renewed once.

Attendance & Honorarium

Serving on Council requires a significant amount of time to prepare for and attend meetings, committee work, preparation, ownership linkage, board education, and initial orientation.

The time commitment expected from a Council member is approximately as follows:

  • ½ day initial orientation with one (1) to two (2) days governance education.
  • ½ day prep work for each meeting, one (1) to two (2) day meetings quarterly to review reports of CLPNA business and plan upcoming goals.
  • Three (3) days as host of the annual CLPNA Conference
  • One (1) day as host for the annual Think Tank

For a total of approximately thirteen (13) days attendance per year plus any additional meetings as needed.

Travel expenses and an honorarium for meeting attendance is provided.



Questions? Contact the CLPNA at Ask, 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).