The federation is comprised of ten member associations, that is one dental student society/association from each of the 10 dental schools in Canada.
The governing body of the federation is the Board of Directors (formerly known as the Council) is composed of two representatives nominated by each member association and elected by the voting representatives at the Annual General Meeting. Each member association nominates one junior representative and one senior representative, each of whom is enrolled in an undergraduate dentistry program. Normally, a junior representative will progress to the role of senior representative. Representatives should be in different years. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, review section 10 of the FCDSA General Bylaw No. 1.
The Executive of the federation reports to the Board of Directors and is elected by the voting representatives at the Annual General Members from those serving on the Board. The Executive includes the president; vice president, finance; vice president, research, and three regional Executive members representing their schools in western, central and eastern Canada. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, review section 12 of the FCDSA General Bylaw No. 1.
The Western Canada region is comprised of the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan. The Central Canada region is comprised of the University of Manitoba, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto. The Eastern Canada region is comprised of l’Université de Montréal, McGill University, l’Université Laval and Dalhousie University.
The work of the Board is undertaken by a number of committees and working groups established with specific terms of reference. Committees are standing bodies and working groups are established to undertake projects and tasks for a more specific period of time.
More detailed information on the Board, Executive, committees and working groups can be found in other pages found in this section.