Alberta College of Social Workers


Council is the governing body of the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). Council has responsibilities that are defined in the Health Professions Act (HPA) and specified in the Regulations and By-laws (Sept. 2014) of the ACSW.

Council is comprised of 15 members (10 elected, 4 public members and 1 Chair of Indigenous Social Work Committee).  The Executive Director & Registrar is an ex-officio member of Council.

Council meets approximately 6 - 8 times per year.


ACSW Council governs the work of the College in accordance with the Health Professions Act (HPA) regulations and bylaws. (HPA) regulations and bylaws.

The ACSW Council invites all Members to review and comment on the DRAFT 2018 - 2020 Strategic Plan.  The DRAFT plan draws upon ongoing feedback and input of members, Council, ACSW committees and staff liaisons. 

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input by completing the short survey provided in the link below.  If you wish, additional comments and suggestions can be directed to the Executive Director:  

The Annual General Meeting of the Alberta College of Social Workers will take place on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the BMO Centre, Palomino Room, Calgary, Alberta. The AGM provides an opportunity to report on the events of the past year, meet newly elected members of ACSW Council and understand the business of the college.

Time will also be available at the AGM to discuss resolutions. If you wish to submit a resolution please review the format for submitting resolutions below:

All resolutions must be submitted to the ACSW office by Firday, February 8, 2019.

Please click on Meeting Minutes below to view the Annual General Meeting Minutes

For instructions and timelines for submitting resolutions for the 2018 Annual General Meeting please open the document below:

Process for Resolutions for 2019 AGM

Current Resolutions:
  (April 5, 2019 - Annual General Meeting)

Resolutions to be heard at the April 5, 2019 Annual General Meeting will be posted here as they are received.

Previous Resolutions:


No Resolutions were received for the 2018 AGM.


The Resolution for Access to Medically Assisted Injection Services was heard at the ACSW Annual General Meeting on March 23, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta and supported by the membership.

Access to Medical Assisted Injection Services


A Resolution pertaining to Assured Annual Income was heard and supported in principle by ACSW Council at their February 2016 meeting.  The Resolution is being posted on line to provide opportunity for member feedback.  Feedback will be reviewed at the meeting of ACSW Council on May 6, 2016.  Recommendation was made to support the resolution with the replacement of "lobbying" with "advocating" as advocacy more closely fits with what the ACSW does and is about the public good.  The motion before Council was as follows:


That the motion "Alberta College of Social Workers actively promote and support the development of an assured annual income that is consistent with the principles of the CASW proposed Social Care Act,  universal in its application and ensuring the means for a modest life style by formally advocating with the Alberta Government;" is supported in principle by Council and that the resolution be posted on line for member feedback.

This motion was carried unanimously at the February 2016 meeting by the ACSW Council.

Please view the Resolution and Background Information by clicking on the links below.  

Assured Annual Income   & Background  

Election 2019

Run for ACSW Council! Share your knowledge, expertise and time and help promote excellence in the profession of Social Work in Alberta!

Positions (2 year terms) that are available for 2018 elections are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • 3 Council Members

Election Procedure and Important Dates

  • Call for Nominations - November 30, 2018
  • Completed Nomination forms signed by two RSW nominators and nominee biography must be submitted to ACSW by February 1, 2019.
  • Voting conducted online February 8, 2019 - March 15, 2019 (4:30 pm). (Paper ballots will be available by request from )

Elected candidates will be determined by a majority of votes cast. Single candidates for 2019 positions will be declared elected by acclamation.

Election results will be officially declared at the ACSW Annual General Meeting in Calgary on April 5, 2019.

Nomination forms are available for downloading by clicking Council Nomination form .

The Alberta College of Social Workers is authorized by the Health Professions Act (HPA) to conduct the activities of a professional regulatory body which involves:

  • carrying out activities and governing regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest,
  • providing direction to and regulating the practice of social work,
  • establishing, maintaining and enforcing a code of ethics and standards for registration, continuing competence and standards of practice.

The ACSW also serves as the professional association that promotes best practices in social work, supports membership activities that strengthen the profession and advocates for public policies that support competent social work practice.

The Council of ACSW is comprised of elected and appointed members who are responsible for conducting the affairs of the ACSW in accordance with the Health Professions Act  (HPA). The membership elects ten (10) registered social workers to serve on Council. Four (4) public members, who are not social workers, are appointed to serve on Council by the Alberta government. The Chair of the Indigenous Social Work Committee also is appointed as a member of Council.

Serving on ACSW Council is a challenging commitment. Registered social workers seeking election for a position on Council should be willing to:

  • become well informed about the role of the ACSW and its legislative obligations,
  • commit to serve in the best interests of the ACSW and the social work profession,
  • discuss diverse perspectives on a variety of complex topics,
  • commit time and energy to the activities of the ACSW,
  • face challenges and opportunities related to implementing the legislative requirements of the Health Professions Act ,
  • deal professionally with conflict of interest situations and confidential matters,
  • be part of a team that holds a broad view of issues and challenges facing the profession,
  • represent, engage and mobilize the membership on professional issues,
  • recognize and represent the diversity of professional interests.

Council members meet 6 - 8 times per year including the Annual General Meeting held in conjunction with the annual provincial conference. Members in executive positions attend additional meetings. Council members are expected to be involved in legislative committees as a Council liaison and Council subcommittees. They may also become involved in Member Interest committees and other activities that require additional time commitments. Council members serve without remuneration and costs associated with council meetings and activities are reimbursed to council members.