2018 Electoral Synod

Notice of Meeting

Synod members in the Diocese of Toronto are called to assemble at St. James Cathedral, 65 Church Street, Toronto, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 to elect a Coadjutor Bishop. The Rt. Rev. John H. Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa, will preside at the Synod.

A Coadjutor Bishop is elected by Synod to assist and ultimately succeed a Diocesan Bishop. A Coadjutor has the Right of Succession, i.e. when the Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson, Diocesan Bishop of Toronto, retires on December 31, 2018, the Coadjutor will assume the office of Diocesan Bishop on January 1, 2019 without the need for a further election by Synod.

Nominations Committee

As required by The Constitution, Diocesan Chancellor Canon Clare Burns has established a Nominations Committee.  Members of the Committee include:  The Rev. Canon Joan Cavanaugh-Clark, Ms. Anita Gittens, ODT, Mr. Blake Goldring, ODT, Mr. Stuart Hutcheson, ODT, the Rev. Canon Janet Read-Hockin, and the Rev. Mark Regis.  In addition, the Chancellor has appointed Mr. Brian Armstrong (non-voting) and Ms. Susan Graham Walker, ODT, (non-voting) as alternates to assist the Committee in the event of a vacancy and as consultants.

The Nominees

Visit The Nominees page to get to know the nominees for Coadjutor Bishop in the episcopal election. On each individual nominee page, you will find biographical information, links to the video clips and video transcripts.  See also the List of Nominees and Nominators page.  

Any additional individuals who receive ten (10) nominations by a Monday at 3:30 p.m. will be posted on the Diocesan website on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. of that week.

Convening Circular & Resources

The Convening Circular is a publication that contains the notice of meeting, agenda, registration information, biographical information on each of the nominees, and much more.  Each member should read this document before the Synod meeting. 

Episcopal Ministry

To help members of Synod discern God’s call for the Church, the Committee has developed a document entitled “Episcopal Ministry.”  This document outlines the responsibilities and gifts required for the ministry of the Diocesan Bishop of Toronto.

To accompany the written document, a series of video clips will be released highlighting the various aspects of episcopal ministry and explaining what being the Bishop of Toronto involves.  See the Episcopal Ministry page to view the video clips.

Video Clips

The Nominations Committee has decided that videos are an effective way to help Synod members learn more about the nominees.  Visit The Nominees page to view the video clips.

Meet the Nominees Town Hall gatherings

The Nominations Committee held the following gatherings to assist Anglicans in our Diocese, particularly members of Synod, to get to know the nominees:

Facebook Group

From May 22 to May 31, 2018, nominees in our upcoming Electoral Synod will have the opportunity to answer questions on Facebook. Discussion opened on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

There will be two (2) questions posted at 10:00 a.m. on May 22, 2018 and two (2) questions posted at 10:00 a.m. on May 28, 2018. Each week, one (1) question will be fun in nature and one (1) question will be serious. The questions will be developed by the Nominations Committee.  The nominees’ participation in this group is completely voluntary. Each nominee may choose to respond to, or answer, as many, or as few questions as he or she wishes. 

Discussion on each question will be open to group members. Group members will be asked to stick to the topic at hand. The Diocese reserves the right to review and delete any content or to remove any group member.

To join the group, search for “2018 Electoral Synod” or following this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/2018electoralsynod/.

If you are not on Facebook, follow this link http://www.toronto.anglican.ca/2018/05/29/nominees-respond-to-questions-on-facebook/.

Diocesan-Wide Day of Prayer and Fasting

In preparation of this important moment of discernment, on June 1, 2018 our Diocese will engage a day of Prayer and Fasting, uniting together in shared sacrificial listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Information and resources including a suggested format for the day can be found on the Diocesan-Wide Day of Prayer and Fasting page.

Deadline to Receive Nominations

Nominations may be submitted to the Chancellor c/o the Secretary of Synod at any time up until the final ballot.  Nominations received on or before April 13, 2018 are included in the Convening Circular.  Nominations received after this date may be included in a Supplementary Convening Circular at the discretion of the Nominations Committee.

For more information on who is eligible for nomination, who can nominate, and how to submit nominations, please see Call for Nominations.

Spoiled Ballots

The Nominations Committee has been asked if it will make provision for the electronic voting audience response system/clickers to include a button for the spoiling of ballots.  The Committee will not be doing so.  In the event that a Synod member engaged in the discernment process feels that they cannot vote for any of the nominees they are encouraged to nominate a further person.

Key Dates

For a list of important dates related to the upcoming Electoral Synod, see Key Dates.


For more information, please contact Pamela Boisvert, Secretary of Synod, 416-363-6021 ext. 231 (1-800-668-8932).

Almighty God, Giver of all good gifts, look on your church with grace,
and guide the minds of those who shall choose a Coadjutor Bishop for this Diocese,
that we may receive a faithful servant who will care for your people
and equip us for ministries, through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.