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.

List of Nominees

The list of individuals who have received the requisite ten (10) nominations are listed on the List of Nominees 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

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. 

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.

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.


The following resources are available:

Video Clips

The Nominations Committee has decided that videos are an effective way to help Synod members learn more about the nominees.  These video clips will be posted on the Diocesan website on May 7, 2018.

Meet the Nominees Town Hall gatherings

The Nominations Committee will be holding Meet the Nominees Town Hall gatherings to assist Anglicans in our Diocese, particularly members of Synod, to get to know the nominees.  The following dates have been set:

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.