Permanent Council

The Permanent Council’s authority is derived from the Plenary Assembly to which it reports. The principal responsibility of the Permanent Council is to oversee the general work and orientation of the Conference and to prepare and carry out the main undertakings of the Plenary Assembly.

The Permanent Council is elected for a two-year term by the members present at the Plenary Assembly. It is composed of a minimum of 12 members, equally represented by Bishops from the English and French sectors. The Council meets at least three times a year.

It’s composition includes four members from the Executive Committee, four ex officio Members, representatives from each of the four Regional Episcopal Assemblies (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and the West) and representatives from the Sectors (as may be needed to ensure equal representation from the two Sectors).


The Most Rev. Raymond Poisson

Bishop of Saint-Jérôme
Bishop of Mont-Laurier

Vice President

The Most Rev. William T. McGrattan

Bishop of Calgary


The Most Rev. Pierre Goudreault

Bishop of Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière


The Most Rev. Gerard P. Bergie

Bishop of St. Catherines

Ex officio member

His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins

Archbishop of Toronto

Ex officio member

His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix

Archbishop of Québec

Ex officio member

The Most Reverend Christian Lépine

Archbishop of Montréal

Ex officio member

The Most Reverend Lawrence Huculak, O.S.B.M.

Eparchial Archbishop of Winnipeg and Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in Canada

Atlantic Regional Representative

The Most Rev. Wayne Kirkpatrick

Bishop of Antigonish

Quebec Regional Representative

The Most Rev. Claude Hamelin

Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil

Ontario Regional Representative

The Most Rev. Marcel Damphousse

Archbishop of Ottawa

Western Regional Representative

The Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen

Bishop of Saskatoon