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Board of Directors and Committees

The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is accountable to the public through its Board of Directors. The Board sets the strategic and policy direction for the College. It makes decisions to ensure the public receives ethical, competent care from Ontario’s occupational therapists. Based on the Board’s direction, a staff team led by the Registrar & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) carries out the College’s day-to-day work

Meetings of the Board are open to the public.

Board Directors

There are three kinds of Board Directors:

Elected Directors

These directors are registrants (occupational therapists registered with the College) who are elected to the Board by their peers. Being on the Board gives occupational therapists rewarding opportunities to contribute to both public protection and the future of the profession.

Public Directors

These directors are appointed by the provincial government.

Learn how to apply for appointment as a public director.

Academic Appointees

These academic professionals are appointed by the Chairs of the occupational therapy programs at five Ontario universities.

Directors are expected to attend four full-day Board meetings every year and serve on at least one regulatory committee.

Board Competency Framework

The Board of Directors sets the College’s strategic direction. Together, its members are accountable for the College’s good governance and its mandate of public protection. Fulfilling these roles requires that Directors have the optimal mix of skills, expertise, and experiences.

This Board competency framework represents the ideal composition of the Board. It recognizes that the Board and its committees need to reflect the diverse populations that use occupational therapy services in Ontario. This diversity includes culture, gender, race, age, geographical setting, and practice setting.

View the Board competency framework.

2022–2023 Board Directors

Professional Members
Paola Azzuolo
Neelam Bal
Elizabeth Gartner
Jennifer Henderson
Heather McFarlane (Vice-Chair)
Carol Mieras
Sarah Milton 
Stephanie Schurr (Chair)
Teri Shackleton

Public Members

Faiq Bilal
Nicholas Dzudz
Allan Freedman (Officer)
Brittany O'Brien
Vincent Samuel (Officer)
Sabrina Shaw

Academic Professional Members

Donna Barker
Mary Egan

Committees

The College has seven statutory committees. These are committees that the law requires the College to have. The College can also form sub-committees as needed.

Each Committee includes a mix of occupational therapists elected to the Board, public appointees, and appointed occupational therapists.

Regulatory Committees

These are committees that the law requires the College have to support the core regulatory functions of the Board. Each Committee includes a mix of elected and public Directors, and professional committee appointees. In addition, the Board has also created sub-committees as needed.


Executive Committee

For matters that need to be dealt with right away, the Executive Committee has all the powers of the Board between Board meetings. However, the Executive Committee cannot make, amend, or revoke a regulation or bylaw.

Number of meetings per year: 4 - 6

Preparation time per meeting: 1 - 3 hours


Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee

This Committee reviews concerns about an occupational therapist’s practice that have been brought to the attention of the College.

Number of meetings per year: 6 - 8

Preparation time per meeting: 5 - 7 hours


Patient Relations Committee

This Committee develops and oversees the Patient Relations Program. Core elements of the program include:

  • development of standards of practice for registrants.
  • educating the profession, Board and staff about sexual abuse, conflict of interest, and professional boundaries.
  • informing the public about these issues.
  • administering the Sexual Abuse Therapy and Counselling Fund.

Number of meetings per year: 4 - 5

Preparation time per meeting: 1 - 3 hours


Quality Assurance Committee

This Committee develops Quality Assurance policies and educational programs. This is to ensure occupational therapists who are registered with the College continue to be competent and keep abreast of developments in their field.

Number of meetings per year: 4 - 6

Preparation time per meeting: 1 - 3 hours


Registration Committee

The Registration Committee establishes and maintains the rules for registering with the College. It creates new policies for registration and reviews and revises existing policies. The Registration Committee also reviews applications referred by the Registrar. The Committee gives written decisions with reasons on how the application will be treated.

Number of meetings per year: 6 - 8

Preparation time per meeting: 1 - 3 hours


Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee holds hearings when cases are referred to it that allege an occupational therapist is guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence.

Number of meetings per year: As required.


Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee holds hearings to decide if an occupational therapist has physical or mental problems that make them unfit to practise.

Number of meetings per year: As required.


Subcommittees

The College has two non-statutory subcommittees: Practice and Quality Assurance.


Practice Subcommittee

The Practice Subcommittee explores and provides recommendations on current occupational therapy practice issues.

Number of meetings per year: 4 - 5

Preparation time per meeting: 2 - 4 hours


Quality Assurance Subcommittee

The Quality Assurance Subcommittee's primary function is to provide recommendations to the Quality Assurance Committee on the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of the components of the Quality Assurance Program.

Number of meetings per year: 4 - 5

Preparation time per meeting: 1 - 3 hours


Board Committees

Board Committees allow the College’s Board to effectively address the diverse areas of its mandate. Each Committee is composed of a mix of Board Directors and Community Appointees who focus on a particular area and bring forward recommendations to the Board.


Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee assists the Board of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario in fulfilling its obligations and oversight responsibilities relating to financial planning and reporting, external audit, internal control systems, investments, and risk management.

Number of meetings per year: 4 - 6

Preparation time per meeting: 1 - 3 hours


Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for overseeing governance reform to enhance the quality of the Board of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario’s work through best governance practices.

Number of meetings per year: 4 - 6

Preparation time per meeting: 1 - 3 hours

 

Policies

Code of Conduct
Conflict of Interest Policy
Policy to Approve Agents of the College

To learn more about the College Board and committees, please contact:

Elinor Larney, Registrar & Chief Executive Officer (CEO): elarney@coto.org

Andjelina Stanier, Executive Assistant - Executive Office: astanier@coto.org