The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is accountable to the public through its Council. The Council sets the strategic and policy direction for the College. It makes decisions to ensure the public receives ethical, competent care from Ontario’s OTs. Based on Council’s direction, a staff team led by a Registrar carries out the College’s day-to-day work.

Meetings of the Council are open to the public.

Council members

There are three kinds of Council members:

Professional members: These members are OTs registered with the College and elected to Council by their peers. Being on Council gives OTs rewarding opportunities to contribute to both public protection and the future of the profession.

Public members: These members are appointed by the provincial government. Learn how to apply for appointment as a public member.

Academic members: These academic professionals are appointed by the chairs of the occupational therapy programs at five Ontario universities.

Council members are expected to attend four full-day Council meetings every year and serve on at least one Statutory Committee.

2020 - 2021 Council members

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Professional Members

Jennifer Henderson (Member at Large, Education)
Heather McFarlane
Carol Mieras
Aruna Mitra
Stephanie Schurr (Vice-President)
Teri Shackleton
Michelle Stinson

Public Members

Evelyn Chau
Michael Dauncey
Allan Freedman
Jeannine Girard-Pearlman (President)
Vincent Samuel
Peter Shenfield (Member at Large, Finance)
Sophie Xu

Academic Professional Members

Donna Barker
Mary Egan


Council 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 OTs elected to Council, public appointees, and appointed OTs.

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Executive Committee

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

Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee

This committee reviews concerns about an OT’s practice that have been brought to the attention of the College.

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, Council 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

Quality Assurance Committee

This committee develops Quality Assurance policies and educational programs. This is to ensure that OTs registered with the College continue to be competent and keep abreast of developments in their field.

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. It gives written decisions with reasons on how the application will be treated.

Discipline Committee

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

Fitness to Practise Committee

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

Sub-committees

Right now the College has two non-statutory sub-committees: Practice Issues and Quality Assurance.


To learn more about the College’s council and committees, please contact:

Elinor Larney, Registrar, elarney@coto.org; or
Andjelina Stanier, Executive Assistant - Executive Office, astanier@coto.org.