Council Member Winston Isaac The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is accountable to the public through its Council. The Council sets the strategy for the College and makes decisions to ensure the public receives ethical, competent care from Ontario’s OTs.

Council

The College is accountable to the public through our Council.

The Council is made up of:

  • occupational therapists (OTs) elected by their peers (the registrants of the College);
  • public members appointed by the provincial government; and
  • academic members appointed by the Chairs of the occupational therapy programs at five Ontario universities.
Council sets out the strategic and policy direction for the College, while a staff team led by a Registrar carries out the College’s day-to-day work. As part of transparency, meetings of the Council are open to the public.

Involvement on Council provides registrants with rewarding opportunities to contribute to both public protection and the future of the profession.

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

List of 2016-2017 Council Members

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Professional Members

Julie Chiba Branson
Jane Cox (President)
Julie Entwistle
Shannon Gouchie (Vice-President)
Jennifer Henderson
Laurie Macdonald
Carol Mieras
Serena Shastri-Estrada
Paula Szeto

Public Members

Valerie Corbin
Jeannine Girard-Pearlman (Member at Large, Education)
Winston Isaac (Member at Large, Finance)
Kurisummoottil S. Joseph
Ernie Lauzon
Annette McKinnon
Abdul Wahid

Academic Members

Angela Mandich
Mary Egan​

Council sets out the strategic and policy direction for the College, while a staff team led by a Registrar carries out the College’s day-to-day work. As part of transparency, meetings of the Council are open to the public.

Involvement on Council provides registrants with rewarding opportunities to contribute to both public protection and the future of the profession.

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

Committees

The College has statutory Committees (required by legislation) and non-statutory Committees (created by the College). Committees are made up of Council and Non-Council Committee members.

The College has seven statutory Committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee
  • Patient Relations Committee
  • Quality Assurance Committee
  • Registration Committee
  • Discipline Committee
  • Fitness to Practise Committee

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Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has all of the powers of Council between Council meetings with respect to any matter that requires immediate attention. Executive Committee cannot make, amend, or revoke a regulation or bylaw.

Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee

The Inquiries, Complaints & Reports Committee (ICRC) reviews concerns about a registrant’s practice that have been brought to the attention of the College.

Patient Relations Committee

The Patient Relations Committee develops and implements the Patient Relations Program.
Core elements of this program include:

 • development of standards of practice for registrants
 • education of the profession, Council and staff
 • provision of information to the public
 • administration of the Sexual Abuse Counselling Fund

Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee develops and maintains programs and policies to promote continuing competence among registrants. The program is intended to be educational in nature.

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee establishes and maintains the requirements for registration with the College. The Committee reviews and makes orders on all applications that are referred to it by the Registrar. Written decisions and reasons are issued for each order made by the Committee. The Committee also creates new policies for registration and reviews and revises existing policies.

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee considers allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence that are referred for a hearing.

Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee holds hearings to determine if a registrant is physically or mentally incapacitated.

Non-Statutory Committees

The Practice Issues Sub-Committee and the Quality Assurance Sub-Committee are Non-Statutory Committees.

Further Information

Each Committee has a specific mandate and terms of reference, and includes a mix of OTs elected to Council, public appointees and appointed OTs.

For further information about the Council and Committees, areas of responsibility for Council members, time commitments etc., please contact:

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