College Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors represent the public interest in decision-making. The Board is made up of members of the occupational therapy profession and members of the public who are appointed by the government of Ontario.

The Board sets the strategy for the College and makes decisions to ensure the public receives ethical, competent care from Ontario’s occupational therapists.

Involvement on the Board provides occupational therapists with rewarding opportunities to contribute to both public protection and the future of the occupational therapy profession.

Please contact astanier@coto.org for additional information.



Elections Q & A 

The College is committed to making sure all registrants have equitable access to the election process and we understand that some accommodations may be needed for registrants to participate fully. Accommodation will be customized to each person according to their needs. Registrants are asked to contact the College to request accommodations or if they have questions about accommodations. 


Read on to view answers to questions we often receive about College elections.


What are the key election dates?

• Call for Nominations - Friday, December 3, 2021
• Nomination period – December 3, 2021 – January 28, 2022 at 4pm
• Voting Period – February 17 – March 3, 2022 at 2:00pm
• March Board Meeting - March 24, 2022
• Term of Office begins – March 24, 2022

What is the Board of Directors of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario?

The Board is the governing body of the College, and is comprised of at least six elected directors, one academic appointee, and five public directors. Elected directors are registered occupational therapists elected by their peers in accordance with the bylaws. Public directors are appointed by the Ontario government.

Why should I consider getting involved?

By participating in the election, either as a candidate or through voting, every registrant has an opportunity to help shape the future of occupational therapy practice and self-regulation. Serving as an elected director broadens your professional knowledge by offering you:

1. An opportunity to shape policy and decisions made by the College in the public interest.
2. An opportunity to be directly involved in self-regulation.
3. A greater understanding of governance.
4. An insight into the trends that influence professional practice.

What district is up for election and how many seats are available?

Electoral district 1 (Central East) composed of the Municipality of Toronto, the counties of Haliburton, Northumberland, Peterborough, Simcoe and Kawartha Lakes, and the regional municipalities of Durham, Peel and York. There are three seats available.

Who can run in the election?

Any registrant in good standing can run for election, with some restrictions. Detailed information regarding eligibility for election is available in the College’s bylaws (Part 5). The College understands the uniqueness of every individual and believes in having people who reflect the spectrum of skills, background, identity and lived experiences available in our communities are essential to our success.  We welcome and encourage registrants to apply who enhance the College’s diversity, including age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender expression/identity, geographical location and national origin.

How do I run for election if I am interested? What is the process?

By participating in the election, either as a candidate or through voting, every registrant has an opportunity to help shape the future of occupational therapy practice and self-regulation. Serving as an elected director broadens your professional knowledge by offering you:

1. Learn about the work of the College’s Board of Directors by familiarizing yourself with the College’s Strategic PrioritiesBylawsCode of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy.
2. Download and save the Candidate Eligibility and Consent Form to your computer.
3. Complete and submit your Candidate Eligibility and Consent Form to elections@coto.org.  
4. Complete the Online Nomination Form that will be received by email.
5. Attend the online pre-orientation program (presented as a webinar) on either December 14, 2021 or January 25, 2022. This is mandatory.
6. A greater understanding of governance.
7. Submit the completed Candidate Eligibility and Consent Form and Online Nomination Form on or before 4:00 pm on Friday, January 28, 2022.

What information should I be familiar with as a nominee?

All nominees should read and be familiar with COTO’s Strategic PrioritiesBylaws (Part 5 Elections of Board Members, and Part 8 Board), the Code of Conduct and the College’s Conflict of Interest Policy.  In addition, the COTO Board approved the Board Competency Framework which represents the ideal composition of the Board. The framework includes attributes and specialized skills and experiences that make both a strong board member and a strong board.  The attributes, competencies and identified by the Board are critical in ensuring that board members have a clear understanding of COTO’s public protection mandate, are willing and able to work in collaboration with others.

How do I know if a registrant can support my nomination?

A registrant of the College can support a candidate’s nomination if they:

• Are a registered occupational therapist.
• Principally practises or if not currently practising, resides in the candidate’s electoral district.

How will I know if my nomination is approved?

Once the candidate completes steps 3-5, the College will contact you to confirm your eligibility to run for election. Prospective candidates may not campaign for election until they have received written notification from the College that their nomination has been approved.

How long is each term of office?

Each term is three years long. You may run for re-election at the end of each term. Elected Directors may serve up to three terms (nine years in total).

How much time will I have to commit if elected to the Board?

While registrants find serving on Board both personally and professionally rewarding, it requires a significant time commitment. Directors must generally attend four Board meetings and a half-day Board education session. Preparation time associated with Board meetings averages two to four hours for each meeting. This generally involves reviewing material in advance of meetings in order to contribute constructively to Board discussions and decision-making. In addition, there is an expectation that all Directors participate in the work of statutory committees which can vary depending on the Committee. The minimum time commitment for Committee work varies from 4 to 8 days per year. Registrants who are considering running for election should consider whether they can commit the time to serve and may also wish to discuss the commitment with their employer.

Am I able to attend a Board meeting to observe prior to standing for election?

The next board meeting will be held on January 27, 2022 and observers are welcome to register to view the meeting via Zoom.  To register for the meeting, please contact the Executive office at astanier@coto.org.

How are Board directors compensated?

The College provides Board and Committee members with a per diem of $250 for a full-day meeting. Board directors are also reimbursed for preparation time, travel time and travel costs.

Where are the meetings held?

Board and Committee meetings are currently held virtually using an online platform. However, in the future they may be held at the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario at 20 Bay Street, Suite 900 in Toronto.

How can I obtain more information about the election process and nomination procedures?

For more information regarding the district elections, eligibility to run or vote, nominations and terms of office, please contact the Executive Office at astanier@coto.org

How do I vote?

All occupational therapists eligible to vote in District 1 will receive a secure online ballot from our electronic voting system that allows them to vote one-time in their electoral district. You have until March 3, 2022, at 2 pm to complete the voting process.

If you are interested, please complete the steps above, including submission of a completed Candidate Eligibility and Consent Form.