Committees of the College

Committees of the College

To assist the Board in meeting its legislated mandate, the College of Opticians of Ontario has seven statutory committees composed of:

  • Elected members
  • Government appointed public members
  • Appointed Professional Committee Members 

*Statutory committees are required under the Regulated Health Professions Act.

To assist the Board in meeting its legislated mandate, the College has seven statutory committees composed of both Elected Professional Board Members, government appointed Public Members and Non-board Professional Committee Members. Statutory committees are required under the Regulated Health Professions Act.

Statutory Committees

Executive Committee

Between Board meetings, the Executive Committee has all of the Board's powers to address matters that require immediate attention, except the power to make, amend or revoke a regulation or by-law (Health Professions Procedural Code, section 12(1)).

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Chair (Elected Member) Bryan Todd
Vice-Chair (Public Member) Stephen Kinsella
Public Member Jacalyn Cop-Rasmussen
Elected Member Ingrid Koenig
Elected Member Dorina Reiz

 

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee investigates complaints and considers reports about opticians. It determines whether an optician should be referred for discipline proceedings or incapacity proceedings. It may also order opticians to be cautioned or to undergo continuing education or remediation (Health Professions Procedural Code, section 26(1)). For more information about making a complaint, please click here.

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Chair (Public Member) Omar Farouk
Vice-Chair (Appointed Member) Kevin Cloutier
Public Member Jacalyn Cop-Rasmussen
Public Member Henry Wiersema
Public Member Peggy Judge
Elected Member Amber Fournier
Elected Member Neda Mohammadzadeh
Elected Member Ed Viveiros
Elected Member Ingrid Koenig
Appointed Member Margaret Osborne 
Appointed Member Daniela Schowalter

 

Patient Relations Committee

The Patient Relations Committee advises the Board with respect to the patient relations program, and administers the College’s program to provide funding for therapy and counselling for patients who were sexually abused by members (Health Professions Procedural Code, sections 85, 85.7(3)).

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Chair (Appointed) Behzad Safati
Vice-Chair (Public Member) Steven Kinsella
Public Member Henry Wiersema
Elected Member Neda Mohammadzadeh
Elected Member Amber Fournier
Elected Member Samir Modhera
   

 

Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee administers the College’s Quality Assurance Program. It may appoint assessors to assess an optician’s practice, and, where warranted as a result of the assessment, may require an optician to undergo continuing education or remediation. It may also direct that terms, conditions and limitations be imposed on an optician’s certificate of registration (Health Professions Procedural Code, section 80.2(1)). For more information about the Quality Assurance Program, please click here.

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Chair (Appointed Member) Derick Summers
Vice-Chair (Elected Member) Bryan Todd
Elected Member Dorina Reiz
Public Member Steven Kinsella
Public Member Diana Bristow
Appointed Member Tonya Nahmabin

 

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee assesses applications for registration with the College. Where appropriate, the Registration Committee may require an applicant to meet additional examination or training requirements, or may determine that terms, conditions or limitations should be imposed on a member’s certificate of registration (Health Professions Procedural Code, section 18(2)). The Registration Committee also considers applications for reinstatement. For more information about registering with the College, please click here.

Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee determines whether an optician has a physical or mental condition or disorder that affects, or could affect, her or his practice. If an optician is found to be incapacitated, the Fitness to Practise Committee may direct that the optician’s certificate be revoked or suspended, or that terms, conditions and limitations be imposed on a member’s certificate of registration (Health Professions Procedural Code, section 69(1)).

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Chair (Appointed Member) Derick Summers
Vice-Chair (Public Member) Jacalyn Cop-Rasmussen
Public Member Omar Farouk
Public Member Peggy Judge
Elected Member Mike Smart
Elected Member Samir Modhera
Elected Member Dorina Reiz
Appointed Member Tonya Nahmabin
Registration Appeals Panel
Public Member Henry Wiersema
Public Member Dennis O'Hagan
Elected Member Edward Viveiros

 

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee holds hearings into allegations of professional misconduct and/or incompetence. If an optician is found guilty, the Discipline Committee will make a disciplinary order, which could include penalties as severe as revocation and/or a fine of up to $35,000 (Health Professions Procedural Code, sections 51 and 52). For more information about disciplinary proceedings, please click here.

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Chair (Appointed Member) Derick Summers
Vice-Chair (Appointed Member) Daniela Schowalter
Public Member Omar Farouk
Public Member Diana Bristow
Public Member Jacalyn Cop-Rasmussen
Public Member Stephen Kinsella
Public Member Peggy Judge
Public Member Henry Wiersema
Elected Member Amber Fournier
Elected Member Dorina Reiz
Elected Member Edward Viveiros
Elected Member Ingrid Koenig
Elected Member Mike Smart
Elected Member Neda Mohammadzadeh
Elected Member Bryan Todd
Elected Member Samir Modhera
Appointed Member Behzad Safati
Appointed Member Dennis O'Hagan
Appointed Member Kevin Cloutier
Appointed Member Margaret Osborne
Appointed Member Tonya Nahmabin
 

Standing Non-Statutory Committees

Governance Committee
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Chair (Public Member) Stephen Kinsella
Vice-Chair (Public Member) Diana Bristow
Appointed Member     Kevin Cloutier
Elected Member Mike Smart
Elected Member Ingrid Koenig
Appointed Member Margaret Osborne

 

Clinical Practice
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Chair (Elected Member) Bryan Todd
Vice-Chair (Appointed Member) Daniela Schowalter
Appointed Member Bezhad Safati
Appointed Member Dennis O'Hagan
Public Member Omar Farouk
Public Member Peggy Judge

 

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