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Council of the College of Opticians of Ontario

(416) 368-3616
(416) 368-2713
Opticianry Act, S.O. 1991, C. 34, S. 6 (opens a new window)
Regulated Health Professions Act, S.O. 1991, c. 18, Sched. 2 (opens a new window)

The college regulates the profession of Opticianry in the public interest by ensuring that individuals have access to services provided by competent health professionals, and that individuals are treated with sensitivity and respect in their dealings with health professionals. Members of the college are governed in accordance with the Opticianry Act, 1991, the Health Professions Procedural Code, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the regulations and by-laws of the college. The college develops and maintains standards of practice, entry to practice requirements, standards of professional ethics, and promotes and develops standards for continuing competence among the members. Various committees of the College of Opticians function in a quasi-judicial role with respect to the suspension and revocation of certificates of registration to practice in Ontario.


Between seven and ten members who are elected in accordance with the by-laws by the members of the college. Between five and eight members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council who are not, members of the college, members of a college as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or members of a council as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The council elects annually a president and a vice-president from among the members.


There is no limitation in legislation.

• Average of 5 Council meetings (6 days). • Occasionally there are half-day meetings and meetings held over consecutive days. • The average preparation time required per meeting is a half-day. • Executive Committee – 9 times, an average meeting is half a day. • Governance Committee – 5 times, 2 full days and 3half day meetings. • Registration Committee – 4 times, 2 half days and 2 full days. • Quality Assurance Committee – 17 times, 6 panels, 5 half days, 5 quarter days and 1 full day. • Discipline Committee – 2 discipline hearings (4 days), 1 full day of training, 1 discipline meeting. • Patient Relations – 2 times, average meeting is a half day. • ICR Committee – half day of training, 6 meetings of the entire committee, averaging a half day. ICRC is divided into a number of panels depending on the Panel you are assigned to members would have 1-4 additional meetings. • Standards of Practice – 3 times, average meeting is half a day. • A public appointee can expect to serve 12 to 15 days per year, depending on the number of committee assignments and discipline hearings. (As a minimum, if a board member sits on Patient Relations and Discipline, they may only attend 13 meetings. At a maximum, if they were on ICRC, QA and Discipline, they might attend 21 meetings in a year).

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time) STEPHEN KINSELLA
21-Sep-2019 - 20-Sep-2022
2. Member (Part-Time) MARGARET (PEGGY) M. JUDGE
09-Jul-2020 - 08-Jul-2023
3. Member (Part-Time) OMAR FAROUK
22-Oct-2020 - 21-Oct-2023
4. Member (Part-Time) DIANA BRISTOW
01-Dec-2020 - 30-Nov-2023
5. Member (Part-Time) HENRY WIERSEMA
25-Jun-2021 - 24-Jun-2024
6. Member (Part-Time) PAUL-JOZEF WILK
02-Dec-2021 - 01-Dec-2024