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Council of the College of Opticians of Ontario

Ministry
Health
URL
www.coptont.org
Address
90 ADELAIDE STREET W., SUITE 300
TORONTO
M5H3V9
Phone
(416) 368-3616
Fax
(416) 368-2713
Background
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)
Function

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.

Membership

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.

Term

There is no limitation in legislation.

Meetings
• Total Expected Commitment: A public member can expect to serve between 23-27 days per year, depending on the number of committee assignments and discipline hearings. Meetings on each day may last between 1 hour and a full day, and typically require between 1-3 hours of preparation time. • Council - Average of 4 Council meetings (meetings are typically 1-1.5 days each for a total of 4-6 days). The average preparation time required per Council meeting is a half-day. • Executive Committee – 7 times, an average meeting is half a day. • Governance Committee – 4 times, an average meeting is half a day. • Registration Committee – 5 times, an average meeting is half a day. • Quality Assurance Committee – 10 times, an average meeting is half a day. • Discipline Committee – 1-2 hearing days. • Patient Relations – 2 times, average meeting is a half day. • ICR Committee – 7-14 times, an average meeting is half a day. • Clinical Practice – 3 times, average meeting is half a day. • Training/Strategic Planning – 5 times; average session is a half day

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time) MARGARET (PEGGY) M. JUDGE
09-Jul-2020 - 08-Jul-2023
toronto
2. Member (Part-Time) OMAR FAROUK
22-Oct-2020 - 21-Oct-2023
brampton
3. Member (Part-Time) DIANA BRISTOW
01-Dec-2020 - 30-Nov-2023
burlington
4. Member (Part-Time) HENRY WIERSEMA
25-Jun-2021 - 24-Jun-2024
strathroy
5. Member (Part-Time) PAUL-JOZEF WILK
02-Dec-2021 - 01-Dec-2024
mississauga
6. Member (Part-Time) STEPHEN KINSELLA
21-Sep-2022 - 20-Sep-2025
barrie