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Committees of the College

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

Statutory Committees

Executive Committee

Between Council meetings, the Executive Committee has all of the Council’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)).

President (Elected Member) David Milne
Vice-President (Public Member) Ingrid Koenig
Elected Member Bryan Todd
Elected Member Rob Vezina
Public Member Omar Farouk

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.

Chair (Public Member) Omar Farouk
Vice-Chair (Elected Member) Bryan Todd
Elected Member Ingrid Koenig
Elected Member Neda Mohammadzadeh
Elected Member Ed Viveiros
Public Member Eve Hoch
Public Member Joseph Richards
Public Member Gordon White
Appointed Member John Battaglia
Appointed Member Dorina Reiz

Patient Relations Committee

The Patient Relations Committee advises the Council 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)).

Chair (Public Member) David Milne
Vice-Chair (Elected Member) Peggy Dreyer
Public Member Eve Hoch
Public Member Joseph Richards
Appointed Member Derick Summers
Appointed Member Dorina Reiz

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 cliclk here.

Chair (Elected Member) Peggy Dreyer
Vice-Chair (Public Member) David Milne
Elected Member Rob Vezina
Public Member Trudy Mauth
Appointed Member Derick Summers
Appointed Member Alain Chow

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)).

Chair (Elected Member) Robert Vezina
Vice-Chair (Elected Member) Bryan Todd
Elected Member Jeff Fernandes
Public Member Eve Hoch
Public Member Trudy Mauth
Public Member Joseph Richards
Appointed Member John Battaglia
Registration Appeals Panel
Elected Member Balbir Dhillon
Public Member David Milne
Appointed Member Alain Chow

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.

Chair (Elected Member) Robert Vezina
Vice-Chair (Public Member) Trudy Mauth
Elected Member Balbir Dhillon
Elected Member Peggy Dreyer
Elected Member Jeff Fernandes
Elected Member Ingrid Koenig
Elected Member Neda Mohammadzadeh
Elected Member Bryan Todd
Elected Member Ed Viveiros
Public Member Omar Farouk
Public Member Eve Hoch
Public Member David Milne
Public Member Joseph Richards
Public Member Gordon White
Appointed Member John Battaglia
Appointed Member Alain Chow
Appointed Member Natalie Dalcourt
Appointed Member Dorina Reiz
Appointed Member Derick Summers


Standing Non-Statutory Committees

Governance Committee
Chair (Public Member) Gordon White
Vice-Chair (Elected Member) Neda Mohammadzadeh
Elected Member Ingrid Koenig
Public Member Eve Hoch
Appointed Member Alain Chow
Appointed Member Natalie Dalcourt

Professional Misconduct Regulation
Chair (Public Member) David Milne
Elected Member Jeff Fernandes
Elected Member Rob Vezina