About College Council

Upcoming Council Meetings

  • Dec. 16 and 17, 2019
  • Mar. 23 and 24, 2020
  • June 22 and 23, 2020

For more information contact:
epersaud@collegept.org

Unless otherwise noted,
Council meetings are held at
375 University Avenue,
Suite 800, Toronto.
Contact Elicia Persaud
at epersaud@collegept.org
for Council information.

The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) gives health-care consumers a strong voice in health care regulation by requiring an equitable balance of public appointees and elected professionals and academics on all College Councils.

The Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario is the governing body for more than 9,500 physiotherapists practicing in Ontario. It is made up of eight elected physiotherapists from regions across the province, two academic representatives selected by their peers and seven members of the public appointed by the government.

Council members are responsible for ensuring the protection of the public interest and improving the quality of physiotherapists' care in the province. Council members are involved in establishing policies to make certain that College operations reflect corporate goals and safeguard the organization’s assets.

In addition to attending four Council meetings each year, Council members serve on at least one statutory Committee.

Open to the public, Council meetings are used to address a broad spectrum of issues important to the provision of high quality physiotherapy services and to develop policies to guide the profession.

Meet Our Council

Darryn Mandel 

Darryn Mandel

President, College Council

Toronto West

Darryn Mandel, PT is the President of the College and Chair of the Executive Committee. He is a long serving Council member for more than 18 years. He works in clinical practice.


Theresa Stevens 

Theresa Stevens

Vice President

South Western

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Theresa Stevens

Vice President

South Western

Theresa Stevens, PT is the Vice President of the College and Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee.  She has worked in the public and private sectors for more than 30 years, with experience managing clinical and operational aspects of rehabilitation facilities.


Martin Bilodeau

Martin Bilodeau

Academic Member—University of Ottawa

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Martin Bilodeau

Academic Member - University of Ottawa

Martin Bilodeau obtained his B.Sc in Physiotherapy, as well as M.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Biomedical Science (Rehabilitation) from the University of Montreal. He was assistant professor and then associate professor at the University of Iowa and now teaches at the University of Ottawa and undertakes research at the Bruyere Research Institute. 


Ron Bourret

Ronald Bourret

Public Member

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Ronald Bourret

Public Member

Ron Bourret was member of the RCMP and worked in the Ontario Public Service. Most recently, he served as a Manager of Licensing & Enforcement Division for the city of Thunder Bay and has been enrolled as a part-time student in the Masters of Divinity Course at the University of Winnipeg.


Jane Darville

Jane Darville

Public Member

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Jane Darville

Public Member

Jane Darville is a health care professional who has held executive health care positions in both Ontario and British Columbia. Now retired from professional paid work, she serves on health and cultural Boards.   

Jennifer Dolling

Jennifer Dolling

Public Member

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Jennifer Dolling

Public Member

Jennifer Dolling is a lawyer who practices in the area of health law. She previously served as a member of the Mount Sinai Hospital Research Ethics Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology (High Distinction) from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen's University and a Master of Laws (specializing in Health Law and Policy) from the University of Toronto.

Nicole Graham

Nicole Graham

Northern

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Nicole Graham

Northern

Nicole Graham, PT has been a physiotherapist in Sudbury for the past 28 years working at the Children's Treatment Centre at Health Sciences North. Nicole also has experience working as a practice assessor with the College's Quality Assurance Program. 

Janet Law

Janet Law

Toronto East

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Janet Law

Toronto East

Janet Law, PT works in Quality Management and Program Administration and continues to provide coverage at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre. She is a long serving Council member

Sharee Mandel

Sharee Mandel-Benyacar

Central Eastern

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Sharee Mandel-Benyacar

Central Eastern

Sharee Mandel-Benyacar, PT has been a physiotherapist for almost 35 years. She has been involved in owning and operating several private clinics and has worked in community care and long-term care, focusing on physiotherapy for seniors. Currently, she enjoys her role as instructor for the PTA/OTA programs within the private college sector.  

Ken Moreau

Ken Moreau

Public Member

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Ken Moreau

Public Member

With almost 30 years of experience in the Canadian Public Service, Ken has held a number of executive positions within the Government of Canada, including Health Canada, the Privy Council of Canada, Public Safety Canada and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.

Kathleen Norman

Kathleen Norman

Academic Member—Queen's University

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Kathleen Norman

Academic Member

Kathleen Norman, PT, PhD, has been a physiotherapist for over 30 years, first in clinical practice and later in academic settings. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's University where she is also the School's Associate Director for Research and Post-Professional programs.

Gary Rehan

Gary Rehan

Eastern

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Gary Rehan

Eastern

Gary Rehan, PT has a doctorate degree in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and works in clinical practice with the Department of National Defence with the Military. Gary was previously President of the College and Chair of the Executive Committee and also served as Vice-President of the College.

Mark Ruggiero

Mark Ruggiero

Central

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Mark Ruggiero

Central

Mark Ruggiero, PT has been practicing for more than 12 years. He has worked in acute, inpatient and outpatient settings in both the United States and Canada. Currently, he is working in the Oakville area in private practice.

Katie Schulz

Katie Schulz

Central Western

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Katie Schulz

Central Western

Katie Schulz, PT has worked in acute care for the past 13 years. She currently works for Hamilton Health Sciences and as sessional faculty at McMaster University in the MScPT program.

Tyrone Skanes

Tyrone Skanes

Public Member

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Tyrone Skanes

Public Member

Tyrone Skanes is a retired police officer, having served 32 years with the Toronto Police Service and is a recipient of the Toronto Chief of Police award for his charitable and investigative work. 

Code of Conduct

All Councillors and members of College Committees are expected to exhibit conduct that is
ethical, civil and lawful, in a manner that is consistent with the nature of the responsibilities of Council.

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Council Committees Members

In addition to Council, the College has statutory and non-statutory Committees as described in the legislation. Committees are made of Council and Non-Council Committee members.

Executive Committee

Darryn Mandel (President)—Chair
Sharee Mandel 
Gary Rehan 
Tyrone Skanes
Theresa Stevens
 

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC)

Gary Rehan—Chair
Monica Clarke
Jennifer Dolling 
Mark Ruggiero 
Tyrone Skanes

 

Discipline and Fitness to Practise Committee 

Sharee Mandel—Chair
Martin Bilodeau 
Ron Bourret
Nicole Graham
Sue Grebe
Angelo Karalekas
Janet Law  
Ken Moreau 
Daniel Negro
Kathleen Norman
Richa Rehan
Katie Schulz
Heather Tennant
Jim Wernham

Quality Assurance Committee

Theresa Stevens—Chair
Beth Bergmann
Jane Darville 
Janet Law 
Antoinette Megens
Ken Moreau 
Kathleen Norman 

Registration Committee

Tyrone Skanes—Chair
Martin Bilodeau 
Jennifer Dolling 
Anastasia Newman
Katie Schulz 

Patient Relations Committee

Nicole Graham—Chair
Martin Bilodeau
Jane Darville 
Antoinette Megens
 

Finance Committee
(Non-Statutory)

Gary Rehan—Chair
Nicole Graham 
Darryn Mandel
Ken Moreau 
Theresa Stevens

Provincial Alliance Representative

Gary Rehan

Council Committee Descriptions

The Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario makes decisions and establishes by-laws, Standards and programs that serve the public interest and support its statutory responsibilities and mandate. In addition to Council, the College has statutory and non-statutory Committees as described in the legislation. Committees are made of Council and Non-Council Committee members.

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee 

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, often called the ICRC, is the statutory Committee that reviews concerns that come to the College about physiotherapists. These concerns come from the public (patients and families), other physiotherapists, other health care professionals or a facility. Concerns can come in the form of complaints, mandatory reports (duty to report incidents) or other information that prompts the Registrar/CEO to launch an inquiry.

The Committee screens and reviews information about the concerns and decides whether any action should be taken related to concerns (allegations) that a physiotherapist committed an act of professional misconduct or is incompetent. Sometimes the Committee may have to consider whether a physiotherapist’s health is affecting their ability to practice safely and competently.

The Committee can make a number of different decisions, all of which are outlined in the Health Professions Procedural Code, Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act.

See the Committee's Decision Making Flowchart
 

Member Commitment

The Committee meets about 9 times a year for full-day meetings that are held at the College office in Toronto. On occasion, meetings may be held by teleconference. Committee members require typically require a half to a full day to prepare for each of these meetings. Members are compensated for meeting and preparation time, as well as any addition expenses.

The ICRC is made up of 6 members and includes physiotherapists and a member of the public


Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee is the statutory Committee that holds public hearings during which they consider serious allegations regarding a physiotherapist’s practice. Cases are referred to the Discipline Committee by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC).

Discipline hearings are legal proceedings open to the public. The results are in most cases made available on the College’s website and the online Public Register.

Discipline Committee Rules of Procedure

Member Commitment

It is challenging to estimate how many hearings there will be each year and how long each hearing will last. In the past, the College has held two to four Discipline hearings per year and hearings can be one day in length or span over many days.

This statutory Committee is made up of ten members and includes physiotherapists and members of the public. A panel of no more than five members of the Committee hears each case.

Discipline hearings are held at the College office in Toronto.


Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee’s role is to hold hearings related to specific allegations about a physiotherapist’s capacity to practice. This means that a physiotherapist may be too sick to practice safely and the public is at risk.

A health inquiry panel will obtain information about this matter and if, at the conclusion of their inquiries they believe that a physiotherapist may be incapacitated (suffering from a physical or mental condition that makes it necessary that the physiotherapist’s certificate of registration be subject to terms, conditions or limitations or that the physiotherapist no longer be permitted to practice to protect the public), the panel can refer the physiotherapist to the Fitness to Practise Committee for a hearing.

Fitness to Practise hearings are legal proceedings. Unlike Discipline hearings, Fitness to Practise hearings are closed to the public because of the sensitive nature of the information disclosed.

Member Commitment

It is difficult to estimate the number of hearings that will take place in a year and the amount of time required for each. Fitness to Practise hearings are quite rare. The College has only held two such hearings in its history.  

This statutory Committee consists of ten members and includes physiotherapists and members of the public.


Registration Committee

Applications that come to the College that may not meet registration requirements are referred on to the Registration Committee. The Committee must decide whether to issue registration in these cases. This  statutory committee also monitors entry to practice issues in the provincial, national and international environments and raises important issues to Council.

The Committee makes decisions based on a number of factors. The Good Character & Reputation Decision-Making Guidelines is one of the factors considered. 

Member Commitment

The Registration Committee meets eight to nine times per year for one to two hour meetings generally held by teleconference. There is at least one in-person, full-day meeting held at the Toronto offices.  Preparation time for these meeting is generally one to two hours for each meeting. Council members are compensated for both meeting and preparation time. 

The Registration Committee is made up of one professional Council member, two public Council members, one academic Council member and one member who is a physiotherapist registered with the College.

When the Registration Committee Reviews an Application


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee’s role is to provide leadership to Council, promote governance excellence and facilitate the effective functioning of the College. In certain circumstances, the Executive Committee can act of behalf of Council regarding matters that require immediate attention between Council meetings.

Member Commitment

This statutory Committee meets about four times a year, for full-day meetings that are held at the College’s offices in Toronto and on occasionally by teleconference. Each meeting requires one day of preparation.

The Committee is made up of five members who include the Council President (who automatically becomes the Committee Chair), the Council Vice President, up to two public Council members and up to three professional Council members.


Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee’s role is to develop, implement administer and the Quality Assurance program. This statutory Committee supports physiotherapists in continually improving their skills and knowledge.

The Quality Assurance program is made up of three parts and these include practice reflection which applies to all physiotherapists, practice assessment of which Council sets which affects a percentage of physiotherapists who are to be randomly selected annually and practice enhancement when a physiotherapist is identified as needing to take additional learning required.

Member Commitment

The Quality Assurance Committee is made up of two professional Council members, two public Council members and two other Committee members.

The Committee usually meets about 4-6 times a year for full-day meetings at the College office in Toronto. On occasion they meet by teleconference. Each meeting usually requires between a half-day and a full day of preparation time. Council members are compensated for their meeting and preparation time. 


Patient Relations Committee

The role of the Patient Relations Committee is to advise Council with respect to the patient relations program and to administer the program to provide funding for therapy and counseling.

Member Commitment

The statutory Committee meets only if there is an application for funding or if there is a special project. The Committee is made up of two professional Council members, one public Council member and one member who is a physiotherapist registered with the College.


Finance Committee (Non-Statutory)
 

The Finance Committee is responsible for providing financial oversight of the College. This non-statutory Committee meets with the auditors about the audit plan, to review the quarterly and audited annual financial statements, to review the annual budget, to assess the performance of the external auditors and to make recommendations about finances to Council.

Member Commitment

The Committee generally meets quarterly for a short teleconference with additional meetings related to the audit and budget. Preparation is about one hour per meeting. The only meeting held at the College office in Toronto is the half-day for budget review in January. 

The Committee is made up of at least one professional Council member and two public Council members.

Interested in Becoming a Council Member?

 The College's Council and Committees are made up of eight elected physiotherapists (PTs) from regions across the province, two academic representatives selected by their peers and seven members of the public appointed by the Government of Ontario. Physiotherapists on Council are nominated and elected by their peers and serve a three-year term.

Learn More About the Election Process