Council Elections

Council is the College’s governing body or board of directors, made up of Council members who are, as a collective, responsible for making decisions that best serve the public interest, protect patients and improve the quality of physiotherapists' care in Ontario.

2018 Elections

to our
Council Members

Sharee Mandel-Benyacar (District 3)

Darryn Mandel (District 6)

Janet Law
(District 7)

Important Dates 

By-Election in District 8

Voting Opens:
May 11, 2018

Election Day:
Voting Poll closes at

June 11, 2018 at 2pm EST

2018 Elections

Election Day is April 18, 2018 for District 3 (Central Eastern), 6 (Toronto West) and 7 (Toronto East)

Election Day is June 11, 2018 for District 8—Central (By-Election)

Check Your Electoral District Eligibility

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.

Council members are involved in establishing policies to ensure that College operations reflect corporate goals and safeguard the organization’s assets. The election of Council members is an important part of physiotherapy regulation. Council members make decisions that affect how physiotherapy is practiced and regulated in Ontario, such as approving changes to entry-to-practice requirements, establishing standards of practice and conduct, and approving new programs. All Council members are required to participate in the College’s statutory Committees and may serve on task forces and working groups as well.

By participating in the election, either as a candidate or through voting, every member of the College has an opportunity to influence the future of physiotherapy practice and regulation.

Why should I consider running?

The practice of physiotherapy in Ontario is self-regulating which means physiotherapists are involved in determining the rules that govern the profession, in addition to being accountable for their own behaviour. While the College oversees the rules and regulations associated with the profession, it is Council that sets the direction.

As a physiotherapist, you treat and assist numerous patients every day within your community and practice setting. As a councillor, the scope is even broader as you represent the voice and well-being of all patients and potential patients throughout the province. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the profession by helping to ensure the public interest is protected.

Eligibility Criteria to Run for the By-Election (District 8 Central)

You must live in District 8.

You cannot have had a decision-making role with OPA, CPA, CAPR or similar organizations in the last 12 months.

You cannot have been found guilty of professional misconduct in the last six years.

This list is not exhaustive, please refer to the By-laws.

College By-laws

2018 Council Election: Frequently Asked Questions

Council Election FAQs - Why

  • Why should I consider running for College Council?

Council Election FAQs - Who

  • Who can run in the election?

  • Who can nominate someone for election?

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about the election?

Council Election FAQs - What

  • What districts are up for election?

  • What is the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario Council? What does it do?

  • What are the eligibility requirements to run for Council?

  • What do I need to know and what kinds of skills do I need to be on Council?

  • What is a candidate’s statement? And what kind of information should I include in it?

Council Election FAQs - Where

Council Election FAQs - When

Council Election FAQs - How

  • How do I know if I am eligible to run for election?

  • How will I know if my nomination is approved?

  • How do I vote?

  • How much time is required to be a Council member?

  • How long are Council member's terms?

  • How are Council members compensated?