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  • College Committees

    Committees are accountable to Council and are responsible for ensuring College policies are implemented and enforced.

    Committees comprise both public and professional members. Public members are members of the public appointed by the Provincial Cabinet. Professional members include both Council and non-Council member optometrists. All committee members participate as full voting members of their committees and are expected to make decisions that reflect the College’s regulatory mandate to protect the public interest.

    The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires colleges to establish seven statutory committees. In addition, the College establishes non-statutory committees to help meet its mission and objects.

     

    Statutory Committees

    Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee deals with matters requiring immediate action between Council meetings and coordinates an effective liaison with external stakeholders.

    Members

    Dr. Patrick Quaid, President
    Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice-President
    Dr. Camy Grewal
    Ms. Winona Hutchinson
    Mr. Howard Kennedy

    Discipline Committee

    The Discipline Committee makes formal decisions with regard to allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence made against a an optometrist. Panels of the Discipline Committee will oversee the proceedings and have the authority to revoke, suspend, reprimand, fine, or impose terms on an optometrist’s practice if a finding is made.

    Discipline Process

    Members

    Dr. Jim Hoover, Chair
    Ms. Suzanne Allen
    Dr. Lorne Berman
    Ms. Kathryn Biondi
    Dr. Linda Chan
    Dr. Lisa Christian
    Dr. Michelle Cvercko
    Mr. Ravnit Dhaliwal
    Dr. Marian Elder
    Dr. Camy Grewal
    Dr. Vivian Habib
    Dr. Ken Hadley
    Ms. Winona Hutchinson
    Dr. Jameel Kanji
    Mr. Bashar Kassir
    Mr. Howard Kennedy
    Dr. Anita Kumar
    Dr. Angela Kyveris
    Mr. Hsien Ping (Albert) Liang
    Dr. Lindy Mackey
    Dr. Donald MacQueen
    Dr. Sharon Markowitz
    Dr. Annie Micucci
    Dr. Kamy Morcos
    Dr. Mohamed Moussa
    Dr. Christopher Nicol
    Dr. Patrick Quaid
    Dr. Dennis Ruskin
    Dr. Karin Simon
    Mr. Narendra Shah
    Dr. William Ulakovic
    Dr. Marta Witer

    Fitness to Practise Committee

    The Fitness to Practise Committee is an adjudicative body that holds hearings to determine whether an optometrist is suffering from a mental or physical condition/disorder that may interfere with their ability to practise optometry, and decides what action is necessary to protect the public.

    Members

    Mr. Hsien Ping (Albert) Liang, Chair
    Dr. Annie Micucci
    Dr. Jay Mithani

    Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC)

    The Inquiries Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC), formerly the Complaints Committee, is responsible for investigating complaints made about optometrists’ conduct and/or care provided, as well as making final decisions regarding complaints, Registrar investigations, and inquiries into an optometrist’s capacity.

    Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Processes

    Members

    Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Chair
    Dr. David White, Chair
    Dr. Jenna Astorino
    Ms. Winona Hutchinson
    Mr. Bashar Kassir
    Dr. Vanesh Kathiravelu
    Dr. Norris Lam
    Mr. Hsien Ping (Albert) Liang
    Dr. Dino Mastronardi
    Mr. Narendra Shah

    Patient Relations Committee

    The Patient Relations Committee (PRC) oversees a program that promotes awareness of and includes measures to prevent sexual abuse of patients. The PRC also administers a fund for therapy and counselling for patients who have been sexually abused by an optometrist. The PRC reviews issues issues of an ethical nature that occur in professional practice and develops education and information program for the public and optometrists.

    Patient Relations Program and Forms

    Members

    Dr. Christopher Nicol, Chair
    Ms. Suzanne Allen, Chair
    Dr. Linda Bathe
    Mr. Howard Kennedy
    Dr. Negar Rezvani
    Dr. Sarah Sharma
    Dr. Yuan (Mike) Yang

    Quality Assurance Committee

    The Quality Assurance (QA) Committee assists optometrists in providing quality optometric care to their patients. The Committee is responsible for assessing optometrists’ professional practice, evaluating clinical ability and articulating standards of practice. Given the scope of its work, the Committee works in panels: the Quality Assurance Panel, which oversees and ensures compliance with the QA Program, and the Clinical Practice Panel, which articulates and clarifies new and existing standards of practice and regulatory requirements.

    Quality Assurance Panel

    Members

    Dr. Linda Chan, Chair
    Mr. Ravnit Dhaliwal
    Dr. Mark Eltis
    Dr. Nadine Furtado
    Dr. Natalija Ilic
    Mr. Hsien Ping (Albert) Liang
    Dr. Larry Ng
    Dr. Karin Schellenberg

    Clinical Practice Panel

    Members

    Dr. Camy Grewal, Chair
    Dr. Bill Chisholm
    Dr. Shirley Ha
    Mr. Howard Kennedy
    Dr. Sarah MacIver
    Dr. Leah Markin
    Dr. Sana Owais

    Registration Committee

    The Registration Committee is responsible for ensuring a fair, transparent and objective entry-to-practice process for optometry in Ontario. The Committee reviews applications to ensure individuals meet minimum criteria before being registered to practice in the province.

    Registration Process

    Members

    Dr. William Ulakovic, Chair
    Dr. Rose Marie Badame
    Dr. Pooya Hemami
    Ms. Winona Hutchinson
    Mr. Howard Kennedy
    Dr. Abraham Yuen

    Standing Committees

    Audit/Finance/Risk Committee

    The Audit/Finance/Risk Committee reviews and advises Council on the College’s financial affairs, including the investment strategy, auditor review and financial planning. The Committee also oversees the College’s overall risk management framework.

    Members

    Mr. Bashar Kassir, Chair
    Ms. Suzanne Allen
    Dr. Lisa Christian
    Dr. Patrick Quaid
    Dr. Marta Witer

    Governance/HR Committee

    The Governance/HR Committee is responsible for development, implementation and review of governance and human resource policies and processes. The Committee ensures recruitment strategies, performance evaluation and succession planning are maintained to secure strong and balanced leadership for the College.

    Members

    Dr. Annie Micucci, Chair
    Ms. Kathryn Biondi
    Dr. Richard Kniaziew
    Dr. Christopher Nicol
    Mr. Narendrah Shah

    Ad-Hoc Committees

    Quality Assurance Subcommittee

    The Quality Assurance Subcommittee will spearhead an independent evaluation, recommend revisions and oversee redevelopment of the College’s Quality Assurance Program. The focus of this project is to develop strategies, plans and tools to engage optometrists and continually improve their knowledge and skills, patient outcomes and practice.

    Members

    Ms. Ellen Pekilis, Chair
    Dr. Patricia Hrynchak
    Dr. Areef Nurani
    Dr. Olga Savitska
    Mr. Narendra Shah
    Dr. William Ulakovic
    Mr. John Van Bastelaar

    Strategic Planning Committee

    The Strategic Planning Committee supports the development and delivery of a comprehensive College strategic planning process, being undertaken in 2020.

    Members

    Dr. Marta Witer, Chair
    Ms. Winona Hutchinson
    Mr. Bashar Kassir
    Dr. Christopher Nicol
    Ms. Ellen Pekilis
    Dr. Timothy Tsang