Council Members

Eastern Electoral District

Dr. Kamy Morcos

GTA Electoral District

Dr. Linda Chan
Dr. Areef Nurani

Northern Electoral District

Dr. Bill Chisholm

Western Electoral District

Dr. Dino Mastronardi

Provincial Electoral District

Dr. Pooya Hemami, President
Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice-President
Dr. Patrick Quaid
Dr. Marta Witer

Members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council

Ms. Maureen Chesney
Mr. Bashar Kassir
Ms. Irene Moore, Treasurer
Ms. Luisa Morrone
Ms. Ellen Pekilis
Mr. Brian Rivait
Mr. John Van Bastelaar

Faculty Appointment from the University of Waterloo

Dr. Patricia Hrynchak

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee serves as an intermediary between Council, staff and the other College committees. The role of the Executive is to facilitate the Council’s decision-making, to ensure that College resources are allocated appropriately and that staff and committees are moving forward with the work of the College and the priorities of Council. The Committee also acts as a finance committee, overseeing the preparation of the annual budget and ensuring that funds are spent wisely during the fiscal year.

Between meetings of Council, the Executive Committee has all the powers of the Council with respect to any matter that, in the Committee’s opinion, requires immediate attention. However, the Executive Committee does not have the authority to make, amend or revoke a regulation or by-law.

Members

Dr. Pooya Hemami, President
Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice-President
Ms. Irene Moore, Treasurer
Dr. Bill Chisholm
Dr. Patrick Quaid
Mr. Brian Rivait
Mr. John Van Bastelaar

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee is a statutory committee comprised of four professional members, one of whom is a member of Council, and one public member of Council. The Committee is responsible for the entry-to-practice process of the profession in Ontario. The work of the Registration Committee serves the public interest by ensuring that individuals meet minimum criteria before being registered to practice in Ontario. As society changes and the profession grows and evolves, the registration process evolves to meet current needs.

Registration Process

Members

Mr. John Van Bastelaar, Chair
Dr. Vanesh Kathiravelu
Dr. Dino Mastronardi
Ms. Ellen Pekilis
Dr. Patrick Quaid
Dr. Karin Simon

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC)

The Inquiries Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC), formerly the Complaints Committee, is the statutory committee responsible for the investigation and disposition of complaints and reports filed with the College about the conduct of an optometrist. The Committee is comprised of six professional members, at least one of whom is a member of Council, and four public members of Council.

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Processes

Members

Dr. Derek MacDonald, Chair
Ms. Irene Moore, Panel Chair
Ms. Maureen Chesney
Dr. Bill Chisholm
Dr. Camy Grewal
Dr. Richard Kniaziew
Dr. Annie Micucci
Ms. Luisa Morrone
Mr. Brian Rivait
Dr. Marta Witer

QAC – Quality Assurance Panel

The Quality Assurance Committee is a statutory committee charged with the responsibility of administering the Quality Assurance Program. The Committee is comprised of 12 members including at least one professional member of Council and one public member of Council. The primary purpose of the Committee is to help members provide quality optometric care to their patients. The Committee does this by assessing members’ practices and by evaluating their clinical ability.

In addition, the Committee articulates and clarifies new and existing standards of practice, regulatory requirements and clinical practice guidelines in the Optometric Practice Reference (OPR). Given the scope of the Quality Assurance Program, the Committee may work in panels.

The benefit of working in panels is that the Committee often works on additonal assignments at Council’s request such as recommending policy statements or drafting regulatory changes to be considered by the Executive Committee and Council.

Quality Assurance Program and Processes

Members

Dr. Kamy Morcos, Co-chair
Dr. Thomas Noël, Co-chair
Dr. Linda Chan
Dr. Sharon Markowitz
Dr. Areef Nurani
Ms. Ellen Pekilis
Dr. Karin Schellenberg
Mr. John Van Bastelaar

QAC – Clinical Practice Panel

Members

Dr. Dennis Ruskin, Chair
Dr. Patricia Hrynchak
Dr. Jameel Kanji
Dr. Sarah MacIver
Ms. Luisa Morrone
Dr. Tim Tsang
Dr. David White

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee is a statutory committee that receives its authority from the Health Professions Procedural Code. It is comprised of all of the members of Council and an additional five professional members who are not on Council. The Committee is charged with the duty of adjudicating allegations of incompetence or professional misconduct made against a member. If the ICRC determines that a matter before them likely involves professional misconduct, they will refer the case to the Discipline Committee.

Discipline Process

Members

Dr. Areef Nurani, Chair
Dr. Patrick Quaid, Vice-Chair
Dr. Margaret Armstrong
Dr. Linda Bathe
Dr. Linda Chan
Ms. Maureen Chesney
Dr. Pooya  Hemami
Dr. Jim Hoover
Dr. Patricia Hrynchak
Dr. Dino Mastronardi
Ms. Irene Moore
Dr. Kamy Morcos
Ms. Luisa Morrone
Dr. Thomas-A. Noël
Ms. Ellen Pekilis
Mr. Brian Rivait
Dr. Dennis Ruskin
Dr. Karin Simon
Mr. John Van Bastelaar

Patient Relations Committee

The Patient Relations Committee (PRC) is a statutory committee consisting of four optometrists and two public members of Council. The PRC administers the Patient Relations Program that promotes awareness among members and the public of the College’s position that any form of abuse of a patient, whether sexual or otherwise, is viewed as professional misconduct that will not be tolerated. Related to this, the PRC administers the Patient Relations Fund for Therapy and Counselling that may be available to patients who have been sexually abused by their optometrist. The PRC also functions as the Privacy Committee of the College for purposes related to the collection, retention, and destruction of personal and health information, and assists with College communications.

The PRC also reviews issues of an ethical nature that occur in the practice of optometry. The Committee also acts as a resource for other College committees or individual members looking for interpretation of ethical issues in the practice of optometry.

Patient Relations Program and Forms

Members

Ms. Irene Moore, Chair
Dr. Linda Bathe
Ms. Maureen Chesney
Dr. Ken Hadley
Dr. Areef Nurani
Mr. Brian Rivait
Dr. Marta Witer

Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee is a statutory committee made up of two professional members, one of whom is a member of Council, and one public member of Council. The Committee is an adjudicative body that holds hearings to determine whether or not a member is suffering from a mental or physical disorder that may interfere with his or her ability to practise optometry.

Members

Dr. Linda Chan, Chair
Dr. Jim Hoover
Ms. Ellen Pekilis