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. John Van Bastelaar

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
Dr. Linda Chan
Dr. Lisa Christian
Dr. Michelle Cvercko
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. 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
Mr. John Van Bastelaar
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. Jay Mithani
Dr. Kamy Morcos

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
Mr. John Van Bastelaar
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
Dr. Mark Eltis
Dr. Nadine Furtado
Mr. Hsien Ping (Albert) Liang
Dr. Larry Ng
Dr. Karin Schellenberg
Mr. John Van Bastelaar

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
Dr. Richard Kniaziew
Dr. Christopher Nicol
Mr. Narendrah Shah
Mr. John Van Bastelaar

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

Dr. Kamy Morcos, Chair
Dr. Patricia Hrynchak
Dr. Areef Nurani
Dr. Olga Savitska
Mr. Narendra Shah
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