The College Council

Council serves as the board of directors of the College and is responsible for making decisions and establishing policies that are in the public interest and consistent with legislation. Council helps ensure optometrists continue to provide safe, ethical and high-quality care to patients. To enhance our accountability, Council meetings are open to the public. Information about upcoming Council meetings can be found in our Calendar of Events.

The Optometry Act sets out the composition of the College Council, with some flexibility: Council can consist of 16 to 18 members. Eight or nine Council members are optometrists (professional members) elected by their peers through regional elections. Seven or eight Council members are public members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council (Provincial Cabinet) to bring the public perspective to Council discussions. One Council member is appointed from the faculty at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. In addition to serving on Council, every Council member is appointed to at least one statutory committee.

Council Members

Eastern Electoral District

Dr. Lindy Mackey

GTA Electoral District

Dr. Linda Chan
Dr. Camy Grewal

Northern Electoral District

Dr. William Ulakovic

Western Electoral District

Dr. Richard Kniaziew, Vice-President

Provincial Electoral District

Dr. Annie Micucci
Dr. Christopher Nicol
Dr. Patrick Quaid, President
Dr. Marta Witer

Faculty of University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science Electoral District

Dr. Lisa Christian

Members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council

Ms. Suzanne Allen
Ms. Kathryn Biondi
Mr. Ravnit Dhaliwal
Ms. Winona Hutchinson
Mr. Howard Kennedy
Mr. Bashar Kassir
Mr. Narendra Shah

Expectations of Council and Committee Members

Much of the work of the College is conducted by committees that are accountable to the Council. Council and committee members are expected to:

Understand and fulfill their role:

  • demonstrate accountability through decision-making in the public interest;
  • understand the division of roles and responsibilities of the Council or committee and staff;
  • identify and address conflict of interest situations;
  • recognize and respect confidential information obtained in the course of College activities as required by Section 36 of the RHPA;
  • maintain constructive, collaborative and mutually respectful relations with Councillors, committee members and staff; and
  • maintain good relationships with members, healthcare organizations, educational groups and other stakeholders.

Possess the necessary knowledge:

  • acquire and apply knowledge of Council and committee policies and procedures including relevant legislation, College values and strategic direction;
  • maintain knowledge of College functions and issues facing Council or the committees on which they participate;
  • review all material in advance of Council and committee meetings;
  • identify information needed to enhance Council and committee discussions and decision-making;
  • communicate concerns to Council or the committees on which they participate;
  • communicate Council or committee decisions and rationale to individuals and groups as requested by the College.

Effectively participate in decision-making

  • arrange their personal schedule to allow attendance at meetings;
  • contribute constructively to Council and committee discussions and decision-making;
  • maintain positive working relationships with Councillors, committee members, and College staff;
  • identify and attempt to resolve concerns with the committee chairpersons;
  • if the committee chairperson is unable to resolve the concern, address the concern to the College President;
  • contribute to decision-making by identifying to the Chair relevant expertise or contacts;
  • respect the specialized knowledge and expertise of other Council members, committee members and staff; and
  • identify issues to be added to the Council or committee’s agenda in a timely and appropriate manner.

Learn more about Council elections, which are held in the fall. Eligibility criteria are outlined in section 6.04 of the College by-laws.