Regulation Matters 2020 - Issue 2, August

Council Highlights

These Council highlights relate the meeting which took place on June 19th, 2020. See the agenda here.

Council governs the College and works in the public interest to regulate the dietetic profession in Ontario to ensure the public has access to safe, ethical and competent nutrition care, in keeping with the objects listed in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Learn more here.

Election of the Executive Committee

Council elected the following councillors to serve on the Executive Committee:

  • Lesia Kicak RD – President
  • Teresa Taillefer RD – Vice-President
  • John Regan, Public Member
  • Kerri LaBrecque RD

Revision of College By-Laws and Council’s Policy Governance Manual

Council approved, in principle, revisions to its by-laws for consultation with members. The College by-laws and Council’s Policy Governance Manual  are being revised to ensure that they reflect governance best practice, address recent changes to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and that they are simple, flexible, and easy to understand. Council will consider draft revisions to its Policy Governance Manual at a subsequent meeting.

Reduction or Waiver of Annual Fee for Reinstatement During Pandemic

Council approved the waiving of the annual fee for members who have previously resigned or retired and who would like to be reinstated for the sole purpose of providing healthcare support during the pandemic. These applicants must have current dietetic knowledge and skills, and meet all the College’s non-exemptible registration requirements. Fees will be waived only for applicants returning to practice who are specifically applying to assist the Ontario healthcare system during the Covid-19 pandemic. This will not apply to individuals returning to their previous employment after being on leave. 

Council Meeting Dates Set for 2020-21

Members of the public, stakeholders and College members are welcome to attend Council meetings. You must contact the College to reserve a place if you wish to attend (note that Council meetings are proceeding virtually through webinar for the time-being. Connection details can be found on the Council meeting package posted on our website before each meeting).

  • September 17 & 18, 2020

  • December 3 & 4, 2020

  • March 25 & 26, 2021

  • June 17 & 18, 2021

Committee Composition for 2020-21

Council approved the committee compositions for 2020-21. View the committee descriptions and committee membership on the College website

Thank you to Outgoing Council and Committee Members

Erin Woodbeck RD

Erin served as elected Councillor from 2012-2018 and as an appointed committee member from 2018-2020. During her term as Councillor she served as President in 2016-17. We thank Erin for her knowledgeable contributions to self-regulation and the thoughtful professionalism that she brought to all her work at the college, which included work on the following committees: Inquiries, Complaints and Reports, Patient Relations, Discipline, Fitness to Practice, Quality Assurance, Audit, and the Registrar & Executive Director Performance and Compensation Review Committee.

sobia Khan RD

Sobia was appointed as a committee member in 2013. We thank Sobia for the depth of knowledge, insight and the commitment she brought to her work on the Patient Relations and the Quality Assurance Committees. 

Dietitians can have an impact on how their profession is regulated by serving on College committees. Appointed committee members draw on their professional knowledge and judgment to help develop regulations, programs and policies for the delivery of safe, ethical and quality dietetic service. 

Laila Kanji

Laila was a public appointee to the College Council from 2016-2020. Her well-informed insights and commitment to public protection were valued in her work as Councillor on various college committees, including: Patient Relations, Inquiries, Complaints and Reports, Discipline and Fitness to Practice, Patient Relations, Executive and the Audit Committee.

A Warm Welcome to a New Public Member

Council is currently composed of 15 councillors: eight councillors who are dietitians elected by members of the College and seven public members appointed by order in Council as approved by the Ontario Provincial Cabinet. Together, they set the direction for the College's work and make decisions in the best interest of the public. We welcome one new public councillor to the College Council.

Ray D’Sa, Public Appointee

On July 9, 2020, Ray D'Sa was appointed as a member of the Council of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Ray is a business consultant in the industrial technology and power generation space with experience in engineering, sales, marketing and operations. He has worked for a diverse portfolio of Fortune 500 and startup companies on product and market development, operational efficiencies as well as contract and channel management. He has lived / worked across 5 continents, bringing a wealth of cross cultural and diverse perspectives to business management. Ray holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University.