CAOT President & Executive Director / Board of Directors
Nicola MacNaughton, OT Reg.(NB), CDMP, CCLCPCAOT President
Nicola MacNaughton is the proud owner of Occupational Concepts Ltd, a private practice located in Moncton, New Brunswick. She has been an occupational therapist since 1990. Nicola has successfully grown her business from a team of one to a team of twenty-five, fifteen who are employed as full time occupational therapists.
Nicola has thus far committed her occupational therapy career to the field of disability management. Her belief is that all people have a right to a healthy quality of life. She strives to help remove barriers that prevent people from pursuing their passions, maintaining roles and responsibilities in the home and contributing to society. Nicola was awarded the first Women Entrepreneur of the Year award by the CBDC in 2009.
On a personal note, Nicola is bilingual, a fair weather sailor, she de-stresses in her English country garden and, as her employees will comment, she makes cards that would rival Hallmark.
Nicola is vocal about strengthening the access to occupational therapy services in Canada. She sought the role of CAOT President to bring her sixteen years of business experience to contribute to the strategic direction of the organization. Her mandate, to continue the work of presidents before her to change the conversation from “what is occupational therapy” to “how do I access occupational therapy services?”
Janet M. Craik, MSc., OT (C), OT Reg. (Ont.)
Janet Craik is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. In addition to her Bachelor of Science Picture of Janet Craik, Interim Executive Director of CAOTdegree in occupational therapy from Queen’s University, Janet holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Toronto.
Prior to coming to CAOT in 2007, Janet worked as an occupational therapist as a front line practitioner, educator and manager. Her knowledge and expertise in project management and her research interests in knowledge translation and professional practice issues has helped her in her former role as the Director of Professional Practice for the CAOT.
With over 25 years of experience, Janet embraces her role as the Executive Director of CAOT and looks forward to position occupational therapy at the forefront of the changing health care system.