Catherine Backman, PhD, Reg. OT (BC), FCAOT
As of October 1, 2018, we are pleased to announce Catherine Backman as President and Chair of the CAOT Board of Directors. Catherine will serve a two-year term and looks forward to engaging with members from across the country and around the world, as well as developing a new strategic plan with contributions from members, board and staff.
Catherine is passionate about teaching occupational therapy and is Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at The University of British Columbia, and Senior Scientist at Arthritis Research Canada. She is no stranger to volunteer positions with professional organizations and has contributed extensively to CAOT throughout her 36-year career, including as Secretary, board director and on the CJOT Editorial Board and the CAOT-BC Advisory Committee. Among her many distinguished awards, Catherine was CAOT’s Muriel Driver Memorial Lecturer in 2004 and is a CAOT Fellow.
Catherine can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org
CAOT Chief Executive Officer
Hélène Sabourin, RN, BScN, MHA
As of January 2019, Hélène is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
Reporting to and collaborating with the President and Board of Directors, Hélène is responsible and accountable for the Association’s overall performance through the implementation of the strategic plan, achievement of corporate goals, and effective development and stewardship of corporate resources.
Hélène holds a Bachelor of Science Nursing as well as a Master’s degree in Health Administration and brings over 25 years of experience of not-for-profit management experience with proven expertise across the health systems at the international, national, and regional levels. Prior to her appointment, Hélène served as Senior Director, Governance & Corporate Strategy at Accreditation Canada; Executive Director for the Canadian Nurses Foundation; and as Senior Consultant at the Canadian Nurses Association where she led the Certification Program for over 6 years thus bringing knowledge in exam development and administration. Hélène worked as a registered nurse in several settings such as acute care, community care, occupational health & safety and correctional services.
Hélène is honoured to take on the chief executive role at CAOT to advance the profession of occupational therapy and to work with its members to support the creation of client-centred solutions for all Canadians by improving lives each and every day.
Hélène can be reached at email@example.com
CAOT Board Nominations
If you have a vision for occupational therapy in Canada and want to influence policies and make positive change for the profession on the national level, then CAOT needs you! We are looking for potential candidates with initiative, foresight, creativity and a keen desire to help shape, promote and oversee the activities of the association.
As CAOT is implementing its new 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, we are now accepting nominations for the following positions on the CAOT Board of Directors:
CAOT Board of Directors 2019-2020
|President||Catherine Backman||Vancouver, BC|
|Vice-Chair||Christine Fleming||Saskatoon, SK|
|Secretary||Melissa Greene||Conception Bay, NL|
|Treasurer||Margaret Collingwood||St. John’s, NL|
|British Columbia||Donna Drynan||North Vancouver, BC|
|Alberta||Shaniff Esmail||Edmonton, AB|
|Saskatchewan||Suzanne Lendvoy||Regina, SK|
|Manitoba||Lisa Diamond-Burchuk||Winnipeg, MB|
|Ontario||Karen Rebeiro Gruhl||Sudbury, ON|
|Quebec||Nathalie Veillette||Boucherville, QC|
|Nova Scotia||Terry McLaughlin||Cow Bay, NS|
|Prince Edward Island||Marilee Miller||Charlottetown, PE|
|New Brunswick||Claudia Martin||Charlo, NB|
Mount Pearl, NL
|Kaitlynn Dewhirst||Yellowknife, NT|
|External Member||Dirk Silversides||Regina, SK|
|WFOT Director||Andrew Freeman||Quebec City, QC|
The CAOT Board likes to hear from you. Please direct any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
CAOT Board Meeting Dates
Friday, November 15, 2018, 8:30 am to 5 pm Local Time and Saturday, November 16, 2018 8:30 am to 3 pm in Ottawa, Ontario
Friday, February 14, 2020 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Eastern Time, Board Meeting teleconference
Monday, March 23, 2020 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Eastern Time, Annual General Meeting
Friday, April 3, 2020 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm Eastern Time, Board Meeting teleconference