The Council

The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) is governed by a Council of nine elected members and as many public members as are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council in accordance with section six of the Psychotherapy Act, 2007. The Council and its committees make decisions related to registration requirements, standards of practice, continuing professional development and the professional conduct of members, along with developing and monitoring regulations, policies and business systems for CRPO. Council’s duties are supported by a number of statutory and non-statutory committees, as well as by CRPO staff.

Learn more about elections and becoming a Council member.

Current Council Members

  • Heidi Ahonen, RP (District 1 – West)
  • Andrew Benedetto, RP, President (District 7 – Central)
  • Steven Boychyn, Public Member
  • Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, RP (District 3 – East)
  • Gary Cockman, Public Member
  • Sheldon Kawarsky, Public Member
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley, Public Member
  • Kenneth Lomp, RP (District 4 – Central East)
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP, Vice-President (District 2 – North)
  • Michael Machan, RP (District 8 – Ontario)
  • Miranda Monastero, RP (District 5 – South West)
  • Pat Rayman, RP (District 7 – Central)
  • Jane Snyder, Public Member
  • Steven Stijacic, Public Member

Read Council member biographies.

Upcoming Council Meetings:

  • September 13, 2019
  • November 21, 2019

All meetings are held at CRPO’s office at
375 University Avenue, Suite 803 in Toronto.

Council meetings are open to the public. Please adhere to our Council Meeting Policies and Guidelines. If you would like to attend the next Council meeting, please send your request to info@crpo.ca.

Access Council meeting materials, review past meeting highlights and minutes.

Committee Membership

The following are the statutory and non-statutory committees required so that the College can fulfill its regulatory mandate.
Non-statutory committees are marked with an asterisk (*).

Client Relations

The Client Relations Committee sets policy on the prevention of sexual abuse by CRPO registrants and administers a therapy and counselling fund for client victims of sexual abuse.

Client Relations Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Steven Boychyn
  • Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, RP
  • Sue Lymburner, RP (Interim Chair & Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley
  • Pat Rayman, RP
  • Jane Snyder
  • Steven Stijacic

Discipline

The Discipline Committee holds discipline hearings in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. It also sets policy and procedure relating to the discipline process.

Discipline Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Gary Cockman (Chair)

All members of Council sit on this committee.

Examination*

The Examination Committee considers appeals regarding failure of the Registration Examination, where there are alleged grounds of unfairness or other extenuating circumstances. It may also grant time extensions to individuals who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to write the exam within the time period set in the Registration Regulation.

Examination Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Heidi Ahonen, RP
  • Andrew Benedetto, RP
  • Steven Boychyn
  • Gary Cockman
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley
  • Kenneth Lomp, RP (Chair)
  • Michael Machan
  • Steven Stijacic

Executive

Elected by Council, the Executive Committee provides strategic direction, financial oversight and engages in policy development. In certain circumstances, it may act on behalf of Council.

Executive Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Andrew Benedetto, RP (President)
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP (Vice-President)
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Steven Stijacic

Fitness to Practise

The Fitness to Practise Committee holds hearings related to alleged registrant incapacity in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. It also sets policy and procedure relating to the fitness to practise process.

Fitness to Practise Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

Barbara Locke Billingsley (Chair)

All Council members sit on this committee.

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports (ICRC)

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee panels screen complaints and other concerns about registrants and decide how to deal with them (e.g. issue a caution, refer to a discipline hearing, take no action). It also sets College policy on the screening process.

Inquires, Complaints and Reports Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Steven Boychyn
  • Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, RP (Interim Chair)
  • Kali Hewitt-Blackie, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Kenneth Lomp, RP
  • Miranda Monastero, RP
  • Pat Rayman, RP
  • Steven Stijacic
  • Kevin VanDerZwet Stafford, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)

Nominations and Elections*

The Nominations and Elections Committee establishes election processes, assists the Registrar in supervising and administering the election process and addresses election-related disputes. It could also function to encourage CRPO registrants to consider running for positions on Council and may be involved in identifying potential candidates.

Nominations and Elections Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Pat Rayman, RP (Chair)
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP
  • Jane Snyder
  • Steven Stijacic

Quality Assurance (QA)

Working from the foundation set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and the Quality Assurance Regulation, the Quality Assurance (QA) Committee develops policies, processes, and related tools and resources to support CRPO registrants in meeting requirements of the QA Program.

Quality Assurance Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Heidi Ahonen, RP
  • Andrew Benedetto, RP
  • Kayleen Edwards, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Kenneth Lomp, RP (Interim Chair)
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP
  • Miranda Monastero, RP
  • Pat Rayman, RP
  • Jane Snyder

Registration

The Registration Committee develops registration policy and processes, and its members form panels to review applications for registration that have been referred by staff.

Registration Committee – Terms of Reference

Committee Members:

  • Heidi Ahonen, RP
  • Andrew Benedetto, RP
  • Carol Cowan-Levine, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Gary Cockman
  • Sheldon Kawarsky
  • Barbara Locke Billingsley
  • Malcolm MacFarlane, RP (Chair)
  • Michael Machan, RP
  • Muriel McMahon, RP (Non-Council Committee Member)
  • Steven Stijacic