Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Current CAOT President and Executive Director

Picture of Lori Cyr, CAOT PresidentLori Cyr, Occupation Therapy Practice Coordinator/Clinical Resource Therapist OT(C)


I graduated from Dalhousie University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science. A coast-to-coast move brought me to Vancouver that same year and I’ve not budged since. My current role is as Practice Coordinator/Clinical Resource Therapist for the Mary Pack Arthritis Program. My professional interests include the use of evidence in clinical practice, transfer of clinical knowledge, health literacy, self management and client education.

I hold a Clinical Assistant Professor appointment with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy within the UBC Faculty of Medicine and value my connections with the school. Volunteerism is a strongly held value of mine and I had volunteered in the non-profit health sector and rheumatology organizations for many years. I was co-convener of the 2005 CAOT Conference in Vancouver and joined the Board in 2007.

After my second term, I decided the time was right to step up to the President role and am excited to now be stepping into those shoes. It is indeed an honour and a privilege to lead this great organization for the next 2 years.

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.

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