Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

CAOT-QC Advisory Committee

The CAOT-QC Advisory Committee provides consultation, advice, and support to CAOT with respect to provincial issues related to occupational therapy, to advance excellence in the profession. The CAOT-QC Advisory Committee promotes information sharing and coordinated planning on provincial issues related to occupational therapy to further the development of the profession.

 

Martine Brousseau
OT, Ph.D.
Professor at the Département d’ergothérapie (Department of Occupational Therapy), Université du Québec à trois Rivières

 


I am very pleased to witness the birth of an association of occupational therapists in Quebec. We are fortunate that this association is attached to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists through CAOT-QC. My experience as the Quebec representative on the board of directors of this association has allowed me to ascertain the important resources and experiences in the world of associations on which we will be able to rely: scientific publications, seminars to learn how to advocate for our cause, knowledge based on experience from having developed emerging practices that have not yet made it to Québec, etc. Therefore, I am passionate about my commitment which I see as the commitment of a citizen occupational therapist who is proud to belong to such a rich community.

Marc Rouleau
OT, MBA
Educational assistant in charge of continuing education for the occupational therapy program, École de réadaptation Faculté de la médecine, Université de Montréal

 


Marc completed his education in occupational therapy at the Université de Montréal and received an undergraduate degree from HEC Montréal as well as a masters in international management from the University of Ottawa. He is also an educational assistant and is responsible for the continuing education of the Université de Montréal’s occupational therapy educational programs.

Along his professional path he has worked as a clinician in a psychiatric day hospital setting, in rehabilitation with workers exhibiting various mental health issues, as a research assistant and as a manager.

Believing deeply that our profession adds value for the population he wishes to be more involved with the support, advancement, representation and development of professional practice in Québec. Our profession faces many issues; structural changes, transformation of decision-making powers in our health care network, the state of resources, knowledge transfer and the possible modifications of the educational programs of some rehabilitation professions. On top of this there is the challenge of supporting clinicians with regards to the health system’s governance pressures by giving them the tools to measure the performance of their services and by offering support to those who are operating in non-traditional fields.

Through his past experience and his current roles, he wishes to participate in the reflective thinking regarding these issues.

Lisiane Pelletier
OT, Master in Rehabilitation, Director of rehabilitation for Boucherville

 


In 2002 Lisiane decided to go to university to study occupational therapy in order to help people to become more autonomous and to allow them to improve their quality of life. Since she graduated in 2006 she has worked in the private sector at the Physiothérapie Universelle clinic. In 2010 she was put in charge of a clinic and it’s 17 employees and became the occupational therapy department’s coordinator where approximately 30 employees work at 19 clinics. These roles have, amongst other things, allowed her to assure the highest quality within the occupational therapy department.

In 2014 she became the rehabilitation director and recreated the accomplishments of the occupational therapy department within the physical therapy department. She does the hiring, follow-ups and the updating of skills of nearly 150 employees (therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists).

She received her Master in Rehabilitation Practices at the Université de Sherbrooke in order to further promote the important role of the occupational therapist, particularly in the private sector.

Since 2012 she has been the manager of the Association Québécoise des Ergothérapeutes en Pratique Privée’s (AQEPP) Board of Directors and she is the internal vice president since last year.

Furthermore, for the past few years she has been involved with McGill University’s Occupational Therapy Department as a guest lecturer and as a reviewer for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). She is also involved with many occupational therapy master’s projects at McGill University and the Université de Montréal.

Her involvement with the advisory committee is, amongst other things, guided by her ardent desire to see the profession of occupational therapist better represented and better known by the general population.

She hopes that through the creation of this chapter, occupational therapists in Quebec will have access to more services related to their needs. Moreover, she hopes that many occupational therapists will want to get involved in CAOT-QC’s activities by means of articles in OT Now to help build awareness of occupational therapy.

Nancy Boudreault
OT, Clinician with St-Bruno’s housed clientele


Nancy graduated from the Université de Montréal in 1992 and has acquired a diverse clinical experience by working in many lines of business and types of environments (Local Community Health Centre, psychiatry, technical aid services, veterans). For more than 17 years she has worked with elderly clients and clients suffering from loss of autonomy in a residential and long-term care centre setting.

 

Since starting her practice she has been supervising students, involved herself in various committees and projects and participates in continuing education activities which allows her to keep her knowledge, know-how and personal skills up to date. Many subject matters are of particular interest to her including: clinical ethics, prevention of falls amongst the elderly and Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).

 

She is very excited about participating in this committee because facing new challenges, ensuring the quality of professional services and fostering the evolution of occupational therapy are important to her. She hopes to deepen her knowledge about the role of the occupational therapist outside of Quebec and of Canada and thus be able to glimpse new avenues for practice in Quebec.

Carole St-Pierre
Advisor Clinical Coordinator of Professional Practice for Rehabilitation and Clinical Nutrition; Blainville Clinic

 


Carole completed her academic education at the Université de Laval with a Master in Organisation Management and Development – relève des cadres (management succession) (2003-2008) following a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (1989-1992) from McGill University.

She also gained professional experience at CISSS LANAUDIÈRE (SOUTH) – Professional Practice Advisor, clinical rehabilitation and nutrition stream, at ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL – Professional Respondent for Occupational Therapy Services and at CENTRE GÉRIATRIQUE MAIMONIDES – Occupational Therapist. She also holds a Green Belt in Lean Management.

 

The interests and motivations that induced her to be part of the committee are to participate in the advancement of the profession, to contribute to CAOT’s mission, to exchange about the vision and about the realities of practice with occupational therapist colleagues, to foster the creation of the Quebec chapter, to increase her knowledge of current professional stakes and conditions and the political strategies in which to invest, to put in place means of communication, to influence the choices of service provision deciders and to increase the interest in CAOT amongst Quebec occupational therapists in order to enhance the quality of practice.

Matthieu Ouellet
Clinical Occupational Therapist

 


Matthieu has been an occupational therapist in the Outaouais region since receiving his Bachelor in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa in 2009. Over the course of his burgeoning career he has developed an interest for the continuous improvement of his occupational therapy practice.

He enjoys working in groups towards a common goal and using everyone’s viewpoints to drive the conversation to a higher level for the good of those being represented by the group. He believes he has the capabilities to develop an overall vision of the steps necessary to achieve set gaols. He likes finding creative and non-conventional ways to solve problems, working in a relaxed and professional environment and ensuring that everyone gets to express their viewpoint.

In fact, his involvement with his organisation’s multidisciplinary board over the past four years (including being president of the board) has lead him to actively participate in a committee with the mandate of promoting and improving the practice of the organisation’s professionals as well as requiring him to draw upon all of his abilities and interests (listed above).

Therefore, he is very interested in being a member of the provisional advisory committee since it will allow him to keep being involved in advancing occupational therapy practice and in the pursuit of excellence in the field of occupational therapy.

His involvement as a CAOT member since 2009 has allowed him to observe the evolution of the services offered by the Association over the past few years and has motivated him to keep his practice up to date, notably by integrating the principles of evidence-based practice in his daily activities. He is very proud to share this interest with his colleagues in the hopes of improving occupational therapy practice in general, and more specifically to improve the health of people living in his region. Furthermore, these interests have led him to undertake a Master in Occupational Therapy in order to acquire better tools to approach research and clinical practice.

Simon Cardinal
Medical Sales Consultant Montreal

 


Simon received a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy from the University of Ottawa. He currently works as a representative with Patterson Medical (formerly Sammons Preston). He is currently in charge of the selection process, training, purchasing, negotiating provincial agreements and developing strategic relationships. He is very passionate about real estate and since 2010 he has been in charge of developing and promoting many real estate projects on the island of Montreal. He is involved with the Pointe-St-Charles Clinic where he completed a term as vice-president of the clinic in 2015 and he is currently the president of the users committee. Simon believes that creating a francophone provincial association in Quebec is important because it will provide a unified voice for occupational therapists and make the profession shine in Quebec. We will thus be able to represent the interests of occupational therapists to the public and to government and administrative agencies in order to improve the recognition of the profession. Furthermore, this will facilitate access to direct occupational therapy care and will provide a means of support for all occupational therapists in their practice as well as promote access to resources such as research, latest developments, professional protection, etc.

 

Nancy Forget

PhD(c) OT(c) erg
Faculty lecturer
School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University

 


Nancy has many years of experience as a clinical occupational therapist. She has worked with various types of clients, specializing in upper-limb rehabilitation. Over the course of her career she has had the opportunity to work with and network with occupational therapists from many health establishments in the Estrie region and from Montreal.

After getting a master’s degree in 2007 her career path branched off into teaching. She has contributed to the training of future occupational therapists at the Université de Sherbrooke and at the Université de Montréal and mostly at McGill University. Her teaching load is mostly centered on the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions and the attribution of technological aids.

She has started a PhD in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology at the Université de Montréal in 2010. Her studies were funded by the Centre hospitalier de l’Univesité de Montréal and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (Health). The research she is pursuing is focused on the measurement and study of the determinants of participation restriction in people with a musculoskeletal condition to the upper limb, with a particular interest in biomechanical (for example: range of motion limitations) and personal (for example: subjective measures, dominance) factors as well as the role of the adaptation process.

Nancy could fill entire pages with the reasons why she is passionate about our profession and why she deems that occupational therapy is necessary to improve the health of the population. She also believes that occupational therapy is unknown by the public and by public decision-makers. Her desire to be a part of the Quebec chapter of CAOT is centered on promoting occupational therapy and making sure it is recognized in Québec.

Geneviève Fafard
Occupational therapist
Lanaudière

 


Geneviève is a proud graduate of UQTR (2013) and has since been working in child psychiatry and clinic development as well as with the Services intégrés en périnatalité et pour la petite enfance program (perinatal and early childhood services program) in the Lanaudière region. She also worked at Trois-Rivière’s CIUSSS with early childhood clients until she left the establishment to take on new challenges in private practice. Being in a position where she has the opportunity to have very diversified work in which she is directly involved with a myriad of issues related to occupational therapy, it is essential for her to develop evidence-based best practices. She was very involved during her studies and received the Lieutenant Governor’s Award and the new challenge offered by CAOT-QC will give her an opportunity to use her natural talent as a change agent. She is passionate about her profession and hopes to be able to evolve and the Association is the best means to achieve this. She is very proud and enthusiastic to join this advisory committee’s team.

 

Émilie Petit
Master in Occupational Therapy student, Université de Laval
Québec

 


Émilie is a student at Université de Laval and will be obtaining her Master in Occupational Therapy this coming year. She will begin her final 12-week internship this fall (2016) with pediatric clients in a Local Community Health Centre setting and in a social pediatrics centre setting.

She is also completing the entrepreneurial profile which has allowed her to become familiar with the field of private practice in occupational therapy in Quebec, more specifically in her natal Outaouais region.  She has many years of experience in university committees (program committee, student association, organising events) and has the desire to pursue certain commitments before entering into the professional world.

It is therefore mainly for the following reasons that she wants to be involved with CAOT-QC’s committee:

  • To find solutions to make the occupational therapy profession shine within the population of Quebec and with people of influence in a context where the health system is brought to change and where the profession is too often unknown.
  • To ensure that occupational therapists in Quebec have representation to defend their competencies and the new roles that could be created for them in the new health care system.
  • To represent the opinion and vision of new occupational therapists and occupational therapy students (who are growing in numbers) and to make sure that the services offered by the Quebec chapter meet their needs.
  • To be surrounded by a team of experienced occupational therapists and to learn about the exchanges that will take place within the committee.

Marie-Michèle Lord
Occupational Therapist, doctoral candidate in biomedical sciences at UQTR

 


Marie-Michèle has a Master in Occupational Therapy from the Université de Montréal and is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (occupational therapy option) from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières under Mr. Pierre-Yves Therriault. Her research interests are focused on aging workers and she is interested in their mental health in the business setting. On top of her doctoral studies, she in private practice where she works with adult clients who are looking to return to work.

She belongs to the board of directors of the association québécoise des ergothérapeutes en pratique privée (AQEPP). As a matter of fact, she has applied for the position on the CAOT-QC committee in view of a possible collaboration between the two associations.

 

Lindsay Noël
Clinical Occupational Therapist
Terrebonne

 


Lindsay is an occupational therapist who holds a Master of Health Sciences with an emphasis in occupational therapy as well as a Bachelor in Health Sciences with an emphasis in kinesiology. Her professional life is divided between her work as an occupational therapist in mental and physical health and her teaching occupational therapy at the master’s level at the University of Ottawa. By working in two different provinces and in two different environments she has been able to develop excellent organisational and time management competencies. She would like to blossom further in the domain of promoting occupational therapy and in the development of the profession in Quebec. She claims to be resourceful, to have a great capacity for learning new techniques in a short amount of time and to be motivated to develop and promote the profession. She has experience in project development such as developing the offering of many occupational therapy specialties and the management of many mandates in a private practice setting. She also promotes the profession by offering various conferences to doctors as well as continuing education. She also has experience in the supervision of support personnel and of undergraduate and graduate interns and in training new clinical occupational therapists.

She has accepted to be part of the committee because she likes project development and creativity. She participates in promoting occupational therapy by means of giving conferences to doctors, continuing education offerings and various other mediums that allow her to do so. She likes to create promotion and development events.

 

Suzanne Mak
Full-time Assistant Professor (Professional) & Assistant Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (OT) School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Montreal

 


Having graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from McGill University in 1999 Suzanne has worked as a clinician in both the private and public sectors of the Quebec health system, more specifically in the pulmonary rehabilitation and geriatric domains. From the beginning of her career she has always been interested in teaching in order to be able to share her knowledge and her passion for the profession with students as well as to train the next generation of occupational therapists. After having occupied many positions she realised she wanted to face new challenges in her career. Thus, in 2004, she went back to McGill University to teach and to work as assistant academic coordinator of clinical education; in so doing she also took up her studies again at the master’s level, in rehabilitation sciences (completed in 2008). In 2012 she was promoted to assistant professor and nominated for “The Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching”. In 2013 she was nominated for the “Faculty Honor List for Educational Excellence” of the Faculty of Medicine.

She wishes to further develop her aptitudes and knowledge and has, to date, undertaken many interesting portfolios within her school: reviewing documents and the implementation of “multiple mini-interviews” during the process of admitting new candidates; the creation of the mentorship program for her students; the design of the standards to follow during the redaction of professional documents. This fall she will begin doctoral studies under the supervision of doctors Aliki Thomas and Matthew Hunt, which will allow her to carry out her passion for research in the development of professional identity amongst occupational therapists.

She has personally participated in and attended many national occupational therapy conferences and committees. Her observations have brought her to conclude that we need an organisation dedicated to the cause, having as its’ only mandate to increase the public visibility of the profession. She strongly believes that such visibility is necessary for us to be appropriately valued and recognised for our professional contributions and for the full radiance of the profession. She sincerely believes in CAOT-QC and wishes to “put her nose to the grindstone” as an agent of change with her participation on this committee.

 

Nathalie Archambault
Occupational Therapist
Shefford

 


Nathalie has been practicing occupational therapy for over twenty-one years.

For the past 12 years she has worked at the Centre montérégien de réadaptation (Montérégie rehabilitation center), now incorporated into CISSMO. Here she has practiced adult and youth traumatology, youth motor deficiencies and, for the past two years, she is a consultant for occupational therapists in the field of communications and technology.

In parallel to this part-time work at the Centre montérégien de réadaptation, she has developed her private practice for youth and has elaborated occupational therapy projects for the school board in her region while also participating in volunteer activities in her community.

Prior to that, she worked with a home and school support service team in Montpellier, France, after obtaining a state diploma in occupational therapy.

She has also worked in the Magdalen Islands for 7 years. For the first few years she worked in a hospital for clients of all ages as both an intern and an extern. In 1998, as an occupational therapist and as a clinic coordinator, she was part of a team that started the first rehabilitation center in the Magdalen Islands for motor and language deficiencies.

She has also worked on research projects as a research assistant and in elaborating a research-action project in a school.

She has always valued what everyone has to offer and to contribute to the advancement of the profession. She also believes that ongoing exchanges between all sectors of occupational therapy and between professions allows us to better serve our clients.

 

Isabelle Matte

 


Isabelle has been working as a clinical occupational therapist at CSSS-IUGS (Sherbrooke) in home support for 10 years and has been working in a clinic coordination role for the past two years. Before that, she worked at the Gatineau CSSS for 6 years, also in home support. During those years she had the opportunity to work with clients of different ages including adults exhibiting a physical deficiency, the elderly and people of all ages with an oncological condition in the terminal phase.

While remaining an active clinician she has maintained an active collaboration with the university environment since beginning her career. She has been involved with teaching as well as research. In fact, since 2001 she has had the opportunity to collaborate with the University of Ottawa as a part-time professor and with the Université de Sherbrooke as a tutor.

Always wishing to improve her occupational therapy practice, she has been involved with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists as a volunteer for almost 13 years. She collaborates with the certification examination committee and considers that this work has helped to improve the quality of her work as a clinician, as a clinic coordinator and as a university tutor.

 Thanks to her personal and professional experiences and to her educational path she as developed a lot of autonomy, a sharp clinical sense and the capacity to work efficiently on a team. Involvement, discernment, a sense of responsibility, personal organisation and dynamism describe this professional well. She sincerely hopes that her energy and enthusiasm will benefit CAOT-QC.

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