CAOT President  

Nicola MacNaughton, CAOT Presidents

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 board@caot.ca

CAOT Chief Executive Officer

Helene Sabourin 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 hsabourin@caot.ca


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
and Labrador
Sarah Burt 

Mount Pearl, NL

Northwest Territories/
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 board@caot.ca

Our AGM was held virtually on March 23rd

Thank you to those who participated in the AGM on Monday March 23rd.  A move to dual technical platforms allowed over 200 listeners to receive an association update.  For those not able to attend, a recorded version is available. 

CAOT Board Meeting Dates

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET, Web Supported Teleconference
Friday, November 20, 2020, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET TBD
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET TBD
Friday, February 12, 2021, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET, Web Supported Teleconference
Monday, March 22, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET, Annual General Meeting, Web Supported Teleconference

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