CAOT President 

Nicola MacNaughton, CAOT Presidents

Nicola MacNaughton, OT Reg.(NB), CDMP, CCLCP

Nicola MacNaughton is the proud owner of Occupational Concepts Ltd, a private practice located in Moncton, New Brunswick. She has been an occupational therapist since 1990.  Nicola has successfully grown her business from a team of one to a team of twenty-five, fifteen who are employed as full time occupational therapists.

Nicola has thus far committed her occupational therapy career to the field of disability management. Her belief is that all people have a right to a healthy quality of life. She strives to help remove barriers that prevent people from pursuing their passions, maintaining roles and responsibilities in the home and contributing to society. Nicola was awarded the first Women Entrepreneur of the Year award by the CBDC in 2009. 

On a personal note, Nicola is bilingual, a fair-weather sailor, she de-stresses in her English country garden and, as her employees will comment, she makes cards that would rival Hallmark.

Nicola is vocal about strengthening the access to occupational therapy services in Canada. She sought the role of CAOT President to bring her sixteen years of business experience to contribute to the strategic direction of the organization. Her mandate, to continue the work of presidents before her to change the conversation from “what is occupational therapy” to “how do I access occupational therapy services?”

CAOT Executive Director

Janet Craik, CAOT Executive Director

Janet M. Craik, MSc., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Janet Craik is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree 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.

CAOT Board of Directors 2017-2018

President  Nicola MacNaughton Moncton, NB
Interim Vice-Chair             Christine Fleming  Saskatoon, SK
Interim Secretary  Sarah Burt Mount Pearl, NL
Treasurer Jutta Hinrichs Calgary, AB
British Columbia Les Smith Prince George, BC
Alberta Shaniff Esmail  Edmonton, AB
Saskatchewan Christine Fleming Saskatoon, SK
Manitoba     Lisa Diamond-Burchuk  Winnipeg, MB
Ontario Phillip Wendt Glenburnie, ON
Quebec  Martine Brousseau Trois-Rivières
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/
Cathy McNeil Whitehorse, YK
External Member Elliot PausJenssen Saskatoon, SK
WFOT Director Andrew Freeman Laval, QC

The CAOT Board likes to hear from you.  Please direct any inquiries to board@caot.ca

Board Nominations

Do you have a vision for occupational therapy in Canada?

Do you want to affect policy and make positive changes for the profession of occupational therapy?

Are you interested in expanding your network, influencing the development of occupational therapy in Canada?

CAOT is looking for potential candidates with initiative, creativity, foresight, and a keen desire to promote and manage the activities and affairs of the association.

Answer the call and submit your name for one of the CAOT Board of Director positions:



WFOT Director

Board Director (Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Territories)

CAOT Board Meeting Dates

Friday, November 16, 2018, 8:30am to 5pm Local Time and Saturday, November 17, 2018 8:30am to 3pm in Ottawa, Ontario

Friday, February 15, 2019, 12pm to 2pm Eastern Time, Board Meeting teleconference

Monday, March 25, 2019 12pm to 1pm Eastern Time, AGM

Friday, April 12, 2019, 12pm to 1pm Eastern Time, Board Meeting teleconference

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