Giovanna Boniface, MRSc., OT, CCLCP
As of October 1, 2020, we are pleased to announce Giovanna Boniface as President and Chair of the CAOT Board of Directors. Giovanna will serve a two-year term and has outlined a few priorities she looks forward to;
Giovanna is known to many through her previous contributions to CAOT as Managing Director of CAOT-BC and later as National Director of Professional Affairs. These are roles in which she established and nurtured CAOT chapter growth in BC, Quebec and the North; provided visibility and voice to numerous BC advocacy initiatives, and served as senior occupational therapy advisor to CAOT regarding strategy and tactics.
Giovanna can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org
CAOT Chief Executive Officer
|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 email@example.com
CAOT Board of Directors 2020-2021
|President||Giovanna Boniface||Vancouver, BC|
||St. John’s, NL
||North Vancouver, BC
|Saskatchewan||Suzanne Lendvoy||Regina, SK|
|Manitoba||Brenda Semenko||Winnipeg, MB|
|Ontario||Karen Rebeiro Gruhl||Sudbury, ON|
|Nova Scotia||Karen Joudrey||Dartmouth, NS|
|Prince Edward Island||Yvonne Thompson||Cornwall, PE|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Sarah Burt||Mount Pearl, NL|
|Northwest Territories/Nunavut/Yukon||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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CAOT Board Nominations 2020
If you have a vision for occupational therapy in Canada and want to influence policies and make positive change for the profession on the national level, then CAOT needs you! We are looking for potential candidates with initiative, foresight, creativity and a keen desire to help shape, promote and oversee the activities of the association.
As CAOT is implementing its' new 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, we are now accepting nominations for the following positions on the CAOT Board of Directors:
Nominations deadline is December 1, 2020
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
President Hand Off
CAOT hosted a virtual President Hand Off session on October 16, 2020. Catherine Backman (outgoing President), Giovanna Boniface (incoming President) and Hélène Sabourin (CAOT CEO) reviewed the past two years of Catherine’s term as President and discussed Giovanna’s ideas on how to guide CAOT forward over the next 2 years during her term as CAOT President. They also answered questions from the attendees. For those not able to attend, a recording of the event is available.
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
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
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET Web Supported Teleconference
May 2021, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm ET Web Supported Teleconference (Dates TBD)
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET Web Supported Teleconference
Friday, November 19, 2021, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET Face to Face meeting
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm ET Face to Face meeting
Governance at CAOT