Council and Committees

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Council of Directors

The Council of Directors (the “Council”) governs the COA. Council members include Registered Opticians appointed by the COA Council and Public Members appointed by the Minister of Health.

The Council is responsible for setting the governing policies and strategic direction of the COA, monitoring the fiscal health of the organization, and ensuring the College meets its mandated obligations under legislation and regulations. Through careful analysis of changes in eye care and the healthcare sector, the Council approves policies and practice standards for opticians to maintain and enhance patient protection.  

The Council works together with the Government of Alberta, other provincial regulatory bodies, and post-secondary institutions.

Members of Council

Christina Logee

RO
President

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Lana Bentley

Public Member
Vice President

Margaret Cayenne

RO, RCLP
Past President

Assad Choudhry
RO
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Stacey Dube
RO, RCLP

 

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Chinedu Ogbonna

Public Member

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Olatunde Olatona

Public Member

Rob Irwin

Public Member

Jennifer Bertrand

Jennifer Bertrand
CEO & Registrar

Council Appointments

In 2022, the Council adopted an appointment process for registered members as part of the transition of the former ACAO to the College of Opticians of Alberta (COA) with a single mandate to protect the public. In accordance with the COA Bylaws, registered members are appointed for a 3-year term and may serve a maximum of 2 terms. Public members are appointed by the Minister of Health. Current terms of office for the Council are as follows:

Nomination Process

Council Member

Appointing Authority

Appointed

Term

Expiry

Lana Bentley (Public Member)

Minister of Health

2020

1

2023

Margaret Cayenne (Registered Member)

COA Council

2022

2

2025

Assad Choudhry (Registered Member)

COA Council

2022

1

2025

Stacey Dube (Registered Member)

COA Council

2022

1

2025

Rob Irwin (Public Member)

Minister of Health

2022

1

2025

Christina Logee (Registered Member)

COA Council

2022

2

2025

Chinedu Ogbonna (Public Member)

Minister of Health

2021

1

2024

Olatunde Olatona (Public Member)

Minister of Health

2021

1

2024

Vacant (Public Member)

Minister of Health

Vacant (Registered Member)

COA Council

Registered opticians may apply to serve on the COA Council by submitting a nomination package for review by the Governance and Audit Committee. Nominees are reviewed and approved by the Council in accordance with the COA Bylaws and the COA Council Recruitment and Selection Policy

The Council has adopted a Council Composition Matrix that represents the skills, knowledge, and values that individual Council members and the Council as a whole strive to apply in their governance roles. 

Council Committees

In addition to the Council, the COA establishes committees to determine policy and procedures, as well as set guidelines in several areas that are critical to the continued regulation of opticians in Alberta. These committees are comprised of Council members and volunteers who receive a per diem for service in accordance with the COA’s Finance Policies.

Executive Committee

Governance and Audit Committee 

Registration and Competence Committee

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