Virtual Discussions

May 2024 Virtual Discussion: A.I. and Technology

CNAR’s January Virtual Discussion explores issues, challenges, trends, and opportunities regulators and professions are grappling with about the responsible use of A.I. and technology.

The following panelists featured: Carole Chatalalsingh, Director of Professional Practice, College of Dietitians of Ontario; Len Polsky, Manager of Legal Technology and Mentorship, Law Society of Alberta; and Manal Kleib, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. This discussion is facilitated by Julie Sobowale, Law and Technology Journalist.

January 2024 Virtual Discussion: International mobility and professional registration

CNAR’s January Virtual Discussion explores hot topics in international mobility and professional registration.

The following panelists featured: Nancy Tran, Director of Registration, College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO); Amit Banerjee, Director of Registration, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Alberta (APEGA) and CNAR Board Director; and Corinne de Bruin, Executive Director of Registration, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) and member of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada’s (FMRAC’s) Registration Working Group. This discussion is facilitated by Christine Nielsen, CEO, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

May 2023 Virtual Discussion: 'What is Regulatory Excellence?'

CNAR’s May Virtual Discussion explores the meaning of regulatory excellence. Featuring three thought leaders in the Canadian regulatory community: Shenda Tanchak, Registrar & CEO, Ontario College of Pharmacists; Rebecca Durcan, Co-Managing Partner, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc; and Deanna Williams, President, Dundee Consulting Group Ltd. The event is facilitated by Claude Balthazard.

April 2023 Virtual Discussion: Regulatory Bodies vs. Professional Association Mandates

Many regulators have a single focus: to regulate professions in the public interest; however, some continue to have dual regulatory and professional association mandates. The panel explores how regulatory and association mandates differ; the grey areas in between; and the impact when serving the public interest.

The following panelists featured: Jody-Lee Farrah, Executive Director & Registrar, Alberta College of Social Workers; Joy Peacock, CEO & Registrar, College of Registered Nurses of Alberta; and Richard Spelliscy, Registrar & CEO, College of Alberta Psychologists. This discussion is facilitated by Claude Balthazard, Registrar and VP Regulation, Human Resources Professionals Association.

January 2023 Virtual Discussion: Enhancing the Public Interest While Avoiding Dysfunction: Public Members and Regulation of the Professions

The panel explores changes to public member involvement in their professions and whether those changes have had a measurable impact on regulation. In order for increased public participation in regulation to be beneficial, regulators need to orient and train both the public and the registrant members of their councils and committees to work collaboratively in the public interest. This session describes stumbling blocks to effective co-regulation with public member representatives and how to overcome them.

The following panelists featured: Colleen Wetter, Secretary, CNAR Board of Directors; Greg Sim, Partner at Field Law; Joyce Johner, General Counsel at British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals; and Andréa Foti, Deputy Registrar at Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

December 2022 Virtual Discussion: Hot Topics in Testing

Our expert panel will tackle several hot topics in testing, highlighting issues raised in CNAR’s recent white paper, Detecting and Addressing Remote Proctoring Security Issues in High Stakes Exams: Overview and Case Studies, now available for download under “Resources.” The following panelists featured: Greg Pope, Director of Examinations at APEGA; Sean Mathias, Vice President of Account Management at Prometric; and Doha Melhem, Vice President of Consulting and Chief Evaluator at Pivotal Research Inc. This conversation is facilitated by Claude Balthazard, Registrar and VP Regulation at Human Resources Professional Association.

November 2022 Virtual Discussion: In Conversation with Richard Steinecke: Reflections on Trends in Professional Regulation

This discussion features a conversation with Richard Steinecke, Counsel at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc. As Richard readies for retirement, he will share reflections on trends in professional regulation and perspectives on the future direction of the field. This conversation is facilitated by Claude Balthazard, Registrar and VP Regulation, Human Resources Professional Association.

June 2022 Virtual Discussion: Hot Topics in Testing

This discussion is facilitated by Claude Balthazard, Registrar and VP Regulation, Human Resources Professionals Association. The following panelists featured: Greg Pope, Director of Examinations at APEGA and Greg Sadesky, President and Psychometrician at Spire Psychometrics.

April 2022 Virtual Discussion: Professional Regulation, Profession-State Relations and the Pandemic Response: Australia, Canada, and the UK Compared

This Virtual Discussion features Professor Tracey L. Adams, PhD, Sociology at Western University. Dr. Adams reviews the content and findings from her recent report, Professional Regulation, Profession-State Relations and the Pandemic Response: Australia, Canada, and the UK Compared, which you can access HERE.

This discussion is facilitated by Claude Balthazard, Registrar and VP Regulation, Human Resources Professionals Association.

March 2022 Virtual Discussion: Fireside Chat with Dr. Jane Ngobia

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, CNAR is extremely pleased to present Dr. Jane Ngobia Ph.D., Vice President, Inclusive Communities at Sheridan College. Dr. Ngobia has held progressive leadership positions spanning more than 15 years locally and abroad within the post-secondary sector. Jane is described as a DEI coach, community builder and empathetic change agent. In April 2021, she was  recognized by The Globe and Mail as a recipient of the 2021 Best Executive Award for her work in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at Sheridan and beyond. Over the years, she has served as a Chief Diversity Officer where she launched and overseen pan-institutional initiatives to facilitate systemic and institutional equity. Jane’s passionate pursuit of an equitably shared world has moved her to extend her personal and professional capital towards fostering a culture of care and justice for all.

February 2022 Virtual Discussion: What is the Public Interest?

This discussion is facilitated by Claude Balthazard, Registrar and VP Regulation, Human Resources Professionals Association. The following panelists featured: Cynthia Johansen, CEO and Registrar at BC College of Nurses and Midwives; Lynsay Nair, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses; Richard Steinecke, counsel to Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc; and Jason Kully, Partner, Field Law.

Please click HERE to download the resources.