About the Registrar
Irwin W. Fefergrad, C.S., B.A., B.C.L., LL.B.
Irwin Fefergrad is the Registrar of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and he is the first lawyer in Canada to have such a position.
He has the distinction of being the first lawyer in the history of the Law Society of
Upper Canada to achieve a double specialty in civil litigation and in health law. He is
also the first Ontario lawyer to receive a specialty in the practice of health law.
In private practice for nearly 30 years, in 2000 he was appointed the Registrar/ Chief
Executive Officer of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.
Mr. Fefergrad also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Dental
Regulatory Authorities Federation until December 31, 2015, the only organization that
speaks for the over 20,000 dentists in Canada on professional regulatory issues related
to the practice of dentistry.
In May 2001, he was named Adjunct Professor at the Western University, Schulich
School of Medicine and Dentistry. In August 2001, he accepted an appointment as
Assistant Professor (without status) at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry
where he is the Course Director for the Ethics and Professionalism program.
Mr. Fefergrad holds the positon of Executive Director of the International Society of
Dental Regulators, a new world organization which was formed to continue the
momentum of the first International Conference of Dental Regulators in October 2013.
Mr. Fefergrad is the Chair of the Advisory Group for Regulatory Excellence (AGRE).
In October 2015, Mr. Fefergrad was appointed as co-chair of the Transparency
Working Group (TWG), created by the Human Health Resources Strategy Division of
the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, to facilitate the coordination and
development of guidance for health regulatory colleges in the implementation of
transparency and accountability initiatives.
Mr. Fefergrad is much in demand provincially, nationally and internationally as a guest
lecturer in the area of health law and regulation.