College Committees

There are seven committees that each health profession college must establish. That is why they are referred to as statutory committees. 

The composition of each committee, including number of members, quorum, etc., is set out in our governing legislation and the College’s by-laws.

The College has developed a list of core competencies members are required to demonstrate to serve on College committees, passed by Council in November 2020. You can review that here.

In addition to the seven statutory committees that are required by the RHPA, the College has seven standing committees. While not mandated by the Act, these committees serve important functions in the operation of the College’s programs and services.

All decisions of the standing committees must be brought to Council for approval by way of formal recommendations to Council. The standing committees have little, if any, discretion or jurisdiction to operate or make decisions independent of Council.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the president, the vice president and three members of Council, two of which are public members of Council appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor In Council. The president serves as the chair of the Executive Committee.

Executive Committee has all the powers of the Council of the College between Council meetings and may exercise these powers if, in the Committee’s opinion, a matter requires immediate attention. It must report to Council and does so through minutes and with a formal report at each Council meeting.

It can also meet as a part of the Inquiries, Complaints, Reports Committee to review monitoring and mentoring reports and Registrar’s investigations. These meetings are confidential.

Members

  • Dr. Sandy Venditti, Chair and President
  • Dr. Benjamin Lin, Vice President
  • Ms. Vivian Hu
  • Dr. Harinder Sandhu
  • Mr. Marc Trudell

Executive Committee Meetings

2021 Meeting Dates & Summaries (Click link to access summary)

February 26, 2021
April 16, 2021
June 11, 2021
July 23, 2021
October 22, 2021
December 17, 2021
January 28, 2022
May 20, 2022
August 12, 2022
November 4, 2022
December 16, 2022

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee is responsible for hearing and determining allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence referred to it by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

A panel of the Discipline Committee, consisting of a minimum of two dentists and one appointed public member, and a maximum of three dentists and two appointed public members, considers each case and decides whether the allegations have been proven and if so, what penalty is appropriate.

Where a panel of the Discipline Committee finds a member guilty of professional misconduct, it may make one or a combination of the following orders:

  • Direct the Registrar to revoke the member’s certificate of registration.
  • Direct the Registrar to suspend the member’s certificate of registration for a specified period of time.
  • Direct the Registrar to impose specified terms, conditions and limitations on the member’s certificate of registration for a specified or indefinite period of time.
  • Require the member to appear before the panel to be reprimanded.
  • Require the member to pay a fine of not more than $35,000.00 to the Minister of Finance.

If a panel of the committee is of the opinion that the commencement of the proceedings is unwarranted, it may make an order requiring the College to pay all or part of the member’s legal costs.

In appropriates cases, and where there is a finding of professional misconduct or incompetence, a panel may make an order requiring the member to pay all or part of the College’s costs and expenses.

In cases where there is a finding of professional misconduct, the results of the proceeding must be contained on the College’s Register which is available on the College’s website, as required by the Regulated Health Professions Act. In addition, the Act requires the College to publish a summary of each case.

Discipline Committee Rules of Procedure

Members

  • Dr. Richard Hunter, Chair
  • Ms. Judith Welikovitch, Vice-Chair
  • Dr. Nalin Bhargava
  • Dr. Amelia Chan
  • Dr. Peter Delean
  • Dr. Nancy Di Santo
  • Dr. Osama Soliman
  • Mr. Brian Smith
  • Mr. Roderick Stableforth
  • Mr. Marc Trudell
  • Dr. Ian Brockhouse (non-council)
  • Dr. Rajiv Butany (non-council)
  • Dr. Elliot Gnidec (non-council)
  • Dr. Paul Jackson (non-council
  • Dr. Barbara Carol Janik (non-council)
  • Dr. Victor Kutcher (non-council)
  • Dr. Margaret Maggisano (non-council)

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee is made up of three public members of Council. It performs all functions, as are required under the RHPA, as well as any other duties that may be assigned from time to time. Currently, it addresses eligibility of members to run for election. The Committee can also advise Council on the College’s technical compliance with the by-laws about how elections are run.

Members

  • Mr. Brian Smith, Chair
  • Mr. David Bishop
  • Ms. Eleonora Fisher

Finance, Property and Administration Committee

The Finance, Property, and Administration Committee studies and makes recommendations to Council or the Executive Committee regarding the financial and property requirements of the College, prepares and reviews the annual budget and presents it to Council and recommends fees.

Members

  • Dr. Benjamin Lin, Chair
  • Dr. Peter Delean
  • Dr. Sandy Venditti
  • Mr. James Colliver

Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee determines if a dentist is incapacitated and, if so, how to deal with the member.

“Incapacitated” means that the member is suffering from a physical or mental condition or disorder that makes it desirable in the interest of the public that the member’s certificate of registration be subject to terms, conditions or limitations, or that the member no longer be permitted to practice.

If a panel of the Fitness to Practise Committee finds that a member is incapacitated, it will make an order doing any one of the following:

  • Direct the Registrar to revoke the member’s certificate of registration.
  • Direct the Registrar to suspend the member’s certificate of registration.
  • Direct the Registrar to impose specified terms, conditions and limitation on the member’s certificate of registration for a specified or indefinite period of time.

Members

  • Dr. Peter Delean, Chair
  • Dr. Gildo Santos
  • Mr. Marc Trudell
  • Ms. Judith Welikovitch
  • Dr. Rajiv Butany (non-council)
  • Dr. Elliott Gnidec (non-council)
  • Dr. Paul Jackson (non-council)
  • Dr. Barbara Carol Janik (non-council)
  • Dr. Victor Kutcher (non-council)
  • Dr. Margaret Maggisano (non-council)

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports (ICR) Committee reviews member-specific concerns that are brought to the College’s attention from various sources, such as formal complaints, mandatory reports and information brought to the attention of the Registrar. Such concerns include allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence and incapacity.

The ICR Committee meets in panels of no less than three and no more than five members. The Committee currently has five standing panels that review formal complaints and one standing panel that reviews reports, including Registrar’s reports, incapacity matters and other reports concerning members’ compliance with undertaking/agreements, ICR Committee decisions and Discipline Committee orders.

A panel of the ICR Committee, after investigating a formal complaint or a Registrar’s report, may do any one or more of the following, based on its assessment of risk:

  • Take no action if the dentist’s conduct and/or actions meet reasonable and acceptable standards of practice, or if there is insufficient information for the Committee to take action.
  • Provide advice and recommendations to the dentist.
  • Ask the dentist to enter into an agreement with the College to complete upgrading.
  • Require the dentist to complete a specified continuing education or remediation program (SCERP).
  • Require the dentist to appear before a panel to be cautioned about his/her practice or conduct.
  • Refer the matter to the Discipline Committee to hear specified allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence.
  • Refer the dentist to another panel of the ICR Committee for investigation of possible mental or physical health concerns that might interfere with the dentist’s ability to practise.

The College also has an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program, as permitted by the Regulated Health Professions Act. Any resolutions reached through the ADR program are ratified by a panel of the ICR Committee.

Members

  • Dr. Jack Wasserman, Chair
  • Dr. Harinder Sandhu
  • Dr. Cam Witmer
  • Mr. David Bishop
  • Mr. Ram Chopra
  • Mr. James Colliver
  • Ms. Cristina Cordeiro
  • Ms. Eleonora Fisher
  • Ms. Vivian Hu
  • Dr. Lucia Ambrochi (non-council)
  • Dr. Mindy Cash (non-council)
  • Dr. David Clark (non-council)
  • Dr. Shannon Dalmao (non-council)
  • Dr. Malgosia DeAngelis (non-council)
  • Dr. Lisa Kostecki (non-council)
  • Dr. John Lau (non-council)
  • Dr. Antony Liscio (non-council)
  • Dr. Neil Moss (non-council)
  • Dr. Angela Murray (non-council)
  • Dr. Christina Oprescu-Havriliuc (non-council)
  • Dr. Jay Rabinovich (non-council)
  • Dr. Arnold Reich (non-council)
  • Dr. Mehran Shahabi (non-council)
  • Dr. Susan Sutherland (non-council)
  • Dr. Kate Towarnicki (non-council)
  • Dr. Erin Walker (non-council)

Legal and Legislation Committee

The Legal and Legislation Committee drafts amendments to College regulations and by-laws, as directed by the College’s Council and/or Executive Committee. It is composed of both dentists and public members, all of whom are members of the College’s Council.

Members

  • Dr. Amelia Chan, Chair
  • Dr. Cam Witmer
  • Dr. Sandy Venditti
  • Dr. Mark Eckler
  • Mr. Joseph Richards

Patient Relations Committee

The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, mandates the College to have a patient relations program. The Patient Relations Committee is responsible for advising Council about the program, which includes the following measures to help prevent and deal with sexual abuse of patients. 

  1. Education for dentists regarding sexual abuse and boundary issues.
  2. Guidelines for the conduct of dentists with their patients.
  3. Training for College staff.
  4. Education and information for the public.
  5. Funding for therapy and counselling for patients who have been sexually abused by their dentist.

Through its various initiatives, the committee promotes and enhances the relationship between the College and  Ontario dentists, other health profession colleges, key stakeholders and the public.

On May 30, 2017, the Protecting Patients Act strengthened the sexual abuse and transparency provisions in the Regulated Health Professions Act. As a result, the Patient Relations Committee further enhanced its communications, activities and programs.   

Members

  • Ms. Vivian Hu, Chair
  • Dr. Nancy Di Santo
  • Mr. Brian Smith
  • Dr. Katarzyna Dymerska (non-council)
  • Dr. Masarat Saqib (non-council)
  • Dr. Sonica Singhal (non-council)

Pension Governance Committee

The Pension Governance Committee oversees the administration of the College’s pension plan, including compliance with legal and financial obligations. Its role is to advise Council on how the College meets each of its pension plan’s obligations, the sufficiency of each existing pension plan, the appropriateness of pension plan documents and administrative policies, the performance of each pension plan; and other matters as may be assigned by Council or the Executive Committee.

Members

  • Mr. James Colliver, Chair
  • Dr. Sandy Venditti
  • Dr. Richard Hunter
  • Dr. Mark Eckler

Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance (QA) Committee is the statutory committee that is charged with the development, administrative review and ongoing evaluation of the College’s QA Program.

This program, which is mandated under the Regulated Health Profession’s Act, 1991, is designed to ensure that the knowledge, skill and judgment of Ontario dentists remains current throughout their careers, and that they continue to provide safe, effective, appropriate and ethical dental care to their patients.

Members

  • Dr. David Mock, Chair
  • Dr. Gildo Santos                                   
  • Ram Chopra
  • Dr. Grace Petrikowski (non-council)
  • Dr. Sonica Singhal (non-council)

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee reviews all applications for registration referred by the Registrar. The Registrar is required to refer an application if he/she has doubts that the applicant meets the legislated requirements, considers imposing terms, conditions, and limitations, or intends to refuse the application.

The Committee reviews applications for registration referred by the Registrar or where there are doubts that the applicant meets the registration requirements due to:

  • disciplinary action or breaches of the standard of practice in another jurisdiction;
  • physical medical issue, mental health issue, addiction issue;
  • illegal practice, i.e. practicing while not holding a certificate of registration issued by a Regulatory Body;
  • conviction of a criminal offence;
  • does not meet the requirements for registration as recorded in the Regulation;
  • guilt related to sexual abuse and/or harassment.

The Committee may register an applicant, refuse to issue a certificate of registration, impose examinations or impose terms, conditions and limitations. These actions are designed to protect the public.

The Committee provides each applicant with an opportunity to make written submissions prior to rendering its decision. In addition, it routinely offers applicants the opportunity to personally attend to make oral representations should he/she wish to do so. The Committee’s decisions are subject to review by the government-appointed Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB).

The Registration Committee is also responsible for setting registration policies, advising College Council on entry to practice and reinstatement requirements and on national issues related to registration.

Members

  • Dr. Harinder Sandhu, Chair
  • Dr. Nalin Bhargava
  • Dr. Osama Soliman
  • Ms. Cristina Cordeiro

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee makes recommendations regarding the appointment and reappointment of auditors and reviews reports from the Director of Finance and Operations. It has the responsibility of reviewing and acting on the College’s annual audited financial statements, and presenting the results of any recommendations to Council. It also reviews the per diems of Committee members.

Members

  • Dr. Mark Eckler, Chair                
  • Dr. Amelia Chan
  • Dr. Sandy Venditti
  • Mr. Roderick Stableforth