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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 the first lawyer in Canada to hold 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 and 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 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.