Canada’s Premier Event in Professional Regulation

Ottawa, Ontario

October 7–9, 2024


CNAR’s In-Person Two-Day Conference Event is SOLD OUT.

Registration for virtual attendees welcome via the button below.

For any inquiries, please contact
Organizational Packages not available for in-person tickets.

Venue: CNAR Room Block HERE– Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7

NOTE: Please note, registrations can be modified without penalty until AUGUST 31, 2023. After AUGUST 31st 2023, only partial (50%) refunds will be processed. Late registration will take effect on SEPTEMBER 16th. On or after SEPTEMBER 24th refunds will no longer be processed, without exception. All conference registrations will close on OCTOBER 6th, 2023.

Virtual TWO-DAY Conference + REPLAYS (REGULAR Pricing):

  • Affiliate (per person): $950
  • Non-Affiliate (per person): $1,100
  • Organizational Package Affiliates (up to 10 people from one organization): $8,550
  • Organizational Package Non-Affiliates (up to 10 people from one organization): $9,900

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CNAR 2024 Early Bird Registration is now open! 

Early Bird discounted registration pricing will be available from
May 8th to June 14th.

Two-Day In-Person Conference + Recorded Session Replays
Early Bird Pricing – SAVE $100 per ticket/per person:

  • member: $875
  • non-member: $1,100
Organizational Packages not available for in-person tickets.
Please note that due to extremely high demand, CNAR’s hotel block at the Westin is now completely sold out. The Westin is unable to add more rooms to our hotel block. Please note the following downtown Ottawa hotel alternatives (rates listed as of May 30th, 2024 and subject to change):

Courtyard in Byward Market ($293/night)
350, rue Dalhousie, Ottawa, CA K1N 7E9
+1 613 241 1000

Lord Elgin ($293/$371/night)
100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, CA K1P 5K8

Delta ($365/night)
101 Lyon St N, Ottawa, CA K1R 5T9
+1 613 237 3600

Sheraton Ottawa Hotel ($369/hight)
150 Albert Street, Ottawa, CA K1P 5G2
+1 613 238 1500

Marriott ($389/night)
100 Kent St, Enter on your left from Kent Street, Ottawa, CA K1P 5R7
+1 613 238 1122

Fairmont Chateau Laurier ($435/night)
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, CA K1N 8S7
+1 866 540 4410

Virtual Conference ONLY (Early Bird Pricing)
Early Bird Pricing – SAVE $100 per ticket/per person:
  • Member (per person): $875
  • Non-Member (per person): $1,100  
  • Organizational Package Members (up to 10 people from one organization): $7,875 (SAVE $900!)
  • Organizational Package Non-Members (up to 10 people from one organization): $9,900 (SAVE $900!)
Note: On or after August 16, 2024 partial refunds will be processed. On or after September 10, 2024 refunds will not be processed, without exception. Questions about CNAR 2024? Please contact
Program subject to change.

Why Attend CNAR 2024?

Timely, Canadian-specific content, relevant across regulatory professions

Over 30 sessions of available content, representing regulatory bodies nationwide

Engaging, interactive networking opportunities

Inspirational keynote speaker

Opportunities to interact with fellow attendees and speakers through breakout sessions & live Q&As

Opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date service offerings from valued sponsors

REGULAR Pricing Until SEPTEMBER 16th!

PROGRAM At-a-glance

Program subject to change

Day #1 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2024

Time: 7:00 AM – 8:50 AM 

Registration / Breakfast / Exhibition

Time: 8:50 AM – 9:00 AM  

opening remarks

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   


Canada's First Female Astronaut & The World’s First Neurologist in Space

Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography and environment education. Aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992, Dr. Bondar conducted experiments for 18 countries in the first International Microgravity Laboratory, a precursor to the International Space Station. For over a decade after her spaceflight, Dr. Bondar headed an international research team working with NASA on neurological symptoms seen after spaceflight, and their connections to neurological diseases on Earth. To learn more about Dr. Bondar, please click HERE

Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Energy Break / Exhibition

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  | CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Continuing Competence | Ontario

  • Lesley Krempulec, College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
  • Carole Chatalalsingh, College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • John Wickett, Wickett Measurement Systems

Truth and Reconciliation | British Columbia

  • Kathy Davidson, College of Physical Therapists of BC
  • Fancy C. Poitras, Associate, Qoqoq Consulting, Ltd
  • Meagan Marsh, College of Opticians of BC

Discipline | British Columbia, Ontario

  • Debra Mckenna, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Elisabeth Widner, Senior Counsel, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Graeme Keirstead, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
  • Pam Hrick, Executive Director & General Counsel, LEAF
  • Amy Block, WeirFoulds LLP

Technology | National

  • Tracey Adams, Western University
  • Kathleen Leslie, Athabasca University


Based on Findings of CNAR’s 2023 Research Program Initiative

Testing | National

  • Aurelie Lecocq, Meazure Learning
  • Alison Douglas, Director of Standards, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
  • Misty Fortier, Director of Credentialing Centre and Nursing Policy, Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM   |  PLENARY #2 

Truth & Reconciliation | British Columbia 

  • Kathy Davidson, Manager of Strategic Initiatives, College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia
  • Eva Habib, Associate Consultant for Projects, Len Pierre Consulting
  • Len Pierre, CEO, Len Pierre Consulting

Time: 11:55 AM – 12:55 PM  | LUNCH N’ LEARN #1 

Voice of Regulators

  • Doha Melhem, Pivotal Research
  • Jessica DeVries, Pivotal Research
  • Jennifer Billeck, College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba
  • Leanne Loranger, College of Physiotherapists of Alberta
  • Susan Paul, College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  | PLENARY SESSION #1

Hot Topics | Ontario

  • Daniel Faulkner, Registrar & CEO, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (moderator)
  • Michelle Cabrero Gauley, Senior Policy Analyst, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  • Andréa Foti, Deputy Registrar and Privacy Officer, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  • Cara-Marie O’Hagan, Executive Director, Equity and External Relations, Law Society of Ontario
  • Priya Bhatia, Executive Director, Professional Development & Competence, Law Society of Ontario

Time: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Energy Break/Exhibition

Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM  | CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Entry to Practice | Ontario, British Columbia

  • Stuart Nash, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
  • Jenna Smith, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Discipline | Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Saskatchewan

  • Vita Wensel, Field Law LLP
  • Amelia Manuel, Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Beverly Balaski, Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
  • Kate Whittleton, College of Nurses of Alberta

Investigations | Ontario, Nova Scotia

  • Greg Hutchinson, Barker Hutchinson
  • Darlene Mott, Nova Scotia College of Nursing
  • Svetlana Goltsman, College of Nurses of Ontario

Testing | International

  • John Hosterman, Paradigm Testing
  • Heather Case, International Council for Veterinary Assessment

Technology | British Columbia, Ontario

  • Dean Benard, Benard & Associates
  • Lonny Rosen, Founding Partner, Rosen Sunshine LLP
  • Russ Harrington, Chief Operating Officer, College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

Time: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Energy Break/Exhibition

Time: 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM  | PLENARY SESSION #2

Discipline, Hot Topics, Investigations | Ontario, International

  • Zimra Yetnikoff, The College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Harry Cayton
  • Robin McKechney, McCarthy Tétrault

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Day #2 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2024

Time: 7:30 AM – 9:20 AM 

Registration / Breakfast / Exhibition

Time: 8:20 AM – 8:30 AM

opening remarks

Time: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

General | International

What is Better Regulation?

In conversation with Alan Clamp, CEO, Professional Standards Authority

Time: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  | PLENARY #3

Entry-to-Practice | Quebec, International

  • André Gariépy, Commissioner for Admission to Professions, Gouvernement du Québec
  • WHO representative (TBD)


Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM 


Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  | CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Hot Topics | Ontario

  • Anita Ashton, College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
  • Eden Dales, Eden Dales Social Work (EDSW)

Truth and Reconciliation | British Columbia

  • Louise Aerts, BC College of Nurses and Midwives
  • Fancy C. Poitras, Associate, Qoqoq Consulting, Ltd.
  • Rhianna Millman, Métis Nation British Columbia

Governance | Ontario, British Columbia

  • Cathi Mietkiewicz, Mietkiewicz Law
  • Kathy Wilkie, CEO, Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority
  • Lisa Bannerman, College of Opticians of BC

Quality Practice and Continuing Competence | Ontario

  • Bruna Moraes, Western University
  • Chad Andrews, College of Optometrists of Ontario (COO)
  • Sophia Myles, University of Ottawa
  • Mark Eltis, College of Optometrists of Ontario

Discipline | Alberta, Ontario

  • Kimberly Precht, Partner, Field Law
  • Anastasia-Maria Hountalas, Partner, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc
  • Darlene Savoie, College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta
  • Fiona Wang, Prosecution Lead, College of Massage Therapist of Ontario

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM 


Time: 12:25 PM – 1:25 PM  | LUNCH N’ LEARN #2

Entry to Practice | British Columbia, Ontario

  • Wendy Moir, Home Construction Regulatory Authority
  • Marc Spector, Home Construction Regulatory Authority
  • Michelle Hayes, BC Housing
  • Jenelyn Torres, Architectural Institute of BC

Time: 12:25 PM -1:25 PM  | LUNCH N’ LEARN #3

Human Resources | Ontario

  • Shenda Tanchak, Registrar and CEO, Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • Lisa Simpson, Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • Penny Galanis, Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • Susan James, Director, Registration and Quality, Ontario College of Pharmacists

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   |  PLENARY #4  

Voice of Regulators | British Columbia

  • Joanie Bouchard, College of Dietitians of BC (Chief Transition Officer)
  • Allan Seckel, Advisor to BC Ministry
  • Carin Plischke, Registrar and CEO, College of Occupational Therapists of BC
  • Dianne Millette, Registrar, College of Physical Therapists of BC

Time: 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM 


Time: 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM   | PLENARY: PECHAKUCHA | PECHAKUCHA 20X20


  • Jennifer Bertrand, Executive Director, Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists
  • Julie Therou Zechel, Deputy Registrar and Complaints Director, College of Opticians of Alberta
  • Zirka Jakibchuk, Complaint Resolution Officer/Legal Counsel, Ontario College of Teachers
  • John McIntyre, Lawyer/Co-Founder, McIntyre Szabo PC
  • Jennifer Hemeon, Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network
  • Beth Ann Kenny, Executive Director, Health Professions Regulators of Ontario (HPRO)

Time: 4:00 PM – 4:05 PM 

Closing Remarks

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