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Canada’s Premier Event in Professional Regulation

Vancouver, British Columbia

October 16–18, 2023


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

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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
Note: On or after September 24th no refunds will be processed, without exception. Questions about CNAR 2023? Please contact
Program subject to change.

Why Attend CNAR 2023?

Timely, Canadian-specific content, relevant across regulatory professions

Over 30 sessions of available content, representing regulatory bodies nationwide

Engaging, interactive networking opportunities

Entertaining 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 17, 2023

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 AM 


Time: 8:30 – 9:00 AM  

opening remarks

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM   

Rick Mercer


Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. A national #1 bestselling author and the Governor General’s Award-winner for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Mercer is a comic and political satirist who knows exactly what matters to regular Canadians and what makes them laugh. The beloved comic won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his new memoir Talking to Canadians, in which he charts his meteoric rise to TV fame in a series of riveting, hilarious, and unforgettable anecdotes and behind-the-scenes revelations from his decades-long career.

Time: 10:00 – 10:30 AM 

Energy Break / Exhibition / Rick Mercer Book-Signing

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM  | PLENARY #1

Hot Topics | Alberta, Saskatchewan


  • Gregory Sim, Partner, Field Law
  • Beverly Balaski, Registered Nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan
  • Richard Spelliscy, Registrar & CEO, College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Troy Janzen, Chief of Practice, Deputy Registrar and Complaints Director, College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Tessa Gregson, Partner, Field Law

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM 


Time: 11:55 -12:55 PM  |  Lunch n Learn #1

Human Resources | Ontario, National

  • Laura Hutchinson, Vice President, Barker Hutchinson & Associates
  • Denitha Breau, Registrar & CEO, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Jennifer Slabodkin, Director of Registration & Education and Deputy Registrar, College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  | CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Truth and Reconciliation | British Columbia

  • Louise Aerts, Chief Officer, Strategy, Governance and Reconciliation, BC College of Nurses and Midwives
  • Rhianna Millman, Indigenous Cultural Safety & Humility Consultant, Strategy, Governance & Reconciliation, BC College of Nurses and Midwives

Hot Topics | Ontario

  • Jan Robinson, Registrar and CEO, College of Veterinarians of Ontario
  • Krithika Jeyaraman, Community Engagement Strategist, College of Veterinarians of Ontario
  • Shilo Tooze, Associate Registrar, Licensure, College of Veterinarians of Ontario

Testing | National

  • John Hosterman, Chief of Disability & Accessibility Services, Paradigm Testing
  • Kelly Morris, Exams Manager, Human Resources Professional Association
  • Patrick Ochoa, COO & VP of Sales, MonitorEDU

Quality Practice and Continuing Competence | Nova Scotia

  • Valerie Shapiro, Regulatory and Candidacy Manager, Nova Scotia College of Social Workers
  • April Peckham, Regulatory Investigator, Nova Scotia College of Social Workers

Investigations | British Columbia, National, Alberta

  • Gurprit Bains, Deputy Chief Legal Officer, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Katrina Haymond, Partner, Field Law
  • Dean Benard, Founder and CEO, Benard + Associates

Time: 2:00 – 2:30 PM 

Energy Break/Exhibition

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: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM 


Time: 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM   | CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

Discipline, Investigations | Ontario

  • Jill Dougherty, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Jasmine Jadubir, Manager of Investigations, College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Richelle Samuel, Director, Complaints and Discipline, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Wendy Waterhouse, Senior Investigator/Decision Writer, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion | British Columbia

  • Marcie Cochrane, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
  • Mark Rigolo, Director, Programs and Professional Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Quality Practice and Continuing Competence | Ontario

  • Susan Glover Takahashi, Adjunct Faculty, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Anastasia-Maria Hountalas, Associate, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc
  • Kimberly Woodland, OT Reg, Program Director, College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario
  • Vicki McCoy, Director, Professional Practice, College of Massage Therapists of Ontario

Testing | National, Alberta

  • Isabelle Gonthier, Chief Assessment Officer, Content Science, PSI Services
  • Greg Pope, Director, Examinations, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
  • Tammy Leach, Examination Manager, Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators

 Performance Measurement | British Columbia, Alberta

  • Dr. Chris Hacker, Registrar and CEO, BC College of Oral Health Professionals
  • Stephanie Nicholls, Senior Manager, Policy and Projects, BC College of Oral Health Professionals
  • Jessica DeVries, Director of Research Operations, Pivotal Research

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

Networking Reception

Day #2 – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2023

Time: 7:30 – 9:20 AM 


Time: 9:20 – 9:30 AM

opening remarks

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 AM  | PLENARY #3

Hot Topics | Ontario, Manitoba

  • Lonny Rosen, Partner, Rosen Sunshine
  • Anita Ashton, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Registrar, College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
  • Eden Dales, Psychotherapist and Social Worker, Eden Dales Social Work
  • Maria Mitousis, Founding Partner, MLH Law Corporation & Co-Chair Law(yer) Strong
  • Rebecca Durcan, Co-Managing Partner, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc


Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM 


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

Hot Topics | Ontario, Saskatchewan

  • Jordan Stone, Lawyer, GlickLaw (Moderator)
  • Carolyn Silver, Chief Legal Officer, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • John McIntyre, Lawyer, McIntyre Health Law
  • Lynsay Nair, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Zirka Jakibchuk, Complaint Resolution Officer and Legal Counsel, Ontario College of Teachers

Quality Practice and Continuing Competence | British Columbia, Ontario

  • Lindsay Steele, Associate Director of Professional Practice, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
  • John Tzountzouris, Registrar & CEO, College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario
  • Deborah Adams, Registrar & CEO, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Governance | British Columbia, Alberta

  • Dianne Millette, Registrar and CEO, College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia
  • Bradley Chisholm, Principal & Founder, The Regulator’s Practice
  • Jocelyn Stanton, former Chief of Staff, BC Minister of Health
  • Doha Melhem, Vice President of Consulting & Chief Evaluator, Pivotal Research

Discipline | British Columbia, Ontario

  • Tara McPhail, Director, Discipline and External Litigation, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Alexandra Wilbee, Partner, WeirFoulds
  • David Wright, Chair, Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal
  • Dionne Woodward, Tribunal Counsel, Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal
  • Mandana Namazi, Discipline Counsel, Law Society of British Columbia

Testing | National

  • Moderator: Tamara Richter, Executive Officer, Business Services/Operational Integration, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
  • Chris Beauchamp, Vice-President, Psychometrics, Meazure Learning
  • Greg Sadesky, President/Psychometrician, Spire Psychometrics
  • John Wickett, Principal, Wickett Measurement Systems

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM 


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

Governance | Ontario

  • Jillian Siskind, Lawyer, Jillian M. Siskind & Associates
  • Daniel Abrahams, Vice-President Policy and Governance, Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Jason Bennett, Lawyer, Professional Regulation & Governance
  • Soussanna Karas, Registrar, Electrical Safety Authority

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

Hot Topics | British Columbia

  • Graeme Keirstead, KC, Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
  • Greg Cavouras, Lawyer, Sugden, McFee & Roos LLP
  • Jean Whittow, KC, Lawyer, Jean P. Whittow Law Corporation
  • Thomas Lutes, General Counsel/Deputy CEO, Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM   |  PLENARY #4  

Discipline | Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia

  • Julie Maciura, Partner, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc
  • James Casey, Partner, Field Law
  • Marjorie Hickey, Partner, McInnes Cooper

Time: 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM 


Time: 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM   | PLENARY: PECHAKUCHA | PECHAKUCHA 20X20

Quality Practice and Continuing Competence

  • Carla Rhyant, Executive Director/Registrar, Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
  • Casey Macaulay, Registrar & Director of Act Compliance, Forest Professionals BC

Hot Topics

  • Cathi Mietkiewicz, Principal Lawyer, Mietkiewicz Law


  • Luisa Ritacca, Managing Partner, Stockwoods LLP
  • Meghan Clarke, Deputy Registrar and Manager, Professional Conduct & Hearings at the College of Chiropodists of Ontario


  • 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


  • Emma Banfield, Lawyer, Alberta Dental Association and College/Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP
  • Maddison Croden, Associate, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP

Hot Topics

  • Zimra Yetnikoff, Director, Investigations and Hearings, College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Robin McKechney, Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault

Time: 3:50 PM – 4:00 PM 

Closing Remarks

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