Committees at Work
The Executive Committee conducts the business of the College between Council meetings.
The committee is composed of the Chair and Vice-Chair of Council as well as the chairs of the Accreditation, Discipline, Finance, Fitness to Practise, Investigation, Registration Appeals, and Standards of Practice and Education committees. It must include a minimum of two publicly appointed members of Council. The committee meets, at minimum, four times each year.
The Executive Committee has the authority to make an interim order directing the Registrar to suspend a Certificate of Qualification and Registration if it is of the opinion that the actions or conduct of the member exposes — or is likely to expose — students to harm or injury. The committee may also direct the Discipline or Fitness to Practise committees to hold a hearing and determine an allegation without involving the Investigation Committee. During 2016, the committee referred four cases to the Fitness to Practise Committee and one to the Discipline Committee, and ordered the suspension of a member’s Certificate of Qualification and Registration.
The Registrar may request the approval of the Executive Committee to appoint a College investigator to a matter. This process is normally required when the College is unable to obtain access to information or evidence on a voluntary basis. No such requests were received in 2016.
Under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, the Registrar may also request the approval of the Executive Committee to initiate an investigation against a member of the College based on “reasonable and probable grounds” for professional misconduct, incapacity or incompetence. No such requests for approval were received in 2016.
The Executive Committee made several appointments to fill statutory, standing, regulatory and special committee vacancies as they occurred throughout 2016. In order to increase the number of Council members available to serve on discipline and fitness panels, the committee confirmed joint membership for the Discipline and Fitness to Practise committees.
Under authority granted through a Council motion in December 2013, the Executive Committee is responsible for reviewing the professional advisory framework and selecting professional advisory topics. Following a review of the process to develop professional advisories, the Executive Committee approved updates to the advisories on safety in learning environments and additional qualifications. The topic of responding to student bullying was selected for the next professional advisory in 2017.
The Executive Committee administers the College’s Scholarship Program, which includes these three awards:
- the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education, named in honour of the College’s second registrar;
- the Ontario College of Teachers Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate Scholarship; and
- the Ontario College of Teachers Intermediate/Senior Scholarship.
For 2016–17, the committee selected:
- Krista Bradshaw (Queen’s University) as the recipient of the Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education;
- Maria Sinclair (Western University) as the recipient of the Ontario College of Teachers Primary/Junior or Junior/Intermediate Scholarship; and
- Patrick Vaillancourt (Université Laurentienne) as the recipient of the Ontario College of Teachers Intermediate/Senior Scholarship.
Council presented awards at its December meeting to those recipients who were in attendance.
The committee proudly confirmed that the College Scholarship Program, in its current form, had attained a level of self-sufficiency.
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