ACAO Committees

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In addition to the Board of Directors, the ACAO has several committees. These committees determine policy and procedures, as well as establish guidelines in several areas that are critical to the continued regulation of opticians in Alberta.

These committees are comprised of board members, public members, paid licensed members, and volunteers.

Governance Committees: 
Executive Committee Margaret Cayenne (Chair)
Christina Logee (Vice Chair)
Lana Bentley (Public Member)
Governance and Audit Committee Sandra Blanchette (Chair)
Christina Logee
Stacey Dube
Lana Bentley – Public Member
Chinedu Ogbonna – Public Member
Regulatory Committees
Registration and Competence Committee Christina Logee (Chair)
Assad Choudhry
Stacey Dube
Dr. Todd Bolokoski – Public Member
Olatunde Olatona – Public Member
Chinedu Ogbonna – Public Member
Sukh Garcha – Member at Large
Dierdre MacIntyre – Member at Large
Stephanie Amyotte – Member at Large
Hearing Tribunal

Complaint Review


Dan Losey – Chair (2019)
Bud Busenius (2019)
Jasmina Miskic (2019)
Sukh Garcha (2019)
Kathie Melzer (2019)
Debbie Burgess (2019)
Laura Lazenby-Pashko (2018)
Lois Stedel (2019)
Association Committees
Association Steering Committee Dean Thompson
Morgan McNeil-Stano (Member at Large)
Ted Murdoch (Member at Large)
Rick Miller (Member at Large)
Val Pryma (Member at Large)
Arms-Length Committee
Negotiations Rick Miller (Chair)
Nola Hornung Member at Large)
Pamela Blommaert Member at Large)

Committee Roles

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Governance Committees

Executive Committee

This committee is established to address urgent matters arising between meetings of the Council of the Alberta College and
Association of Opticians (ACAO).

Governance and Audit Committee

The Governance and Audit Committee is responsible for monitoring the overall governance processes, policies, performance measurement of the Council and its Directors and recruitment. The committee also monitors the financial state of the ACAO. This committee ensures that financial reports are provided to the board at quarterly meetings. Additionally, they are responsible for making sure that the board understands the financial state of the organization. The Finance and Audit Committee also supervises audits.

Regulatory Committees

Registration and Competence Committee

Under the Health Profession Act (HPA), the ACAO is required to have a registration and competence committee. The committee reviews applications for registration referred by the Registrar and recommend regulatory standards and policies for the (ACAO) and develops and evaluates the Continuing Competency Program of the ACAO. The committee reviews and recommends policy updates to the Board to ensure quality of practice can be maintained through continuous improvement.

Hearing Tribunal 

Under the Health Professions Act, the ACAO is required to have a hearing tribunal committee. The Hearing Tribunal Committee listens to allegations of a member’s misconduct. This committee is responsible for determining if the allegations can be proven. If the member is found guilty, they also decide which penalties to impose.

Complaint Review Committee (CRC)

This committee is established under the Health Professions Act  to review complaint dismissals and proposed alternative resolution agreements/settlements on behalf of the ACAO.

Inspections Committee

This committee is established under the Health Professions Act to carry out practice inspections as assigned by the Council of the ACAO.

Association Committees

Association Committee

This committee keeps members informed of the services that the ACAO provides. The Association Committee gives support and guidance accordingly to opticians with questions. They also serve the best interest of the members through marketing, professional development, consumer education, advocacy, forecasting trends, and networking.

Education Committee

The role of the committee is to develop and maintain the association’s continuing education content for members of the
Alberta College and Association of Opticians (ACAO).

Negotiations Committee

This committee negotiates contracts with Social Services, provincial health care agencies, Veterans Affairs and Indian Affairs. In fact, they are in charge of negotiations on all government federal and provincial contracts. They also serve as a go between in addressing members’ questions and concerns related to fees and fee increases.


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Be a part of something big…

The ACAO cannot function without the hard work and dedication of volunteers. We have an office staff, but The ACAO is by and large a self-regulated body of opticians. Consequently, we still need members to take on the roles and responsibilities that help our non-profit organization run smoothly. If you would like to serve on a committee, please contact us.

If you would like to learn more about volunteer positions, or otherwise get involved, check out our Volunteer page.