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Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Disciplinary Panel


Health and Community Services


Subsection 14(4) of the Occupational Therapists Act, 2005


No Remuneration


To hear complaints regarding licensed practitioners.


The disciplinary panel is comprised of: at least ten practitioners, who are not members of the Board who are appointed by the Board. One of these members appointed by the Board shall be appointed as chairperson. The Minister shall appoint at least three persons, who are not practitioners, to represent the public interest.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed disciplinary panel members can enhance the effectiveness of a Board by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Strategic Management and Organizational Change
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector Administration
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Labour Relations
  • Executive Experience
  • Engineering Expertise
  • Education
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy
  • Legal Expertise


The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • General understanding of self-regulation
  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board/disciplinary panel experience
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning skills
  • Committed and available to complete the required work
  • Ability to identify a potential conflict of interest if one arises and make it known 

Time Commitments:

Panel members are only required if there is a disciplinary matter or upon the call of the Chair. A disciplinary matter will require approximately one week of dedicated time (hearing, deliberations and writing of the decision).


Members to the disciplinary panel shall be appointed for a term of three years. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term, a member of the disciplinary panel continues to be a member until he or she is re-appointed or his or her replacement is appointed. Persons appointed to the disciplinary panel may be reappointed.

Vacancy Profile:

The Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Disciplinary Panel is seeking to fill up to 3 positions to represent the public interest. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Courtney, Mr. James MemberMinisterial2013-09-192016-09-18
Earle, Ms. Margaret MemberMinisterial2013-09-192016-09-18
Sheppard, Mr. Ron MemberMinisterial2013-09-192016-09-18

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