While other jurisdictions describe their model of professional and occupational regulation as ‘self-regulation, Canada’s model remains unique around the world. Professions/occupations in Canada have the privilege of regulating themselves with a majority of professionals, elected by the profession itself, to the governing Councils/Boards. Through its ‘self- regulating’ authority, a profession also retains the ability and responsibility for adjudicating Complaints and Discipline/Fitness to Practice matters within its own profession, and full autonomy for setting, collecting and using registrant fees as necessary to fulfill legislative and regulatory obligations
However, self-regulation as we know it in Canada, is a privilege- and a privilege that could be lost here, if regulators are not vigilant. The overriding mandate of a regulatory College is to protect the public, but too often, we have seen regulators lose their privilege of self-regulation by acting, or being perceived to have acted, in the interests of membership rather than the public.
The opening session will focus on the role of the regulator, and instances in which regulators in Canada and internationally, have lost this privilege. The afternoon will focus on way in which to mitigate the risk by pursuing excellence in regulatory board governance, by separating the functions of regulator and association and by taking meaningful measures to engage with the public.
The full program agenda is available for download now.
For more information about the Winnipeg Regional Symposium program, please contact Kelly McKown King at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 654-0144.