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Council & Committees

Council

The College’s work is overseen by a Council, consisting of no more than eight midwives elected by the profession, and no more than seven public members appointed by the government. Council sets the strategic direction of the College and ensures our long-term success. Council also holds staff accountable for the way we fulfill our regulatory mandate and duties. Read the College’s general by-law and governance policies here.

Our Council is made up of:

Professional Elected Members

  • Claire Ramlogan-Salanga, RM, President
  • Edan Thomas, RM, Vice-President, Professional
  • Claudette Leduc, RM
  • Lilly Martin, RM
  • Isabelle Milot, RM
  • Lisa Nussey, RM
  • Maureen Silverman, RM
  • Jan Teevan, RM

Appointed Public Members

  • Pete Aarssen
  • Marianna Kaminska
  • Judith Murray
  • John Stasiw
  • Donald Strickland

Non-Council Appointed Committee Members (Professional)

  • Christi Johnston, RM
  • Alexandra Nikitakis, RM

Non-Council Appointed Committee Members (Public)

  • Jill Evans
  • Samantha Heiydt

Council meets at a minimum of four times a year. Meetings are open to all midwives and to the public. Click here to find out more about our Council meetings and to review materials. 


Statutory Committees

We have seven statutory committees that we are mandated to establish under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. They are Executive; Registration; Quality Assurance; Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports; Discipline; Fitness to Practise; and Client Relations.

Executive Committee

Between the meetings of the Council, the Executive Committee has all the powers of the Council with respect to any matter that, in the Committee’s opinion, requires immediate attention, other than the making of the by-laws and regulations. The Executive Committee also performs governance, audit and finance, and risk oversight responsibilities. The Executive Committee is composed of the president, two vice-presidents, and two members of Council. Click here to read the terms of reference. 

Executive Committee Members

  • Claire Ramlogan-Salanga, RM, President
  • Edan Thomas, Vice-President (Professional)
  • Marianna Kaminska, Public-At-Large
  • Maureen Silverman, Professional-At-Large

Registration Committee

The Registration Committee considers referrals from the Registrar of applications for registration that do not meet the requirements set out in the Registration Regulation. An application for registration referred to the Registration Committee by the Registrar is considered by a panel of Committee members selected by the Committee chair.  Every panel must be composed of at least three persons, at least one of whom must be a public member.

The Registration Committee considers requests to approve terms, conditions, and limitations agreed to by the applicant and the Registrar or negotiates its own agreement with the applicant for terms, conditions, or limitations.

The Registration Committee recommends policies to Council, ensuring that registration policies and processes meet the standards of good regulation and are transparent, objective, fair, and impartial. Click here to read the terms of reference. 

Registration Committee Members

  • Isabelle Milot, RM, Chair
  • Pete Aarssen
  • Jill Evans
  • Samantha Heiydt
  • Claudette Leduc, RM
  • Alexandra Nikitakis, RM
  • John Stasiw
  • Christi Johnston

Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee is responsible for administering the College’s Quality Assurance Program (QAP). The QAP is mandated by legislation and is designed to ensure that the knowledge, skill, and professional judgment of midwives remain current throughout their careers; and that they continue to provide safe, effective, and ethical midwifery care to their clients.

The Quality Assurance Committee develops professional standards and other documents to guide the professional knowledge, skills, and judgment needed to practise midwifery safely. Click here to read the terms of reference. 

Quality Assurance Committee Members

  • Lilly Martin, RM, Chair
  • Marianna Kaminksa
  • Isabelle Milot, RM
  • Donald Strickland
  • Jan Teevan, RM

Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee

The Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (ICRC) investigates public complaints and information the College receives through reports regarding concerns related to professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity. Based on the record of investigation before them, the Committee decides whether the concerns warrant a referral to the Discipline or Fitness to Practise committee, or if some other action would better serve the public interest. Every panel must be composed of at least three persons, at least one of whom must be a public member. Click here to read the terms of reference. 

ICRC Committee Members

  • Edan Thomas, RM, Chair
  • Jill Evans
  • Samantha Heiydt
  • Christi Johnston, RM
  • Claudette Leduc, RM
  • Lilly Martin, RM
  • Judith Murray
  • Maureen Silverman, RM
  • Jan Teevan

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee holds hearings in cases in which a midwife has been referred by the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee because of the serious nature of the alleged professional misconduct or incompetence. Discipline panels are appointed from the committee and must be composed of at least two public members and at least one professional member. The panel has a designated chairperson and is responsible for writing its own decision and reasons. Click here to read the terms of reference. 

Discipline Committee Members

  • Judith Murray, Chair
  • Pete Aarssen
  • Mariana Kaminska
  • Lilly Martin, RM
  • Judith Murray
  • Lisa Nussey, RM
  • Maureen Silverman, RM
  • John Stasiw
  • Donald Strickland
  • Jan Teevan, RM
  • Edan Thomas, RM

Fitness to Practise Committee

The Fitness to Practise Committee holds hearings in cases in which a midwife has been referred by the Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee due to concerns that the midwife might be suffering from a physical or mental condition that impacts the midwife’s ability to provide care. If it is in the best interests of the public, the Committee can decide that the midwife’s practice be subject to terms, conditions, or limitations; or that the midwife no longer be permitted to practise. The Fitness to Practise Committee consists of members of the public and the profession. Fitness to Practise panels are appointed from the committee and must be composed of at least one public member. Click here to read the terms of reference. 

Fitness to Practise Committee Members

  • Judith Murray, Chair
  • Pete Aarssen
  • Mariana Kaminska
  • Lilly Martin, RM
  • Lisa Nussey, RM
  • Maureen Silverman, RM
  • John Stasiw
  • Donald Strickland
  • Jan Teevan, RM
  • Edan Thomas, RM

Client Relations Committee

The Client Relations Committee (CRC) oversees the Client Relations Program and is responsible for developing measures for preventing and addressing sexual abuse of clients. In addition, the Committee administers the funding program for therapy and counselling for midwifery clients who have been sexually abused. Click here to read the terms of reference.

Client Relations Committee Members

  • Marianna Kaminska, Chair
  • Pete Aarssen
  • Alexandra Nikitakis, RM
  • Lisa Nussey, RM

President of the College

Claire Ramlogan-Salanga became President of the College in October 2019.

The President is responsible for ensuring the College’s strategy is formulated clearly, and is well understood both internally and externally. The President has no responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the College but has an important role with stakeholders.

The key responsibilities of the President are:

  • Ensuring that Council meets with sufficient frequency
  • Ensuring that Council devotes sufficient time and attention to the matters within its mandated responsibilities
  • Helping to ensure that Council and its members have the information necessary to make decisions
  • Facilitating the running of Council
  • Maintaining and developing a productive relationship with the College Registrar & CEO
  • With the Registrar, leading the communication of the College’s strategic direction and its policies with the public, the membership, and key stakeholders
  • Raising the profile of the College, and establishing and maintaining high-level contacts.

To contact the President, please email: president@cmo.on.ca 

Claire Ramlogan-Salanga’s Bio

Claire Ramlogan-Salanga, RM is President of the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Claire Ramlogan-Salanga joined the College in 2017, and prior to being elected President in October 2019, she served as the College’s Vice-President (Professional) from 2018, and sat on the Registration, Quality Assurance, Discipline, and Fitness to Practise Committees.

Claire graduated from Ryerson University’s Midwifery Education Program (MEP) in 2015 and continued on to practice in Guelph, Ontario. Claire enjoys giving back to the MEP by teaching in class, precepting on site and volunteering at both Ryerson and McMaster University sites. Her Bachelor of Commerce degree (2003) and midwifery experience places Claire in a unique position to provide constructive feedback while serving on Council.

Claire envisions a future for midwifery to be substantially more inclusive, diverse and sustainable in order to serve all Ontario families equally. Claire is a mother of four active boys and wife to a supportive husband.


Registrar & CEO

Kelly Dobbin became Registrar & CEO in November 2013.

The Registrar & CEO is responsible for fulfilling the statutory responsibilities of the College as set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and for implementing the strategy set by the Council. She is also responsible for the leadership of the College.

The Registrar’s key statutory responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the College’s public register is available to clients and members of the public
  • Performing registration duties such as registering and reinstating applicants, referring applications to the Registration Committee, and suspending members who do not renew their membership with the College
  • Receiving complaints and mandatory reports, and ensuring they are addressed according to the legislation
  • Notifying the members of certain legislative changes and proposals.

The Registrar’s other responsibilities include:

  • Reporting regularly to Council with appropriate timely and quality information so the Council can discharge its responsibilities effectively
  • Informing and consulting Council on all matters of significance to the College so that Council can properly perform their responsibilities
  • Developing and delivering the strategic objectives set by Council
  • Recommending significant operational changes and major expenditures to Council where these are beyond the Registrar’s authority
  • Communicating throughout the College the strategic objectives and the values of the College set by  Council, and ensuring that these are achieved in practice
  • Recruiting and retaining staff to work at the College.

All College staff ultimately report to the Registrar & CEO. Click here for our staff directory. 

Kelly Dobbin’s Bio

Kelly Dobbin, RM MA MSc is Registrar-CEO of the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Kelly became an Ontario registered midwife in 1996 and since then has contributed to the field of midwifery as a community midwife, president of Council at the College of Midwives, and as a policy consultant.   Kelly currently serves as Treasurer of the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Council and is a Board member of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario.  Kellyholds a Master of Arts in Feminist Health Care and a Master of Science in Public Health.