Effective March 3, 2022 the College Council will be referred to as the Board or Board of Directors. This change is reflected in the College By-Laws. The term “Council” and “Board of Directors” or “Board” are used interchangeable throughout CASLPO’s website and documents.
The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) exists for the protection of the public’s right to safe, quality health care through self-regulation of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions. The Board of Directors (Board) is CASLPO’s governing body and its role is to serve the public interest by overseeing the regulation of the practice of audiologists (AUDs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). The Board also establishes CASLPO’s strategic direction and the outcomes that will lead self-regulation forward in the interest of public safety. The Board is composed of nine elected professional Directors, two Directors from the University community, and up to seven public Directors appointed by the provincial government.
Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists can help shape the future by bringing their knowledge, skill and experience to the Board. The Board’s involvement provides registrants of the profession with rewarding opportunities to contribute to both public protection and the long-term growth of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions.
The election of registered Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists to the Board takes place annually on a three-year rotation involving six electoral districts. Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists who are registered as practising registrants and are in good standing with CASLPO can be nominated and vote in these elections. All Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (practising and non-practising) may vote in Board elections in their respective districts.
All members of the Board of Directors are expected to be effective contributors. The desired skills and background include:
Members of the Board of Directors hold their positions for a three-year term. Each professional Director may serve a maximum of three terms, for a total of nine consecutive years. Board members also serve on committees that consider projects that further CASLPO’s strategic goals. For more information about the elections process, click here.
The Board of Directors typically meets four times a year. In addition, Board Directors are appointed to at least two statutory committees. The number of committee meetings per year (which may include panels, hearings, or working groups) varies according to committee workload. Board Directors also spend time preparing for these meetings. Click here for Committee descriptions and frequency chart.
Quarterly Board of Director meetings, unless otherwise held ‘virtually’, are typically held in Toronto at the CASLPO office at 3080 Yonge Street. Committee meetings are held virtually.
Board of Directors and non-Board Committee members receive a comprehensive orientation regarding CASLPO's role, mandate, and governance framework. The Board is provided with orientation and learning development sessions. To access CASLPO's Guide to Governance: Principles and Practices, click here.
Members of the Board of Directors are reimbursed for all reasonable travel and accommodation expenses and receive an honorarium for their time commitment. Professional and Academic Directors are reimbursed by CASLPO at prescribed rates. Public Directors are reimbursed by the government. Honorarium and expense reimbursement for Public Directors is in accordance with Ministry guidelines.
See also: Board of Directors Elections