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Board of Directors

About the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) is the governing body for more than 550 registered practicing and non-practicing dental technologists in Ontario. Made up of public members and members of the profession from across Ontario, the Board of Directors determines the strategic direction of the College and decides on regulations, By-laws and policies in accordance with its legislated mandate. The Board of Directors also determines policy to ensure that public protection remains at the centre of College activity and appoints members to the statutory and standing committees that have responsibility for carrying out the College’s regulatory functions.

The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 gives health-care consumers a strong voice in healthcare regulation by requiring an equitable balance of elected professionals and public appointees on all College Board of Directors. There is a minimum of twelve (12) and no more than thirteen (13) Directors of the Board, seven (7) of whom are members of the profession elected every three (3) years by members of the College in accordance with the By-laws. A minimum of five (5), and up to six (6), Directors are public appointees who are not registrants of the CDTO or another health regulatory college or Board of Directors. Public Directors are appointed by the government for a three (3) year term.

This complement ensures that dental technologists have the privilege, responsibility and significant authority to regulate their profession and ensure dental technology is practised in a safe, competent and ethical manner to protect the public interest.

Individually and collectively, the Board of Directors brings technical skills and professional experience necessary to make decisions and develop By-laws, policies, guidelines, standards and regulations that are consistent with the legislative framework.

Committees support the work of the Board of Directors. Committees include Elected and Public Directors, as well as members of the College who are not members of Board of Directors.

To learn more about the College’s committees, click here.

Governance Policy Manual

Board of Directors Composition

Elected Directors

James Matera, RDT (Chair)
William (Bill) Van Evans, RDT(Vice-Chair)
Shanice Fontaine, RDT
Jill Langford, RDT
Melanie Liassides, RDT
Adela Witko, RDT
Franz Yagin, RDT

Public Directors

Abena Buahene
Asif Khan
Allison Malloy
Tayla McGuckin
Nawaz Pirani
Rehan Siddiqui


Role of the Chair, Vice-Chair and Registrar


The Chair is the chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The Chair ensures that the Board of Directors is fulfilling its mandate and strategic goals in accordance with the College’s By-Laws, applicable legislation, and that Board of Directors members understand and fulfill their responsibilities.

The Vice-Chair is a member of the Executive Committee and performs the duties of the Chair in the Chair’s absence.

The Registrar is the chief executive officer of the College and is responsible for managing the College’s operations. The registrar is accountable to the Board of Directors and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Supported by staff, the registrar is responsible for implementing the College’s strategic plan and the policies approved by the Board of Directors. The registrar also provides leadership and advice on the development of policies and procedures that support the achievement of the College’s mandate.

Board of Directors Meetings


Board of Directors Meetings are open to the public to ensure the highest degree of transparency and openness. We demonstrate this commitment by announcing the dates of our Board of Directors meetings in advance, post meeting packages electronically ahead of each meeting, and attempt to minimize “in-camera” sessions.

While all the Board of Directors meetings are open to the public, sometimes it is necessary for the Board of Directors to go “in-camera” to discuss confidential information as permitted by law. These “in-camera” sessions may deal with confidential human resource or administrative matters. We strive to schedule “in-camera” sessions at the end of Board of Directors meetings to minimize disruption.

Members of the public must follow the observer guidelines when attending our Board of Directors meetings.


Upcoming Board of Directors meetings

The following are tentatively scheduled Board of Directors meetings for the year, please confirm in advance the time and date with the College:

January 26, 2024 | Live Stream

April 26, 2024 | Live Stream

June 21, 2024 |

September 26, 2024 | 

December 6, 2024 | 


Board of Directors meetings are held virtually.


CDTO Board of Directors Meeting Materials