Council Elections

Elected RDTs on Council

Council is the governing body of the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) and is made up of seven (7) Registered Dental Technologists elected by their peers and up to six (6) public members appointed by the provincial government.

Elected Council members come from three (3) geographical electoral districts in Ontario. The election process is a method to enable geographic diversity on Council. Elected Council members do not “represent” the registrants who elected them. Once they are elected, they serve the public interest.

Each year the College holds a streamlined process from September to November for one district at a time. Upon the completion of each election period, the elected members term always start on the first council meeting in January .

 The term of office for elected members is three years with a maximum of nine consecutive years.

You can get all the information you need about the elections process, nominations,  here. Please contact us if you need support.

This year we are holding elections for District One – Peel and Toronto.

Election Results – District 1

We are pleased to announce the 2021 District 1 Election Results for the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario.

Franz Yagin, RDT – Acclaimed

Franz is a Registered Dental Technologist with over 10 years of experience working on the bench, and over 8 years of managing small to medium sized dental laboratories. Previously he has worked as a teaching assistant at his alma mater George Brown College. Currently Franz serves as the RDT in charge and manager of a Dental lab with about 15 employees.

Melanie Liassides, RDT – Acclaimed

Melanie is a Registered Dental Technologist and currently works as a full time Professor in the Dental Technology Program at George Brown College. Previously Melanie served as a professional member of Council from 2015 until 2017 and was a member of the Quality Assurance and Executive committees during this term.

James Matera, RDT – Acclaimed

James has been a Registered Dental Technologist for over 31 years owning and operating several Dental Laboratories. James has had the opportunity to serve as a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry and as an examiner for the College of  Dental Technologist of Ontario (CDTO).

Why YOU Should Become Elected

For the College to achieve its public interest mandate, it is important to ensure that the election process supports diversity in knowledge, skills and experiences of the CDTO Council.

We need your subject matter expertise and knowledge to influence the dental technology field in Ontario! As we continue to seek to modernize the practice, a Council Member’s role is to ensure the College’s regulations are reflective of the ever-changing technological advancements of the industry, while protecting the public’s interests at its core.

Registrants are asked to consider the responsibilities, skills, and time commitment required to effectively fulfill a Director role before submitting their application.

From Council Members

I would encourage anyone in the profession to become involved.

The opportunity to serve as a member of council has given me a true understanding of the value of regulation.  An elected member of council is privileged to share their experience and technical skills. It is an honour to network with other members of council and staff in the regulation of the profession to ensure protection of the public interest.

Jill Langford

Getting involved with the board has been one of the best experiences of my life.

My fellow Council members are passionate people who care about the dental technology profession. Although we have a very dedicated group of Council members, term limits mean the College is always looking for driven people to make the board stronger.

Robert Shawyer


Key Dates

Mark your calendar with the
important dates and deadlines
listed below. If you have a question or are worried you are going to miss a deadline, contact us  for further assistance.


Access all the necessary paperwork required for the election!

– Nomination Form

– Candidate Guide


– What do Council Members do?

– What are the candidate eligibility requirements for Council elections?

– How much time will I have to commit if elected to council?

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