Governing Ourselves informs members of legal and regulatory matters affecting the profession. This section provides updates on licensing and qualification requirements, notification of Council resolutions and reports from various Council committees, including reports on accreditation and discipline matters.
The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) has honoured College Chief Executive Officer and Registrar Michael Salvatori, OCT, with its 2014 Regulatory Excellence Award. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the enhancement of occupational or professional regulation and celebrates exceptional leadership, vision, creativity, results and outcomes beyond the regular functions of the job or expectations.
The association took note of the Registrar’s perseverance during times of challenge and commended his commitment to continuous improvement and positive change in the public interest. As the driving force behind the establishment of a Pan-Canadian Assessment Tool for teachers, the Registrar leveraged his skills in negotiation and diplomacy to achieve national consensus. His emphasis on the positive value of professional mobility has led Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner to site the College as an exemplar to be followed by other regulatory bodies. Internationally, regulators look to the College as a leader, while the Registrar is seen as the go-to resource on education systems and standards of practice for the teaching profession.
The College’s member-owned office space at 101 Bloor St. West in Toronto was recently awarded LEED silver certification by the Canadian Green Building Council. The office includes eco-friendly practices consistent with the requirements of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. “The College shares the vision of many of our members for a clean energy future and that’s why we have switched to renewable energy,” said Richard Lewko, the College’s director of corporate and council services, “By finding opportunities to reduce our own environmental footprint, we help make a difference.” In 2010, the College purchased eight floors in an existing, 40-year-old decommissioned building at 101 Bloor St. West and carried out extensive renovations to ensure that our new refurbishing was greener. As part of this initiative, we embraced the principles of sustainable design, quality construction and efficient building operation. Being environmentally responsible is a high priority for the College. Through the LEED certification program, we are reducing our energy and water consumption as well as operating costs, and reducing our overall environmental footprint.