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.
In April, the College named Chantal Bélisle, OCT, the new director of Investigations and Hearings.
Bélisle joined the College as a bilingual investigator in the Investigations and Hearings department in 2008. She brought with her 15 years of education experience with the Ontario French-language Catholic and public school boards. In 2012, she was appointed to a bilingual program officer position in the Standards of Practice and Accreditation department. In addition to a master of laws degree — with areas of study in civil litigation, dispute resolution and administrative law — Bélisle also holds principal’s qualifications and has earned an advanced certificate in dispute resolution and mediation from York University.
Over the years, Bélisle has participated in and consulted on various initiatives for the Ministry of Education and the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). As a roster member with York University’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program and a member of the Simcoe County ADR Association, she has also performed small claims court mediations.
“I am delighted to assume this portfolio, which comes with the immense responsibility of ensuring the fair treatment of our members while protecting the public,” says Bélisle. “I am grateful for the College’s confidence in my leadership in this significant area of professional regulation.”
The College Council welcomes new Council member Marie-Claude Yaacov, who was appointed to Council in March. Yaacov was a full-time member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada from 2009 until November 2014. Previously, she served as legal counsel with the Durham Children’s Aid Society, the Children’s Aid Society of Brant and the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
Yaacov has taught French language at York University and French language and literature at the University of Manitoba, and served as president and co-chief negotiator with CUPE Local 3903. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance from York University, a master of arts degree in French literature from the University of Toronto, and an LLB degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.