Notice – New Accreditation Service : Accreditation Canada

In January 2016, CMA announced they would be divesting accreditation services for allied health educational programs, effective February 1, 2018.

An Allied Health Program Accreditation Working Group was formed to select a replacement accreditation program for those allied health programs accredited by CMA Conjoint Accreditation Services. Following are the members of the AHPAWG.

  1. Alliance of Medical Radiation Technologists Regulators of Canada
  2. Canadian Alliance of Medical Laboratory Professionals Regulators
  3. Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators
  4. Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  5. Canadian Orthoptic Society
  6. Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
  7. Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists
  8. Canadian Society of Clinical Perfusion
  9. Paramedic Association of Canada
  10. Sonography Canada
  11. Canadian Association of Allied Health Professions

We are pleased to inform you that Accreditation Canada has been selected to implement an accreditation program for Canadian allied health educational programs that places students at the centre of the assessment process.

We look forward to concluding and signing agreements to move forward with the implementation of a new accreditation process. In the following weeks, Accreditation Canada will be providing more information regarding the new accreditation program, transition plans and program fees will be sent to all educational institutions. In addition, each program can expect a communication from their national association and, if applicable, provincial regulator in the next few weeks to confirm acceptance of Accreditation Canada as the accrediting body for your allied health education programs.

We were pleased to brief the Deans at the Canadian Association of Allied Health Programs meeting to receive their feedback, clarify any questions and address any concerns. We look forward to our continued engagement with the Deans as the program is developed and implemented.

We are committed to ensuring this transition is effective and efficient, and appreciate the signature and return of agreements as soon as possible to ensure that Accreditation Canada is ready to implement the Program by February 1, 2018.

Any questions can be directed to the project manager for transition of accreditation services: Daria Alshehabi, Project Manager –  Health Standards Organization: 613 738-3800 ext. 289 or daria.Alshehabi@healthstandards.org


CAAHP is actively preparing for the 2017 conference to be held May 3 and 4 at Algonquin College near Ottawa.  The theme  is :

It is All About the Students! We are All Learners – We are All Learning!

Sessions will touch on the future of learning, the student experience, the implication for clinical education-practice education, applied research, etc.  We hope, also, to continue with the well appreciated expose of the legal implications of institutional obligations.   The agenda, once finalized, will be posted here.  Your feedback is always welcome.

The agenda and registration forms are available in the Annual Conference section.


Thank you to all participants at the 2016 Annual Conference held at  Dawson College in Montreal for making it a meaningful and informative event.

Solid Ground and Shifting Sands: the Balancing Act of Post-Secondary Education Today, the theme, started with a glimpse of what the future of simulation can be with a presentation of BCIT’s Rob Kruger.  The importance of this developing dossier and the panorama he offered generated a lot of positive feedback.  The CAAHP board will examine avenues for future talks on the subject once it assesses the state of implementation in member colleges.

The CMA divestiture was front and center as a topic of discussion at the conference.  The work by Elaine Dever of the CAMRT in taking proactive measures with the other professional associations was much appreciated and generated a lot of discussion.    Emmanuelle Morin, Acting Coordinator of Conjoint Accreditation, spoke to responsible exit and gave the context of the divestiture.  CAAHP will continue monitor changes in this dossier over the next two years.

Certification exam results of the CSMLS raised a number of concerns as the CSMLS developed a new approach to the development of its examinations.  Christine Nielsen, CEO of the CSMLS gave the context of these changes and provided members at the conference information regarding future directions.  Her presentation was timely and much appreciated.

Understanding how individuals of different cultures expect and understand feedback – summative or formative – and how they differ in expressing advice and feedback, led to a very revealing and informative presentation by Caroline Yang, partner at Multicultural Business Solutions.  No participant at the conference left without a deeper appreciation of cultural sensitives.

Many members discovered for the first time the power and growth of the Open Educational practices as presented by David Porter, Associate VP, Education, Support and Innovation at BCIT.  His presentation offered real alternatives to educators in offering pedagogical alternatives to the standard publishing options.  The ability to modify, adapt,  and innovate using this technology came through quite effectively in his comprehensive review on the subject.

Michael Sonderman (Associate Registrar at SAIT) and Susan Radke (Director of Academic Services at SAIT) offfered a powerful combination of legal obligations and solutions in managing difficult and complex situations in post-secondary education.  The case study examples offered conference members an opportunity of asking relevant questions.  No doubt, many of us will be taking home a number of lessons that will benefit our ability to handle diverse student cases.  This was Michael’s second presentation at a CAAHP conference, and members show a strong interest in understanding more on this subject.

At the end of the first day, CAAHP members were treated to a privileged tour of the CAE medical division thanks to the efforts of Zoriana Kaluzny (Sales for Eastern Canada, ME, NH, and VT).  The presentations offered members an idea of the breath of services offered by CAE as well as the scope of mannequin functionality.  We thank her and her team for bringing us to their facilities and the generous tour they offered.

New President and Board Members

Lynda Kushnir Pekrul (Dean of School of Health Science, Saskatchewan Polytechnic), who has served CAAHP in a caring, proactive, and inspiring manner has stepped down from her function as President of the organization.  Sydney Redpath (Senior Director, Academic Planning and Operations at The Michener) will be taking on the position with the unanimous support of her fellow Board Members.  Ray Bourgeois (Dean of Science, Medical Studies and Engineering at Dawson College) will take on the role of Vice-President.

Allen Billy (SAIT, School of Health and Public Safety) has retired from his position as Board Member at Large.  Board members will miss his informed contributions to the ongoing discussions at our meetings and thank him for his contribution .  Denise McIver (Associate Dean at NAIT) has joined the CAAHP Board and has taken on the dossier of Board Secretary.  We thank her for stepping up to this challenge and anticipate many interesting discussions as she brings her expertise to the table.

Sean Madorin (Associate Dean at Georgian College, Health, Wellness and Fitness), after quite a few years in the role of CAAHP Treasurer and Membership coordinator will relinquish these dossiers for a well earned rest.  His management of these two complex dossiers has been well appreciated and Board members thank him sincerely.  Bernice Budz (BCIT, Dean of School of Health Services).

Members of the Board are dedicated to the mission of CAAHP and its members.  They are happy to receive feedback on issues facing the membership and you are encouraged email them.  Their contact information can be found  in “Contact Us”.


Last Year’s Annual Conference:

The 2015 Annual Conference was held at the Red River College  in Winnipeg, Manitoba reaffirming the desire of  CAAHP members to network on relevant topics facing Allied Health programs in Canada.

Our thanks go to Mandy Lowe who provided a thought provoking and inspiring talk on Inter-Professional Education (IPE).  Dr Jason Frank gave much appreciated insight into the competency development for the training of physicians at the Royal College (CanMEDS 2015) and mapped the evolution to outcomes based pedagogy.  Both presentations led to active and engaged discussions which are informing the AGM on future conference plans.   These presentations were complemented by a number of panel discussions which have also seeded thoughts for future conferences.  CAAHP thanks our panelists: Kimberley Wheelans, Michale Sondemann, Janet Jamieson, Dr. Lyle Grant, and Dr. Alex Zahavich

CAAHP would also like to thank our host, Louise Gordon and her colleagues Laurie Musick and Bill Younger for making the facilities available and offering a tour of the College.

Information and documents are available in the “Annual Conference” area on the right hand menu.

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