Important Senior Leadership Changes at the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia

Long-time Registrar & CEO Kathy Corbett will leave the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) at the end of December 2022 to pursue other opportunities. The Board wants to acknowledge Ms. Corbett’s extensive contribution to the College, the sector, and our province, and we wish her the best in her next chapter.

The Board is delighted to announce that now former Board Chair, Carin Plischke, has been appointed as Interim Director of Transition and Chief Executive Officer. She will step into this role starting Tuesday, October 11, 2022. The COTBC has a long history of ensuring that the public receives safe, ethical, and effective occupational therapy services. That will continue under the leadership of Ms. Plischke and the Board of Directors.

As the title reflects, this key senior leadership role has been adjusted in anticipation of the upcoming amalgamation of health regulatory bodies, which is expected to change the model of health profession regulation in the province.

Along with deep experience in senior leadership roles, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Lead, Special Projects at the Office of the Seniors Advocate for the Government of British Columbia, Ms. Plischke has more than six years as a Board Member at the COTBC. She brings exceptional organizational knowledge about the College, our registrants, and the sector as a whole. Along with being a Registered Occupational Therapist in good standing with the College and the former Board Chair, Ms. Plischke is an Accreditation Canada Surveyor, a Leading Practice Reviewer with the Health Standards Organization, and a Member and (former) Chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

The Board is grateful that Ms. Corbett has agreed to stay on until December 2022, which provides an overlap with Ms. Plischke. Given the, as yet, undefined upcoming changes, this will provide a key opportunity for knowledge transfer and planning.

In her new role, Ms. Plischke will lead a change management throughline as the amalgamation transition occurs, supporting the College and its registrants, while continuing to ensure that the public receives safe, ethical, and effective occupational therapy services.

Career Opportunity with ACOTRO

ACOTRO seeks an occupational therapist to join their Competency Assessor team. The Competency Assessors conduct interview-style competency assessments with internationally educated occupational therapists (IEOTs) and prepare necessary competency reports.

Learn more about this role, necessary qualifications, required skills and about ACOTRO’s inclusive work environment.

How to Register for cOnnecT Day

cOnnecT Day takes place on November 5, 2022. Plan to join us for a day of learning, reflecting, and connecting. This year, speakers discuss the importance of delivering anti-racist culturally safe care.

Highlights include:

Harmony Johnson, vice president of Indigenous Wellness & Reconciliation at Providence Health Care, joins us to reflect on the In Plain Sight report and its calls to action to improve equity in health care. She will help us to consider the implications for OTs by building a practical understanding of what Indigenous specific racism is, how it has been woven into health care in BC, and what we can do to make changes in our practice.

UBC–OSOT Professor and Department Head Sue Forwell will share an update on the exciting expansion of the occupational therapy program at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and their efforts on Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

View the agenda

Register for cOnnecT Day



Staffing Announcement: Deputy Registrar Leaving for New Opportunity

Andrea Bowden is leaving the College executive team on July 23, 2022 to take on a new opportunity.

Andrea joined the College in November 2014, seconded from Island Health Authority to develop the College’s practice advisory services. In August 2017, Andrea accepted a permanent position as the Director, Policy and Practice and moved onto the Deputy Registrar role in March 2019. In her various roles with the College, Andrea was dedicated to service excellence and was key to the successful development of our practice advisory services and transition to a new standards framework. Andrea also capably represented the College on several collaborative projects with our regulator colleagues and external partners.

We will all miss Andrea’s warmth and energy, her attention to supporting a positive team culture and her contributions as a respected and caring member of the COTBC team.

On behalf of the COTBC, we wish Andrea all the best!

Next Steps for Complying with Public Health Order Requiring Recording of Registrants’ Vaccination Status

As stated earlier this week, a new Order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) – the Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order – requires COTBC to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of all its registrants by March 31, 2022.

View COTBC’s update: Next Steps for Complying with Public Health Order Requiring Recording of Registrants’ Vaccination Status

Read COTBC’s FAQs on the new Order

Visit COTBC’s COVID-19 Resources

Update on PHO Order

On February 9, 2022, Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that she will issue a new public health order requiring regulated health professionals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 24, 2022.

We understand the new order is still being finalized by the PHO. More information will be provided once the order is released by the PHO and the College assesses any specific actions required by the College and registrants.