The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s (CPA) Board of Directors is comprised of eight members who represent physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants. Two external directors are appointed by the Board for their expertise in fields other than physiotherapy.
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Viivi Riis, President
Viivi took up the role of President of the CPA at the Association’s AGM on June 29, 2019 for a two-year term.
Viivi has been a CPA member for over 35 years and has worked as a clinician, manager, business owner, and more recently, as a health policy and research consultant. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Physical Therapy program and received a Master’s degree from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2008. She holds a status appointment as adjunct lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at U of T. Viivi has now returned to clinical practice on a part-time basis delivering home care services to a largely elderly population in the south Georgian Bay region.
As CPA President, Viivi is the CPA Board Representative for World Physiotherapy (WP) and the National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG). She is also the ex-officio member on all Board Committees and serves as the Board Liaison to the Branch President’s Forum (BPF) and the Division Chairs Committee (DCC).
Amanda de Chastelain, President-Elect
Amanda was elected to the Board in June 2018 and currently sits on the Governance Committee. Her post-graduate education started at Queen’s University, from which she completed a BA in Life Sciences while working towards her bilingual BSc in Physiotherapy at l’Université d’Ottawa, graduating summa cum laude in 1992. She then returned to Kingston, Ontario working in various settings from hospitals to sports fields to universities for several years prior to returning to academia, obtaining a Master of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 1998.
Following some time working as a casual physiotherapist at the Rockyview and Alberta Children’s Hospitals, consulting for the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta, and a family move to the USA, she returned to Canada, re-certified, and returned to work at the Alberta Children’s Hospital working full-time treating patients from many clinics including orthopaedics, complex pain, oncology, and burns. She is passionate about the physical therapy profession and is excited about serving on the Board to make a positive impact on the profession and its highly skilled members.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Jason was elected to the Board in 2017 and currently serves as the Chair of the Insurance Risk Committee, and as members on both the CPA and PFC CPA Finance Committees. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology from St. Francis Xavier University in 1997 and completed his Bachelor’s in Physiotherapy in 2002 from Queens University. Jason has been very active with his provincial association, first as a Board Director in 2009, followed by four years as President of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2017. He has been involved with private practice orthopaedics his entire career in various Metro Vancouver communities.
Jason has worked with athletes of all ages and is proud to have been part of the New Westminster Salmonbellies Senior Men’s Lacrosse Team for the past 10 years; in that same timeframe, he has also been co-owner of three clinics.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Kate was elected to the Board in 2020. After completing her degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University, Kate worked in Edmonton, Alberta from 2005 to 2008. She then returned to the Maritimes and has been working since as a staff physiotherapist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). Kate has worked clinically in orthopaedics, neurotherapeutics, cardiorespiratory, and general medicine; her experience has spanned acute to rehab settings, as well as in-home treatments in both urban and rural communities. Kate has also worked as a part-time Clinical Lab Instructor at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy and has delivered care in several clinical research trials through Dalhousie and the NSHA.
Recently, Kate has returned to the academic environment and is now teaching as a full-time instructor at her alma mater. She continues to complete post-graduate education courses locally, nationally, and internationally.
Kate has always been very active in her community both personally and professionally and continues to serve on many volunteer committees, including on the NSPA Board, from 2009 to 2014, including a term as President from 2010-2013.
Kate currently sits on the Insurance Risk Committee and is the Board Liaison to both the National Student Assembly (NSA) and the Canadian Council of Physiotherapy University Programs (CCPUP).
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sandra was elected to the Board in 2015 as the Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) Board Director and was re-elected to a second three-year term at the Association’s AGM in June 2018; however, her experience with the CPA spans much longer. Sandra served as the President of the National Physiotherapist Assistants Assembly (NPAA) from 2008 to 2015 and was also the PTA representative on the International Health Division (now Global Health Division) from 2004 to 2008. She also volunteered as a PTA in India (1992) and in Bangladesh (2002).
Sandra has worked as a PTA at Vancouver Coastal Health for over 15 years and co-chaired its Rehabilitation Assistant Council in Physiotherapy from 2006 to 2012. Sandra has been a member of the Capilano University Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma Program Advisory Committee since 2005, and represented PTAs through various initiatives including the Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapist Assistants in Canada, the OTA/PTA Accreditation Standards Development, and the College of Physical Therapists of BC's PT Support Worker Registration Working Group.
Sandra currently sits on the Governance Committee and is the Chair of the PFC.
Richmond, British Columbia
John was elected to the Board in June 2018 and currently serves as the Chair to both Finance Committees – i.e., CPA and PFC.
As the co-owner of Reid Hurst Nagy Inc. Chartered Professional Accountants, John brings a wealth of knowledge and creative thinking in business and financial planning to the Board of Directors. Further, his organization works with several not-for-profit organizations in various sectors such as education, health, and social services.
He graduated magna cum laude with a Diploma of Technology in Accounting from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1977 and received his Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation in 1980. John has also served on a number of volunteer boards, and as a result has participated in developing and maintaining accounting standards across the country. He has served on the Boards of CGA BC and CGA Canada, rising to the role of Chair of both organizations. In addition, he sat on the Board of the newly created Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Dr. Sandy Rennie
Sandy was elected to the Board in 2016. He graduated with a Diploma in Physiotherapy in 1972 and finished a one-year degree (BPT) in 1976 at the University of Alberta. He then completed his MSc in Physical Education (1985) and PhD in Educational Administration and Leadership (2002) at the same university. He began teaching physiotherapy in Australia in 1977, followed by teaching at the U of A from 1981 to 2004. He then taught at the University of Toronto for two years, and from 2007 to 2012, served as the Director of the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Physiotherapy at both Dalhousie and U of T, and also is a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa. He has been an active volunteer at the Association, namely as the Chair of the Sports Physiotherapy Division and as a member of the Board of Directors from 1992 to 1993 and from 2003 to 2004. He was also awarded a Life Membership at the CPA in 2010, and the Enid Graham Memorial Lecture in 2014.
Sandy is currently the Chair of the Governance Committee and serves as both the Board Representative on the Awards Review Committee and as the Board Liaison for Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC).
Allison was appointed to the Board in 2021. She graduated with a Degree in Biology in 2004 and a Bachelor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from the University of Saskatchewan; she then completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Science from McMaster University in 2014. Allison has worked in public practice for the bulk of her career with a special interest in critical care. Currently, she is transitioning from managing an interdisciplinary therapy department at Royal University Hospital to a role as the Provincial Pediatric Subspecialty Manager with the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
Allison has been very involved in the professional Association since her role as President of the National Student Assembly in 2006/2007. She also served two terms as President of the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association from 2011 to 2016.