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 her the role of President of CPA at the CPA 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 Pysical 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. More recently Viivi has 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 the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) and the North American Caribbean Region of WCPT, as well as being an ex-officio member on all Board Committees. She is also Board Liaison to the Branch President’s Forum (BPF), and the CPA Board Representative on the National Physiotherapy Advisory Group (NPAG).
Amanda de Chastelain, President-Elect
Amanda was elected to the board in June 2018. Her post-graduate education started at Queen’s University, from which she completed a BA in Life Sciences while working towards her bilingual BSc (PT) at l’Université d’Ottawa, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 1992. She then returned to Kingston, Ontario working in various settings (hospital, University sports fields, mentoring students and guest lecturing at Queen’s University) for several years prior to returning to academia, obtaining a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 1998. Following some time working as a casual PT 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 excited to serve on the Board and make a positive impact on the profession and its highly skilled members.
Amanda is currently a member of the CPA Board Governance Committee, as well as the CPA Board Risk Committee. She is also CPA Board Liaison to the National Student Assembly (NSA).
Melissa graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 1992. During the next 25 years, she served the Horizon Health Network in Saint John, NB, in several capacities, including clinical physiotherapist (neuro-rehab focus), Clinical Practice Leader, and Manager of Physiotherapy.
While working full-time, Melissa took on graduate studies at Dalhousie and volunteered for the New Brunswick Physiotherapy Association (NBPA). In 2014, she received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree (focus in management). Melissa served NBPA's Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015.
Melissa joined the staff of the CPA in 2014, first working remotely as a Senior Policy Director. In 2015, she was promoted to Director of Advocacy, Professional Practice and Advancement. In 2018, she had relocated to Ottawa to be at the National Office. Melissa was later promoted to Chief Advocacy Officer until organizational restructuring in late 2019. During her time at the CPA, Melissa represented the Association on various groups, Boards, and task forces, including the Canadian Pain Task Force, Active Aging Canada, and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.
In early 2020, Melissa was diagnosed with Grade IV glioblastoma multiforme. While recovering from surgery and ongoing treatment, Melissa jumped at the opportunity to continue serving CPA members and the physiotherapy profession as a newly elected member of the CPA Board of Directors.
Melissa and her life partner, Steve, have three grown children: Erin, Kevin, and Robyn. They look forward to moving back to New Brunswick in 2021, where they will be closer to their extended families and the beautiful Bay of Fundy.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Jason was elected to the Board in 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Francis Xavier University in 1997 and completed his Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy in 2002 from Queens University. Jason has been very active with his provincial association first as a board director starting in 2009 and then completed 4 years as President of the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in 2017. He has been in private practice orthopaedics his whole career in the communities of Surrey and now in Vancouver, BC. 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 the world of business, he has been co-owner of three clinics for the past 10 years as well. Jason is proud to be a part the CPA Board and is currently the Board Liaison to the National Physiotherapist Assistants Assembly (NPAA) and sits on the Finance Committee for CPA.
Jason is currently Chair of the CPA Board Risk Committee, and a member of the CPA & PFC Finance Committee; and CPA Board Liaison to the National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly (NPAA).
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Kate was elected to the Board in 2020. After completing her Physiotherapy degree from Dalhousie University, Kate worked in Edmonton, AB, from 2005-2008. She then returned to the Maritimes and has been working since as a staff physiotherapist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax. 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 University and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Recently, Kate has returned to the academic environment and is now teaching as a full-time instructor at the Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy. 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. She serves on many volunteer committees and was a Board member of the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association (NSPA) from 2009-2014, including a term as President from 2010-2013.
Kate will be acting as the CPA Board Liaison to 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 Board Director. She was re-elected to a second three-year term at the CPA AGM in June 2018.
Sandra was the President of the National Physiotherapist Assistants Assembly (NPAA) from 2008-2015. She was also the PTA representative on the International Health Division (now Global Health Division) from 2004–2008, and volunteered as a PTA in India (1992) and Bangladesh (2002). She has worked as a physiotherapist assistant in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) for over 15 years, and co-chaired its Rehabilitation Assistant Council in physiotherapy from 2006-2012. Sandra has been a member of the Capilano University Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma Program Advisory Committee since 2005, and represented PTAs through 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 CPA Board Governance Committee. She is also the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Board Chair.
Richmond, British Columbia
John was elected to the Board in June 2018. 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 CPA Board. He graduated with a Magna cum laude Diploma of Technology in Accounting at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1977, and received his Certified General Accountant designation in 1980. The company he co-owns works with several not-for-profit organizations in various sectors such as education, health or social services.
John also served on a number of volunteer boards, and in this capacity he participated in developing and maintaining accounting standards in Canada. He served on the boards of CGA BC and CGA Canada rising to the chair of both organizations. In addition, he served on the board of the newly created Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
John is currently Chair of the CPA & PFC Board Finance Committee.
Dr. Sandy Rennie
Sandy was elected to the Board in 2016. He graduated with a Diploma in physiotherapy in 1972 and did a one-year degree completion (BPT) in 1976 at the University of Alberta. He then completed his MSc in 1985 (Physical Education) and PhD in 2002 (Educational Administration and Leadership) at the U of A. He began teaching physiotherapy in Australia in 1977; he then taught physiotherapy at the University of Alberta from 1981-2004. He taught at the University of Toronto for 2 years, and from 2007-2012 he was Director of the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, and a part-time professor in the PT program the University of Ottawa. He has been active volunteer in the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a Division Chair (Sports Physiotherapy) and as a member of the Board of Directors in 1992-93 and 2003-2004. He was awarded Life Membership in CPA in 2010, and the Enid Graham Memorial Lecture in 2014.
Sandy is currently a member of the CPA Board Risk Committee. He is also the CPA Board Representative on the Awards Review Committee, and the Advocacy Council.