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CNAR’s Winter Workshops: Registration Now Open! Achieving Regulatory Excellence in Dynamic Times

Updated: Feb 21

Regulators across Canada and around the world are facing a myriad of pressures, shifts, and changes on many fronts. Domestic and international mobility, calls to action for social responsibility, legislative changes and restructuring, artificial intelligence and technology advancements, and more are impacting regulators across professions.

Join CNAR this winter for three workshops that support the professional development of regulators striving for excellence in these dynamic times. With a speaker roster of experts and peers from Canada and abroad, this workshop series will feature right touch regulation, risk management, and regulatory leadership.

All workshops will take place virtually on an online platform. The three workshops will be available a la carte or as a bundle. See below for detailed descriptions of each workshop. Members, Partners, and Suppliers can also enjoy discounted pricing.


Pricing Per Person, Per Workshop:

  • Members, Partners, and Suppliers: $160

  • Non-Members: $200

Workshop Bundle – 15% Discount! (per person admission to all three workshops)

  • Members, Partners, and Suppliers: $408

  • Non-Members: $510

To Register: or click the button below;

Refund Information: The Workshop Bundle and Workshop #1 are eligible for a refund until January 25th, 2024. The refund deadline for Workshop #2 is February 21st, 2024, and for Workshop #3, it is March 13th, 2024.


Workshop #1: Right Touch Regulation in Action

Right touch regulation principles were identified over a decade ago. How can regulators review their processes to align to the principles? What concrete actions can regulators take to more closely embody the principles in practice? In these dynamic times, how can regulators use the principles to support change management? What does the future hold?

Dr. Alan Clamp, CEO, Professional Standards Authority, UK, will open the workshop with a presentation titled, The Future of Right Touch Regulation: What Do We Keep and What Do We Change?. Dr. Clamp will consider the right touch principles and application of the right touch assurance model for regulation based on the risk of harm. He will explore the need for regulation to evolve and address new risks; he will also discuss how right touch principles can remain impactful - while major changes in the regulatory landscape demand the evidence base for right touch assurance be kept under review.

Dr. Clamp will also address refocusing of regulation on the right issues and using regulation to prevent harm. He will make the case that this will produce a more compassionate model of regulation and reduce the fear of regulation, as well as contribute to more positive workplace cultures. Finally, Dr. Clamp will highlight the inherent risks associated with regulators operating in a vacuum, and the full benefits of regulation through collaboration. This session will also feature an interactive Q & A.

In the second part of the workshop, Joy Peacock, Andrew Douglas, and Elisha Vadnais from the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) will lead an interactive session, ‘Achieving Regulatory Excellence Through the Framework of Right Touch Regulation. The presenters will take a deep dive sharing the model used by the CRNA for undertaking a right touch regulation review along with:

  • lessons learned from the review process;

  • insights about what it means to demonstrate right touch regulation principles in regulatory practices and operations; and

  • decisions and actions taken to be more aligned with right touch regulation principles.

The approach and methods employed by the CRNA to bring right touch principles to the forefront of decision-making and measurement can be adopted by any regulatory body in the pursuit of high standards of excellence in regulation. This component of the workshop will include a presentation, small breakout group discussion (optional), and Q & A.

A panel of members from the regulatory community engaging in discussion about right touch principles and change management will follow. The discussion will explore a few systemic issues and challenges to change management in the regulatory context, such as identifying and defining the actual problem to be addressed, leveraging data for decision-making, and finding collaborative solutions across provinces despite differing legislative frameworks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with the panelists in a Q & A. The discussion will moderated by Kevin McCarthy, VP – Advisory Services, The Regulator’s Practice, with panelists:

  • Elinor Larney, Registrar & CEO, College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and President, Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO)

  • Katya Masnyk, Director, Policy, Engagement, and Strategy Implementation, Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP)

  • Juda Strawczynski, CEO & Registrar, College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents (CPATA)

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2024

Time: 11:30 am – 3:15 pm ET

Dr. Alan Clamp Andrew Douglas Elisha Vadnais Joy Peacock

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Workshop #2: Effective Risk Management in Changing Times

In the work of regulators risk management is essential. How do regulators perceive, assess, and manage risk? What approaches can regulators take to more effectively address risks in the professions they regulate in these dynamic times? How can regulators navigate traditional risk-focused approaches with opportunities for innovation? Do pressures for change create risks or opportunities for innovation?

Dr. Mark Fleming, Professor, Department of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will open this workshop with an interactive session titled, ‘Risk: Perception, Assessment, and Management. Drawing on his background in psychology and work with high-risk industries (e.g., atomic energy) as well as in health professions, Dr. Fleming will explore understandings of risk. He will present a model for how regulators of health and non-health professions can take a systematic approach to identify, assess, and manage the risks they regulate. Dr. Fleming will also address how a systematic approach can help regulators to communicate with stakeholders about how their processes mitigate risks. He will also prompt critical reflection on how regulators’ approaches to risk management can better adapt to change and influence outcomes for public protection. This session will include a presentation, small group discussion (optional), and Q & A.

In the second part of the workshop, a panel from the regulatory community will discuss risk and innovation in professional regulation. Panelists will explore challenges, tensions, and opportunities between risk and innovation for the public interest. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the panelists during the closing Q & A. The discussion will be moderated by Will Morrison, Manager, Governance and Policy, Engineers and Geoscientists BC, with panelists:

  • Zubin Austin, Professor and Murray Koffler Research Chair, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation – Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

  • Joanie Bouchard, Chief Transition Officer, Amalgamation Project, and Registrar, College of Dietitians of BC (CDBC)

  • Beata Pawlowska, Director Professional Standards, Research, Education and Policy, College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC)

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ET

Mark Fleming

 Beata Pawlowska Joanie Bouchard          Zubin Austin Will Morrison

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Workshop #3: Impactful Leadership in a Dynamic Regulatory World

What are the implications of a dynamic environment on professional regulatory leadership? How must regulatory leadership evolve to ensure regulators of professions continue to be effective and relevant in the future? What leadership qualities and competencies are needed for impactful regulatory governance in dynamic times?

Dr. Mike Saks, Emeritus Professor at the University of Suffolk, UK, and Honorary Professor at the University of Lincoln and the University of Westminster, UK and the University of Toronto, Canada, will open the workshop with a session on Responsible Leadership, Professions, and the Public Interest. Dr. Saks’ presentation will be informed by his extensive research and work with regulators, governments, universities, and corporations in the United Kingdom and globally, as well as with the United Nations as Chair of the Institute for Responsible Leadership. During this session, he will unpack and explore different interpretations of responsible leadership and what good governance practices for regulators acting in the public interest can look like. Attendees will be invited to reflect on their own leadership philosophies and styles, while exploring opportunities for responsible leadership and the enhancement of effective regulation in the public interest. This session will include a presentation, group discussion, and Q & A.

In the second part of the workshop, a panel from the regulatory community will discuss leadership styles and competencies in professional regulation for changing times. Panelists will explore leadership qualities and competencies needed for effective regulatory governance in times of dynamic change and consider future directions for regulatory leadership. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the panelists during the Q & A. The discussion will be moderated by Bradley Chisholm, Principal & Founder, The Regulator’s Practice, with panelists:

  • Claire Ramlogan-Salanga, Chair of Council, College of Midwives of Ontario (CMO), Registered Midwife, and Assistant Professor, Midwifery Education Program, McMaster University

  • Daniel Faulkner, Registrar & CEO, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO)

  • Wilda Listener, Chair, Indigenous Social Work Committee and Council Member, Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW), and Dean of Indigenous Social Work, Maskwacis Cultural College

While all in the regulatory community are welcome, this workshop may be of particular interest to management and senior management of regulatory bodies, Board/Council members of regulatory bodies, and senior staff who support Boards/Councils.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm ET

Mike Saks

Claire Ramlogan-Salanga        Daniel Faulkner Wilda Listener Bradley Chisholm



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