Board of Directors

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.

Questions for the Board can be emailed to cpaboard@physiotherapy.ca

Latest News

  • Sarah Marshall is the new President-Elect of the CPA Board of Directors, acclaimed at the Board meeting in Victoria BC on May 26, 2016. Congratulations, Sarah! Sarah will succeed Linda Woodhouse as President at next year's spring Board of Directors meeting.
  • The Board is pleased to welcome two new Directors, also at the Board meeting in Victoria. Join us in congratulating Sandy Rennie and Viivi Riis!

Dr. Linda Woodhouse, President

Edmonton, Alberta

Since June 2015, Linda Woodhouse is the President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Linda was elected to the Board in 2012 for a three-year term. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and also holds research positions at the McCaig Institute and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Her work focuses on the evaluation of the effects of exercise and various muscular tissues on the physical functioning of patients with musculoskeletal diseases, cancer or various endocrinal problems. Linda has also made a major contribution to the advanced practice of physiotherapy and models for inter-professional care for patients with chronic illnesses. She obtained her degree in physiotherapy and her PhD from the University of Toronto. Linda also has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in the physiology of exercise from the University of Western Ontario. She serves as Chair of the CEO Evaluation Committee and is ex-officio on all Board committees. Linda also holds the David Magee Endowed Chair's position at University of Alberta and was the Scientific Director of the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services from 2012-2015. 

Sarah Marshall (President-Elect)

Montréal, Québec

Sarah was elected to the Board in 2014. She graduated from McGill University in 1984 with a BSc (PT) and subsequently completed an MSc (Rehab Sci) in 2006. Having been a physiotherapist for 30 years, her experience as a clinician ranges from tertiary care hospital to orthopedic/sports private practice, to long term care and short term psychiatry. Sarah was the first SPC Diploma Sport Physiotherapist from Québec, and she is the co-author of a sports taping textbook. She was involved in SPC for 25 years. Currently, she is on faculty at McGill’s School of Physical & Occupational Therapy as the Director’s Academic Associate and teaches in the physiotherapy program. She currently sits on the Board Governance Committee (Chair), and the CEO Evaluation Committee. She also serves as Board Liaison to CCPUP.

Sarah was elected President-elect in 2016. She was elected to the Board in 2014.

Dianne Millette

Edmonton, Alberta

Dianne is the Registrar and CEO of Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association located in Edmonton, Alberta. Dianne's career has included clinical practice, health administration and many years in regulatory affairs.  She is the Past President of the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and is a current member of the Board of Directors, Special Olympics Alberta.   Dianne is a physiotherapist and holds a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto. She currently sits on the Board Insurance Risk Management Committee and the CEO Evaluation Committee. She also serves (with Sandra Lamb) as the Board Liaison to the National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly (NPAA).

Dianne was elected to the CPA Board of Directors in 2014 for a three-year term.

Dr. Oren Cheifetz

Hamilton, Ontario

Oren was elected to the Board in 2014 for a three-year term. Oren works at Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton Ontario since 1996 when he graduated from Queen's University. He completed his research Masters degree at the University of Western Ontario, and his Doctorate studies at McMaster University. He successfully completed the Clinical Specialist program through the CPA in the field of Oncology. His clinical work and research activity focuses on people diagnosed with cancer, and he was the inaugural Chair of the Oncology Division and the Oncology Interest Group of the World Confederation of Physical Therapists. Oren is a founding partner of the Canadian Cancer Rehabilitation and Education Institute and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Sciences. He currently sits on the Board Finance Committee (as Chair) and serves as Board Liaison to the National Student Assembly (NSA).

Oren was elected to the Board in 2014 for a three-year term.

Jennifer Cummings

Havelock, Ontario

Jennifer was re-elected to the Board in 2014 for a second three-year term. Recently retired, she has worked as a clinician, department manager, consultant, and director in the fields of risk, quality and patient safety. She served as President of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association from 1994 to 1995 and President of the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada from 2001 to 2006. Jennifer is a graduate of Carleton University (Mathematics), the University of Toronto BScPT program and the Queen’s University Master in Public Administration program. She currently sits on the Board Governance Committee, the Insurance Risk Management Committee, and serves as Board Liaison to the Division Chairs Committee (DCC).

Jennifer was re-elected to the Board in 2014 for a second three-year term.

Marci Squires

Toronto, Ontario

As Board External Director, Marci is currently working as Vice-President, Capital Markets Risk Management at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto since 2000, Marci brings broad risk management and focus on operational risk requirements experience to the Board. Her strong strategic planning and leadership skills are also an asset. Marci currently serves as Chair of the Board Insurance Risk Management Committee and on the CEO Evaluation Committee.

Marci joined the CPA Board as External Director in 2013.

Sandra Lamb

Vancouver, British Columbia

Sandra was elected to the Board in 2015 as the Physiotherapist Assistant Board Director.

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. She currently sits on the Board Governance Committee, and also serves (with Dianne Millette) as the Board Liaison to the National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly.

Sandra was elected to the Board in 2015.

Fred Horne

Edmonton, Alberta

Fred Horne served as Alberta’s Minister of Health from 2011 to 2014, and joined CPA’s Board of Directors as External Director in June, 2015.  Fred has worked in health policy for over 30 years, and has extensive experience working with governments, research and not-for-profit organizations, and the private sector.  Now a consultant in private practice, Fred is a frequent speaker and panelist on health system issues in Canada, and recently joined the University of Alberta as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health.

Fred was elected to the Board as an external Director in June 2015.

Dr. Sandy Rennie

Ottawa, Ontario

Sandy 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. Sandy worked as a sports physiotherapist, and volunteered at many different local, national and international events, including Olympic, Pan American and Commonwealth Games. 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 was elected to the Board in 2016.

Viivi Riis

Collingwood, Ontario

Viivi joined the Board in 2016 for a three year term.  She 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 BScPT program and received a master’s degree from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2008.  She holds a status only 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. She currently sits on the Board Risk Committee and serves as Board liaison to the Student Assembly.

Viivi was elected to the Board in 2016.