In Conversation With….How Regulation Works

Posted On: March 9, 2023

19/04/23 – This session is at capacity and registration has been closed. Thank you to everyone for your interest.

Date: April 20, 2023
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Virtual (video conference)
Cost: Free

The Ontario regulatory model has undergone change over the last several years. Originally seen to be a model of self-regulation by a profession, it has increasingly moved more towards a partnership between the public and the profession. Through these changes, we have seen increased public interest and participation in the regulation of the professions through direct participation in the regulatory processes and growing involvement by the Government of Ontario on behalf of the public.

While government participation in the regulation of the professions isn’t new, it has come of age as public demands for accountability, oversight, and transparency increase.

In our latest In Conversation With session, featuring the CEO of the College, Andrew Parr, and the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Director of Health Workforce Regulatory Oversight Branch, Allison Henry, we will explore:

  • The roles of the Ministry of Health and the College in the development of the regulation of naturopaths.
  • The processes surrounding regulation change.
  • The Ministry’s new oversight process for all health regulatory colleges.
  • Thoughts on how the public/profession partnership may evolve in the coming years.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear directly from, and pose questions to, the source!

If you’d like to attend this event, please click here to register now.

Attendees are also invited to submit their questions in advance, which will allow our panel to answer more questions in greater detail. Click here to submit your questions.


Panel Members


Andrew Parr, CAE

Andrew Parr is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, the regulatory authority governing naturopathic doctors in Ontario. He was first appointed to the College during its formative stages in August 2010 and, upon proclamation of the Naturopathy Act, 2007 in July 2015 was formally re-appointed by the new Council.

Prior to joining the College, Andrew had been working in the not-for-profit sector for 20 years including eight of which he served as the Executive Director and CEO of the association for registered massage therapists in Ontario.  Andrew has also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Association Executives-Trillium Chapter for ten years through a successful association management firm he had established.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in politics from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and has attained his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time at the lake with his husband of 30 years and his delightful pups, Chandler and Gunther.


Allison Henry

Allison Henry is the Director of the Health Workforce Regulatory Oversight Branch for the Ontario Ministry of Health and has worked in the Ontario Public Service for over twenty years.

Allison’s Branch in the ministry is responsible for overseeing the development of policies and regulations related to the 26 regulated health professions governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and has worked extensively on federal/provincial/ territorial issues such as labour mobility, entry to practice credentials and the oversight of personal support workers.   Her team was also responsible for the development of the College Performance Measurement Framework the first of its kind in Canada.

Prior to her role as Director of her current Branch, Allison spent some time as the Director in the Ministry’s Nursing Policy and Innovation Branch.  In that role, her team developed and implemented policies, strategies, initiatives and programs that support nursing education, recruitment and retention for Ontario’s nursing workforce.

Allison holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree and Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from Western University and has completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Business.

When not at work, Allison can often be found riding her Peleton and walking her Labrador Retriever.  She resides in Ajax Ontario with her husband and two children.


Rita Gupta, Facilitator

Since 2005 Rita has facilitated over 100 sessions (single and multi-sessions) with project teams.  During that time, she has gained experience with a wide variety of facilitation techniques and processes, adapting processes to changing situations and the needs of the group.

Rita has also used her wealth of facilitation experience to train clients on developing facilitation skills.  She has taught 2-day introductory courses that combine topics such as facilitation practices, meeting management, managing group conflict, and decision-making techniques.

Rita has experience beyond that of facilitation.  She has over 20 years of experience as a Project Manager, including a management role of Director of a PMO at an IT consulting firm.  She also has several years developing and implementing Project Processes.  She is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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