Ontario Opticianry Registrar Appointed to Head Premiere International Council of Regulators

    TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Caroline MacIsaac-Power, the Registrar of the
College of Opticians of Ontario, has been acclaimed as the President-Elect of
the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) at the CLEAR
annual conference held last week in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the second
Canadian designated to head CLEAR in its 28 year history. Her term as
President will begin following the next annual CLEAR conference scheduled for
September 10-12, 2009 in Denver Colorado.
    "I couldn't possibly be prouder to be honored by the membership of CLEAR
in this way," stated Ms. MacIsaac-Power. "It is a pleasure to work with such
an incredibly talented group of professionals who are so obviously dedicated
to public protection." Canadian professional regulators have a lot to offer
regulators in other countries, and have much to learn from other
jurisdictions. "In order to be successful we must work more closely with
regulators in other countries so we all improve how we handle issues of
international professional mobility, assessing foreign credentials, promoting
interprofessional collaboration and achieving more consistency in entry to
practice competencies and standards of practice." Ms. MacIsaac-Power expressed
her pride that CLEAR is spearheading such an exchange via its first
International Congress on Professional and Occupational Regulation in Dublin,
Ireland on July 2-3, 2009. www.clearhq.org
    Ms. MacIsaac-Power further commented on the dichotomy between borders
becoming less permeable for security reasons and at the same time broadening
for purposes of professional and occupational mobility. "Maintaining the
appropriate balance falls on the professional and occupational regulatory
bodies with the primary focus on public protection and safety."
    "Canadian regulators have accumulated substantial experience with
interjurisdictional mobility because of our Agreement on Internal Trade, the
pending Ontario-Québec agreement, NAFTA and the GATS negotiations," she
explained. "I think this is a distinct value-added that I and my regulatory
colleagues from Canada can bring to CLEAR as its members grapple with similar
mobility issues in their own jurisdictions."
    CLEAR's membership consists of representation from approximately 400
regulatory colleges, boards, and other government or private sector
organizations or individuals primarily from the United States, Canada, United
Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. CLEAR promotes regulatory excellence through
research, conferences, educational programs, networking and publications.
    Caroline McIsaac-Power is a registered optician working with the College
of Opticians of Ontario since 1998, she became Registrar 2003. The College
regulates the 2500 Opticians who are registered to practise the profession in
Ontario under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Opticianry
Act, 1991. She is a resident of Bailieboro, Ontario where she lives with her
two children Sydney and Ashley.

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For further information:

For further information: Caroline MacIsaac-Power, (416) 368-3616 ext.

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