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What Does It Mean To Be A Member Of A Self-Regulating Profession In 2021?

23 September 2021

The physiotherapy profession became a self-regulated profession in Alberta, governed by the then College of Physical Therapists of Alberta, over 35 years ago. Decades later, does professional self-regulation still matter?

In this session, we will make the case for professional self-regulation and discuss:

  • What would it mean if physiotherapists were not self-regulated?
  • What do regulators like Physiotherapy Alberta mean when we talk about protecting the public interest, and why does that focus matter?
  • What happens when regulators fail to put public interest ahead of that of the profession?


Shenda Tanchak has 25 years of experience in the regulatory sector. She is an experienced leader both in appointed and elected positions. In addition to working as a CEO and Registrar of the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario, Shenda was President of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario and Chair of a pan-Canadian Registrar’s Committee. Shenda began working as a consultant in the professional regulation sector in 2019.

Before beginning her consulting practice and her Chief Executive roles, Shenda had worked as an investigator, complaints committee manager, policy manager, director and senior advisor. She has extensive experience in working closely with Boards, helping them to maximize performance outcomes at the individual member and collective level. Before her career in regulation, Shenda practiced law and worked in advertising and public relations.

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Course Materials

What Does It Mean To Be A Member Of A Self-Regulating Profession In 2021 Handout

Note: Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association operates as The College of Physiotherapist of Alberta as of April 2022

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