Ordre des sage-femmes du Québec

Board of Directors and Committees

Board of Directors

The OSFQ is held accountable by the Minister responsible for the application of professional legislation with respect to compliance with the law and professional midwifery practice. The OSFQ is also a member of the Office des professions responsible for ensuring that professional associations fulfill their mission of protecting the public.

The Professional Code defines the structure of professional associations.

Each professional association is governed by a Board of Directors responsible for running the association, enforcing acts and regulations and controlling the exclusive practice of midwifery.

The Board of Directors is made up of six officers elected by the members and two administrators nominated by the Office des professions. The mandate of an administrator is four years.

The OSFQ held elections in April 2015.

Members of the Board of Directors, OSFQ 2015-2016:

Marie-Ève St-Laurent,

Midwife

Presidente

Julie Pelletier,

Midwife

Vice-presidente

Annie Bronsard,

Midwife

Marie-Paule Lanthier,

Midwife

Administrator

Déborah Lavaill,

Midwife

Administrator

Céline Lemay,

Midwife

Administrator

Julie Coulombe Godbout,

Administrator nominated by the Office des professions

Pierre Brazé,

Administrator nominated by the Office des professions

Committees

Professional inspection committee

Mandate

The purpose of professional inspection is to ensure the competence of members and the quality of their work. It improves the profession by identifying problems to correct in the exercise by members of their profession.

At the request of the Board of Directors, the syndic, a member, of the public or on its own initiative, the Professional Inspection Committee may proceed with an individual inspection of a member’s professional proficiency.

Members

Saïda Hamzaoui,

Midwife

presidente

Isabelle Gascon,

Midwife

Geneviève Bélanger,

Midwife

Marie-Andrée Morisset,

Midwife

Inspectors

Mejda Shaiek,

Midwife

Andréanne Boucher,

Midwife

Marika Paré,

Midwife

Sinclair Harris,

Midwife

Parvin Makhzani,

Midwife

Board of syndics

Mandate

Pursuant to section 122 of the Professional Code, each professional association has an office of the syndic. The mandate of the office is to investigate complaints brought to its attention.

What is a syndic?

The syndic is a midwife nominated by the Order’s Board of Directors to respond to requests for investigation received by the Order.

The syndic launches an investigation upon receipt of information indicating that a midwife has committed an offense under the Professional Code or the Midwives Act and its regulations. On his/her own initiative or at the request from the Board of Directors, the syndic can file a formal complaint with the Disciplinary Council for any justifiable complaint against a midwife.

Members

Anne Goubayon,

Midwife

syndic member

You may send your request for an investigation along with written proof, where necessary, to the following address:

Bureau de la Syndique
4126, rue Saint-Denis, bureau 300
Montréal (Québec) H2W 2M5

syndic@osfq.org

Disciplinary council

Mandate

The Disciplinary Council is informed of all formal complaints filed against a professional who has committed an offence within the meaning of the Professional Code, the Midwifes Act and the Code of ethics or regulations adopted under these laws.

When a formal complaint is filed with the Disciplinary Council, particularly by the Board of Syndics, the Disciplinary Council holds a hearing.

The Council is made up of three midwives nominated by the Board of Directors of the OSFQ and a president designated by the government, the nominations concern practising attorneys with at least ten years of experience at the Barreau du Québec.

Members

Me Réjean Blais,

Lawyer

president

Sylvie Lavallée,

Lawyer

secretary

Tobbi-Lynn Bayarova,

Midwife

Katie Drolet,

Midwife

Josée Lafrance,

Midwife

Françoise Dufresne,

Midwife

Decisions made by the Disciplinary Council since January 1st, 2008 are available free of charge on the CanLII website.

Review committee

Mandate

Pursuant to section 123.3 of the Professional Code and at the request of a person who has asked the syndic for an investigation, the Review Committee is mandated to provide a notice relative to the decision, by the syndic, to not make a formal complaint against a member of OSFQ before the Disciplinary Council. The committee is made up of three midwives and a representative of the public.

Members

Marleen Dehertog,

Midwife

Marie-Andrée Martineau,

Midwife

Huguette Picard,

Public representative

Raymonde Gagnon,

Midwife

Surveillance of illegal practice

Mandate

The OSFQ has established a Professional Inspection Committee to investigate reports of illegal practice concerning individuals who are not members of the Order who use the title of midwife, a title or initials that could lead someone to believe that they are a midwife, or who practise a professional activity reserved for members of the OSFQ.

Members

Cynthia Plourde,

Midwife

Johanne Royer,

Midwife

You will find all court decisions and penalties at Cour du Québec.

Professional Development Committee

Mandate

To identify continuing education needs among members of the OSFQ.

To make recommendations to the Board of Directors on choices concerning effective management of continuing education for midwives: professional standard, regulation, policy or guideline.

To prepare a document and present it for approval to the Board of Directors:

      • type of continuing education activities recognized for midwives

      • methods

    • implementation

    • follow-up methods and support from the OSFQ

To make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning the accreditation of selected training by the Committee.

To collaborate with other OSFQ committees dealing with continuing education, like the Professional Inspection Committee.

To inform the Board of Directors of all relevant information and carry out any task entrusted to the Committee by the Board of Directors.

To write an annual report on the Committee’s activities.

Members

Sinclair Harris,

Midwife

Rachida Amrane,

Midwife

Geneviève Bélanger,

Midwife

Mongia Saïd,

Midwife

Laurence Gauthier Boudreau,

Midwife

Committee on training of midwives

Mandate

The Committee is consultative in nature and mandated to examine questions concerning the quality of midwife training, in consideration of the respective and complementary abilities of the OSFQ, university education institutions and the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.

For more information, refer to the Regulation respecting the training committee of the midwives.

Members

Marie-Eve St-Laurent,

Midwife

president of the OSFQ

Johanne Savoie,

Midwife

OSFQ representative

Lucie Hamelin,

CRÉPUQ representative

Raymonde Gagnon,

Midwife

Crépuq représentative

Maryse Champagne,

Representative designated by MEESR

Admission

Mandate

In accordance with the Regulation respecting standards for equivalence of diplomas and training for the issue of a permit by the Ordre des sages-femmes du Québec (L.R.Q.,c. C-26,a. 93,part.c and c.1), the Committee must:

      • Analyze and study the files of midwives trained outside Quebec (In Canada: reciprocal agreement) seeking to have their diploma recognized or training acknowledged to obtain an OSFQ license.

      • Analyze and study the files of French candidates, taking into account the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

      • Present recommendations based on the requirements (internship and/or training) concerning candidates to the Board of Directors of the OSFQ.

Members

Marie-Paule Lanthier,

Midwife

elected by the BOARD OF DIRECTORS to be their representative

Lucie Hamelin,

Midwife

elected by the BOARD OF DIRECTORS to be their representative

Saïda Hamzaoui,

Midwife

Sinclair Harris,

Midwife

Parvin Makhzani,

Midwife

Sarah Kelly,

Midwife

Morbidity and perinatal mortality study and investigation committee

Mandat

 

Members

Johanne Gagnon,

Midwife

Caroline Paquet,

Midwife

Marie-Hélène Théberge,

Midwife

Manon Lachapelle,

Midwife