Melanie Woodbeck Appointed Registrar and Executive Director of the College of Dietitians of Ontario

Posted: October 19, 2021

Publié le 19 October 2021

The College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Melanie Woodbeck, BA, MPA to the role of Registrar and Executive Director, effective October 25, 2021.

Ms. Woodbeck began her career in the health regulatory sector in 2006 with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. In 2013, she joined the College of Opticians of Ontario as Manager, Professional Programs & Quality Assurance, before her appointment to Deputy Registrar in 2018. During her tenure, she led several transformative projects, including the organization’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) strategy, and was instrumental in the realignment of multiple operational and governance processes.

“The appointment of Melanie Woodbeck marks an exciting new chapter in the history of the College,” says CDO Council President Kerri LaBrecque, RD. “As the College embarks on the modernization of its governance model, Melanie’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of board governance and organizational planning will be instrumental to our success. Melanie’s operational leadership will ensure that the College continues to be at the forefront of protecting the public through accountability, transparency and fairness as a health regulator in the province of Ontario.”

Ms. Woodbeck  holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University. She recently completed a comprehensive professional leadership program through the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and continuing education in change management from Western University.

"I look forward to leading the College in delivering regulatory and operational excellence through a right-touch approach that is evidence- and risk-based, transparent and innovative, while ensuring that our public protection mandate is always at the forefront," says Ms. Woodbeck. 

“As regulated health professionals, dietitians are qualified to offer safe, competent and ethical dietetic services to Ontarians,” Ms. Woodbeck continues. “I look forward to meeting College members and ensuring that the profession continues to maintain its high professional standards in the interest of public protection.”

The College of Dietitians of Ontario regulates the profession of dietetics in the province under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and the Dietetics Act, 1991.