CDO Celebrates 30 Years of Achievements in Advancing Public Protection and Professional Excellence

Posted: December 22, 2023

Publié le 22 December 2023

CDO marks 30 years of excellence in public health and professionalism.

The College of Dietitians of Ontario proudly marks its 30th anniversary this year, reflecting on a remarkable journey of accomplishments and steadfast commitment to public protection and professional excellence.

Founding and Inauguration

In 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) introduced comprehensive regulation for 21 health professions, laying the foundation for CDO's establishment. The Transitional Council, formed in 1992, played a pivotal role in shaping the College, with the official inauguration taking place on December 31, 1993.

Evolution in IT & Communications

Throughout its history, CDO has embraced technological advancements to better serve its stakeholders. The organization published its first newsletter in 1992 and launched a website in 1998. Notably, the online public register and annual reports went live in 2007 and 2012, respectively. In 2022, CDO website achieved a significant milestone of one million pageviews, while active engagement expanded across five social media platforms.

Professional Practice Advancements

CDO's commitment to professional practice is evident in various initiatives. The introduction of the Self-Directed Learning (SDL) tool in 1996 and the hosting of roadshows and workshops since 2002 exemplify the College's dedication to continuous improvement. The evolution towards an "Enabling Model Behaviours" approach in 2019 further demonstrates CDO's innovative stance in promoting excellence and ethical standards.

Registration Milestones

Since the enactment of the registration regulation in 1994, CDO has continually adapted to meet the evolving needs of its members. The introduction of the registration exam in 1997, the requirement for professional liability insurance in 2011, and the launch of fully electronic application processes in 2021 showcase the organization's commitment to maintaining high standards and facilitating entry into the profession.

Governance, Operations, and Collaboration

CDO's governance and operations have evolved with the times. The adoption of a remote work model in 2020, the formation of the EDI-B task force in 2021, and the current governance modernization work exemplify the organization's adaptability and commitment to inclusivity. Collaboration has been a cornerstone, with CDO being a key participant in the Ontario health regulators' network and the Alliance, among other partnerships.

Reflecting on the Past, Looking to the Future

As CDO celebrates its 30th anniversary, it recognizes the unwavering dedication of its team, board members, committee members, and partners who have contributed to its success. While the organization has matured and refined its approach to regulation over the years, its commitment to the public interest remains unchanged.

In acknowledging the achievements and progress made, we express gratitude to the committed individuals who have shaped CDO's journey. The organization looks forward to the future, preparing to embark on a new strategic plan, setting priorities, and continuing its mission to make the provincial health regulation a better place through its regulatory efforts.