I love meeting clients from various backgrounds and walks of life, it educates me about the people in the world and their lifestyles.

Amy Halpenny, OT

The Council

Council Members

Andrea Petryk
President – Sherwood Park
Jennifer Lee
Vice-President – Calgary
Dr. Tom Smith
Public Member – Camrose
Tiffany Poltz
Public Member – Calgary

Elizabeth Taylor
Past President – Edmonton
Arwen Caines
Councillor – Calgary

Heidi Knupp
Councillor – Edmonton
Carrie Hait
Councillor – Edmonton
Whitney McKenzie
Councillor – Edmonton
Christie Bergman
Public Member – Beaumont

Strategic Plan

Council Elections

The term in office for a councillor is three years. Regulated OTs of the College are eligible to stand for election if they have practiced occupational therapy for a minimum of one year. To stand for election, a regulated OT must complete a nomination form. Regulated OTs interested in standing for election or requiring more information should contact the Chair, Nominations Committee at: council@acot.ca.

Council Meetings

We are governed by a Council that includes occupational therapists elected by their peers, and members of the public appointed by the Alberta government. To learn more about council discussions and decisions, look at our Council Minutes or our Directory of Motions.


Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), ACOT’s Council is responsible for governing the profession in the public’s interest. Council carries out this responsibility by developing and adhering to the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and Bylaws.