New Public Members, Academic Representative

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The College is pleased to welcome five new public members to Council

Dr. Lydia Miljan

Dr. Lydia Miljan, of Kingsville, has been teaching political science at the University of Windsor since 2001, first as an assistant professor and since 2007 as an associate professor. She has also served Assistant Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Miljan teaches in the areas of Canadian public policy, research methodology, elections, and politics and the media. Her recent work examines municipal policy, electoral reform, and fiscal policy.

Mr. Jose Cordeiro

Mr. Jose Cordeiro of Markham, recently retired as a Senior Office for the Portuguese Consulate General in Toronto. As the official representative of the Portuguese government, Mr. Cordeiro served Portuguese citizens living in Ontario and Manitoba. Such duties included assisting with Civil Registrations (Birth, Marriage and Death). and Passport and ID card renewals. He also provided information about Portugal’s tourism and investments to Canadian citizens.

Ms. Nadia M Joseph

Ms. Nadia M. Joseph of London, has a background in finance, working most recently for TD Ameritrade, leading a large team of US brokers for several years. She has also been a small business advisor for TD Bank Financial Group. She was educated at Dalhousie University.

Ms. Linda Robbins

Ms. Linda Robbins of Ajax, is a former account receivable/payable administrator for Northwood Development, and a former business analyst/advisor for Bell Canada. Her community involvement includes serving as a coordinator for PROBUS, and a hostess for Canadian Blood Service.

Mr. Murky Ghandikota

Mr. Murthy Ghandikota, of Toronto, has spent the last several years as a public member on the Council of different health regulators. For the previous six years, he was a public member for the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Mr. Ghandikota has also been a member of both the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

New Academic Representative

Dr. Karen Saperson

Dr. Karen Saperson is the new academic representative from McMaster University.

Dr. Karen Saperson is Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences and a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

She completed her medical degree at the University of Cape Town in 1983 and her psychiatry residency at Queen’s University in 1992. She has Founder Status at the Royal College for the subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry and is the Academic Head of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McMaster, having previously served as the clinical Head of Service for geriatric psychiatry at St Joseph’s Healthcare from 1999-2009. She is a past chair of the Royal College Examination Board in Psychiatry.

Dr. Saperson is the recipient of several teaching awards including the 2009 Lois Ross Teaching Award from CAIR (Canadian Association Interns and Residents) recognizing outstanding contributions to the advancement of resident life in Canada, the 2012 Association of Chairs of Psychiatry Canada Award for excellence in education and the 2017 Royal College AMS Wilson Award for Education.