About The Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation

Vision, Mission, Values, Beliefs and Strategic Goals; Board of Directors and Contact Information

The Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation became a reality on May 17, 1983. The first Board of Governors consisted of three prominent Occupational Therapists: Karen Goldenberg, President; Dr. Thelma Cardwell, Vice President and Dr. Isobel Robinson, Secretary / Treasurer.

The purpose of the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation has always been to support research and scholarship in the field of occupational therapy. The Foundation’s focus has been on generating, receiving and maintaining funds and developing mechanisms for granting awards to individuals and organizations for research and scholarships.

From 1983 to 1995, COTF and CAOT shared office space in Toronto. When CAOT relocated to Ottawa in 1995, COTF remained in Toronto. However, a decision was made in 2002 for the Foundation to once again share office space with CAOT in order to foster a synergistic relationship which would benefit the entire occupational therapy community. From 2004 to 2015, COTF shared CAOT’s office space and services in Ottawa. Since 2015, COTF still in Ottawa, has enjoyed its own working environment.


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Support knowledge development that is relevant to and builds a strong evidence base for clinical practice;

Inform better practice by facilitating knowledge translation and availability in a form and manner that meets the needs of clinicians;

Enable a professional culture that supports the full participation of clinicians in the development and implementation of evidence-based practice.


Accountability: COTF considers that the Board, Executive Director and all staff to be accountable to donors, partners and recipients of awards and scholarships.

Honesty: COTF will conduct all interactions in a respectful and ethical manner which protects the privacy of its donors.

Fairness: COTF will demonstrate fairness in the processes that the Board establishes and respect for due process.

Transparency: COTF will create an environment that is accessible and responsive to donors, partners and the occupational therapy community.

Innovation: The COTF Board is committed to improving the operations of COTF by providing leadership to implement innovative practices to better serve its donors, partners and the occupational therapy community.


  • COTF is a vehicle for advancing the profession through research.
  • Research is a crucial element of evidence-based practice, which translates to best practice.
  • Research is an important investment in our profession’s future.
  • Research occurs both in academic and clinical settings.
  • Research needs to be national in scope and cover all the realms (different scopes/sub disciplines) of occupational therapy.
  • Profession shows leadership in its financial investment in research.
  • Public awareness of the profession is fundamental for fundraising.
  • COTF funded research is disseminated to members of the profession and the public.


1. Support knowledge development that is relevant to and builds a strong evidence base for clinical practice.

2. Inform better practise by facilitating knowledge translation and availability in a form and manner that meets the needs of clinicians.

3. Enable a professional culture that supports the full participation of clinicians in the development and implementation of evidence based research.


COTF is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of occupational therapists and representatives of related organizations, educational institutions, and industry. These individuals provide fiscal and legal oversight of the Foundation’s resources and ensure the Foundation’s programs are consistent with its mandate.

Marjorie Hackett, President:

Marjorie Hackett has been an Occupational Therapist for more than 37 years working in many areas of the profession; as a clinician in hospital settings, home care, long term care, Veteran’s Affairs (VAC), both in the disciplines of mental health and physical health. She worked at developing programs at the national level for Veterans Affairs and was a consultant to the National Health Care Team of VAC for many years. Currently, she co-manages Occupational and Recreational Services at the mental health facility in Charlottetown, supervising 10 OT Assistants.

Marjorie recognizes the value of OT research that has fortified her practice, particularly as a clinician, but she values scholarship and research in all aspects of the profession.

Marjorie, who has some fundraising experience, joined the COTF Board in October 2010 having been exposed to the important fundamental work of the Foundation while being PEI’s Board Director to CAOT (1999-2006). This understanding of the work of COTF allowed her to commit her energies to support research/scholarship for evidence to show Canadians that OT is a vital partner in sustaining their wellbeing.  

Marjorie was Vice President on October 1, 2014 and became the first president from Atlantic Canada on October 1, 2015. She sends a challenge out to all Occupational Therapists in Canada to donate to their Foundation!

Miranda Aubin, Treasurer:

Miranda is a CPA, CMA from Ottawa. She has worked in finance and accounting for over 7 years, and while she has worked in many industries, she is currently focused on start-ups. She enjoys helping newly founded companies fund raise, budget, and plan their go to market strategies.

Miranda joined the COTF Board of Directors in January 2016.

Adriana Vaduva, Secretary:

Adriana completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and World Literature at the University of Toronto where she graduated with distinction in 2007. She attended law school at Queen’s University where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2010 and she was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011. Later that same year, Adriana joined Suboch Law as an Associate. Since the summer of 2018, she has been with Mazo Chowbay Personal Injury Lawyers.

During law school, Adriana was President of the Queen’s Law Human Rights Association. She also gained valuable experience representing low-income clients at the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic. Adriana spent her summers as a student at a litigation firm in Toronto where she also completed her articles. During this time, Adriana gained valuable experience in the areas of class action and personal injury law. Adriana is committed to representing plaintiffs in personal injury matters. In her spare time, Adriana enjoys travelling, dancing and spending time with her family and friends.

Adriana joined the COTF Board of Directors in November 2016. She has been the Secretary since November 2017.

Marat Altinbaev:

Marat is currently an associate at OMERS Private Equity in Toronto, having joined OMERS in 2015. Prior to joining OMERS, Marat was an analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions team in investment banking at TD Securities.

Marat has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with Honours from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also a CFA® charter holder.

Marat joined the COTF board in January 2017.

Katie Churchill:

Katie Churchill is the provincial Senior Practice Lead for Practice Based Research with Alberta Health Services. She is an occupational therapist who has practiced across the continuum of care for academic hospitals in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. She possesses a drive for evidence-informed practice and has been actively involved in knowledge translation activities throughout her occupational therapy career. Katie holds adjunct appointments as Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta and as a Lecturer in Clinical Neurosciences at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Supporting COTF is a natural fit for Katie.  As a donor and a recipient of the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT) and COTF award in 2015, Katie knows firsthand the importance of supporting clinician driven research for occupational therapy.

Katie joined the COTF board of directors on October 1,  2018.

Barbara Code:

Barbara is an occupational therapist (retired 2017), who has served on the COTF Board since October 2013. She has 30 years experience with the department of Alberta Health, Government of Alberta. She has worked on cross ministry and stakeholder initiatives resulting in strategic health policy related to new community based service delivery models (i.e.: Alberta Aids to Daily Living, Urgent Care, Community Primary Care, Continuing Care / Support Living).

Barbara believes occupational therapists are well positioned to pursue key roles and responsibilities in the delivery and administration of community based care. She strongly believes in the identified need for a solid clinical research; research that demonstrates occupational therapy effectiveness in delivery of emerging new models of care.

Barbara understands the significance of provincial health legislation and health system reforms in Canada. She values the importance of constructive provincial health policy, and supports initiatives that strive to deliver high quality, fiscally responsible health care program and service models that enable Canadians to achieve optimal physical and emotional wellness, independence and quality of life.

Natalie MacLeod-Schroeder:

Natalie is a registered occupational therapist. She is the Director of Clinician Assessment Programs and an Instructor in College of Rehabilitation, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a certificate in adult and continuing education from the University of Manitoba. She is a doctoral candidate in Education at the University of Manitoba.

Natalie’s experience includes the development of professional standards and guidelines, development and support of allied health research, the assessment and training of internationally educated occupational therapists, and leadership in continuing professional development initiatives for health professionals.

She is a strong advocate for occupational therapy research and evidence-based and the Mission and Vision of COTF.

Natalie joined the COTF Board of Directors in October 2015.

Lynn Shaw:

Lynn’s interest in being a board member of COTF stems from having been a recipient of a COTF scholarship in the past and believing in the importance of small grants to leverage and start a program of research as a novice academic. In addition, it is equally important to continue to build ways to engage academics and students in research to help develop clinician OT scientists who can practice and do research. In Lynn’s view, it is critical for OT to have strategic research directions that build the knowledge base for the future that can lead to evidence based interventions that have impact in society. This includes being knowledgeable about the importance of interprofessional approaches while maintaining a robust research agenda in Occupational Therapy. 

As a COTF director, Lynn brings to the team the research knowledge and helps support the board in making decisions that are inclusive of all researchers, academics, clinicians and consumers in participating in research applications and applying to funds. Equally, she will work with the board to shape the future of contributions to meaningful national OT priorities for research. Applications for awards are also imperative to honouring and positioning the leaders in occupational therapy to continue to pursue career objectives and be leaders in society.

Lynn joined the COTF board of directors on October 1,  2018.

Chantal Viscogliosi:

Chantal Viscogliosi is an occupational therapist who has worked in different clinical settings (out patient centres and hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centres). After completing a master’s degree in the development of group intervention for people with mild cognitive impairment and a thesis on the impact of cognitive deficits on social participation following a stroke and the role of caregivers in optimizing participation according to theses deficits, she has completed a postdoctoral fellowship about the contribution of Indigenous elders to intergenerational solidarity to develop individual and collective wellness. She has also worked in knowledge translation at the Centre d’expertise en santé de Sherbrooke, at the Centre universitaire de formation continue and at the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec. Through her involvement in these roles, she has been able to contribute to help clinicians in using research results and to bring clinical questions to researchers. Since July 2018, Chantal is a professor in occupational therapy at the Université de Sherbrooke. She likes to teach prevention and health promotion and as well as assessment and intervention in the area of cognition. Her research program aims to support the development of individual and collective strengths for people with cognitive impartment and Indigenous communities.

Chantal joined the COTF board of directors on October 1,  2018.

Cale Wadden:

Cale has a lifelong passion of working with individuals with disabilities, along with a strong entrepreneurial spirit to better the lives and partners he works with daily. He is a compassionate individual who values the importance of establishing a trusting relationship with his clients.

Cale graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and from Dalhousie University with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. Having worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, as well as a local provider and now as a manufacturer, Cale has a unique perspective of the healthcare industry. Travelling across Canada, educating on business development, best practices as well as healthcare products, Cale brings an expertise of medical equipment with a client focused approach. 

Cale is the Regional Sales Director of Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare in Canada that manufactures a complete line of medical products. The products include mobility products, sleep and respiratory products, beds, bariatric, wheelchairs, sleep surfaces and pressure prevention products, self-assist products, power operated wheelchairs, rehabilitation products, patient room equipment, personal care products and electrotherapy devices.

Cale joined the COTF Board of Directors on October 1, 2018.

Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation 
Suite #64, 2420 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1V 8S1

Phone: 1-613-319-6890

Office Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Executive Director:  Sangita Kamblé, Ph.D., CAE
Phone: 1-613-319-6890, ext. 101
To send an email to Sangita, click on e-mail

Executive Assistant: Anne McDonald
Phone: 1-613-319-6890, ext. 102
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