Essentials to Know During the Program

Annual Events
    • CAOT Conference: OT professionals and OT students will be exploring OT through presentation, discussion, exchange of ideas and research. For the deadline for the “Call for Papers” and other details, visit CAOT’s website at


    • Thelma Cardwell Research Day
      In 1997, the University of Toronto established The Thelma Cardwell Annual Lecture Series to honour one of Occupational Therapy’s most prestigious alumna, Thelma Cardwell. Thelma Cardwell graduated with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1942, and went on to a distinguished career at the University of Toronto, where she was Acting Director from 1980 until her retirement in 1983. She made an outstanding contribution to her profession particularly in her role with the professional associations. In 1966 she became the first occupational therapist and first woman to hold the position of President of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). She was president of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 1967-72, founder, Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation and its Vice President, 1983-85, and recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal in 1977. She received an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University in 1985. The endowment fund for this lecture series provides resources for the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to invite annually a distinguished visitor who will give a public lecture and meet with students, faculty and clinicians.One of the most recent guest speakers was celebrated Canadian mental health advocate: Margaret Trudeau Kemper, Making Tough Choices (2008).
  • Student Research Symposium
    Held in June of each year, in conjunction with the Thelma Cardwell Lecture, the Annual Student Research Symposium showcases the Year Two student research Projects. MScOT students are actively engaged in the research process from when they select and begin to work on their research topic in Term 3, and throughout their second year as part of the Graduate Research Project course. The Symposium and their final research paper mark the culmination of their efforts. The projects are all carried out under the skillful supervision of either faculty, or community-based researchers who willingly and generously give of their time and expertise. The expectation is that the students’ work will benefit both the student and the supervisors and that the projects are a positive and productive experience for all. All students, faculty, and supervisors attend the Symposium, and an invitation is also extended to the clinical community. Symposium abstracts and the program schedule are made available on the Department’s website in advance of the day.
Audio-Visual and Computer Equipment Booking & Use

The Department has the following electronic equipment in very limited quantities (generally 1-3 of each) which is made available to students for their use for practicing presentations, doing research work, etc.:

  • Laptop Computers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Digital Voice Recorder
  • Camcorders
  • Electronic Projector
  • Polycom Teleconferencing Machine
  • Computer cables
  • Transcribers

The use of the Departmental equipment may be requested in person or via email directed to Planning ahead is thoroughly recommended. The student is required to fill a sign-out sheet when borrowing the equipment.

Committee Involvement

There are many opportunities for OT students to get involved outside of their studies. In the Department of OT, select students can serve on the following committees: Community Relations, Professional Curriculum (PCC), Research (RC), and the Student Affairs (SAC).

  • Community Relations Committee (CRC)
    The purpose of the Community Relations Committee is to support the participation of the Department’s partners with their work on educational, planning and promotional activities. Our partners include the OT clinical community and clients as well as those organizations that support our work in the form of financial assistance and policy making. The objectives of the committee include fostering ongoing communication with our community partners, developing educational initiatives, promoting OT within the university and community, formally recognizing the contributions of our community partners, and collaborating with the OT Alumni in their promotional activities.
  • Professional Curriculum (PCC)
    The student role on the PCC Committee is to bring feedback about curriculum issues forward to the meetings from their classmates. The Committee stresses that these issues must be shared by at least a few students and be related to more general issues (not course specific). The student members will also participate in the Annual Curriculum Retreat and bring forward a summary of issues from their class.
  • Research Committee (RC)
    The Research Committee provides mechanisms for individual faculty, as well as the Department as a whole, to achieve maximum potential in research activities. The committee provides support and leadership to Departmental research activities with such objectives as: providing opportunities and assistance to faculty in developing a shared research vision; providing a mechanism for internal review of grants prior to submission; administering the Judith Friedland fund; and, providing leadership in the Thelma Cardwell Lectureship and associated faculty development activities.
  • Student Affairs Committee (SAC)
    SAC is a very dynamic and active committee. The Committee’s responsibilities include admissions and recruitment; departmental website; student financial issues (e.g., student awards, scholarships, bursaries, housing); student counselling and support services; student evaluation and appeals. Student involvement is valued on this committee and student members will gain a better understanding of the services provided by the Department and the University to support the student experience.
Graduate Student Union - Supplementary Health Insurance Plan

OT students are automatically covered by this plan. The cost is included in the Graduate Student Union fees. The plan pays for some medical expenses not covered by OHIP or UHIP Please the Graduate Students Union for further information.

Information Technology and Email Help Desk
Email Announcements via Class Contact List

Students will be required to update their personal contact information for the departmental records, in particular their email address, so that they can be added to an OT Email Class Contact List by the first week of classes. Please contact the Program Manager for access to this list, as some use is restricted.

Lost and Found

A Lost and Found repository for St. George students is located in room 160, Rehabilitation Sciences Sector reception area. A repository for Mississauga students is located at the 2nd floor reception of the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex.

Name Changes

Official name changes are processed by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at 63 St. George Street. Please fill out the official SGS Name Change Form and submit it directly to SGS. This process is especially important prior to Convocation.

Posting of Marks

Final grades are reported as letter grades only on ACORN. However, students generally receive numerical grades on their assignments. If the student is concerned that there is a discrepancy, they should email the Program Manager as soon as possible.

Return of Assignments

Course instructors will generally return marked assignments and tests to students within the class room setting in the specific class for which the grade / mark is provided. If this is not possible, (e.g. the course has been completed) the course instructor will attempt to return the assignments or tests in a different class. If this is not possible, the exams or assignments will be left at OT reception for pick-up by the students during regular business hours.

Room Bookings

All room booking requests for students’ special events and group meetings must be made via email to Rooms should be returned to their standard set-up and left tidy for the next users.

Student Council

The OS&OT Student Council encourages participation in a variety of activities and events: athletic, social, academic, community and professional. The new Student Council President will address new students during their Orientation Week to discuss the elections which are generally held in the first two weeks of the academic year to fill the remaining Student Council positions (e.g. class representatives, etc).