Rob Bryan, RRT, AA, A-EMCA, Past President, Chair, Executive Committee, MacKenzie Health Centre

RTSO member since 1991 and Board members since 2007

Served on the RTSO education and executive committee since 2008 to present including RTSO President from 2009-2010, 2012-2014 and Past President 2010-2011.

Current Portfolio and activities includes:
Accepted second 3 year position on the RTSO executive committee starting as President Elect for 2012-2014.

Our goal is to continue to develop strong relationships with our key stakeholders (CRTO, MOHLTC, CSRT, ORCS and RT education programs and institutions) enabling us to advocate for the profession as it relates to our practice in Ontario. We continue to develop new programs and revenue streams with a vision to create a full time professional advocacy program including a dedicated budgeted staff position in the front office. This will provide our profession consistent advocacy with all levels of local and provincial health care policy makers and stakeholders in Ontario.

Co-Lead for RTSO fundraising initiatives:
The summer of 2012 saw the launch of the RTSO Research and Academic Committee (RAC) with the goal of creating opportunities for RRTs in Ontario interested in research and or post graduate studies as well as to promote evidence based practices and knowledge translation. The RTSO introduced the first annual RTSO Golf Classic in 2012 which raised $6000.00 for the RTSO RAC. The intent of this program is to bring our corporate and practicing communities together to raise money for continuing education and academia. This year’s event is on track to raise more than $30,000.00 which will include the launch of a new bursary program within the RTSO RAC portfolio for RRTs registered in advanced practice certificate courses such as the Anaesthesia Assistant or Certified Asthma and COPD educators. So keep your ears to the ground for details regarding the annual RTSO Golf Classic.

Currently serving as the RTSO webmaster and co-Chair of Vendor Relations and Corporate Programs:
The RTSO website along with Airwaves has become a complex network of communication to allow RRTs and key stake holders to learn about relevant practice topics, job opportunities, professional advocacy issues, upcoming respiratory therapy education events, on-line resource information and respiratory care related internet links. The website also includes direct links and updates from other association, organizations and special alerts from key stakeholders that impact our practice in Ontario.

Our corporate programs serve as strategic networking and communications tools between our corporate community and the front line practicing therapists and RT leadership. Through our quarterly journal (the RTSO Airwaves), RTSO website (www.rtso.ca), CME programs, and our extensive practice networks including our membership database and special interest groups we have the tools to ensure that each and every RRT in the province of Ontario is always “in the know” and “on the cutting edge” of applied technology and advanced respiratory therapeutics as it is developed and introduced into practice by our colleagues and corporate community. I am very excited to be part of the 2013-14 RTSO board filled with passionate and enthusiastic Respiratory Therapists. You can be part of the energy and growth of the RTSO and our profession through volunteerism on one of the RTSO committees or simply through association membership. Help ensure we have a credible voice, help ensure are respected, and help ensure our future! Maintain your RTSO membership and encourage others to join!