How Your Regulator Can Enable Your Professional Practice

Presenter: Harry Cayton, International Advisor on Professional Regulation & Governance

Professionalism is receiving far more recognition than ever before as it leads to strong reputation, a high-level of work ethic and ultimately, to workplace excellence. In this session, Harry evaluates the Professional Governance Act (PGA) and various regulations, bylaws and practice guides as tools to professionalism and risk prevention. When utilizing such tools, a framework is established where professionalism can flourish and organizations can be successful.

Harry’s career spans special education, disability rights, public policy and the role of regulation in promoting the public good. Consistent themes have been consumer interests, public engagement, and promoting wellbeing. He currently works as an advisor on professional regulation and governance. He developed the principles of ‘Right-touch Regulation’ which have influenced professional regulators around the world.

In 2018, he completed a statutory Inquiry into College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act in British Columbia at the request of the Minister of Health. The recommendations in his report have brought about changes in the governance of the College and informed the provincial government’s plans for health regulation reform.

Other recent or current clients include, The College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the Food & Health Administration, Hong Kong, Professional Engineers Ontario, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Veterinary Council of Ireland. In 2019-20, he was an advisor to the Independent Medical Devices Safety Review, established by the Department of Health, England.

A popular and regular speaker at international conferences, Harry has published more than fifty articles, papers and book chapters and has received a number of awards. Harry holds degrees in English Studies, Anthropology and Special Education. Following a lifelong interest in the arts, he is currently studying history of art at the Courtauld Institute, University of London.