CAPO and CBCPO members cast near unanimous votes in favour of amalgamation in October 2014 and provided overwhelming support to create Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC). That amalgamation took effect January 1, 2015. Amalgamating the two organizations is expected to achieve the following benefits:
Better able to advance the profession
- a national unified voice and message to build awareness and educate stakeholders
- reduced duplication and consolidation of processes
- improved communications, member services and programs
- planning process to identify priorities and appropriate resource allocation
- coordination and clarification of policies and procedures
- volunteers and administrative team dedicated to the needs of one organization
- a streamlined governance Board
- a committee structure that is effective and involves members
Realistically, the process for the former CAPO and CBCPO organizations to become one cohesive unit as OPC will take the entire 2015 year. That is because it takes time for internal and external forces to align behind the single entity. This alignment is facilitated by the development and adoption of a strategic plan, which is preceded by information gathering and analysis of the internal and external environments.
Amalgamation is a long road, and likely always longer than anticipated. Nevertheless, OPC will emerge a cohesive and more focused organization that can more effectively move the profession forward.