About ICAN

The International Cognitive Approaches Network (or ICAN) was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2019 to expand on the work begun by The CO-OP Academy. The inaugural  meeting of the Academy was held in Germany in 2009 and was given international endorsement at the Invitational CO-OP Meeting of researchers, clinicians, and educators from North America, Europe, and Australia held in Toronto in 2011.

Our Vision

From I can't to I CAN!

Our Mission

The ICAN, formerly known as “The CO-OP Academy”, is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to advance the development of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach and other cognitive approaches, to lead CO-OP knowledge translation, quality assurance and mentorship and to provide a forum for international networking among CO-OP researchers, trainers, practitioners and consumers. The ICAN also offers CO-OP courses and other relevant materials. 

Our Values

The ICAN values international collaboration, sharing, quality, responsibility, egalitarianism, excellence, integrity and diversity.


The ICAN is divided into 3 main areas: The Board of Directors, Staff Members, and Three Committees. Please see below for more information on each of these areas and the individuals that represent them. 


Board of Directors

Helene J. Polatajko
Professor Emeritus, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto (Canada).
ICAN Board: President



Deb Cameron, PhD, MEd, BScOT
International Fieldwork Coordinator, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy University of Toronto (Canada)
ICAN Board: Vice President, Regional Coordinator for Canada/USA



Noémi Cantin, Ph.D., erg.
Professor, Département d’ergothérapie Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada)
ICAN Board: Secretary




Rose Martini, PhD, OT Reg.(Ont.), OT(C)
Associate professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Occupational Therapy Program, University of Ottawa (Canada)
ICAN Board: Treasurer




Elsspeth H. Froude, PhD, GradDip(NeuroSc), BAppSc(OT)
Associate Professor – Australian Catholic University (Sydney, Australia)
ICAN board: International Member (Australia) - Community of Practice Committee (CoPC)




Hortensia Gimeno
Adjunct Senior Lecturer - King's College London (UK) Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, Evelina London Children's Hospital, London (UK)
ICAN board: International Member (UK) - Research





Ernestine Da Silva
Executive Administrator





Tammy Craig
Technical Support




Committee Members






Logo Policy

CO-OP instructors must use the CO-OP logo on communication mediums (e.g. pamphlets, websites) and inform ICAN of its usage. Others are not permitted to use the CO-OP logo without express permission of the ICAN's executive committee.