The Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium (ORTC) is developing innovative rehabilitation technology-based products and services that enhance the lives of persons with disabilities, their families and their communities. Initiated in 1991, the ORTC received a commitment of $15 million and a 10-year mandate from the Ontario Ministry of Health beginning January 1, 1992, under the direction of Dr. Morris Milner.
The Consortium's organizational structure consists of the Advisory Board, the Management Committee, Research Teams and Associated Advisory Panels and infrastructural support which includes the Technology Transfer Unit and Secretariat.
The Advisory Board consists of consumers, industrial partners and others who bring expertise in marketing and general business. Its major role is to provide direction and guidance to the Consortium.
The Business Advisory Group (BAG) consists of the Director of the Consortium, the Technology Transfer Officer and members of the current advisory board. This group's role is to impart business expertise necessary for transfer of developed technology to the market.
The Management Committee includes the research team leaders, institutional partner representatives and advisory panel consumer representatives. This Committee is responsible for planning, setting priorities, implementing and managing the affairs of the Consortium.
Each research and development team has an advisory panel that consists of consumers, clinicians, researchers, and industrial partners where appropriate. Research teams are guided by their advisory panels concerning their priorities and directions.
Nine research and development teams in conjunction with the Secretariat and Technology Transfer Unit have been established throughout the Province of Ontario.
Typical Project: The Respiration Team is continuing work on the design of an improved valve and hose system for home ventilators.