Canada's Professional Licensing and Regulatory Sector Magazine

Canada's only regulatory sector trade publication

The Registrar is a magazine about consumer protection in Canada.


To be published beginning on March 1, 2021, The Registrar is a digital monthly trade and consumer publication featuring news, legislative updates, legal analyses, and other important regulatory information.


With a strong focus on human interest stories, The Registrar will also profile regulators across the country whose careers are dedicated to protecting the public interest. The publication will also feature regulated professionals recognized for their exemplary leadership in their respective industries and communities and explore the lives of Canadian consumers and patients.


The editorial team consists of an impressive, diverse, and highly qualified panel of professional journalists across Canada with track records delivering insightful, engaging, and thought-provoking business and human interest stories for Canada’s leading print and digital publications. This team promises to increase the visibility and recognition of consumer protection in Canada with a unique lens that appeals to staff, industry professionals, and the general public.

Professional Licensing and Regulatory Bodies

In Canada, there are dozens of professions that are regulated, meaning that by law, a license is required to practise that profession.

To become a professional of a regulated occupation, people are required to meet high academic qualifications, usually pass an exam administered or approved by the regulatory body, and have their professional conduct monitored once in the occupation. People can also be removed from an occupation if their professional conduct fails to meet the profession’s standards. If removed, it is illegal for them to continue practising that profession and consequences for illegal practise can range from significant fines to serving jail time.

Editorial Focus

 Coast-to-Coast: The latest news and updates from the Canadian regulatory sector.

Leadership Profile: The personal and professional story of a senior leader in a Canadian regulatory organization.


Campus Voice: Stories of post-secondary students and their transition to becoming regulated professionals.

Distinguished Professionals: Honouring achievement, The Registrar shares stories of professionals recognized by their regulatory bodies for professional excellence.

In the Public Interest: Insight into a Canadian regulatory body and how the changing world, amended legislation, and new leadership are changing and enhancing their consumer protection role.


Case Study: A legal review of a past case as told by a lawyer.

Decisions: A summary of recent discipline decisions from regulatory bodies across Canada.  

Career Opportunities: Featured employment opportunities in the Canadian regulatory sector.

People on the Move: Recent appointments to senior-level roles in the Canadian regulatory sector.  

Editorial Team

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M. Daniel Roukema

Editor in Chief

Daniel is President & CEO of MDR Public Affairs. An award-winning regulatory communications professional, he is the creator of The Registrar magazine and founder of, a toolkit of digital platforms that support and promote the Canadian regulatory sector’s consumer protection mandate. Daniel has overseen several regulatory communications departments and spent twenty years working in communications, government relations, and community economic development leading significant stakeholder engagement processes that impacted public policy in consumer protection, environment, economic development, and immigration and public health.


Damian Ali


Damian is a multimedia content creator and writer with a background in journalism, communications, and marketing. He has ample experience across the industry, having been a part of 680 NEWS and other digital media organizations. He remains steadfast about advocating for social justice and environmental issues, and hopes to make a practical difference using the skills he has acquired throughout his career.

Lana Hall


Lana Hall is an experienced writer, editor and communications

strategist. She currently manages corporate communications for the Toronto Financial District Business Improvement Association and is a former municipal affairs reporter, with bylines in Spacing Magazine, Post City and more. She has a degree from the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto.

Natalie Pressman


Natalie Pressman is a journalist with Northern News Services

Limited reporting on courts, cops and general news in Yellowknife, NT. Natalie’s work has appeared in trade publications like the Pile Driving Contractors Association, literary journals like the Feathertale Review, and online publications of many stripes. Natalie, originally from Toronto, has also held contracts as a radio trainer with Journalists for Human Rights, and a communications officer with an NGO focused on sustainable development.

Dr. Alan Viau


Government and Public Policy

Dr. Alan Viau has 30 years of experience in the regulatory field. He has a BSc in Biochemistry, a PhD in environmental analytical chemistry, and Master’s Certificates in Public Administration and Marketing. Alan worked at Hewlett-Packard as a scientific expert in the pharmaceutical, environmental and petrochemical markets around the world. At Health Canada, he was Director of the Bureau of Pharmaceutical Sciences responsible for the regulatory approval of generic drugs. He was an active member in the Community of Federal Regulators.

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Marija Hajster

Production Manager

And Graphic Designer

Marija is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning

Master Graphic Designer who has worked with a number of publishing houses on magazines, books, and educational tools. She has also been the Graphic designer for the Brussels Times Magazine and European Business Magazine, and has worked with Cambridge University, the Global Thinkers Forum, and Canada’s Home and Land Magazine. Marija attended the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.    

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Leah Golob

Contributor and Content Editor

Leah Golob is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor

with over 10 years of professional experience. Previously, she was a reporter at Investment Executive, a trade newspaper for finance and investment professionals. Her writing has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, Corporate Knights, Vancouver Observer, The Georgia Straight, FORUM Magazine, and other publications.   

Charles Mandel

Senior Contributor

An editor and writer based in Nova Scotia, Charles Mandel’s

news stories and features have appeared in both of Canada’s national newspapers, and the majority of its leading magazines, including

Canadian Business, Canadian Geographic, and Report on Business. He has been the Canadian correspondent for, the Atlantic correspondent for CanWest News Service, and the climate change reporter for the National Observer.  

Anqi Shen


A writer based in Mississauga, Ontario, Anqi Shen has

reported for The Globe and Mail and University Affairs magazine. Her articles have also appeared in Briarpatch, This, and National Gallery of Canada Magazine, among others.   

Marco Vigliotti


Marco is a journalist and editor based out of Ottawa. He most recently served as the senior editor of iPolitics, an online news service that provides in-depth Canadian political coverage. In this role, he led the outlet's initial coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019 federal election, 2019 federal budget and the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Prior to joining iPolitics, he spent nearly three years with The Hill Times, a prominent independent newspaper covering federal politics and life in
the Parliamentary Precinct, where he covered a variety of different beats, including health, ethics and lobbying, transportation and defence. He has also reported for daily and weekly newspapers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and southern Ontario.  

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