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 currently has three committees: networking/communication, knowledge translation and an executive committee with a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and two international members


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





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.