OASW's New Chief Executive Officer

The Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Deepy Sur as the organization's next Chief Executive Officer.

After an extensive national search, the Board of Directors has unanimously selected Dr. Deepy Sur to take on this important role to guide OASW into its next level of achievement as the voice of the social work profession in Ontario.

Deepy is a warm, collaborative, strategic and visionary leader who brings a unique blend of innovative thinking with diverse social work expertise, including: clinical Social Work experience in private and hospital settings, health promotion experience within public health, various leadership roles (within the Strategy Management Office, Ambulatory Care and Collaborative Learning) during her 12 year tenure at Trillium Health Partners and, over the past two years, within government, as Director, Integration and Planning for the West Toronto Sub Region at the Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN). Deepy has also been an Assistant and Adjunct Clinical Professor at McMaster University. In addition, Deepy is a Faculty Instructor and Curriculum designer for the Medical Psychiatry Alliance - Collaborative Care Certificate Program.

Deepy holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University, a Master of Social Work from York University and PhD in Social Work Administration from Walden University, where her research focused on interprofessional teamwork and empathy. Further, she has specialized training in several other areas, including child trauma, DBT, trauma assessment, PTSD, EMDR, and Suicide, Crisis and Diversity.

The OASW Board would like to welcome Dr. Sur to the organization. We have every confidence that she will make a tremendous contribution to the Association and help OASW continue to achieve its mission. 

Deepy will assume her new role with the Association on June 12, 2019.

The Board wishes to recognize retiring CEO Joan MacKenzie Davies for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the Association, its membership and the social work profession. During her tenure and under her leadership, OASW has responded effectively with pro-active social and professional advocacy initiatives, including the inclusion of social work in the Proclamation of the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy and valuable membership services, such as the establishment of the Professional Development Fund. We thank Joan for her many contributions to OASW and the profession, and wish her the very best in her retirement.                              

About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing approximately 5,700 social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.