CDSBC's role is to protect the public. Nothing more and nothing less.
As a health regulator, our only job is to protect the public. This is set out in legislation and it is what makes us different from any other type of organization, such as a professional association or advocacy group.
The job of a board member is to uphold CDSBC's mandate to protect the public – not to "represent" any particular group
CDSBC is governed by an 18-member Board that includes dentists, certified dental assistants and members of the public. To ensure a broad range of perspectives among the professional (elected) members of the Board, some positions are reserved for registrants who meet certain characteristics:
While the CDSBC Bylaws require these positions to be elected by other registrants in each of those same groups, each board member has a duty to act in the best interests of the public and not as a delegate or representative of a constituency or interest group. All 18 CDSBC board members are there to protect the public.
Consider whether you have the personal attributes and relevant skills and experience needed on the CDSBC Board
CDSBC has identified key characteristics that are ideal for any board member. These include personal characteristics, specific skills and experience, and leadership qualities. You can find a complete list in the
CDSBC Governance Manual under Board Composition and Succession Planning.
Board members must devote the necessary time and attention to be able to make informed decisions on issues that come before the Board. Board members may spend approximately 12-15 hours a month in preparation for, and attendance at, board meetings, for board member development, workshops, stakeholder events, and committee meetings. (The time commitment is significantly more for the board officer positions.)
Before deciding to run as a candidate, please carefully consider the responsibilities, skills and time commitment required.
Board members are eligible to claim an honorarium as set out in CDSBC's Expense Policy for Volunteers (PDF). Costs associated with travel and meals are also paid in accordance with that policy.
If this sounds like you or someone you know, see the eligibility requirements >>
The annual election of Officers and Board Members is held in accordance with provisions in the
Health Professions Act (HPA), CDSBC Bylaws and
Schedule E (Electoral Districts). The next Board election will be held on
17 May 2018.
Officers (One-Year Term)
President, Vice-President, Treasurer (PDF)
Board Members (Two-Year Term)
Individual Board Member (PDF)
*Candidates will be asked to submit a statement for distribution to eligible voters
Nominations are accepted until 4:30 pm on 15 March 2018.
CDSBC must receive a completed nomination package for each candidate nominated.
2018 Notice of Election (PDF) for more information. Eligibility requirements for candidates, nominators and voters are set out in Part 2 (College Board) of the bylaws and are summarized here (PDF).
After CDSBC confirms that a candidate is eligible to run in the election, each candidate is asked to submit a candidate statement for distribution to eligible voters.
Election packages will be mailed to dentists and CDAs no later than 12 April 2018. Ballots must be received by the Registrar
no later than 4:30 pm on Thursday, 17 May 2018 to be counted in the election.
The election count is scheduled for 17 May 2018 at 5:00 pm.
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