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12​ July ​2019


Public and Registrant Participation at Board Meetings
Board Member Register of Interests
Enhanced Annual Report and Annual General Meeting
Board Meetings and Agendas Published
Awards Policy Repealed
Meet the Board
Change to CDSBC's Contact Information

In March 2018, the Minister of Health directed a review of CDSBC's governance and operations by Mr. Harry Cayton, a world recognized expert in regulation. In April 2019, the Ministry completed its investigation, released the Cayton Report and issued a directive to CDSBC to submit an Action Plan to meet the 32 recommendations and unmet standards included in the Report.

In developing the Action Plan, the Board adopted a new set of Guiding Principles as part of the new strategic direction. ​

To communicate our progress, we are using a consistent image to indicate changes and updates that are part of the Action Plan. The Action Plan includes 32 action items; the text in parentheses allows readers to refer to the relevant section of the Action Plan.

Public and Registrant Participation at Board Meetings

The College's new Public and Registrant Participation Policy provides a framework for public and registrant participation as a routine part of board meetings. We aim to create a welcoming environment in which members of the public are able to ask relevant questions. (Action Items 8 and 16)

We are using an online question submission form to facilitate public and registrant participation. A summary of submitted questions and comments will be included in the board meeting minutes that will be published online.

Public and Registrant Participation Policy

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Board Member Register of Interests

Good governance requires the Board to identify and act on conflicts of interest in order to protect the integrity of the decision-making process. This is being done in two ways:

  • Declarations of conflicts of interests are part of the board agenda at each meeting. The College has also published a register of interests that includes declarations by individual board members of their personal interests and/or their connections with others in positions of influence that could result in actual or perceived conflicts. (Action Item 8)
  • Board members who have an actual or perceived conflict will refrain from speaking on that issue and from voting, and will not be present while the issue is being discussed.

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​Enhanced Annual Report and Annual General Meeting

We are pleased to share CDSBC's 2018/19 annual report, and a link to the video of our annual general meeting (AGM) that took place on June 14. Both the AGM and the annual report were enhanced in keeping with CDSBC's new direction and to be more relevant to the public and to certified dental assistants. For example, at the AGM a certified dental assistant gave the opening remarks, the meeting was less formal, and participation from the public was encouraged. (Action Item 8, 16, 18)

View the 2019 AGM video

The annual report was revised to make the content more accessible and public friendly. It includes our performance against the standards of good regulation as well as the new guiding principles that will underpin the Action Plan.

We have revised the fee information to show more clearly how much dentists pay to CDSBC and to the British Columbia Dental Association, included performance data for complaints, and listed revisions to existing standards and guidance documents. Legacy content that was not aligned with our change of culture and priorities has been discontinued. (Action Items 11, 12, 20, 24)

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Board Meetings and Agendas Published

Board meeting packages will now be published on the CDSBC website one week before the meeting. You can view the June 2019 board meeting agenda and meeting package here.

The next meeting of the CDSBC Board is:

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 8:30 amTerminal City Club, Skidmore Room, Level 2837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.

To ensure adequate seating, guests are asked to RSVP to by September 5. The board package and comment submission form will be available on the CDSBC website one week prior to the meeting.

Board Meetings

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Awards Policy Repealed

In past years, CDSBC's awards policy recognized the contributions of registrants through awards and certificates presented at the annual awards ceremony.

In developing the Action Plan it has been determined the existing awards policy is not directly tied to public protection and professional regulation.

As such, CDSBC will be moving away from the concept of volunteerism and the recognition of voluntary contributions. At its June 2019 meeting, the Board repealed CDSBC's awards policy, bringing the awards program to an end. More information is available in the briefing note to the Board at the link below. (Action Item 1)

Board Briefing Note on Repeal of Awards Policy

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Meet the 2019/20 Board

The Board is the governing, policy-making body of CDSBC. The Board is made up of dentists, certified dental assistants, and public members. More information about the Board, including a list of the individual board members, is available on the board section of the CDSBC website.

2019/20 Board ​

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Change to College's Contact Information

Front Office Relocation

Beginning Wednesday July 17, CDSBC will welcome visitors in our new reception area on the main floor of the College Place building. The move will improve access to services for the public, registrants and other stakeholders. To enhance security, the fifth floor of College Place will no longer be publicly accessible.​

Our new address is:

College of Dental Surgeons of BC
110 -1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver B.C. V6J 5C6

Pease use this new mailing address in your correspondence. The phone and email contact information listed below are unchanged. ​

Summer Office Hours

From June 28 through August 30, 2019 the CDSBC office will close at 2 pm on Fridays. Our opening times will be as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Office Closure Dates

We will be closed on the following dates/times:

  • Friday, July 12 at 12 pm for a social event
  • Monday, August 5 for B.C. Day
  • Monday, August 12 for a staff training event

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This Contact News Bulletin is distributed to registrants for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. It is one of CDSBC's official methods of notification to its registrants. Registrants are responsible for reading College publications to ensure that they are aware of current standards, policies and guidelines.