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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2020 Board Election

​​The nomination period is now closed. CDSBC is currently assessing the eligibility of candidates. 

Due to the rapidly changing situation around the spread of COVID-19, CDSBC's assessment of nominations received and the possibility of a Board election has been put on hold. Once we have assessed the delivery of essential work and services by CDSBC, we will communicate further information about the 2020 Board Election.​

The Board has undergone substantial changes since the last election. This year's election will be held online and your ballot will be emailed to you. Read more about the changes to the Board and elections >>​

The board election is held annually in accordance with the Health Professions Act and the CDSBC Bylaws. Of the 12 members on the Board, half are elected and half are appointed (public) members. ​

The Board is responsible for ensuring the organization's mandate – regulation of dentistry in the public interest – is carried out effectively and efficiently on behalf of British Columbians.

The next Board election will take place from March 25 to April 8, 2020 at 4:30 pm (PST).​

Key election dates and deadlines are listed here >>

The positions open for election to the Board (three-year term) are: ​

  • Registrant board member (dentist or dental therapist)
  • Registrant board member (dentist)
  • Certified dental assistant board member

New this year

  • ​Certified dental assistants can vote for all elected board positions (not just CDA positions). ​​
  • Dental therapists can run for election to the Board and vote for all elected board positions.
  • Dentists* can vote for all elected board positions (not just dentist positions).

Board Composition

The role of every board member is the same: to uphold CDSBC's mandate to protect the public – not to “represent" any particular group or constituency (geographic, specialty, or otherwise). That said, every boa​rd member brings their own perspective, informed by their own experience.​

As you consider whether to run for election, or who to vote for in the election, please refer to our Board Composition Matrix​, which represents the ideal composition of the Board. This matrix is a useful self-assessment tool for potential board members, and also serves as a benchmark for registrants to use when voting for elected board members.​

What's​ ​new

​Board size and co​mposition

From the day the Cayton Report was published in April 2019, the Board stated its commitment to change. The Board worked with staff to deliver an Action Plan to the Minister that set out how we will address the 32 issues identified in the Cayton Report. As a result of Bylaw amendments completed in September 2019, and in accordance with the Action Plan, the following changes were made to promote credibility and accountability at the board level and to clarify roles:

  • Election rules have changed so that dentists*, dental therapists and CDAs are now eligible to run for the board and vote for all elected board member positions. Under the previous bylaws, CDAs were eligible to vote for only CDA board positions, and dental therapists were not eligible to run or vote in the election.​​
  • The board has been reduced in size from 21 members down to 12, with half of those being public members.
  • The roles of president, vice-president and treasurer, regional representation, and other specialist representative positions have been removed.
  • The position of Board Chair is elected from within the Board.
  • There are new eligibility requirements (see section 6 of the Guide For Applicants​)​​

*Dentists in the following registration categories are eligible to run and vote in the election: full (full registration or certified specialist); restricted to specialty; academic; and academic (grandparented)​

​Onlin​​e ​​​voting

The board election will be held online in 2020. Dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants will receive an electronic ballot via email on March 25 (instead of receiving a paper ballot through the mail). ​The ballot email will be from Simply Voting and will contain instructions on how to vote. Simply Voting is a secure, third-party service​. The results will be anonymous. It will not be possible for CDSBC to determine how an individual has voted.


For questions regarding the election, contact​

​​Key Election Dates and Deadlines

Notice of election​

February 12, 2020

Nomination period

February 12 - March 11, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Voting period*

March 25, 2020 through April 8, 2020 at 4:30 pm

Announcement of election results

April 9 (anticipated)

Mandatory orientation for new board members

May 8, 2020

Annual General Meeting

June 12, 2020 at 8:30 am

June board meeting

June 12, 2020 at 10 am

Term of office begins

July 1, 2020

*Electronic ballots will be emailed to eligible voters no later than March 25, 2020. Ballots must be completed no later than 4:30 pm on Thursday, April 8, 2020 in order to be eligible to be counted in the election.