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
To ensure a broad range of perspectives among the professional 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. If this sounds like you or someone you know, see the eligibility requirements below >>
CDSBC is governed by an
18-member Board that includes dentists, certified dental assistants and members of the public. 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
18 May 2017.
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 16 March 2017.
CDSBC must receive a completed nomination package for each candidate nominated.
2017 Notice of Election (PDF) for more information. Eligibility requirements for candidates, nominators and voters can be found
Time requirement: 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.) Meetings and events are scheduled
during regular business hours, weekday evenings and Saturdays. Before deciding
to run as a candidate, please carefully consider the responsibilities, skills
and time commitment required.
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 13 April 2017. Ballots must be received by the Registrar
no later than 4:30 pm on Thursday, 18 May 2017 to be counted in the Election.
The Election Count is scheduled for 18 May 2017 at 5:00 pm.
Any dentist is eligible to run for a
Board Officer or Electoral District Board Member
position if they:
Any CDA is eligible to run for the
Certified Dental Assistant Board Member position if they:
Note: CDA Board Members are not elected by electoral districts, but from the CDA population at large.
Any dentist is eligible to nominate and vote for a candidate for an Officer position if they:
Any dentist is eligible to nominate and vote for a candidate for a Dentist Board Member position if they:
Any CDA is eligible to nominate and vote for a candidate for a Certified Dental Assistant Board Member position if they:
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