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Board Election

Considering running for the CDSBC Board?
Before you decide, consider this:

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:

  • dentists who practise in each of the five electoral districts
  • a dentist who is a certified specialist
  • a dentist who is a member of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry
  • a certified dental assistant

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 >>

 



2017/18 Election

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.

Elections will be held for the following positions:

Officers (One-Year Term)

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer

Position descriptions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer (PDF) 

Board Members (Two-Year Term)

  • Dentist, District 2 (North)
  • Dentist, District 3 (Southern Interior)
  • Dentist, District 5 (Vancouver Island)
  • Certified Dental Assistant

Position descriptions: Individual Board Member (PDF) 

Key Election Dates and Deadlines

​Close of Nominations ​16 March 2017 at 4:30 pm
Submission of Candidate statements* ​3 April 2017 at 4:30 pm
Mailing of ​Election Materials ​13 April 2017
Ballot Boxes Close ​18 May 2017 at 4:30 pm
Election Count ​18 May 2017 at 5:00 pm
​Annual General Meeting ​23 June 2017

*Candidates will be asked to submit a statement for distribution to eligible voters

Nominations

Nominations are accepted until 4:30 pm on 16 March 2017.

CDSBC must receive a completed nomination package for each candidate nominated.

Read the 2017 Notice of Election (PDF) for more information. Eligibility requirements for candidates, nominators and voters can be found below >>

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.

Submission of Candidate Statement  

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

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. 


Eligibility Requirements

Candidates

Any dentist is eligible to run for a Board Officer or Electoral District Board Member position if they:

  • Are registered as of 1 March 2017 in one of the following registration classes:
    • Dentist with Full Registration (includes Certified Specialists)
    • Restricted to Specialty Registration
    • Academic Registration
    • Academic (grandparented) Registration
  • Are in good standing as of 1 March 2017 (See Part 1.01 of the Bylaws)
  • Are assigned to the Electoral District for which the election is being held
  • Consent to the nomination, in writing, to the Registrar
  • Are nominated by five eligible voters

Any CDA is eligible to run for the Certified Dental Assistant Board Member position
if they:

  • Are certified as a Practising CDA as of 1 March 2017
  • Are in good standing as of 1 March 2017 (See Part 1.01 of the Bylaws)
  • Consent to the nomination, in writing, to the Registrar
  • Are nominated by five eligible voters.

Note: CDA Board Members are not elected by electoral districts, but from the CDA population at large.

Nominator and Voter:

Any dentist is eligible to nominate and vote for a candidate for an Officer position if they:

  • Are registered as of 1 March 2017 in one of the following registration classes:
    • Full Registration (includes Certified Specialists)
    • Restricted to Specialty Registration
    • Academic Registration
    • Academic (grandparented) Registration
    • Are in good standing as of 1 March 2017 (See Part 1.01 of the Bylaws)

Any dentist is eligible to nominate and vote for a candidate for a Dentist Board Member position if they:

  • Meet the requirements above
  • Are assigned to the Electoral District for which the election is being held.

Any CDA is eligible to nominate and vote for a candidate for a Certified Dental Assistant Board Member position if they:

  • Are certified as a Practising CDA as of 1 March 2017
  • Are in good standing as of 1 March 2017

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