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CDSBC's culture is one of collaboration, cooperation, respect, learning and growth. We are dedicated to creating a positive working environment and a healthy and productive workplace.


   Employment Opportunity

General Counsel - Full-Time Permanent

About Us

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) regulates dentists, certified dental assistants (CDAs) and dental therapists in B.C. CDSBC’s mandate is to serve and protect the public. It does so, in part, by setting entry-to-practice requirements, and monitoring the ongoing conduct and competence of registrants.

CDSBC maintains a commitment to organizational excellence. We are trusted as an organization because we act ethically, fairly and with integrity. We are communicative, transparent, objective, impartial and accountable.

Our working environment is welcoming, respectful, innovative and rewarding. We offer a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, a professional development allowance, and encourage reasonable work-life balance.

About the Position

CDSBC is seeking a full-time, permanent General Counsel. The General Counsel is a member of the Management Team who will work directly with the Registrar/CEO and the Director of Professional Practice.

General Counsel has direct or indirect responsibility for every legal matter involving CDSBC. This will include providing advice and recommendations with respect to the Health Professions Act (HPA), the CDSBC Bylaws, FOIPPA, alternative dispute resolution, conduct of investigations, and will be involved in analysis and advice on regulator policy and administrative matters for CDSBC.

General Counsel will attend board meetings, committee meetings and other meetings as required and prepare materials and provide reports as necessary. She/he will advise the Registrar/CEO and the Board on the needs of CDSBC regarding regulatory functions, and develop short and long range objectives and policy recommendations to meet these needs.

 This is a tremendous opportunity to serve the public.

Duties of This Position Include:

  • Provide legal and policy advice on a broad range of regulatory and governance matters.
  • Oversee all judicial reviews and other litigation.
  • Liaise with and assist external legal counsel on discipline and illegal practice matters.
  • Provide oversight on processes and procedures within the CDSBC statutory complaints process.
  • Represent CDSBC before the Health Professions Review Board (HPRB).
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with committees, the Board, external advisors, regulatory authorities, dental professional associations, registrants, and members of the public as necessary to properly carry out the assigned functions.
  • Provide support and advice to the Governance Committee, Inquiry Committee, Ethics Committee and other CDSBC committees as required.
  • Assist with preparing bylaw amendments and communications with the Ministry of Health.
  • Assist with policy analysis and support.
  • Respond to miscellaneous legal inquiries.
  • Liaise with and provide advice to other CDSBC staff departments.
  • Prepare materials for Board and College Committee meetings as required.

About You

You will have a minimum of 8 years’ experience in administrative and regulatory law or at least 5 years’ experience advising HPA regulators. Preference will be given to candidates who have had experience in a leadership role in an organization with parallels to the College with knowledge of regulatory processes including experience with governing boards for professional regulatory bodies (preferably with health regulators). You are a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. You have a public policy background, are a creative and effective problem solver and a skilled writer who is able to communicate effectively. You are a balanced and flexible individual who is able to deal with difficult people, have a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships and proven ability to interact comfortably with others. You bring a high energy level and ability to work independently.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and a covering letter to

Applications will be accepted until Friday, 13 October 2017.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.