Board Appointments Announced for CHCPBC

The Minister of Health has made appointments for the first Board of the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC (CHCPBC). The Board members will be:

Public members
  • Nathan Reginald Doidge
  • Joyce Wynnifred Kenoras
  • Sarah Ann Lalonde
  • John David Meneghello
  • Mary Elizabeth O’Callaghan
  • Allan Paul Seckel (designated Board Chair)
Registrant members
  • Jennifer Ann Agnew (physical therapist)
  • Dr. Russell Ebata (doctor of optometry)
  • Jamie Lee Hack (speech-language pathologist)
  • Sue Randhawa (optician)
  • Deborah Jean Ruggiero (occupational therapist)
  • Oliver Yergeau (dietitian)
The first CHCPBC Board has 12 members: six regulated health professionals and six public members.

The Board size was determined to be 12 to align with the upcoming Health Professions and Occupations Act requirement. It is important to keep CHCPBC’s Board small to support effective decision-making at a strategic level while also ensuring the Board includes diverse public and Indigenous perspectives. In accordance with a Board composition matrix developed for the new college, Board members bring diverse practice, lived experience, provincial geography, and professional skills to the table.

Health profession Board appointees

CHCPBC will regulate nine professions on June 28; therefore, not every profession will have a member with a seat on the Board. Professions that do not have a seat on the first Board are audiologists, hearing instrument practitioners, and psychologists. The mandate of the Board is not to represent the interests of individual health professionals; that is the role of professional associations. Instead, Board members of regulatory health colleges have a fiduciary duty to the College and the public.

Maintaining a deep, profession-specific understanding and capacity within the overall governance of the new college remains vital. For this reason, the new College’s governance framework also ensures profession-specific capacity at the Committee and staff levels. With the new College being a larger organization, consultation with the professions and the public is also expected to increase.

Each regulatory Committee (Registration, Quality Assurance, Inquiry and Discipline) will be made up of a number of members from each profession, as well as members of the public. Small groups of Committee members will be selected from this pool of members to form “panels” that will undertake specific Committee work. If the work or decision relates to a registrant/applicant or to a profession-specific matter, then at least one panel member will be from the same profession.

The Board can also rely on the new Professional Practice and Standards Advisory Committee to inform profession-specific decisions.

Ministry of Health Confirms Name of New Multi-Profession College

The Ministry of Health has deposited regulation changes that reflect the final name for the new multi-profession regulatory college that will amalgamate:

  • The College of Occupational Therapists of BC
  • The College of Dietitians of BC
  • The College of Optometrists of BC
  • The College of Opticians of BC
  • The College of Physical Therapists of BC
  • The College of Psychologists of BC
  • The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC

The name for this new multi-profession college is the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC.

COTBC will amalgamate with the other six colleges to form the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC on June 28, 2024. Until then, COTBC and the other six colleges will continue to regulate health professionals.

FAQs on Proposed Occupational Therapy Regulation Amendments

The College published a new set of FAQs regarding the proposed amendments to the Occupational Therapists Regulation.

The FAQs respond to the following questions:

  • Why is the regulation changing?
  • Will the proposed changes to the regulation impact my scope of practice as an occupational therapist?
  • Will the scope of practice of occupational therapists working in mental health be affected if mental health (i.e., psychosocial) is not expressly referenced in the regulation’s definition of occupational therapy?
  • Is COTBC responding to the proposed Regulation?

If you have comments on the proposed regulation, we encourage you to respond to the Ministry of Health via PROREGADMIN@gov.bc.ca.