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Board Members

The CMTBC Board is the College’s policy-making and governing body. The Board receives its authority from the Health Professions Act. The Board consists of six RMT members and five publicly-appointed members, all of whom are sworn to uphold the College’s public interest mandate. The Board’s oversight responsibilities include ensuring that CMTBC is managed in a way that allows it to meet the objects specified in the Act.

The Board meets four to five times a year for regular meetings. Board members also sit on CMTBC committees and attend the Annual General Meeting.

For more information

See Board Meetings & Minutes.


Catherine Ryan, RMT, Chair

Catherine Ryan is an active registered massage therapist clinician, educator, and writer with a strong interest in research translation, evidence informed practices, and life-long learning. Following graduation in 1990, Catherine practiced in Ontario in interprofessional and private practice clinical settings. Catherine has been a longstanding member of her professional association and has worked extensively with massage therapy regulators. She served as a subject matter expert for the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (1997-2007) and as a member of multiple committees with CMTBC since 2012. Her lengthy and diverse career has included the opportunity to serve as a Medical Team Leader/MT Clinical Coordinator for special populations; provide independent medical evaluations; participate in international MT focus groups; and foster interprofessional and public MT education. As a writer she may be best recognized for her work on fascia, however she is keenly interested in all things related to the profession and is currently co-authoring a book on scar tissue management. As an educator she has taught both entry to practice and continuing education courses. As a clinician she is firmly dedicated to the delivery of safe, effective, and ethical care. In 2008 Catherine relocated to northern British Columbia where she maintains a private practice.

Brent Rowland, RMT, Vice-Chair

Brent Rowland became an RMT in 2003 and immediately began operating Equilibrium Massage Therapy in the South Okanagan. Over his career Brent has developed a diverse client base and uses a variety of therapies including alignment techniques, muscle energy, craniosacral, neuromuscular, and pre- and post-natal work. Since 2010 he has worked with CMTBC in various roles such as Board member, Inquiry Committee member, and subject matter expert for massage therapy educational program recognition. In addition to his diploma in massage therapy, Brent also earned a bachelor degree in engineering science and previously worked at NASA. More recently, he has served as a board member for a community service group, volunteers at local events, and regularly participates in personal growth workshops. Brent makes his home in Naramata.

Board Members

Nicholas Aubin (Public Representative)

Nicholas Aubin is a Notary Public and owner of Aubin & Associates, based in Kelowna and Lake Country, BC. He was inspired to become a Notary by his mother, a former Notary herself, and his employer in another Notary office. Prior to becoming a Notary, Nicholas was an apprentice chef and owned his own computer business. Active in the community, Nicholas serves as a Past-President for the Uptown Rutland Business Improvement Association and is a Director and Committee Chair for the Kelowna Community Food Bank. He has also recently concluded serving as Chairperson for the South Okanagan Notary Chapter for more than three years. Nicholas was commissioned as a Notary in 2005. He was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in October 2013.

Lynne Harris (Public Representative)

Lynne Harris served as a politician in Abbotsford for 24 years. In 1987, Lynne was elected as a Trustee on the Abbotsford School District’s Board of Education, and she dedicated the next 15 years to the students of Abbotsford. In 2002, Lynne made the transition to local government politics as an elected Counsellor for the City of Abbotsford.  She served as Counsellor for nine years. Lynne has also served on numerous boards and committees in a wide variety of areas including health, community services, and sports. Lynne graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Manitoba.  Her work in the nursing profession included general duty nursing, public health nursing, and a number of years as a nursing instructor at the college level. A longtime Abbotsford resident, Lynne was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in August 2012. She chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Inquiry and Registration Committees.

Claudia Lee, RMT

Claudia Lee graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) in 1999. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from UBC. Claudia has been in clinical practice since graduating from WCCMT. Her practice focus is on patient wellness – giving patients the tools to be independent in their self-care – and treating the body holistically. Another area of focus for Claudia is looking at compensatory movements linking function and dysfunction. Claudia taught at Vancouver College of Massage Therapy for five years, instructing students on manual skills. She also served as a clinical instructor and examiner for orthopaedic assessment final exams. Claudia runs a mini-program for young children to learn self-care, utilizing nutrition and exercise to maintain optimal health. Claudia sits on CMTBC’s Registration Committee.

Ashley Leighton, RMT

Ashley Leighton studied at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) and completed her diploma in Ontario at Sutherland Chan in 2010 and obtained her Registration in BC through the CMTBC right after. She has a background in business and has also achieved her Sports Event Management Diploma at Thompson Rivers University. She owns and operates her own clinic in Kamloops, BC.

One of Ashley’s goals as a member of the CMTBC Board is to focus on creating stronger ties to the smaller communities. Her passion has always been to have a positive impact and contribute to the growth of her profession, and to strive towards maintaining a safe, ethical and competent profession that is growing and positively impacting the healthcare field. 

Lorna Pawluk (Public Representative)

Lorna Pawluk is Associate Counsel at Bernard LLP. Lorna’s practice focuses exclusively on occupational health and safety and workplace safety matters for employers. Lorna is Chair, National Administrative Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and Editor, Newsletter, National Administrative Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of British Columbia. Lorna has been an adjudicator with the Employment Standards Tribunal and Appeal Division of WorkSafe BC. She has also been legal counsel to the Commissioner of the Industrial Relations Council, and has been in private practice where she practiced employer side labour/employment law. Lorna is past chair of the Administrative Law Section (Vancouver) of the Canadian Bar Association in BC, and a past columnist for Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine.  Lorna is co-author of Director and Officer Risk Issues and Risk Management for the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, 2010 Conference.  Lorna was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in February 2013. Lorna chairs the Inquiry Committee.

Perminder Tung (Public Representative)

Perminder S. Tung is a Litigation Lawyer with Lindsay Kenney LLP and is based principally in the firm’s Langley Office. He practices civil litigation, personal injury law, employment law, and business/commercial litigation. He prides himself as a trial lawyer. Active in the community, he volunteers with pro-bono legal programs and young lawyer mentorship initiatives. He also serves on Provincial Council for the Canadian Bar Association. Perminder holds his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Windsor, and Juris Doctor, cum laude (J.D.) from the University of Detroit Mercy. Perminder was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in September 2013.

Michael Wiebe, RMT

Michael Wiebe began his career in healthcare in 1998 when he became a registered shiatsu therapist. In 2011, he graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy and became a registered massage therapist. Michael has since joined the college’s faculty as an instructor. His practice is located in New Westminster’s Sapperton district, at Fuscaldo Total Health, where he works with other professionals treating a diverse clientele. Michael previously worked in spa management and art sales/management.

Marieka Zimmerman, RMT

Marieka Zimmerman graduated in 2003 from the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy, and in 2005 from the BC Institute of Holistic Studies. She continued her education with 3 years of Osteopathic Studies, as well as many courses through the Upledger Institute. She is the owner and operator of Aspire Massage & Holistic Therapies in Smithers, BC.

Marieka sees sitting on the CMTBC Board as a great opportunity to extend support to RMTs, especially in small rural communities, as well as to better educate the public of RMTs’ role as Health Care Practitioners. Marieka looks forward to promoting public safety and awareness, while still addressing the needs and concerns of the Massage Therapist.

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