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 three 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.
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.
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.
Joti Dhesi has a degree in marketing from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and has specialized in digital marketing, leading many innovative national campaigns. In 2004, she sat on the inaugural Board of Directors of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. She has also participated in the Sikh Centennial Gala Committee and the Ad Club Committee. In 2012, Joti joined the CORSA Foundation Board, and since 2018, she has been on the Board of the Indian Summer Festival. She was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in January 2019.
Jana Konkin graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 1999 and has been in private practice since then. In 2007, she began teaching at the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, and received her Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College in 2009. Most recently, she was involved in the successful re-accreditation of the school where she was closely involved with curriculum review.
Jana has a strong interest in ensuring the ongoing competency of RMTs, and looks forward to bringing background in education to the Board. She believes that by promoting high standards of practice for RMTs, the College can help ensure safe and effective treatment of the public.
Nick Legault leads a team of 20 RMTs at Kelowna Medical Massage. He has had extensive experience with policy making and application, and has mentored and trained over 20 RMTs. He has had previous board, committee and executive experience that he brings to the CMTBC Board.
Nick believes that CMTBC policies must protect the public, but must do so in a way that takes into account the struggles of new grads and the frustrations of current RMTs. He looks forward to helping the Board to find simple, realistic and reasonable solutions, which will also be the best way to protect the public.
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.
Jennifer Lie looks forward to bringing to the CMTBC Board an evidence-based approach to decision-making, with the view that ensuring effective treatments and outcomes are an important part of serving the public’s interests. Over the past seven years, Jennifer has gained experience working collaboratively on a board by acting as President and Vice-President of her strata council. Outside of the clinic, she is pursing a graduate degree in Education, focusing on program assessment and evaluation. She looks forward to bringing the new knowledge she is gaining to the regulation of massage therapy.
Harman Pandher graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts, and is currently an elementary school teacher with the Surrey School District. Harman’s passion for education and community service led him to become a school trustee with the Burnaby Board of Education for over seven years. He is also a board member of the Punjabi Language Education Association of BC, and was appointed to the CMTBC Board as a public representative in January 2019.
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.