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2020 Board Election

CMTBC is holding its annual election to select RMTs to sit on the College’s Board. In the 2020 Board election, there are seven RMT candidates running for three vacant Board positions. See below for the candidates’ election statements.

This is the first year in which the Board election will be conducted by online electronic voting. CMTBC has engaged a specialist third-party provider, Simply Voting Inc., to administer the election and tabulate the results.  RMTs will receive voting instructions by email later this month. Voting will open on January 31, 2020 and will close on February 28, 2020. All individual ballots cast will remain secure and confidential –  Simply Voting only provides CMTBC with the aggregate final election results. Electronic voting will also allow for the order of candidates on the ballots to be randomized, meaning that different voters will see different candidate ordering on their individual ballots. The intent is that no candidate should be unfairly advantaged by always appearing at a more favourable position on the ballot (e.g. at the top).

Kristen Burrows

I have been an RMT for 17 years, a clinical practicum supervisor for 14 years, and I have spent 3 years as a classroom instructor at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy. In that time, I have learned that this profession is always evolving, always growing into something better. I want to be a voice in how our profession moves into the future and use my experience to help create understanding about how registered massage therapists can better protect the public. I intend to bring a fresh perspective on key issues facing the Board and collaborate with the Board in an honest and respectful manner.

Jana Konkin

It has been a pleasure and an honour to be on the Board of CMTBC for the past 2 years, and I am seeking re-election for a second term. I’ve been an active Registrant for 20 years, and taught at VCMT for 9 years. I’ve had experience on both Governance & Quality Assurance Committees of CMTBC, and currently sit on the Inquiry Committee. Our profession faces some interesting challenges, both provincially & nationally, and I believe my experience will be of benefit to the Board. I am committed to supporting high standards amongst Registrants to ensure the College mandate of public protection.

Taylor James Laviolette

Taylor has been practicing since 2007. In that time, he served at WCCMT as Subject Matter Expert and spent over 6 years teaching. He has taught evidence-based CECs throughout Canada, and has been invited to speak at Canadian conferences. Taylor understands that change takes time and hopes to represent the changing needs of the profession. Taylor’s experience working collaboratively as part of administrative teams would lend itself well to a Board position. He is passionate about massage therapy and wishes to serve the profession, through CMTBC, by keeping focus on what matters most: serving the best interest of the public.

Nick Legault

In protecting the public, CMTBC should strive for simple, realistic and reasonable solutions. These solutions should take into account the challenges for new grads and the frustrations of current RMTs.

In my past year and a half as a CMTBC Board member, we have seen many positive changes. But there is more work to be done. My goal on the CMTBC Board is to continue to help find solutions that work for the public and RMTs.

In addition to the Board, I have extensive executive experience including policy making/application and leading a team of over twenty RMTs.

Jennifer Lie

I am seeking re-election to the Board for one final term. With a significant turnover on the Board last year (public and elected members), I felt it was important to continue participating as there is a steep learning curve and, in my opinion, unique requirements to the regulation of massage therapy. Over the past two years, I have had the fortune to participate in numerous activities that have substantially increased my understanding of how good governance that is patient-focused is not only necessary but also helps us to advance professionally. Thank you for your consideration!

Bruce Martell

I have fifteen years of experience as an RMT, including eight years in a leadership role as a clinic co-owner. I bring a diverse breadth of knowledge to the Board position.

I believe high scientific standards of practice should be maintained to ensure public safety and to ensure the future of massage therapy transitions towards excellence given the recent focus on self-regulation in BC.

A fresh look at how we could best serve the public is needed. I would like an opportunity to serve on the Board and believe my diverse background and experience would compliment the Board well.

Catherine Ryan

In all of my professional capacities (clinician, educator, presenter, author and mentor) I am driven by a commitment to high standards in patient-centred care and a deep regard for the profession. My practice settings have spanned urban, rural, interprofessional and private practice. As an experienced CMTBC Board/Committee member, I would bring well-honed critical thinking, communication and leadership skills to support sound governance. I feel that my collective professional experience and regulatory knowledge base lends well to supporting CMTBC’s public interest mandate and navigating the impending changes in health regulation. Thank you for considering my nomination.

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