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Board Roles & Responsibilities

The CMTBC Board is responsible to “govern, control and administer” the affairs of the College under the Health Professions Act, its regulations, and the CMTBC Bylaws.

The Board’s primary role is to ensure that CMTBC delivers on its mandate to serve and protect the public. 

RMTs elected to the Board act in the public interest, informed by their professional knowledge and perspective.

The Board reports annually to the Minister of Health, and appoints an auditor for CMTBC’s annual financial statements.

The Board does not direct College operations, as this is the role of the Registrar/CEO.

Board Composition

The Board currently consists of eight members: four RMTs elected by the profession to a two-year term (with a two-term maximum), and four public representatives appointed by the provincial government for varying terms of either one, two, or three years in length.


Board members are expected to commit to the full length of their term, and must be available to meet approximately five times per year in person (generally for a full day) and to prepare in advance of each meeting by spending three to six hours reviewing written materials. In addition, Board members devote time to committee work.

Board members are required to take an Oath of Office prescribed by the Minister of Health.

Board members receive payment in accordance with the Remuneration Policy for Board and Committee Members (PDF). However, Board members are considered to be essentially volunteers: the remuneration provided recognizes that there may be some lost or foregone income, but is not intended to fully replace that income.

Board members must fulfil the expectations set out below.

Board Member Expectations

Public focus

Demonstrates a commitment to protecting the public by effectively regulating registered massage therapists:

  • At all times carries out responsibilities in the public interest.
  • Works to understand the needs and requirements of the public in relation to CMTBC.
  • Demonstrates dedication to meeting expectations of the public and gaining the public’s trust and support.

Strategic intent

Actively participates in establishing, supporting, and monitoring the strategic direction for CMTBC in collaboration with senior leadership:

  • Maintains focus on long-term goals and objectives.
  • Focuses on governance of CMTBC, not on management of operations.
  • Takes a broad perspective towards emerging opportunities and challenges.


Uses a systematic approach to problem-solving and decision-making:

  • Assesses issues based on short and long-term impacts on CMTBC.
  • Makes decisions that are congruent with CMTBC’s public interest mandate and its mission and vision.
  • Is aware of and declares any conflict(s) of interest.

Communication Skills

Effectively communicates with others to fulfill Board responsibilities:

  • Communicates respectfully and professionally.
  • Actively listens to others’ opinions and ideas.
  • Welcomes and respects differing perspectives and opinions, and actively seeks input from others.
  • Raises difficult issues in a manner that encourages dialogue.
  • Shares knowledge and expertise.
  • Communicates key issues in a timely fashion.
  • Communicates in a coherent and concise manner.

Personal effectiveness

Works to improve personal effectiveness and performance:

  • Invests time to understand the Health Professions Act, CMTBC Bylaws, and CMTBC Board Policies.
  • Commits the time required to prepare appropriately for and attend Board and committee meetings.

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