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Board Roles & Responsibilities

The CMTBC Board is the College’s policy-making and governing body. Under the Health Professions Act, the Board must govern, control, and administer CMTBC in accordance with the Act, its regulations, and the CMTBC Bylaws.

Its fundamental role is to ensure that CMTBC acts on its mandate to serve and protect the public.

The Act and the College Bylaws also impose a number of specific requirements on the Board, including reporting to the Minister of Health after each fiscal year and appointing an auditor for CMTBC’s annual financial statements.

In addition to their Board duties, Board members are asked to serve on CMTBC committees and to attend the Annual General Meeting.

The Board does not govern operational matters, as this is the role of the Registrar/CEO.

Board Composition

The Board currently consists of 11 members: six RMTs who are elected by the profession for a two-year term (with a two-term maximum), and five 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 these meetings by spending three to six hours reviewing materials. In addition, Board members commit time to committee work.

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

Board members are remunerated in accordance with the Remuneration Policy for Board and Committee Members (PDF). However, Board members are considered to be essentially volunteers, and 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 mandate, mission, and vision.
  • Is aware of and declares any conflict(s) of interest.

Effective Working Relationships

Builds and maintains rapport with others to enhance working relationships and to improve overall organizational effectiveness:

  • Creates an environment of trust where people feel encouraged to actively communicate and contribute.
  • Welcomes and respects differing perspectives and opinions.
  • Actively seeks input from others.
  • Adapts personal style to match differing situations.

Communication Skills

Effectively communicates with others to fulfill Board responsibilities:

  • Communicates respectfully and professionally.
  • Actively listens to others’ opinions and ideas.
  • 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 any other applicable legislation.
  • Commits the time required to prepare appropriately for and attend Board and committee meetings.
  • Maintains confidentiality.

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