Who is the Board?

As a self-regulating profession, the COBC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of elected and appointed members. Of the 9 board members, 6 are elected from the profession and 3 are appointed by government. Each board member serves a three-year term commencing at the beginning of the calendar year.

The Board of the College is responsible for ensuring that the duties and objectives of the College are met. The Board is also responsible for ensuring that the vision needs of the public of British Columbia are met by B.C. Licensed Opticians through safe and effective means. In addition, the Board forecasts the long-term needs of the public in order to guide educational priorities and practice standards for B.C. Licensed Opticians. 

In the course of performing its duties and exercising its powers under the Health Professions Act and other enactments, the board is required to promote and enhance collaborative relations with other provincial entities including other colleges established under the Act, post-secondary academic institutions and the government. 

The Board is also required to promote and enhance inter-professional collaborative practice between its registrants and persons practicing other health professions; as well as to promote and enhance the ability of its registrants to respond and adapt to changes in practice environments, advances in technology and other emerging issues. 

Meetings of the College are open to the public to observe discussion of a wide range of issues affecting the governing of the profession. Those who wish to attend a meeting are asked to contact the College for more information, and to review the Guidelines for Meeting Observers.

Current Board Members

Electoral District Representative Term
District 1 (Lower Mainland) Kim McEachern (Vice-Chair, Finance Officer) 2021-2023
District 1 (Lower Mainland)  Karl Chua 2021-2023
District 2 (Vancouver Island) - Appointed Raheem Savja 2020-2022
District 3 (Okanagan and Kootenays) - Appointed Erik Bucaneg 2019-2021
District 4 (Cariboo) - Appointed Sue Randhawa 2020-2022
District 5 (Contact Lens Registrant) Martin Semaniuk 2019-2021

Public Appointee Location  Appointee Term Expiry
Vancouver Piotr Majkowski January 31, 2023
Burnaby Peter Luongo (Chair) January 31, 2023
Burnaby Barbara Larkin January 31, 2023

How do you become a Board Member?

Elections of Membership of the Board are normally held at the end of each calendar year. Notices of upcoming elections are announced 150 days before the election date.

Each registrant who is eligible to vote is eligible to vote both in Electoral District #5 and in one of Electoral Districts #1 to #4, being the electoral district in which the registrant principally resides.

Districts Description  Next Election
Electoral District 1 Lower Mainland 2023
Electoral District 2 Vancouver Island 2022
Electoral District 3 Okanagan and Kootenays 2021
Electoral District 4 Cariboo 2022
Electoral District 5 Contact Lens Fitter 2021

A registrant is eligible for election to the Board in an electoral district if on the date of the election she/he is: 
  • A registrant in good standing
  • Engaged in practice of Opticianry or, is a resident in the electoral district for which she/he is nominated 
  • Not a candidate for election in, or already a member of the Board for another electoral district
  • In the case of Electoral District 5, must currently be registered as a Contact Lens Fitter with the College
The term of office is three years. Call for nominations occur in August - September of each year, and the elections are held in December.

Who We Are
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Get to know the Board by reading their bios below:

Kim McEachern, District 1 (Elected)
Contact Lens Fitter & Refracting Optician
Ms. McEachern started her career in 1979 and received her training through the Canadian Guild of Ophthalmic Dispensers and NAIT... Read more about Kim

Karl Chua, District 1 (Elected)
Dispensing Optician
Mr. Chua has over 12 years of optical experience, starting his journey with Essilor in 2008, working in the warehouse learning the ins and outs of each lens product and answering inquiries and resolving issues in customer service... Read more about Karl

Raheem Savja, District 2 (Board Appointed) 
Contact Lens Fitter & Refracting Optician 
Mr. Savja has been a licensed optician and contact lens fitter for over 20 years. He has been in management for 20 years... Read more about Raheem

Erik Bucaneg, District 3 (Board Appointed)
Contact Lens Fitter & Refracting Optician
Mr. Bucaneg began his career in a small town, working in a local Optical during his college years. After finishing his Opticianry program, he worked in a local Optometry/Retail practice... Read more about Erik

Sue Randhawa, District 4 (Board Appointed) 
Contact Lens Fitter & Refracting Optician
Ms. Randhawa entered the optical industry in 1991 and has been a business owner since 1993. Her education started with certification from the Dispensing Opticians Association of Canada... Read more about Sue

Martin Semaniuk, District 5 (Elected)
Contact Lens Fitter
Mr. Semaniuk has been in the Optical industry since 1990, getting his start in Manitoba. He has worked as a Licensed Optician in private and corporate retail, as a Sales... Read more about Martin

Piotr Majkowski, Public Member (Appointed)
Mr. Majkowski is an instructor of nursing ethics and mental health practice at Douglas College, and sits on the board of REACH, a community health centre. As a nurse, Piotr has worked at Langley Memorial Hospital... Read more about Piotr

Peter Luongo, Public Member (Appointed)
After retiring as both a teacher and administrator in the Langley School District 2013, Mr. Luongo joined the Super Save Group of Companies as the Executive Vice President of Sales... Read more about Peter

Barbara Larkin, Public Member (Appointed)
Ms. Larkin is a Deputy Chair, Commissioner, Seniors Societies Liaison, and Burnaby Art Gallery Liaison (Alternate) for the Park's Recreation and Culture Commission of the City of Burnaby. Previously, Ms. Larkin was... Read more about Barbara