The Board

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 board members, 6 are elected from the profession, and the others appointed by the government. Each board member serves a three-year term commencing at the beginning of the calendar year, and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
The COBC Board is responsible for ensuring that the duties and objectives of COBC 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.
Current Board Members
Marty Semaniuk, ChairRegistrant
John MeneghelloPublic Representative
Kim McEachern, Finance OfficerRegistrant
Sue RandhawaRegistrant
Karl ChuaRegistrant
Crystal PollardRegistrant
Stephanie WeirRegistrant
Susan BirgePublic Representative
Paul ChoiPublic Representative


Board Meetings

COBC Board meetings provide a forum for discussion of a wide range of issues affecting the governing of the profession. Meetings are open to the public; anyone wishing to observe a Board meeting should review the Guidelines for Meeting Observers, and contact COBC for meeting details. 
Upcoming Meeting Dates
  • November 23, 2023 – AGM
  • November 23, 2023 – Q4 Board Meeting
  • February 8, 2024 – Q1 Board Meeting

Past Board Meeting Minutes & Resolutions