CEO appointed for future multi-profession college

In anticipation of the upcoming amalgamation of the College of Opticians of BC, the College of Dietitians of BC, the College of Occupational Therapists of BC, the College of Optometrists of BC, the College of Physical Therapists of BC, the College of Psychologists of BC, and the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC, the amalgamation team has announced the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.

Dianne Millette, current Registrar of the College of Physical Therapists of BC, has been appointed to the role and will serve as CEO of the new multi-profession regulatory college. Lisa Bannerman will continue to oversee the College of Opticians of BC until amalgamation; likewise, the registrars of the other six amalgamating colleges, including Dianne, will remain in their current roles in the lead-up to the transition. Effective June 28, 2024—the date the seven colleges amalgamate—Dianne will assume the full-time role of CEO of the new college.

Role of the CEO before amalgamation

Before amalgamation, the CEO will be focused on business and budget planning, building relationships with partners, and—in particular—establishing the new college’s staffing and culture to ensure continuity of regulatory operations following amalgamation.

Proposed new college name

The Ministry of Health has proposed the following name for the new college: the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC. The deadline for feedback on this name was January 12, 2024. We will confirm the new college’s name once the Ministry has made a final decision.

As a reminder, COBC is being directed by the Ministry of Health to amalgamate with these six other colleges. The amalgamation is part of the Ministry of Health’s multi-year initiative to modernize BC’s health profession regulatory framework. More information is available on the Ministry of Health’s Professional Regulation webpage.

We will continue to keep you updated as the amalgamation work progresses; please watch our Amalgamation resource page for updates! And, as always, please don’t hesitate to contact us at reception@cobc.ca if you have questions.