This page is where you will find public information related to complaints made to COBC about the conduct of Licensed Opticians in BC.
Discipline hearings and outcomes
A discipline hearing is an adjudicative process where the Discipline Committee, an independent statutory decision-making body, hears witness testimony and reviews documentary evidence to determine whether allegations listed in citations are proven.
Outcomes from a disciplinary hearing can range from no further action being taken to suspension or cancellation of registration.
Discipline Committee decisions can be appealed to the British Columbia Supreme Court.
All citations listing allegations against a registrant are published on the COBC website. The allegations are not proven until a full discipline hearing has taken place and a written decision rendered by the Discipline Committee.
Hearings are open to the public to attend. If you wish to attend a hearing, please contact COBC at email@example.com at least one week in advance of the date you’d like to attend for further details.
Click on a registrant’s name to view notice.
|Registrant Name & Licence Number||Type||Date of Hearing|
|Sohrab Mohammadi (Former Registrant #2010)||Citation||Rescheduled to|
December 4-8, 2023
December 11-15, 2023
Inquiry Committee outcomes
The majority of complaints are resolved through a consensual resolution process. The process results in a formal, legal agreement between a registrant and COBC (approved by the Inquiry Committee). Each agreement outlines the action that the optician has agreed to take to address the issue or issues identified during the investigation process.
|Registrant Name & Licence Number||Type||Year of Notice|
|Shena Storness-Bliss (#2337)||Undertaking||2023|
|Mahmood Savji (#1894)||Consent Agreement||2021|
|Charles Cheung (#939)||Undertaking||2020|
|Tom Hoedeman (#1012)||Consent Agreement||2020|
|William Lougheed (#950)||Press Release||2015|
|Steve Wiens (#1334)||Undertaking||2015|
|Stacey Wiens (#1333)||Undertaking||2015|