CSHBC Board of Directors
The CSHBC Board of Directors is the College’s policy-making and governing body. The Board receives its authority from the Health Professions Act (the “Act”) and consists of four RSLP members, two RAUD members, two RHIP members, and five publicly-appointed members, all of whom are sworn to uphold the College’s public interest mandate. The Board’s oversight responsibilities ensure that CSHBC is managed in accordance with the duties and objects specified in the Act.
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Karen Derry, RSLP
Karen Derry works part-time with School District 43 providing speech and language services to children and youth. Karen is passionate about interprofessional collaborative practice and client- and family-centered care. She continues to be involved with speech and language clinical research.
Highlights of her career and education include the role of Associate Director for Interprofessional Practice at BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH), Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre from 2017 to July 2021. This role provided leadership and direction on professional practice, scope of practice, regulation, policy and clinical competency skills and development.
Karen held a Collaborative Practice Leadership position for Professional Practice at BCCH and SHHC and was the Professional Practice Leader for Speech-Language Pathology at BCCH and SHHC. Other roles included working with paediatrics and young adults at BCCH specializing in augmentative and alternative communication and acute rehabilitation. She graduated in 2000 from the University of British Columbia.
Nathan Doidge is the Director, Finance and Administration, at the Association of BC Forest Professionals. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) with experience in administrative roles at not-for-profits and broader public sector agencies.
Before relocating to Vancouver, Nathan was the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Nursing. He held administrative roles at Health Quality Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario, and the University Health Network.
Nathan is an avid volunteer. Recently, he served four years as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee with Sherbourne Health, a community-based centre focused on serving the LGBTQ+, homeless, under-housed and newcomer communities.
Charles Fontaine, RAUD, RHIP
Charles Fontaine is a dually Registered Audiologist (RAUD) and Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP) at the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Vancouver, where he’s managed a clinic and has provided hearing health services since 2005.
As a Clinical Instructor with the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Charles trains the next generation of clinicians. He is also the Chair of the CSHBC Governance Advisory Committee, and a member of the College’s Finance & Audit Committee (FAC). Wherever possible, he believes in a collaborative and educational approach to ensure clinical and ethical standards are maintained in the public interest.
Jamie Hack, RSLP
Jamie Hack leads speech-language pathology at the Centre for Ability in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is the Centre’s regional coordinator for the Vancouver region of the early intervention program. Jamie obtained his Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he practiced at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre.
Jamie is passionate about culturally competent trauma-informed care, interprofessional collaboration, and evidence-based practice. He strives to inform policies that improve speech and language support for the public. Jamie has served as the Chair of the College’s Quality Assurance & Professional Practice (QAPP) Committee since 2017. Jamie’s volunteer work includes serving on the board of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Resource Society since 2010.
Christine Harrison, RAUD
Christine Harrison is a retired Registered Audiologist (RAUD), and a member of CSHBC’s Inquiry Committee. She sat on the College Board from 2013-2016.
At Workers Compensation Board of BC (WorkSafeBC), Christine held positions of audiologist, occupational audiologist, and Manager of Certification Services. She assisted in the development of a province-wide digital database for hearing tests and administered the hearing conservation program in BC industry for eight years. She managed all mandated education and certification programs, including first aid attendants, blasters, divers, fallers, forklift operators, crane operators, traffic control persons, and Joint Health & Safety Committee members.
Christine graduated with her M.Sc. in 1977 and holds the Provincial Instructors Diploma and a Diploma in Adult Education. She helped develop the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) certification exam for audiologists and has held numerous positions, including President, of Speech and Hearing BC (SHBC).
Kris Hewitt, RHIP
Kris Hewitt develops continuing education courses in hearing care. He’s a mentor to those entering the field and serves on CSHBC regulatory and advisory committees.
As a dedicated, client-centred hearing care professional, Kris has experience in training & education, wholesale, clinic retail, as well as private practice ownership. He is a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP) since 2010.
After working in product education with Siemens Hearing Instruments, Kris became the British Columbia training and sales representative for Oticon Canada, before operating his own private practice on the Sunshine Coast.
Jack MacDermot, Public Representative, Chair
Jack MacDermot is a teacher on call with the Vancouver School Board. He has 30 years of experience in education, communications, and advocacy. Jack worked as a public school teacher, local union officer, and communications administrator. He has an abiding interest in protecting and strengthening public services. Jack was elected Board Chair in September 2021.
Dan Miller, Public Representative
Dan Miller is a Chartered Mediator through the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADRBC). He is a roster member of Mediate BC. In practice since 2004, he owns and operates Interior Mediation Services.
Before his career as a certified mediator, Dan worked as an insurance professional for more than 30 years in the roles of broker, adjuster, and manager, in communities throughout BC.
Currently, Dan volunteers as a board member of Developing World Connections, a non-profit organization located in Kamloops, BC. He is also a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Kamloops Daybreak, and the Finance & Audit Committee (FAC) Chair.
Marilyn Noort, RSLP
Marilyn Noort is a Professional Practice Leader for Speech and Language Pathology at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospitals, and Sunny Hill Health Centre (SHHC). She works extensively with children with autism, hearing loss, mental health issues, learning deficits, and other complex disabilities. She serves as a member of the CSHBC Inquiry Committee.
Marilyn began her career as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) 30 years ago, after graduating from the University of British Columbia.
She’s volunteered on many committees and initiatives over the years, including Speech and Audiology Canada committees drafting position papers for The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Terminology for Childhood Language Disorders in Canada.
Marilyn is passionate about her profession. She strongly believes the public deserves to have access to safe, ethical, and competent speech and hearing services.
Thelma O’Grady, Public Representative
Thelma O’Grady is a lawyer and a current member of the Registration Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. She is also the Chair of CSHBC’s Registration Committee. She has a long career in educating lawyers. She was one of the first Directors of Professional Development in a law firm in BC and founded the Vancouver Professional Development Network for law firms.
Passionate about the regulation of professions, Thelma served eight years as an elected Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia. During that time, she chaired the Legal Education Advisory Committee and the Equity & Diversity Committee. Thelma served on the Credentials Committee and the Complaints Review Committee. She also sat on discipline tribunals for both lawyers and realtors and contributed to written decisions for the Health Professions Review Board.
She has served as a board member for several organizations furthering legal education or equity and diversity issues.
Chelsea Van Tol, RSLP
Chelsea Van Tol works as a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist (RSLP) for the First Nations Education Steering Committee. She supports students virtually across the province.
Chelsea graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009. As an SLP in the Northwest Territories, she worked with all client age groups. She represented the Association of Northwest Territorial Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ANTSLPA) at meetings of the Pan Canadian Alliance and Canadian Alliance of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) at Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) conferences.
In 2014, Chelsea began her practice as the sole RSLP in the Revelstoke School District and later joined the SLP team working in the Salmon Arm School District.
Chelsea volunteers as the Director of Professional Education for Speech & Hearing BC. She participates at the Rural and Remote Providers Group meetings as a representative of RSLPs and Registered Audiologists (RAUDs).
Jon Waterhouse, RHIP, Vice-Chair
Jon Waterhouse serves as Chair of Douglas College’s Hearing Instrument Practitioner Professional Advisory Committee, representative on the Liaison Committee for Worksafe BC’s provider network, and as the Director of Professional Practice for Connect Hearing Canada.
He was elected to the CSHBC Board in September 2016. Jon has served as vice chair since December 2018. Jon’s role as Director of Professional Practice provides him with a unique perspective of the regulatory oversight for the hearing instrument dispensing profession across Canada. He has a keen interest in effective governance, the Board’s public protection mandate, and proper standards and risk mitigation strategies for registrants.
Jon has more than 20 years of professional experience as a Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP), in both private and government settings.