RMTBC appoints new associate director

Massage Therapy Canada staff
July 19, 2016
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
Gordon MacDonald
Gordon MacDonald
VANCOUVER – The Registered Massage Therapists' Association of B.C. (RMTBC) has created a new associate director role and appointed Gordon MacDonald to the post. MacDonald is a senior executive experienced in regulation, health care and education, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The new appointment comes on the heels of the association experiencing "tremendous growth," according to Brenda Locke, RMTBC executive director.

"We are constantly expanding and adapting our continuing education programs with conferences, seminars and learning situations that offer our members instruction from the best in the world. We need to provide the best possible environment for our members to succeed in their careers and in the community.

"Our commitment to developing and upholding the highest possible health care standards and regulations is a prime mandate of our organization. Gordon brings us a wealth of experience in health care, human resources and regulation, and we eagerly await his joining our team as we continue to firmly establish the RMTBC in the greater health care milieu in B.C.," Locke said in a press release issued by the RMTBC.

Gordon has held various senior roles within B.C.'s health care, education and regulatory sectors. He was a senior consultant to Health Match BC, where he was responsible for collaborating with each of the province's health authorities in the recruitment of registered nurses and allied health professionals. Other notable appointments include vice-president of regulation and program development for the CIBT Education Group, associate director at Douglas College, executive director and registrar of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC, and program director of the Health Care Labour Adjustment Agency of BC.

"I'm very excited to join the RMTBC and share my knowledge and experience as we meet the challenges and opportunities in moving the profession forward," MacDonald said in the press release.

The RMTBC said Gordon's past "strategic leadership" in working with provincial and national health regulatory bodies and his experience in leading a number of key projects in the health sector will be of tremendous benefit to the RMTBC. He was instrumental in the development of educational courses for a variety of health professionals, including nurses and MRTs, and was also involved in developing Prior Learning Assessment tools for internationally educated health-care professionals. Gordon has served on several boards and committees, including the Health Human Resources Advisory Committee, the Pandemic Strategy Committee for the BC Ministry of Health, and the BC Labour Force Development Board of the Ministry of Labour.

There are currently more than 3,700 registered massage therapists practicing in British Columbia.

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