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 Meet our leadership team

Cynthia Johansen, Registrar & Chief Executive Officer

As Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia leads the largest health profession regulator in western Canada, ensuring the college fulfils its mandate to protect the public through the regulation of more than 60,000 nurses and midwives in B.C.—licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners, registered midwives, registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses. Founded on Sept. 1, 2020, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) is the first college in Canada to regulate both nurses and midwives.

Cynthia has a passion for regulation and recognizes opportunities to incorporate best practices into health care regulation to better protect the public. She has a track record of bringing people and organizations together – including government, other regulators and the public – to improve professional practice standards and transform health profession regulation.

Cynthia's regulatory career began in 2003, as Registrar of the College of Dental Hygienists of BC. In 2006, she joined the College of Registered Nurses of BC (CRNBC) as Director of Registration, Inquiry and Discipline and was subsequently appointed Registrar/CEO in 2012. Cynthia guided CRNBC through its transition to a college focused solely on public protection and was a catalyst for increased collaboration among health regulators within BC and across the country. She was also instrumental in bringing the province's nursing colleges together as a single regulator for all nursing designations in 2018. Cynthia served as Registrar and CEO of the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) prior to BCCNP and CMBC amalgamating to become BCCNM.

Cynthia represents BCCNM on the International Nurse Regulators Collaborative, a group of nurse and midwife regulators that includes the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Ireland. She is the President of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurses Regulators and a member of the NCLEX-RN Exam Committee. Cynthia is also the Chair of the BC Health Regulators, a society made up of the health profession regulatory colleges in B.C.

Cynthia holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in Leadership Studies, and an MSc in Information Management.