College of





of British Columbia

New Appointed Board Member

Nov 5, 2020

With a vacancy on the Board having recently arisen due to the resignation of Mr. Shawn-Poppi Sabhaney, the College announces that, following a careful process, Dr. Eyal Lebel is appointed to fill the vacancy until December 31, 2021.

Dr. Lebel is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncturist, as well as a Master Herbalist of Western Herbal medicine. He practices acupuncture in Vancouver and has extensive knowledge and experience in nutrition, homeopathy, and natural supplements.

Dr. Lebel’s career highlights include:

  • 2005-2010 - taught Acupuncture and TCM at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC

  • 2003 - became one of Canada’s first 200 registered Doctors of TCM

  • 1999 - graduated from the International College of TCM

  • 1992 - graduated from the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing as a Master Herbalist.

With the remote working conditions occasioned by the pandemic, the Board and College Staff had determined that selecting an individual with substantive regulatory experience, ideally with the College, was in the best interest of the College and of the Board’s ability to operate. It was further determined that the candidate’s competencies should fall within the matrix used by the Board in past elections, and in the request for public appointment process:

  • Selflessness and an understanding of the College’s mandate to protect the public

  • Perspective of the various regions of the province

  • Gender diversity, to ensure that both men and women participate in decision-making

  • Experience with professional regulation, financial management and oversight

  • Understanding of administrative law, procedural fairness and quasi-judicial decision- making

  • Experience in chairing board and committee meetings and board leadership

  • Appreciation of the value of communications

  • Health system knowledge and leadership.

Of fourteen individuals considered, and the Board determined that Dr. Lebel was the best choice.

As Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee, he has shown selflessness and a clear understanding and appreciation of the College’s public protection mandate. He has considerable experience in chairing committee meetings and in board leadership and facilitation, both within the College and in other volunteer capacities. The appointment of a male registrant to replace another male registrant ensures that the Board maintains an equal proportion of male and female members.

The Board looks forward to Dr. Lebel’s contribution to fulfilling the public protection mandate of the College.