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About NDEB

About NDEB

Our role in the profession

Created by an Act of Parliament, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) has been given the mandate to establish a single national standard for general dentists in Canada and to develop and administer examinations to confirm individuals who apply for registration as dentists have met the national standard.

The NDEB works in collaboration with the Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, and the provincial Dental Regulatory Authorities to support quality dental care in Canada.



Contributing to the oral health of Canadians by providing a fair, valid and reliable evaluation of competence for the certification of dentists.

NDEB Board

The NDEB Board is composed of 12 members. Each provincial dental regulatory authority appoints one member and two members are appointed by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). There is also a public representative appointed to the Board. The Board meets annually.
Executive Committee Finance & Audit Committee Examinations Committee By-laws Committee Appeals Committee Nominating Committee Research Committee

Current Board Members

James Richardson
Past President, British Columbia

Mintoo Basahti

Andrew Rowe
New Brunswick

Sneha Abhyankar

Jan Sheppard Kutcher
Public Representative

Stefan Piche

Noha Gomaa

Alan Robinson
Prince Edward Island

Debora Matthews
CDAC Representative

Marie Dagenais
Executive Director & Registrar

Amarjit Singh Rihal
President, Manitoba

Stefan Haas-Jean
Vice President/Treasurer, Québec

Tanya Cook
Nova Scotia

Jim Posluns
CDAC Representative

Strategic Initiatives

The 2019-2024 strategic plan identifies the NDEB’s key result areas (KRAs) for the next five years.

The plan will strengthen NDEB’s role in contributing to oral health in Canada, and how it can best evaluate the competence of dentists now and in the future.

Transition to electronic exam delivery-769


Transition all paper-based tests to electronic delivery with a view to enhancing relevance, reliability, security, efficiency, consistency, and accessibility.


  • Transition 100% of paper based exams to electronic format
  • Implement operational plans to prepare staff for transition
  • Investigate and implement new developments in testing and evaluation
  • Leverage psychometric and related expertise to maintain validity and reliability
Review the Equivalency Process Blueprint-111


Evaluate/review the existing Equivalency Process and establish recommendations for improvement.


  • Appoint working group representative of stake-holders to lead review process
  • Evaluate existing Equivalency Process and identify strengths and weaknesses
  • Investigate alternative testing techniques
  • Leverage psychometric and related expertise to maintain validity and reliability
Strengthen communication with stakeholders-117


Enhance relationships with stakeholders characterized by open communication and collaboration.


  • Increase awareness of NDEB’s roles and responsibilities among stakeholders
  • Identify key stakeholders and approaches to collaboration
  • Implement internal communication strategy to communicate change and activities to staff, Board members and committee members
Manage Risks-114


Implement a risk management program to strengthen the governance and management of the organization.


  • Identify, prioritize, and develop mitigating strategies for key risks in the areas of operations, legal, financial, governance, and internal and external succession planning
  • Determine and plan recovery strategies
  • Monitor environment for new and potential risks annually