Chief Executive Officer

Location: Anywhere in Canada, with a commitment to travel as required.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) is the body responsible for accrediting dental, dental specialty, dental residency, dental hygiene, and dental assisting education programs in Canada. CDAC also develops and approves requirements for institutional dental services. In Quebec, dental services accredited by the Ordre des dentistes du Québec are recognized by CDAC.

Reporting to a national Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is a strategic and operational leader with demonstrated experience leading an organization in a time of change and evolution, as well as in managing and overseeing vital operations including Board Governance/Reporting, Finance, People & Culture, Strategic Planning, Strategic Communications, and Member/Stakeholder Relations. The CEO champions innovative accreditation best practices, effective planning, prioritization, and timely decision-making, while creating a positive workplace environment and promoting a culture of hard work, service, and quality. The CEO understands the big picture and is adept at finding creative, strategic, and practical solutions to problems. The CEO will ensure that CDAC is well positioned to meet current and future organizational challenges, positioning CDAC as a successful model for excellence in dental accreditation in Canada and internationally.

As the ideal candidate, you possess a solution-oriented approach, a ‘roll-up your sleeves’ attitude, and a high degree of resourcefulness to get things done, positioning CDAC for ongoing success and impact. You are an inspiring, resourceful, and trusted administrator with a performance and process-improvement mindset, and excellent change management and operational decision-making skills. You are known as an active listener and a credible leader with exceptional relationship management and communication skills that inspire confidence. You have demonstrated experience directing and leading staff to achieve organizational targets and objectives, and a solid understanding of how technology can support an organization of similar nature, continually evaluating opportunities for streamlining systems and operations. Your experience in a comparable organization in the health care regulatory or accreditation space would be an asset, as would your language proficiency in both English and French, your advanced degree in business administration or finance, and your CAE (Certified Association Executive) and/or your ICD.C (Institute of Corporate Directors) designation.

If interested in leading a national accreditation body, or to learn more, please email Alain Pescador (

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

CDAC is strongly committed to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. CDAC invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.