CLEAR Board of Directors Election 2020-2021 Candidate Position Statements


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Ronne Hines

Lise Betteridge

Corinne de Bruin

Michael Carpenter

John-Paul Ellson

Micah Matthews

Charlie Morrison


Ronne Hines

Candidate for the Office of President-Elect

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Lise Betteridge

Candidate for Regular Member Position on the Board of Directors

I am honored to be standing for election to the CLEAR Board of Directors.

I have been involved with CLEAR throughout my 10+ years in regulation – attending the Annual Education Conference (and later the Midyear Meetings and the International Conference), taking and then becoming a faculty member in the Executive Leadership Program, participating regularly in CLEAR webinars and symposia, and currently Chairing CLEAR's Administration, Legislation and Policy Subcommittee.


I feel extremely privileged to work as a regulator during times that are not only challenging but which also present so many opportunities for regulatory learning and growth. CLEAR, by promoting regulatory excellence through conferences and other offerings, plays a very important part in bringing us together as regulators, challenging us to learn, consider new ideas and perspectives, and move forward in the public interest.


I would welcome the opportunity to contribute further to CLEAR, adding to the excellent work and solid foundation built by previous boards and staff.


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Corinne de Bruin

Candidate for Regular Member Position on the Board of Directors

I am seeking appointment to the Board of Directors to broaden the way I contribute to CLEAR’s mandate of promoting regulatory excellence and to build on the excellent work done by CLEAR staff, previous Boards and CLEAR member organization participants.


Having been involved with CLEAR for the last four years, and with my background in licensure and regulation and my contributions with several CLEAR committees (administration, legislation and policy, international relations, and regulatory agency administration (chairperson)), regional symposia and the annual education conferences, I would bring my experience and passion for the CLEAR mandate to the Board. 


I particularly enjoy seeing innovative ideas about licensure, enforcement and regulation transform into CLEAR program offerings where everyone and their respective organizations, no matter the industry or profession, can impact their own regulatory environment with the takeaways from those ideas.


My areas of interest are:

  • Encouraging innovation in regulation
  • Increasing the ability of regulatory organizations to utilize information from common data sets to inform their strategic and operational business decisions
  • Optimizing lessons learned from regulatory changes to inform regulatory best practices
  • Promoting educational events that are timely, relevant, and varied
  • Encouraging a larger audience from the global regulatory community to participate with CLEAR
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Michael Carpenter
Candidate for Regular Member Position on the Board of Directors


I have always gained a lot from my involvement with CLEAR and am interested in joining the board of directors to help shape its future. 


All of our organizations and the professions with which we work are trying to plan and navigate our way through unprecedented times with little certainty about what the future and new normal might look like.  I am particularly keen to work with the board to ensure that CLEAR’s business model is adaptable and sustainable and that we explore opportunities for expanding CLEAR’s membership and reach to further strengthen our community of regulators.


I believe that my experience of working across multiple professions as well as in Europe and Australia will allow me to make a strong contribution to the board and to build on the excellent work that has been undertaken to date.


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John-Paul Ellson
Candidate for Regular Member Position on the Board of Directors

For the past three 3 years I have been involved in the drafting and ongoing implementation of the provincial Professional Governance Act. This legislation, based on the standards of right regulation emanating out of the United Kingdom over the past several years, is an extensive directive from government to increase the oversight of self regulated professions. Although there are strong arguments for increased oversight, governments can, at times, be driven by political stimulus rather than practicality and the pursuit of excellence. 

My experience with this legislation has been quite positive in that we have been able to maintain a respectful productive relationship with our provincial government. Given the extensive changes however to aspects such as a positive statutory duty to report on other persons, (not just professionals), the strong possibility exists that as the new wave of increased oversight spreads to other jurisdictions this positive experience may not be duplicated.

I believe that my ongoing experience with this regulatory evolution would be of benefit to other Regulators which is why I am asking for support for my election to the Board of Directors of CLEAR.


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Micah Matthews
Candidate for Regular Member Position on the Board of Directors

At the urging of my first mentor in state service, I began my involvement with CLEAR at the New Orleans, LA annual educational conference in 2014. I could not have been more surprised at what I had been missing. From the start, the knowledge of the membership in regulatory theory, research, and excellence has been at once humbling and inspiring. I served on several committees and soon chaired Regulatory Administration, the Administration, Legislative, and Policy sub-committee. I was honored to be the Annual Educational Conference Program Chair for the 2018 meeting in Philadelphia and again for the Seattle 2020 meeting. The impacts of COVID have presented unique challenges and I believe we are rising with CLEAR staff to meet them.


I am excited to put forward my name for election to the Board of Directors for my second full term. I believe there are several ways I bring a beneficial perspective to the Board. First, I serve what is considered a small/medium independent regulatory authority that is supported by an umbrella agency. Second, we are one of the few regulatory bodies to attain more independence since 2011 as opposed to losing autonomy to large organizations. Third, my organizational culture is based around innovation, lean thinking, and manageable change. Finally, I am working to lead a complete review and overhaul of my organization to identify and eliminate all sources of bias and discriminatory practices. This deep learning experience is something the Board is currently engaged in and I believe my knowledge and awareness in this area will continue to benefit the Board and the Membership.


If chosen for this position by the membership, I will continue to focus on several areas:

  • I believe strongly that CLEAR must diversify its membership. In the same way developed countries look for trading partners, CLEAR must pursue worldwide membership so new and better ideas may be exchanged while regulatory best practices become more widely distributed. The current protests around the world and especially in the U.S. during 2020 demonstrate the need for more diverse membership and representation.
  • There is lack of guidance for regulators in many areas dealing with data stewardship, regulatory database acquisition, information exchange, interstate/intercountry jurisdiction and mobility issues. CLEAR is uniquely positioned to credibly develop and distribute these resources. I have advocated for these trainings both at past and upcoming mid-year and annual meetings. If re-elected I will continue to push for education and vendor engagement in this area for the benefit of the members.
  • CLEAR must be the first to provide required, relevant, and innovative content in the majority of jurisdictions. Whether it is robust NCIT, ethical handling sexual misconduct cases, impactful board training, or how to respond to new and complex regulatory court decisions, it is imperative that CLEAR be there first with a quality offering. Equally important, the members and non-members alike must know about the offerings. I see this as essential to the viability of both the membership and CLEAR.
In closing, I thank the Board for their confidence in me this past term and ask you the members for your support to continue these efforts for an additional term. Thank you and I hope to “see” you in Seattle.

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Charlie Morrison
Candidate for Regular Member Position on the Board of Directors
I believe that integrity is inherent to every profession and that the public seeks assurance that the members of a profession are qualified and competent. I have been actively involved with CLEAR for the last 12 years. I welcome the opportunity to continue to advance CLEAR’s mission and enhancing its significant role in bringing regulators together to connect and to learn from each other, and by expanding our international membership. If elected to the Board, I will commit to furthering CLEAR’s mission with integrity and forward-thinking leadership in these unprecedented times.


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