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This site is for British Columbia AGD existing and potential members. We hope you will visit the site frequently. Add this Web site to your Favorites and check back for continuing education opportunities and other relevant issues.


The British Columbia Academy of General Dentistry (BC AGD) is a constituency of the AGD, a society that has represented dentists throughout Canada and the US since 1952.  The AGD currently boasts approximately 40,000 members positioning it as the second largest dental body in North America. The BC provincial branch of the AGD has been in existence since the early 1970s compliments of the efforts of its founders, Vancouver dentists Drs. Ken Neuman, the late Mike Balanko and the late John Nasedkin. 

The AGD has established itself as a leader in protecting the professional privileges of the general dentist advocating in response to the actions of government, dental regulators and dental specialties.  Most recently, the BC AGD acted on behalf of its members to oppose the original BC College of Dental Surgeon’s proposed guidelines on the ‘Practitioner - Patient Boundary Relationship’.  As a result of its efforts, and those of others, dentists in BC have been able to maintain the luxury of their freedom to treat any individuals as they see fit.

Although the AGD is renown for serving as the voice for the general dentist, it is arguably best identified for its accreditation process.  The Academy is one of a handful of organizations that provides the opportunity for a dentist to earn an internationally recognized Fellowship (FAGD) or Mastership (MAGD) through its rigorous continuing education (CE) requirements.

The provincial chapter of the Academy is focused primarily on providing its members with subsidized CE to aid in their quest for Fellowship or Mastership credentialization.  In addition, the BC AGD aspires to promote the betterment of dentistry within the province through its support of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry.  The constituency sponsors an annual monetary prize that is awarded to the 4th year dental student whom has demonstrated the greatest improvement in their clinical skill.  The BC AGD also provides CE to the dental students.  The Academy has hosted countless UBC dental students to dozens of free CE events!

Membership in the AGD has tremendous value.  All AGD members are entitled to six free annual clinical dental webinars.  The value of this CE perk alone would significantly exceed the cost of membership!  Through the efforts of its Board and generosity of its sponsors, the BC AGD has been able to provide its provincial members with a vast array of exclusive discounts for dental products and services.  A list of available benefits can be found on the BC AGD "news" webpage.

To acquire information on the 2016-2017 BC AGD continuing education schedule, or to register for an upcoming CE program, please visit www.BCAGDcourses.com  Social media users can follow the public BC AGD news feed on either www.facebook.com/bcagd or www.twitter.com/bcagd  Membership in the BC AGD is conveniently achieved through its online submission process at cst.agd.org Questions about the BC AGD can be directed to myself at bcagd1@hotmail.com

Promoting and paving the way to excellence for more than sixty years, the AGD has established itself as a leader within the profession and arguably the premier organization for general dentistry.


Dr. Matt Illes

BC AGD President
Regional Director AGD Western Canada

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