Dr. James B. A. Bonar, DMD


Dr. Bonar joined the CDSPI Board of Directors in May 2013. He was elected as Vice-Chair of the CDSPI Board in May 2021 and is a past Chair of the CDSPI Human Resources Committee. He currently serves as a member of CDSPI’s Human Resources Committee and Risk Management Committee.

Prior to that, he served 15 years as Chair of the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA) Committee on Insurance and Investment and as the MDA voting member to CDSPI. He also served on the MDA Economics Committee during that period. Dr. Bonar sold his practice to his daughter and son-in-law and now practices 3 days a week.

Additional Experience

Dr. Bonar has served as President of the MDA, Western Manitoba Dental Society and Brandon Pioneers, and as the Brandon Regional Hospital’s Chief of Dentistry. His professional service includes seven years as MDA voting delegate to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and five years on the CDA Audit Committee.

He has received the MDA award of merit, the MDA President’s award of merit, and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Dr. Bonar is a 1983 graduate of the University of Manitoba who established two dental practices following six years in the Canadian Forces Dental Services. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Dr. Bonar was appointed Chair of the MDA Blue Ribbon Panel from 2018-2020, tasked with reviewing the Peer Review Process of the MDA.