BCIA's provincial Council is responsible for the strategic and professional direction of the Institute, within the guidelines of the Professional Governance Act and the BCIA Bylaws. Council ensures that BCIA’s goals are clear, and that the parameters and approval points are established. Council is focused on strategic issues and provides guidance to the President, Vice President and senior management.
Commitment of Councillors
The members of the provincial Council meet throughout the year. Council members are expected to make themselves available and to participate fully, in order to fulfill their Council responsibilities which include the requirement to meet four to six times each year. Additional business may be conducted by email and/or video/conference call. Councillors need to be aware of the issues facing the agrology profession in order to participate in Council discussions. Councillors also represent BCIA to stakeholders by providing information on BCIA’s goals and accomplishments. Council individuals are entitled to reimbursement for expenses based on provincial government rates.
Council shall consist of seven (7) BCIA Registrant Councillors, and up to four (4) Lay Councillors.
As per Bylaw 4 the Council must consist of:
(a) the President, who must be a Registrant Councillor, and whose term may commence after serving a term as Vice President;
(b) the Vice President, who must be a Registrant Councillor, elected in accordance with these Bylaws;
(c) the immediate Past-President who may serve as a non-voting member of Council for the period of up to two calendar years from the close of the BCIA's annual general meeting in the year in which the persons’ term as President ends;
(d) up to four lay Councillors appointed under Section 27 of the PGA at least one of which must be present at any meeting, proceeding or hearing of Council;
(e) a maximum of 7 Registrant Councillors allocated between and elected from the Regional Electoral Districts outlined in then current written BCIA policies.
Of the 7 Registrant Councillors:
- 2 Registrant Councillors are elected from Regional Electoral District 1 being the geographical areas represented by the Peace River/Cariboo Central Interior/ Kootenay Boundary Branches plus all Registrants at-large, and;
- 2 Registrant Councillors are elected from Regional Electoral District 2 being the geographical area represented by the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Kamloops Branches, and;
- 3 Registrant Councillors are elected from Regional Electoral District 3 being the geographic area represented by the Vancouver and Victoria & Islands Branches.
Role of Council
There are five ways in which Council meets its leadership responsibilities:
- Defining the strategic direction of the organization
- Setting the macro policies of the organization
- Providing financial and legal stewardship
- Monitoring and evaluating organizational effectiveness
- Hiring and evaluating the Chief Executive Director/Registrar
District 1 Councillors
District 2 Councillors
District 3 Councillors
Non-Voting Council Member
Lay Councillors: Government Order In-Council Appointees (volunteers)