Districts & Branches

Districts

Under the Professional Governance Act (PGA) and the BCIA Bylaws, the Council structure includes seven (7) registrant councillors and up to four (4) lay councillors plus the immediate Past President (a non-voting position), and is comprised of registrants from three (3) districts based on the number of registrants in each branch as follows:   

District 1 (2 Councillors) -  Peace River, Cariboo Central Interior, and Kootenay Boundary branches plus the Registrant-at-Large category (registrants residing outside of BC);
District 2 (2 Councillors) -  Kamloops, Okanagan, and Fraser Valley branches;
District 3 (3 Councillors) -  Vancouver, and Victoria and Islands branches.

To comply with the PGA, Council has directed that the election of Councillor(s) be done by each district, via online voting. See BCIA Council for more details on Council's structure and role.

Branches

BCIA has eight (8) regional branches in the province. Registrants are assigned to the branch in their region and should attend professional development events and the branch AGM.  BCIA registrants are welcome to participate in events hosted by other branches.

View the Map of BC with the branch regions.

Branch Annual General Meetings (AGMs)

Branches typically hold their AGMs in the following months:

  Cariboo Central Interior - October     Okanagan - January
  Fraser Valley - January      Peace River - December
  Kamloops - November     Vancouver - February 
  Kootenay Boundary -  October     Victoria & Islands - October

Each branch elects a Branch Executive Committee at their annual AGM.  The Branch Executive Committee is expected to: 

  • provide professional development and networking opportunities within the local region.  Activities may also include assisting in the planning of professional development for the provincial conference, which occurs on a rotating basis;
  • administer the Articling Program within the branch;
  • administer the Professional Oath for newly graduated or newly registered PAgs and TAgs at a branch executive meeting or another branch event when members of the Executive Committee will be in attendance., e.g. a branch AGM.

Branch Executive Committee Roles

The Branch Executive Committee consists of volunteer registrants of BCIA branches who are elected (or appointed) to serve in various positions that make up the committee.

The Branch Executive Committee is elected annually at the branch AGM.  Before, or during the AGM, registrants are asked to nominate candidates for various positions on the committee.  If there is only one candidate nominated for a position, they are confirmed without a vote. If there is more than one candidate nominated, candidates are asked to state why they would like to serve on the Executive Committee and a vote of registrants present is subsequently taken.

The Branch Executive Committee:

  • coordinates Branch Executive Committee meetings and the Branch AGM;
  • organizes professional development activities regularly during the year;
  • manages the branch financial allocations;
  • communicates registrant concerns to BCIA.

The Branch Executive Committee is expected throughout the year, preferably monthly, to effectively carry out the duties associated with the governance of the branch.

Branch meetings and AGMs follow Robert's Rules of Order as outlined in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief; 2004; Henry M. Robert III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas H. Balch. 

The document Conducting an Annual General Meeting was specifically developed for BCIA branches.  Branch executives are encouraged to review this document before holding their respective branch AGMs.

Additional information on Robert's Rules of Order is also available at Eli Mina Consulting http://www.elimina.com/insights/articles-rules.html.

Join your Branch Executive Committee to:

  • learn about functions of BCIA at the branch and provincial levels;
  • assist in the development of professional development activities in your region;
  • meet new people and expand your professional network.

Download the PDF for an explanation of each position and the associated responsibilities of the Branch Executive Committee.