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.  

District 1 (2 Councillors) -  Peace River, Cariboo Central Interior, and Kootenay Boundary Branches and 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 local geographical region, or if outside of British Columbia, to the Registrant At Large group, and may attend all professional development events and the Branch AGM.  Registrants may participate in professional development events or AGMs hosted by any Branch of BCIA.

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

The Branch Executive

The Branch Executive is elected at the Branch AGM.  All positions on the Committee are volunteer.  Before, or during the AGM, Registrants nominate candidates for open positions.  If there is only one candidate nominated for a position, they are confirmed without a vote. If there is more than one candidate, each candidate is asked to state why they would like to serve on the Branch Executive.  A vote of Registrants present is then taken.

The Branch Executive:

  • coordinates Branch Executive 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 performs the necessary duties for the good governance of the Branch.

Branch meetings and AGMs follow Robert's Rules of Order.  (Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised in Brief; 2004; Henry M. Robert III, William J. Evans, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas H. Balch or the latest edition thereof). 

The document Conducting an Annual General Meeting was developed specifically for BCIA Branches.  Branch Executives are encouraged to view this document before holding their AGMs.

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

Join your Branch Executive 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.