Jane Kerner, PAg
Interim CEO

Jane Kerner, PAg is the Interim CEO of the BCIA. Jane is responsible for day-to-day operations and directly reports to the Board of Directors.

Ryan O’Grady, PAg, PEng, MBA

We are excited to welcome Ryan O’Grady as the new Registrar of BCIA. Ryan oversees registration and application processes, as well as managing incoming complaints. Ryan welcomes inquiries regarding the Professional Governance Act (PGA), Regulated Practice and Reserved Practice (practice rights) and any other aspects of registration.

Laurena Olsen
Deputy Registrar

Laurena has been with the BC Institute of Agrologists since 2005, holding positions in varying capacities, the most recent being Deputy Registrar of BCIA.

Laurena manages and coordinates new application processing and entry to practice credential assessment. She assists with delivering the Articling Program and works closely with the Registrar and Credentials Committee, ensuring new registrants meet the standards of an agrology professional.

For questions relating to registration, application processes, course inquiries, and the Articling Program, please contact Laurena. Note that e-transcripts can be sent to Laurena at laurena.olsen@bcia.com.

Jasmine Wong
BA, BCOM - Provincial PD Coordinator

Jasmine joined BCIA in April 2023. Jasmine has a background in business and marketing with expertise in event planning to assist with delivering professional development to the registrants of the Institute. Jasmine invites Branch Executives to send their PD ideas and suggestions, as well as outside organizations to send their events to advertise on the BCIA events calendar. She aims to find interesting, applicable training and create a stimulating learning experience that allows for networking opportunities.

For questions relating to professional development, Jasmine will be happy to assist. Contact Jasmine by email or call directly at 250-858-8113. (works remotely)

Kara Hamilton
Finance Officer

Kara Hamilton is the Finance Officer of BCIA. After growing up and completing her undergraduate degree in Victoria, Kara moved across the country to attend law school. After 10 years as a lawyer, Kara successfully made the switch to finance & accounting. Branches and committees are invited to send all financial requests to Kara.

Jennifer Hobson
Administrative Assistant

BCIA welcomes Jennifer Hobson, an addition to our staff as Administrative Assistant, working specifically within the office in Langford on an interim contract. Jennifer will be the initial point of contact with inquiries and assist our Deputy Registrar, Laurena Olsen, with the paperwork and processing surrounding registrant applications, the Articling Program, office preparation for various meetings, and other internal office procedures and requirements.

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