JP Ellson
BA, Hon.Cert., LLB, CEO and Registrar, In House Legal Counsel

A decisive action-orientated individual who works passionately to achieve positive results with hard work, compassion, and honour. With responsibility for developing new business models within a cooperative model; designing a realistic governance framework for exciting new initiatives, and delivering positive growth metrics - I have a track record of innovation, creativity, and success.

Laurena Olsen
Deputy Registrar

Laurena started with the BC Institute of Agrologists in 2004, holding positions in varying capacities, with 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 Credentials Committee ensuring new Registrants meet the standards of an agrology professional. 

Thahsina (Tess) Karuvetti
MA Interdisciplinary Studies, MA Global Management. Administrative and Financial Officer

Tess is an environmentally conscious diversity advocate who believes in expanding her perspective with continuous learning. Before joining BCIA, Tess worked as a strategic planner and has over ten years of experience in varying administrative and project coordination roles.

Tess joined BCIA in 2021 as their Administrative Officer and soon took on the duties of Financial Officer. Her role caters to the administrative aspects of the articling program, student enrollment, database information, and financial aspects of the office operations and Registrant activities. She is thrilled to be part of an organization with stewardship practices that align closely with her values.

When not at work, Tess keeps active and enjoys exploring hiking trails with her kids - whose sports schedule keeps her mainly occupied otherwise. She is a connoisseur of local markets, arts, cultural shows, and delectable tarts. 

Lea Tyrrell
Communications Specialist

Dedicated to helping BCIA enhance their online business presence with custom content development involving visual design, photography, and videography, critical thinking for website design, problem-solving techniques, research, social media management, and digital marketing for business storytelling in advertising promotions and digital marketing campaigns.

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