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
BBA, MA ID- Environmental Communication & Education, MA- Global Management. Operations & Finance Coordinator

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, marketing, and project coordination roles. She also holds certifications in Lean Six Sigma and Quality Management Systems Auditing. 

Tess' role caters to the head office operations, supporting the CEO with budget preparation, financial reporting, and administrative aspects of quarterly board meetings. She works with the Deputy Registrar to manage Registrant activities/ enrollment, communications, and database information; she also liaises with Branches to support their budgetary needs. Tess is thrilled to be part of an organization that strives for good governance while upholding the public interest. She is inspired by solution-oriented, collaborative leadership and process efficiencies. 

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” —Bob Kerrey

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 the delivery of 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.  Her goal is to find interesting, applicable training and create a stimulating online learning platform that also allows for networking opportunities. 

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