Lay Committee Member Positions Available

This notice of position is a general call for interested candidates wishing to be considered for lay committee member positions by the BC Institute of Agrologists,  governed under the Professional Governance Act (PGA).  Candidates must NOT be registrants of BCIA.

Lay Members Sought for Six (6) BCIA Statutory Committees

Governance

In accordance with the Professional Governance Act (“PGA”), the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (“BCIA”) is governed by a council consisting of  seven (7) Registrant Councillors [who must be licensed as a Registrants in good standing of the BCIA], including the president and vice president and four (4) lay councillors who cannot be registrants of BCIA, but can be registrants of another regulatory body which is subject to the PGA, plus a non voting seat reserved for the immediate Past President of BCIA.

The BCIA Council may authorize committees to exercise a power, authority, or jurisdiction of the council, other than bylaw-making authority. Councillors, both Registrant and Lay, are prohibited from serving on committees.  The PGA requires that every statutory committee and additional committees, if any, that have mandates which involve matters subject to the PGA must have at least one lay committee member present at every meeting, proceeding or hearing conducted by the respective committee. Given this requirement the BCIA is looking for several lay members for each of its committees. The PGA requires that the BCIA must have five statutory committees which are governed in compliance with the PGA, the BCIA’s Bylaws, and  Terms of Reference approved by the BCIA Council. These committees are as follows:

  • Nomination Committee administers the nomination of Registrants who are qualified to be nominated for election to Council or the appointment of a Chair of a statutory committee in accordance with the process and selection principles of the PGA, BCIAs’ bylaws and applicable regulations;
  • Credentials Committee advises Council on matters related to the accreditation and eligibility of applicants to be licensed as a Registrant of BCIA. This committee receives applications for enrolment, admission or reinstatement as a registrant of a regulatory body, and subsequently acts to grant the application (with or without conditions), place limitations on the registration, or reject the application with written reasons;
  • Audit and Practice Review Committee advises Council on matters related to audits and practice reviews of BCIA Registrants in accordance with the PGA and BCIA’s bylaws. This committee is also responsible for the development, implementation and enforcement of mandatory continuous annual learning by every BCIA Registrant;
  • Investigations Committee investigates complaints respecting the conduct or competence of a Registrant in accordance with the PGA and BCIAs’ Bylaws. This committee can determine remedial action, consent orders, alternative complaint resolution, or issue a citation to bring a matter before a discipline hearing panel;
  • Discipline Committee establishes panels of committee members to conduct hearings respecting citations issued by the Investigations Committee and make determinations for possible disciplinary action, if any, against a Registrant in accordance with the PGA and BCIAs’ Bylaws;
  • Governance Committee, this committee is not a statutory committee required by the PGA; however, it  does advise the BCIA Council on matters subject to the PGA, such as proposed bylaw and code of ethics amendments, and therefore lay committee members are required.

Term and Time Commitment

Lay committee member terms are two (2) years in duration with the possibility of successive appointments. The number of times a committee must meet per year varies with its mandate and generally is at the discretion of the Chair. Certain committees such as the Investigations and the Discipline Committees are reactive in nature and therefore the time commitment is dependent on the number and types of complaints received by BCIA.

Compensation

BCIA covers all expenses required by a committee member to fulfill their respective obligations; however no remuneration is paid directly.

Recruitment Process

BCIA staff and committee chairs will complete a merit based assessment of lay committee member applicants based on the competencies, experience and skills identified as required for committee members. This process may involve an interview of short-listed candidates. Recommendations from the assessment process are provided to the BCIA Council, which is the body responsible for appointing lay committee members.

Experience and Qualifications

While previous experience as a committee member is not required, it is important that candidates understand the roles and responsibilities of the positions and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to committee decision-making and oversight.

BCIA's commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new committee members and ongoing professional development.

Diversity and Inclusion

Individuals from all regions of British Columbia are invited to participate in the regulatory roles of the committees. BCIA will consider qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments, and will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles, paid employment and academic achievements during the selection process.

To support a pool of strong lay committee candidates that reflect the diversity of British Columbia, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.

Competencies/Attributes

Successful candidates must:

  • be a BC resident;
  • not be a registrant of the BCIA;
  • have no immediate family members in the agrology profession;
  • be free of conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest and;
  • have time to devote to committee business.

Specific Skills and Experience

Lay committee members should ideally possess a combination of skills and experience relevant to a committee’s oversight responsibilities. These include:

  • Previous experience as a volunteer with a similar organization;
  • Experience in professional regulation and knowledge of the standards of practice and standards of professional ethics;
  • Operational or technical expertise relevant to the responsibilities of a committee (e.g., legal, HR, governance, public sector administration, credentialing, etc.);
  • An understanding and appreciation of the development of policy and decision-making in a large, complex system, to ensure that decisions are based on objective principles, and informed by evidence and best practice.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – All personal information collected by the BCIA is for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to: JP Ellson, Executive Director and Registrar, Phone: 250-380-9292, Email: ed@bcia.com.

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

Please provide a current resume/CV, including contact information to laycommittee@email.bcia.com . All applicants will be contacted directly by BCIA staff within seven (7) business days of submission. Any questions prior to submitting this information can be directed to JP Ellson, Executive Director and Registrar, at ed@bcia.com.