!CALL for NOMINATIONS!
**REGISTRANT COUNCILLOR** (two (2) vacancies)
BCIA Regional Electoral District 2 (Kamloops, Okanagan & Fraser Valley Branches)
Nominations will be accepted between Monday January 11, 2021 and Friday January 22, 2021 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCIA's Provincial Council (“Council”) is responsible for the strategic and professional direction of the Institute, in accordance with the Agrologists Act [SBC.2003 Ch.13] and the Professional Governance Act [SBC.2018 Ch.49]. Council currently consists of seven (7) elected voting Registrant Councillors including the President and Vice President, up to four (4) Lay Councillors appointed by the Government of British Columbia and the immediate Past President as a non voting Councillor. Council establishes priorities with oversight of the Institute’s activities, budget and organizational compliance. Councillors are entrusted to protect the public interest and to direct the activities of the organization as a whole rather than in their own interest or that of any specific group, Regional Electoral District or Branch. BCIA operates in accordance with a policy governance model with all operational decisions being made by staff in accordance with the annual budget approved by Council.
As of February 29th, 2020 Council adopted a new Regional Electoral District election process whereby a total of seven (7) Registrant Councillors will be elected by an on-line voting system. The seven (7) Registrant Councillors are composed of two (2) Registrant Councillors from each of Districts 1 (Kootenay Boundary, Cariboo Central Interior and Peace River Branches plus Registrants at large), District 2 (Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and Kamloops Branches) and three (3) Registrant Councillors from District 3 (Vancouver and Victoria & Islands Branches) rather than the previous system of one (1) Registrant Councillor elected from each of the eight (8) BCIA Branches. Once the Professional Governance Act is fully implemented all terms will be for a three (3) year period, however, for purpose of transition to ensure staggered end dates, BCIA can utilize different term lengths.
BCIA welcomes nominations for election to either a one-year OR a three-year position as a Registrant Councillor from Regional Electoral District 2. After election this position will commence immediately upon the conclusion of the on line virtual 2021 BCIA Annual General Meeting set for May 18, 2021.
Nominees must be Registrants of BCIA in good standing of the Kamloops, Okanagan or Fraser Valley Branches for 2021 and should have experience in vision and goal setting, problem solving, relationship building, policy governance, and organizational leadership.
Experience and Qualifications
While previous experience as a Councillor is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of Council and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to Council decision-making and oversight. Part of the BCIA’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation and ongoing professional development for council members.
All Nominees should possess the following personal attributes:
- high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
- appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
- able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
- flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
- capable of a wide perspective on issues;
- knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting BCIA and the natural resource sector;
Diversity and Inclusion
To support a strong Council that reflect the diversity of our province, 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 as nominees.
For consideration please provide the following documents to the BCIA office between Monday January 11, 2021 and Friday January 22, 2021 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time at email@example.com . Please note that Registrants are allowed to nominate themselves.
- Contact Information
- Current CV/Resume
- Current passport style photograph
- Cover letter (maximum 500 words) outlining how the Registrant meets the capabilities, qualifications or skills required for the vacant position and confirming what, if any, potential conflicts of interest the potential candidate may have if elected to this position. PLEASE CONFIRM THE POSITION YOU WISH TO STAND FOR - THE ONE YEAR OR THE THREE YEAR TERM POSITION.
All nominees will be assessed by the BCIA Nomination Committee as potential candidates using the processes outlined in Sections 25 and 26 of the Professional Governance Act and Sections 5 and 6 of the Professional Governance General Regulation. If the Nomination Committee confirms more than one nominee as a candidate an election will be held in accordance with the new BCIA on-line voting system with voting open from 9:00 am Wednesday, March 10, 2021 to 11:59pm Saturday, March 13, 2021 Pacific Standard Time. Voting instructions will be provided to all eligible voters together with the list of Candidates no later than March 1, 2021. If only one candidate is validated by the Nomination Committee for a position that candidate will be deemed to be acclaimed into the position.
- Elected Councillors are expected to make themselves available to fulfill Council responsibilities which include the requirement to meet on 4 to 8 occasions each year either by personal meetings or by conference call in.
- Elected members of Council are entitled to reimbursement for expenses based on current BCIA rates.
George Geldart, PAg, Chair of Nomination Committee