Call for Registrant Councillor Nominations: Regional Electoral District 1 (Peace River, Cariboo Central Interior and Kootenay Boundary Branches and Registrants at Large). One (1) Councillor position is available.
Nominations will be accepted from Monday, January 10, 2022, to Friday, January 28, 2022, 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council is responsible for the strategic and professional direction of BCIA, under the Agrologists Regulation and the associated Professional Governance Act [SBC.2018 Ch.49]. Council currently consists of seven (7) elected voting Registrant Councillors, including the President and Vice President, and four (4) Lay Councillors appointed by the Cabinet of British Columbia, and the immediate Past President as a non-voting Councillor.
Council has oversight of BCIA's activities, budget and organizational compliance. Councillors are entrusted to protect the public interest in British Columbia's natural and environmental resources and direct the organization's activities 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 office staff in accordance with the annual budget approved by Council.
The Council adopted an election process last year whereby seven (7) Registrant Councillors are elected via online voting.
The seven (7) Registrant Councillors are composed of:
- Two (2) Registrant Councillors from District 1 (Kootenay Boundary, Cariboo Central Interior and Peace River Branches and Registrants At Large);
- Two (2) Registrant Councillors from District 2 (Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and Kamloops Branches) and
- Three (3) Registrant Councillors from District 3 (Vancouver and Victoria and Islands Branches)
BCIA welcomes nominations for election to a three-year position as a Registrant Councillor for Regional Electoral District 1. After the election, this position will immediately commence upon the online virtual 2022 provincial General Meeting set for June 1, 2022.
Nominees must be BCIA Registrants in good standing from the District 1 branches (Peace River, Cariboo Central Interior, and Kootenay Boundary Branches OR be a Registrant At Large) for 2022. They 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 essential that candidates understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of Council and have the necessary knowledge and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to Council decision-making and oversight. BCIA's commitment to good governance includes an onboarding session.
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 broad 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 reflects British Columbia's diversity, 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 10, 2022, and Friday, January 28, 2022, 11:59 pm Pacific time at email@example.com. Please note that Registrants are allowed to nominate themselves.
- Contact information
- A current CV or resume
- A recent passport-style photograph OR headshot;
- A cover letter of up to 500 words that describes how the candidate meets the capabilities, qualifications or skills required for the vacant position and states any potential conflicts of interest the candidate may have if elected to this position.
All nominees will be assessed by the Nomination Committee using the processes outlined in Sections 25 and 26 of the Professional Governance Act and Sections 5 and 6 of the Professional Governance Act General Regulation. If the Nomination Committee confirms more than one nominee as a candidate, an election will be held in accordance via BCIA's online voting system from 9:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2022, to Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11:59 pm Pacific time.
Voting instructions will be provided to all eligible voters together with the list of candidates by Tuesday, March 8, 2022. If the Nomination Committee validates only one candidate, the Nomination Committee will accept that candidate.
Elected Councillors are expected to make themselves available to fulfill Council responsibilities, including the requirement to meet four to eight times annually, by audio or video conference calls, or at physical meetings in Richmond.
Elected members of the Council are entitled to reimbursement for expenses based on current BCIA travel rates; otherwise, this is a volunteer position.
George Geldart, PAg, Chair