BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – December 2018

BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – December 2018


1. New Legislation - Professional Governance Act

2. 2019 Dues Invoices are now available

3. Upcoming Branch PD Events & AGMs

4. Featured Agrologist - Marg Crowley, P.Ag.

5. 2018 BCIA Scholarships Awarded

6. BC Land Summit 2019 and Trade Show Opportunity

7. Expedited Election for Councillor from Okanagan branch


8. Agrologists Canada update

9. Increase in Late Fee and Reinstatement Fee

10.  A.Ag to P.Ag Differential

11. Okanagan Branch Tour of Summerland Research and Development Centre

12. Victoria & Islands Branch AGM and Watershed Tour

13. Committee Members Stepping Down


  • Call for Agrologist of the Year 2018 nominations
  • AAgs can now record Articling Agrologist Program online
  • Changes to Professional Agrologist Stamp

November Website Additions 

PD Sessions/Conferences by Different Organizations

Job Postings



1. New Legislation - Professional Governance Act

On November 22, 2018, the Professional Governance Act (“Act”) passed third reading.  BCIA Council expects that some provisions from the Act will be implemented as of January 1, 2019.  Council  will continue to update BCIA members as they become aware of these provisions.  The summary of the Professional Governance Act highlighting sections of greatest interest to BCIA members is posted to the BCIA Member Resources.  (Please log in to view) 

2. 2019 Dues Invoices are now available

All members should now have received an email or mailed notice regarding their BCIA 2019 Dues Invoice.  Please log into your member profile to view your 2019 DUES Invoice .  You must record your 2018 PD hours and areas of practice BEFORE paying your 2019 membership dues.  Go to Members - Navigating the Members Area for information on How to enter your PD and Pay your Dues.  

3. Upcoming Branch PD and AGM Events

  • Fraser Valley Branch Christmas Social - Tues, Dec. 18, 5:30 - 9:00 pm  - at Brodeurs Bistro in Abbotsford.  Go to EVENTS to register.
  • Peace River Branch AGM - Fri. January 18, 2019 at Fort St. John Legion.  SAVE the DATE.  
  • Fraser Valley Branch AGM - Thur. January 24, 2019.  SAVE the DATE
  • Vancouver Branch AGM - Mon. February 4, 2019, 5:30 - 9:00 pm  Location: Library Square Conference Centre, Vancouver.  SAVE the DATE
  • Okanagan Branch AGM - Thurs. Feb. 7, 2019. 2 - 8:30 pm.  Kelowna Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre.  Presentations include "Roberts Rules and Meeting Etiquette" and "Professional Governance Act and how it will impact BCIA"

4. Featured Agrologist - Marg Crowley, P.Ag.

Each year, over 100 members volunteer their time as branch executive, council and committee members to the BC Institute of Agrologists.  This month we are featuring Marg Crowley, who has volunteered in a variety of positions with BCIA over the past 25 years.  Marg worked for years producing the BCIA newsletters.  In 2015, she helped to spearhead the development of the new BCIA logo and website.  Take a moment to read about the Dec 2018 Featured Agrologist - Marg Crowley.

5. 2018 BCIA Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Amy Norgaard and Angeli dela Rosa as the two recipients for the BCIA Scholarships.  Amy, an Articling Agrologist since April 2018 is currently working on her Masters of Soil Science at UBC.  Angeli is a BCIA student member and is in her third year of the Bachelor of  Applied Science of Sustainable Agriculture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $1500.  Thank you to the scholarship review committee for their work evaluating the applications.  More information about Amy and Angeli is posted under NEWS.

6. Land Summit 2019 and Trade Show Opportunity

The BCIA AGM is being held on Wed. May 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm  at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver prior to the start of the  BC Land Summit , scheduled for May 8-10.  This event is held every five years and brings together professionals in fields related to land and land use in BC. The trade show component of the land summit is a unique opportunity to showcase your business and promote your organization. View the Trade Show information and contact JP Ellson (ed@bcia.com) if interested in learning more.

7. Expedited Election for Councillor from Okanagan branch

In anticipation of the implementation of the new Professional Governance Act on Jan. 1, 2019, a call for Nominations for the Councillor from Okanagan branch was emailed to all Okanagan branch members on Nov. 29, 2018.  If you missed this email, the information is posted on the website under Branches - Okanagan.  Deadline for nominations is not later than 5:00 pm PST on Thurs. Dec. 13, 2018.


8. Agrologists Canada Update

In 2018, BCIA renewed its membership with Agrologists Canada.  In October, JP Ellson, BCIA Executive Director/Registrar attended the Agrologists Canada AGM in Montreal.  Gary Bishop, P.Ag. is the new Agrologists  Canada Chair.  His letter to the BCIA Council president is posted under Member Resources.  Website is agrologistscanada.ca

9. Increase in Late fee and Reinstatement fee

As of January 1, 2019, the late fee will increase from $50 to $100.  This fee increase will not affect members who pay their dues by the Feb. 15, 2019 deadline. The membership reinstatement fee will increase from $75 to $150.  

10. A.Ag to P.Ag Differential 

As of January 1, 2019, an Articling Agrologist advancing to P.Ag. status must pay the difference in dues between the two regulated status'.  The differential will be pro-rated quarterly, based on approval date.  Go to Members Dues and Fees for more information.

11.  Highlights of Okanagan Branch Tour of Summerland Research and Development Centre

The Summerland Research and Development Centre run by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, is geographically located in a semi-arid eco-zone that is Canada’s most water challenged and yet most biologically diverse eco-region.  Read about Okanagan branch member's tour of the Centre on Nov 2, 2018 under Branches - Okanagan.

12. Highlights of Victoria & Islands Branch AGM and Watershed Tour

On Nov. 3, 2018, Victoria and Islands branch held their AGM at the Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay.  After lunch the Cowichan Tribes Lands and Governance Department toured members around the Lower Koksilah Watershed to showcase two flood management projects - one related to sediment removal and bank stabilization, one associated with a log jam removal.  Photos of the new PAgs and tour are posted under News - BCIA Event Photos

13. Committee Members Stepping Down

BCIA would like to thank Ken Long, P.Ag,, and David Struthers, P.Ag. for their time serving on the Conduct Review Committee. Both have been a part of the committee since 2014.


Call for Agrologist of the Year Nominations - Deadline January 31, 2019

The Agrologist of the Year award is to recognize and pay tribute to an Agrologist who has made a significant contribution to British Columbia agriculture, natural resource and environmental science.  If you know of an Agrologist who you believe deserves recognition for their achievements in agrology, take a moment to read over the Nomination criteria posted on the BCIA website under Awards and Scholarships.  Deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2019.

AAgs can now record Articling Agrologist Program online 

Articling Agrologists can now record their AAg program elements online under their member profile! This means that as an AAg completes an element of their program, they will enter the AAg element (ie. Branch AGM) and the date online.  Also, at the end of their program, AAgs will have the ability to upload their Program checklist and AAg Program Report. For more information on what is available and how to get started, go to Members - Navigating the Members Area - How to Record Your AAg Program online .Look for the "AAg Program" tab under your Member Profile.

Changes to Professional Agrologist Stamp

 As of Jan. 1, 2019, BCIA will have available a self-inking stamp for Professional Agrologists to purchase.  Newly minted Professional Agrologists as of Jan. 1 2019 will no longer receive a P.Ag stamp with their P.Ag certificate.  New P.Ags who require a P.Ag. stamp may purchase the P.Ag. stamp for $50.  Online ordering will be available under Member Resources.  For more information, go to Member Resources  (You must log in)

 BCIA Website Additions 

Other NEWS

PD Sessions/Conferences by Different Organizations - https://www.bcia.com/events

  • WEBINAR: Organic Rich Soils - FOLISOLS - Dec. 7

  • Canadian Dairy Farms and USMCA What’s The Beef? - Abbotsford - Jan. 15

  • Wildfire Smoke - A Growing Threat to Air Quality and Public Health - Vancouver - Feb. 6

  • Intermediate data wrangling, graphics, and spatial data analysis in "R" - Revelstoke - Feb. 6

Job Postings - www.bcia.com/employment

  • Planning Advisors - Environmental Farm Plan Program
  • Visual Resource Management Specialist, MFLNRO&RD
  • Research Leader, Silviculture, MFLNRO&RD
  • Intermediate Contaminated Sites Specialist - Fort St. John
  • Watershed Planner, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary - Grand Forks
  • Professional Agrologists / Environmental Monitors / Inspectors – Vancouver
  • Stewardship Forester – Lands & Stewardship - Prince George, Takla Nation
  • Licensed Land and Resource Specialist - MFLNRO&RD
  • Professional Agrologist / Project Coordinator - Triton Environmental Consultants, Vancouver, BC
  • Chief Executive Officer – Skeetchestn Natural Resources LLP, Skeetchestn


If you have anything you would like posted to the web and included in the email update, or have any questions please let us know at p.ag@bcia.com .