January 2018 - Monthly Update of Activities

BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – January 2018


WHAT's NEW for 2018  

  1. New BCIA Bylaws 
  2. Nominations for BCIA President-elect now open
  3. New BCIA Membership Criteria 
  4. Fall 2017 Branch Activities Publication
  5. BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshop in Burnaby March 3, 2018
  6. Webinar - An Overview of BC's new Spill Response Regulations
  7. ED/Registrar and Deputy Registrar Appointments

8. Agrologist of the Year Award - Call for Nominations
9. REMINDER - 2018 Membership Dues are to be paid by Feb. 15, 2018
10. Professional Reliance Survey
11. Provincial Conference and AGM in Fort St. John
12. What does an Agrologist Do?
13. Call for Standing Committee Members
14. Upcoming Branch AGM's and Activities

  • Peace River Branch AGM 
  • Fraser Valley Branch AGM
  • Vancouver Branch AGM
  • Okanagan Branch AGM

   15. Website Additions 
   16. PD Sessions/Conferences by Different Organizations
   17. Job Postings


1. New BCIA Bylaws effective January 1, 2018

Council is pleased to announce the enactment of the new Bylaws for BCIA. Effective January 1st, 2018 the Bylaws represent months of work by the Institutes Governance Committee, Council, and staff. The new Bylaws will guide BCIA forward as our profession continues its protection of the public interest and assists in the responsible development of British Columbia’s natural resources sector. The Bylaws can be found on the BCIA website under About BCIA - Agrlogists Act, Bylaws & Governance section.  Any questions or comments should be directed to BCIA’s Executive Director at ed@bcia.com

2. Nominations for BCIA President-elect now open

A call for nominations for the 2018 President-elect has gone out by email to members. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm PST.  Send nominations to JP Ellson, Executive Director/Registrar at ed@bcia.com.  Please take a moment to read over the guidelines for the nomination package and the new bylaws on Terms in Office.  Go to https://www.bcia.com/news/call-nominations-president-elect 

3.  NEW BCIA Membership Criteria as of January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, new applicants to BCIA will be required to fulfil the new membership criteria as recommended by the Credentials Committee.  The BCIA entrance requirements have been revised to approximate the proposed National Entrance Standards.  For more information on these changes, please go to Membership Criteria  under Members on the BCIA website.

4.  2017 Fall Branch Activities Publication now available

Branches offered a wide selection of Professional Development and networking opportunities to BCIA members this fall.  The 2017 Fall Branch Activities - Issue 4 highlights many of these past events and activities.  Thank you to all of the members who contributed articles, poems and photos. View the  Branch Activities - Issue 4 under News - Newsletters

5. BCIA Ethics for Professionals Workshop available in Burnaby

The BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshop is being offered on Sat. March 3 at the Executive Suites Hotel, 4201 Lougheed Hwy in Burnaby.  Registration is now open.  Go to EVENTS on the BCIA website.  Note: Additional Ethics workshops will be offered this spring in Fort St. John (June 2) and in Prince George (TBD).

6. WEBINAR - An Overview of BC's new Spill Response Regulations - Jan. 16 @ noon

This webinar is available to all BCIA members.  In October 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy passed three new regulations that enhance how B.C. manages environmental emergencies.  For more information, and to register, go to BCIA website - EVENTS

7. Executive Director/Registrar and Deputy Registrar Appointments

BCIA Council proudly announces that effective January 1, 2018 JP Ellson, the current Executive Director has been appointed permanently as Executive Director/Registrar for the Institute. Concurrently Council also appointed Laurena Olsen permanently to the new position of Deputy Registrar.  Laurena will oversee membership applications and the registration of members, under the direction of the Registrar.  Over the past months, Laurena  has been working  closely with applicants, membership and the Credentials Committee and  has transitioned smoothly into the Deputy Registrar position. Given his extensive legal experience, in addition to his Executive Director and Registrar duties JP will also take direct responsibility for the complaint and discipline aspects of BCIA.

8. Agrologist of the Year 2017 Award - Call for Nominations 

Do you know an exemplary agrologist who has contributed significantly to the area(s) of agriculture, natural resources and/or environmental science?  Each year, at the provincial AGM, BCIA recognizes an individual agrologist for their achievements and contributions.  If you know of a deserving member, please take the time to read over the Nominiation guidelines and send your nominations to JP Ellson at ed@bcia.com.  To see past Agrologists of the Year, please check out the website under Recognition and Awards.  Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

9. REMINDER! 2018 Membership Dues are to be paid by Feb. 15, 2018

All members should have received an email or mailed notice regarding their 2018 BCIA Dues Invoice.  If you haven't already, please take time to record your 2017 Professional Development and Areas of Practice under your Members Profile (Please call the BCIA office if you have any problem logging in).  Once you have entered your PD and Areas of Practice, you can go to the Dues Invoice tab or follow the PAY DUES link to your 2018 invoice   For more information on paying your membership dues, go to Membership Dues.  If you plan to change your status, you should submit the Change of Status form prior to paying your dues.

10. Professional Reliance Review Survey

On Dec. 20, BCIA sent out an email regarding a Professional Reliance Review Survey. This survey is slightly different from the public survey that was posted by the government through the Engage B.C. website in early Dec.  If you missed this email, you can login and check under your BCIA past Mail (blue tab) or view under News - Dec. 20, 2017.  We encourage you to complete the survey at www.QPSurvey.malatest.net 

11. BCIA Provincial AGM in Fort St. John

The 2018 BCIA AGM and Conference planning committee has been hard at work leading up to the holidays. The event promises to be an interesting combination of presentations and field tours.  The BCIA AGM is scheduled for the afternoon of Thur, May 31, with PD presentations the Thursday morning and tours on Friday, June 1, and with the AAg workshop on the evening of Friday, June 1.  The Ethics workshop is planned for Sat. June 2, 2018.  Stay tuned for more information in the New Year.

12. What does an Agrologist Do Survey?

 Want to share what you do in Agrology with other Agrologists and the public?  Take a moment to complete our "What Does an Agrologist Do?" survey.

13. Call for Standing Committee Members

We are currently looking for volunteers for the Nominations, Professional Practice and Credentials committees.  If interested in any of these committees, please have a look at the Terms of Reference posted on the website, and submit your expression of interest to the Executive Director/Registrar, JP Ellson at ed@bcia.com.   

14. Upcoming Branch Activities for the New Year

  • Peace River Branch AGM - Friday, January 19 , 9 am - 3 pm, in Dawson Creek. PD sessions are planned for the morning with the AGM starting at 1:00 pm.  Registration now open.
  • Fraser Valley Branch AGM - Thur, January 25, 6:00 pm at the Tradex AG Show.  More information in the New Year.
  • Vancouver Branch AGM - Tues, February 6, 5:00 pm at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.  Guest speaker to be announced.
  • Okanagan Branch AGM - Thur, Februrary 8, 2:00 - 9:00 pm at the Kelowna Ramada Hotel.  Afternoon PD Session on How to Conduct a Business Meeting.  AGM at 6:30 pm.  Registration now open!   Go to Events
  • Vancouver Branch Sea to Sky Agrologist Field Tour - Sat. Jan. 27.  This bus tour includes tours of the Tenderfoot Hatchery, Backcountry Brewing and Brackendale Eagles.  Cost $40.  More information to be posted under Events soon.

15. Website Additions in December

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

  • Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector WEBINAR - FOLISOLS - Jan. 5

  • Policy-focused forum on January 18-19, 2018 in Prince George - Jan. 18

  • Trend Analysis and Environmental Impact Assessment Workshop by CMI - Feb. 7 - 9
  • Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace,  Vancouver - Feb. 9
  • Restoration for Resilience: Ecological Restoration in the 21st Century - Feb. 13

17.  Job Postings -   https://www.bcia.com/employment

  • Senior Rangeland Ecologist * Kamloops * FLNRO
  • Invasive Plant Management Coordinator * Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) * Kamloops
Wednesday, January 17, 2018