March 2020 BCIA Monthly Update

Conference Registration Now Open

New Bylaws Enacted

Call for Nominations of Registrant Councillor - District #3

Nominations for Mentor of Year close March 15

NEW Registered Technologist in Agrology

COVID-19 Notice

Congratulations Carl Withler

Website Updates

Upcoming PD Events and Activities

Job Postings

MARCH 2020

Conference Registration Now Open

The 2020 BCIA Conference & AGM  “The Times They are A Changin' : Adaptation in Agrology”

May 20 - 22, 2020, at Sun Peaks Resort, Kamloops

Agrologists like other natural resource professionals are facing many changes within their profession, not only in how the climate is impacting agriculture and the environment, but also in new legislation including the Environmental Assessment Act and the Professional Governance Act.  The 2020 BCIA Conference being held at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel outside of Kamloops offers agrologists the opportunity to discuss and learn more about the changes coming to the profession, some of the challenges and what others are doing to address these changes.  The conference includes a presentation by Paul Craven, Superintendent of Professional Governance who will speak on "The Implementation of the Professional Governance Act".  The BCIA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm.  Check out the Conference Schedule and descriptions of Conference Events

New Bylaws Enacted

Council is pleased to announce the enactment of the new Bylaws for BCIA effective March 1, 2020. The Bylaws represent months of work by the Institute's 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 under the Professional Governance Act. We expect further amendments to the Bylaws by November 2020 to correspond with the full implementation of the Professional Governance Act.  The Bylaws can be found on the BCIA website under About BCIA - Agrologists Act, Bylaws & Governance section. 

Call for Nominations of Registrant Councillor - District #3

With the approval of the new BCIA Bylaws, Council adopted a new Regional Electoral District election process effective for the 2020 provincial Annual General Meeting and thereafter a total of 7 Registrant Councillors will be elected by an on-line voting system. BCIA welcomes nominations for election to a three-year position as a Registrant Councillor from Regional Electoral District #3 consisting of the Victoria & Islands and the Vancouver BCIA Branches. After election this position will commence immediately upon the conclusion of the 2020 BCIA Annual General Meeting set for May 21st, 2020 at the Sun Peaks Resort and Conference Centre, outside of Kamloops. Nominations must be provided to the BCIA office no later than 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Monday March 23rd, 2020 at nominations@email.bcia.com.  For more information, go to the BCIA website NEWS

Nominations for Mentor of Year close March 15

Each year the host branch for the provincial AGM nominates the Mentor of the Year.  This year, Kamloops branch is hosting the 2020 Provincial Conference and AGM.  Members of Kamloops branch have the opportunity to nominate a Kamloops branch mentor or past mentor.  The nominations can be sent to the BCIA office either at nominations@email.bcia.com or to p.ag@bcia.com   The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2020.  The Mentor of the Year will be awarded at the 2020 AGM this year at Sun Peaks outside of Kamloops. For more information go to the BCIA website NEWS

NEW Registered Technologist in Agrology

Council is pleased to announce a new registration category - Registered Technologist in Agrology (RTAg) with the associated Articling Program. The RTAg application form is available online under Members - Applications.  From March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021 BCIA will waive half ($100.00) of the RTAg application fee for ALL applicants.  This is to promote the new technologist category in the first year of it being implemented.  Read the Registered Technologist in Agrology Briefing Paper for more information on this designation. Spread the word!

COVID-19 Notice

In response to queries regarding the possible impact of the COVID-19 virus on the upcoming BCIA Conference and AGM, BCIA has posted a notice to members. We are assured by the venue that containment policies recommended by the BC provincial government agencies will be followed including sufficient access to hand-washing and sanitization. While we recognize the potential health risks posed by the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to proceed with our annual AGM and Conference. Read the complete Notice posted under the BCIA Conference & AGM

Congratulations Carl Withler

In celebration of his career retirement, Carl Withler has invited members of the Okanagan branch to join him on Friday, March 13 for a day of professional development and social time.  Carl and friends has organized a full day of tours including a cherry packing, grading, etc at Google Jealous Fruits, apple pruning, and a walk through a riparian restoration site on Mission Creek, plus wine tasting and burgers for lunch.  Join Carl at 8:30 am on March 13  in Kelowna, Potwick Road office of the Ministry of Agriculture.  

Upcoming Branch Events

Victoria & Islands branch Agrologist Meet and Greet - March 26 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm at UVic.  A panel of 4 agrologists will discuss with other agrologists and UVic students what they do in agrology.  This is an opportunity to meet other agrologists and find out what they do.  All invited.  Register online.

Cariboo Central Interior branch Ag/Bio Speaker Series - March 12 @ 7:00 pm in Prince George HUB Space. Community led salmon monitoring, research and restoration projects in the Yukon River watershed,

Okanagan branch - Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Microbial Fuels Cells for Wastewater Treatment - Apr. 9 at noon at UBCO.  Register online.

Website Updates

2019 Areas of Practice  - For 2019, 50% of BCIA registrants declared areas of practice under the environmental sector.  View the practice sectors charts for BCIA and by branch.

Council Structure and Districts under the new Bylaws

Soil and Invasive Species Working Group Industry Survey

Agriculture Climate Data Survey

Approved Council Meeting Minutes - Dec 3 & 4 2019 and Jan 14, 2020

2020 BCIA Budget

Branch Budgets 2020

New Policy on Fees for Registrants Requesting Parental or Medical Leave

Upcoming PD Events and Activities

  • Emerging Issues: Media Training - Centre for Organizational Governance in Agriculture - March 19 @ 9:30 am , Abbotsford
  • FILM: Brave Blue World - Mar. 19 @ 7:15 pm, Kelowna
  • CLIMATE2020 - the worldwide online climate conference - Mar. 23 - Mar. 30 online
  • Green Shores™ Training Program: Level 2 Workshop - Mar. 26 & 27 @ 9:00 am, Victoria, UVIC
  • BC Honey Producers Association Semi-Annual Business Meeting & Education Day - Mar. 27 & 28 @ 9:00 am , Kamloops
  • Advance Training: Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources - Mar. 30 & 31 @ 9:00 am; South Okanagan
  • College of Applied Biology 2020 AGM & Conference - Apr. 2 & 3 in Kelowna
  • 5th Indigenous Resource Opportunities Conference: Working Together with the Land - Apr. 8 & 9; Nanaimo
  • Contaminated Soil and Groundwater, Assessment and Remediation - Apr. 22 - 24 in Richmond

Job Postings

  • Professional Agrologist / Biologist
  • Regional Agrologists (2) *Ministry of Agriculture* Kamloops, Vernon
  • Industry Specialist *Ministry of Agriculture* Abbotsford, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon
  • Faculty Lecturer *McGill University* Montreal

 

 

Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020