August 2018 News Update

BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – August 2018

WHAT'S NEW

1. Two BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshops this fall 

2. Upcoming Branch PD Tours - Vancouver, Victoria & Islands, Fraser Valley

3. August Featured Agrologist - Sarah Schwarz, A.Ag.

UPDATES / NEW POSTINGS

4. Victoria & Islands Salmon Hatchery tour photos in Gallery

5. Now accepting applications for BCIA Scholarships

6.  2019 BC Land Summit Call for Proposals

7. RFP for Compost Market Study - closes Friday, August 3

8. Updated Articling Agrologist Program Journal

9. Updated Mentor and Articling Agrologist Coordinator Guide

10. Request for Standing Offers - Ministry of Agriculture

REMINDERS

  • Orientation to BCIA webinar available
  • Dues increase for 2019
  • A.Ags not completing Program within three years - extension fee
  • Conducting an AGM/Business Meeting document available for BCIA Branch Executives

July Website Additions 

PD Sessions/Conferences by Different Organizations

Job Postings

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WHAT'S NEW!

1. Two BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshops this Fall 

The BCIA Ethics for Professionals one-day workshop is a requirement of the Articling Agrologist program.  This fall, the BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshop is available in Burnaby on Sept. 22 and in Victoria on Nov. 2.  The workshop costs $95 for A.Ags.  Register on the BCIA website under EVENTS. Limited space is available to P.Ags who have taken this workshop in the past and wish to take this as a refresher - at no charge.

2. Upcoming Branch PD Tours - Victoria & Islands, Vancouver, Fraser Valley

August 18, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm - Victoria & Islands branch is hosting a tour of the Grieg Seafood Barnes Bay Salmon Farm in Campbell River.  No Charge to BCIA members. Guests $15.  Register on the BCIA website under EVENTS

August 25, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - Vancouver branch has organized a bus field tour of Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast. The tour includes a ferry ride to Gibsons, a tour of the Marine Centre, the public market and Persephone Brewing company, plus more.  Download the Tour Information brochure.  Register on the BCIA website under EVENTS or complete a registration form.  Tour is $40 for BCIA members and $65 for non-members.  Limited seats available. 

September 8, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Fraser Valley branch offers a tour of Nat's Nursery in Langley.  Register on the BCIA website under EVENTS.  No charge to BCIA members or their guests.

3. August Featured Agrologist - Sarah Schwarz, A.Ag.

Sarah Schwarz, A.Ag is a new member of BCIA since January 2018.  She is a rangeland technician and a recent graduate of Thompson River University.  Learn more about why Sarah became an agrologist and what she does as an agrologist.  Go to the BCIA website - NEWS.  

If you are interested in being our next Featured Agrologist and telling BCIA members what you do, please complete the online What Does an Agrologist Do survey.  Log into the BCIA website and go to Member Resources (bottom of page)

UPDATES / WHAT'S COMING UP

4. Victoria & Islands Salmon Hatchery tour photos in Gallery

On June 23, 2018, members from the Victoria & Islands branch toured  the Cermaq Canada Salmon Hatchery.  Thank you to the members who provided photos of this tour.  These photos are posted on the BCIA website under NEWS - BCIA Event Photos.    Don't forget to register for the tour of Grieg Seafood Barnes Bay Salmon Farm in Campbell River happening on August 18.

5. Now accepting applications for BCIA Scholarships

To support future agrologists in achieving their career in agrology, the BC Institute of Agrologists will award up to two $1500 scholarships annually.  These scholarships are available to 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students and graduate students attending a recognized BC post-secondary institute and must be a BCIA student members.  Applications are now available. For information on Scholarship Criteria and to download the Scholarship application, go to About BCIA - Scholarships and Awards

6. 2019 BC Land Summit Call for Proposals

The 2019 BC Land Summit – Collaborations & Connections is being held May 8 - 10, 2019 at the Westin Bayshore hotel in Vancouver. You are invited to submit your proposal for inclusion in the program for the 2019 BC Land Summit – Collaborations & Connections.  For more information go to 2019 BC Land Summit

7. RFP for Compost Market Study - closes Friday, August 3

The Regional District of Fraser- Fort George invites proposals from experienced consultants for a Compost Market Study. Go to http://www.rdffg.bc.ca/uploads/Tenders-and-Quotes/2018/ES-18-09_RFP.pdf   for more information.

8. Updated Articling Agrologist Program Journal

BCIA staff have updated the Articling Agrologist Program Journal that all new A.Ags receive when accepted as a new member.  An online version of the A.Ag journal is available on the BCIA website under Member Resources - A.Ag Program Information and under Members - Articling Agrologist Process.  Note that the A.Ag Program elements listed in this journal are for A.Ags accepted as members after April 1, 2018.

9. Updated Mentor and Articling Agrologist Coordinator Guide

An updated guide for Mentors and Articling Agrologist Coordinators is now available on the BCIA website. This provides an overview of the A.Ag program expectations and requirements as well as tips for mentors and A.Ag coordinators.  This is posted under Members - Mentorship.

10. Request for Standing Offers - Ministry of Agriculture

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Partnerships and Outreach Unit, is pleased to announce that the Request for Standing Offers are now posted on BC Bid for the Request for Standing Offer for B.C. Agrifood Business Development Programs and Request for Standing Offer for B.C. Lean Program for Food Processors.  Go to NEWS for more information.

REMINDERS

Orientation to BCIA webinar available

The Orientation to BCIA webinar was developed for the new Expedited PAg Admission Program.  However all members may take the 2 part "Orientation to BCIA" which includes a 40 minute webinar (Part 1) and a questionaire (Part 2) as a PD opportunity.  The webinar followed by the questionaire are available under Member Resources. The webinar and questionaire are together equivalent to one PD hour.  Existing AAgs may contact Laurena Olsen, Deputy Registrar,  if you have questions on whether you might qualify for Expedited  PAg Admission.

Dues Increase for 2019

At the 2018 AGM held on May 31, 2018 in Fort St. John, the following motion was carried by a vote of 120 to 4.  "Be it Resolved that the motion of BCIA Council dated Nov. 24, 2017 respecting an increase in the annual dues of $75 for all P.Ag and A.Ag members of BCIA is ratified."   2019 BCIA membership dues will change to $475 for P.Ags and $415 for AAgs.  Dues for PAg (Retired) and members on leave will not change for 2019.  

A.Ags not completing Program within three years - extension fee

As of 2019 dues, an extension fee of $60 will be applied to the A.Ag membership dues (to equal P.Ag dues) if 3+ years is maintained as an active A.Ag.  It is the expectation that the A.Ag will complete the articling program within three years.  We encourage all those tardy A.Ags to work towards completing their A.Ag program and submit their documents for the advancement to P.Ag status as soon as possible.  Why pay for P.Ag dues if not a P.Ag?

Conducting an AGM/Business Meeting document available for BCIA Branch Executives

Branch executives are encouraged to read the Conducting an Annual General Meeting of BCIA Members document posted under Member Resources on the BCIA website.  Log in as a member, go to Member Resources - Branch Resources

Website Additions

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

  • KPU Conference - Place-Based Food Systems 2018: Making the Case, Making It Happen - Aug 9 - 10  2018 

  • UVic Professional Specialization Certificate in Ecological Restoration - Sep 3 2018 

  • Everything you wanted to know about Site C, but were afraid to ask. - Prince George - Sept. 7, 2018

  • Bioengineering: A Restoration Course - Revelstoke - Sep 26 -27 2018 

  • Occupancy Modelling by CMI in Revelstoke - Oct. 23

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

  • BCIA Office Clerk - Victoria

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