BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – September 2018

BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – September 2018


1. Three BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshops this fall 

2. New BCIA Staff Member

3. Upcoming Branch Events

4. Upcoming Branch AGMs

5. 2018 PD Audit now complete


6. Two $1500 BCIA Scholarships - deadline Oct. 15, 2018

7.  President's Update on Professional Reliance Review - August 2018

8. Updated Articling Agrologist Program Journal


  • Orientation to BCIA webinar available
  • Dues increase for 2019
  • A.Ags not completing Program within three years - extension fee

August Website Additions 

PD Sessions/Conferences by Different Organizations

Job Postings



1. Three 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 Victoria on Nov. 2 and Prince George on Oct. 19.  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.  In 2019, the cost of the Ethics workshop will increase to $120.

2. New BCIA Staff Member - Jennifer Miller

The BCIA staff are pleased to welcome Jennifer Miller as a member of the BCIA office staff.  Jennifer will take on the role of administrative officer, providing additional support to the BCIA organization and members.  Having previously worked with the Capital Regional District and Vancouver Island Health Authority, Jennifer will be a great asset to our team. 

3. Upcoming Branch Events - Vancouver, Kamloops, Okanagan

Sat, September 22, 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.  Register no later than Monday. 

Sat, September 15, 8:15 am - 6:00 pm - Kamloops branch  present Birds, Grapes & Ale bus tour Tour sites include Raven Trail on Salmon Bay, Salmon Arm; Marionette Winery, Salmon Arm; Crannog Ales, Sorrento.  Register no later than Thursday.  Go to www.bcia.com/events

Sat. September 15, 8:45 am - 4:00 pm - Okanagan branch presents QGIS Introductory Workshop.   Go to the BCIA website www.bcia.com/events for more information.  Register with Keith Duhaime, P.Ag. at keith.duhaime@gmail.com 

Wed. Oct. 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm - Okanagan Branch & BRAES partnership: PD and Networking Day.  Theme:  Climate Change and Local Adaptation Programs and Projects.  Cost: $15.  Register online at www.bcia.com/events

4. Upcoming Branch AGMs

Cariboo Central Interior Branch AGM - Sat. Oct. 20.  Location: Sandman Signature hotel, Prince George. Mark your calendar. A full day is planned, including the AGM followed by PD sessions and the AAg workshop. Details and registration will be posted to the BCIA Events by the end of Sept.

 Victoria & Islands Branch AGM - Sat. Nov. 3. Location: Oceanfront Hotel in Cowichan Bay.  Mark your calendar.  A full day including the AGM followed by PD sessions and the AAg workshop are planned.  Details and registration will be posted to the BCIA Events in the coming weeks.

Kamloops Branch AGM - coming up in November

Kootenay Branch AGM - coming up in November

5. BCIA PD Audit now complete

The Audit Program was initiated by BCIA as part of the Institute’s due diligence to ensure that members remain current in their areas of expertise and are able to carry out their undertakings in agrology in a professional manner. Each year, 40 members are randomly selected to be audited by experienced P.Ag volunteer auditors.  The 2018 PD Audit report is now available online under the Members Resources - Professional Development.  Take a moment to learn more about the Members PD Audit process.


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)

6. Two $1500 BCIA Scholarships - deadline Oct. 15, 2018

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.  The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2018. For information on Scholarship Criteria and to download the Scholarship application, go to About BCIA - Scholarships and Awards

7. President's Update on Professional Reliance Review - August 2018

On August 22, 2018, members were emailed an update on the Professional Reliance Review from the BCIA president.  This update directs members to review the Haddock report which was released in June. BCIA members are encouraged to read the President's Update as well as the summary document of the Haddock Report. BCIA continues to work with our partner regulating agencies, government, other partners and stakeholders to ensure we advance and protect the interest of the people of British Columbia.  

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.


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?

Website Additions

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

  • Vernon- Planning & Development Update: Now and Into The Future - Sept. 20, 2018

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

  • Canadian Association of Farm Advisors Fraser Valley Chapter Meeting - Oct. 16

  • Occupancy Modelling by CMI in Revelstoke - Oct. 23

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

  • Natural Resource Specialist 2 - Site C * BC Hydro * Fort St. John
  • Manager, Environmental Sciences * Associated Environmental Consultants * Vancouver
  • Land & Resource Specialist, Recreation * Ministry of FLNRO & RD * Prince George, Smithers, or Kamloops
  • Senior Relationship Manager, Agribusiness and Agri-Food* Farm Credit Canada*Surrey
  • Regional Agrologist * Ministry of Agriculture * Prince George
  • Operations Supervisor, AgriStability * Ministry of Agriculture * Kelowna
  • Industry Specialist, Poultry and Regulated Markets * Ministry of Agriculture * Abbotsford
  • Section Head, Surface Water * MFLNRO & RD * Surrey


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 .