BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – October 2018

BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – October  2018


1. Recognizing our Volunteers

2. Introduction to the Profession of Agrology Workshops with Webinar Option

3. Upcoming Branch Events

4. Upcoming Branch AGMs

5. 2017 Member Areas of Practice Statistics by Branch


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

7. Two BCIA Ethics for Professionals Workshops available this fall

8. FAIP (Farm Adaptation Innovator Program) Expressions of Interest Open and other News


  • 'Orientation to BCIA' webinar available as a PD oppportunity
  • Dues increase for 2019 for regulated members
  • A.Ags not completing Program within three years - extension fee added to annual dues

September Website Additions 

PD Sessions/Conferences by Different Organizations

Job Postings



1. Recognizing our Volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of BCIA.  Each year, BCIA members contribute their time and expertise to volunteer for branch executives, committees and Council. We have added a page to our Featured Agrologists section to highlight BCIA volunteers.  Go to NEWS - Featured Agrologists

2. Profession of Agrology - AAg workshops and Webinar Option

Articling Agrologists in the Cariboo Central Interior branch and in the Victoria & Islands branch have the opportunity to attend the in-person Profession of Agrology AAg workshop this fall.  This workshop is available on Sat. Oct. 20 following the CCI branch AGM in Prince George and on Sat. Nov. 3 following the Victoria and Islands branch AGM in Cowichan Bay (details to come).  Ask your AAg coordinator when your branch will be offering this workshop.  For Articling Agrologists who are finding it a challenge to attend the workshop, BCIA has now developed the 'Introduction to the Profession of Agrology webinar'.  For more information, go Member Resources - Intro to the Profession of Agrology webinar

3. Upcoming Branch PD Events

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

Thurs. Oct. 11, 10:30 am - 3:00 pmKootenay Boundary Branch presents Cultural Day with the Shuswap Indian Band. our of the Shuswap Indian Band Reserve and history of the Band with Suzie Thomas, Community Planner. We will then head to a cultural camp on the Reserve, run by a local family, to learn about various traditional activities.  No charge.  Go to EVENTS to register. 

Thurs. Oct. 18, time TBD - Okanagan Branch presents a PD Tour:  SIR (Sterile Insect Release) Site in Osoyoos for a 1 1/2 tour.  More details to come.

Sat. Oct. 20, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Victoria & Islands Branch presents Roberts Rules of Order.  Limited to 30 - a few spaces left.  Go to Events to registet.

Thurs. Nov. 15, 11:00 am - 1:00 pmKootenay Boundary Branch webinar - Inspiring Leadership: Growing Influence & Impact.  Go to EVENTS to register.

Sat. Nov 17, 8:30am - 3:00pm Vancouver and Fraser Valley Branches PD Event:  Cannabis Industry.  More details to come.

4. Upcoming Branch AGMs this Fall

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.  BCIA Ethics Workshop is Friday, Oct 19th.  For all events Details and registration is available. The agenda has been posted.

 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.  BCIA Ethics Workshop is Friday, November 2nd in Langford - details and registration

Kamloops Branch AGM - Thurs, Nov. 15, 2018.  Further details and registration will be posted to Events soon.

Kootenay Boundary Branch AGM - coming up in November

5. 2017 Member Areas of Practice Statistics

The BC Institute of Agrologists currently recognizes 38 Areas of Practice. BCIA members can declare up to three areas of practice. For 2017, almost 50 % of the membership of BCIA declared their areas of practice under the Environmental sector.   You can view the statistics and graphs under About BCIA - Areas of Practice.


**Tell 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 to apply is 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 member.  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. Two BCIA Ethics Workshops available this fall

The in-person BCIA Ethics for Professionals one-day workshop is a requirement of the Articling Agrologist program.  The BCIA Ethics for Professionals workshop is available in 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, please call the office to register. 

In 2019, the cost of the Ethics workshop will increase to $120.

8. FAIP (Farm Adaptation Innovator Program) Expressions of Interest Open and other News

First Call For Expressions of Interest Now Open for Farm Adaptation Innovator Program; Part Time Board Member for the Forest Practice Board is required; Proposed revisions to the ORGANIC MATTER RECYCLING REGULATION (OMRR)

All items are posted under NEWS


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 the  Expedited  PAg Admission program.

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


  • Canadian Association of Farm Advisors Fraser Valley Chapter Meeting - Oct. 16
  • siwłkʷ (WATER) FOR ALL - OUR RESPONSIBILITY Environmental Flow Needs Conference 2018: Science, Policy & Practice - Oct 17-18

  • BCEIA:   *5th Annual Fall Luncheon - Oct 19  *Okanagan Networking Social - Nov 8  *Vancouver Winter Social - Nov 15
  • Occupancy Modelling by CMI in Revelstoke - Oct. 23

  • Compost Facility OperatorTraining - Oct 29-30

  • Grow Canada Conference - Nov 27-29 in Ottawa

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

  • Soils Specialist * MADRONE environmental services ltd. * Abbotsford
  • Sr. Contaminated Sites Specialist -* FLNRO&RD
  • Rangeland Research Ecologist * FLNRO&RD
  • Invasive Plant Specialist * FLNRO&RD
  • Manager, Environmental Sciences * Associated Environmental Consultants * Vancouver


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 .