BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – November 2018

BCIA Monthly Update of Activities – November 2018


1. President's Report on Bill 49 - Professional Goverance Act 

2. 2019 Dues Invoices to go out this month

3. Upcoming Branch PD Events

4. Upcoming Branch AGMs

5. BCIA Provincial AGM - May 2019

6. Call for Agrologist of the Year Nominations

7. Profession of Agrology - Articling Agrologist workshop now available as webinar


8. BCIA Scholarships update

9. AAgs can now Record Articling Agrologist Program online 

10.  PD Reporting self-declarations


  • '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

October Website Additions 

PD Sessions/Conferences by Different Organizations

Job Postings



1. President's Report on Bill 49 - Professional Goverance Act 

On Monday October 22, 2018 the Government of British Columbia introduced the Professional Governance Act (“Act”) as its response to recommendations number 1 & number 2 found in the previously released Professional Reliance Review Final Report (“Report”). In response to this new legislature, on Oct. 29, BCIA President, Oana Enick, P.Ag. sent a special report to all BCIA members.  If you have not yet read this special report, please take a moment to read this at www.bcia.com/newsBill 49 - Professional Governance Act is posted on the BC Government website.  A summary of this new Act will be provided to BCIA members in the near future.

2. 2019 Dues Invoices to go out to this month

The week of November 12, the 2019 Dues invoices will be emailed out to all BCIA members.  Note that the 2019 dues have increased to $475 for P.Ags and to $415 for AAgs.  Dues will remain the same for P.Ag Retired members and for members on leave.  If you would like your dues invoice mailed to you, please be certain that you indicate that on your member profile.  You must record your 2018 PD hours before paying your 2019 membership dues.  Go to Members - Navigating the Members Area for information on How to change your serttings to receive your dues invoice by mail, or email.  Note that you will not be able to pay 2019 dues online until dues invoices have been sent out.

3. Upcoming Branch PD Events

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

Sat. Nov. 17, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm - Fraser Valley and Vancouver branches present a conference on Recreational Cannabis: The Budding of a New Agricultural Industry in BC.  Location: Kwantlen University auditorim in Langley.  Cost: $25 BCIA members, $30 non-members.  Go to EVENTS to register

Thurs. Nov. 22, 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Vancouver branch Member Appreciation Night,  Location: Yaletown Distillery Bar & Kitchen. Cost: $15 BCIA members, $40 non-members.  Go to EVENTs to Register.

Fri. Nov. 23, noon - 1:30 pm - Okanagan branch presents Microscope Photography, Location: Kalamalka Forestry Centre,.  Go to EVENTS to register.

Sat. Dec. 1, 9 am - 1 pm - Kamloops branch presents a GIS workshop.  More details to come. 

4. Upcoming Branch AGMs this Fall

Kamloops Branch AGM - Thurs, Nov. 15, 2018, 4:30 - 9:00 pm.  Location: Coast Hotel Kamloops, 1250 Rogers Way.  An evening of dinner and presentations with the AGM at 7:30 pm.  Go to EVENTS to register.

Kootenay Boundary Branch AGM - Wed. Nov. 21, noon - 4:30 pm.  Location: Creston Ramada.  Lunch and presentations followed by the AGM at 2:30 pm.  Go to EVENTS to register.

Peace River Branch AGM - Fri. January 18, 2019.  SAVE the DATE

Okanagan Branch AGM - Thurs. Feb. 7, 2019.  SAVE the DATE

5. BCIA Provincial AGM - May 8, 2019

The BCIA AGM is being held on Wed. May 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm  at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.  This is in conjunction with the 2019 BC Land Summit May 8 - 10th.  Held every five years, the BC Land Summit is the premier collaborative conference providing interdisciplinary education, professional development, and training opportunities for professional practitioners in fields related to land and land-use in British Columbia of which BCIA is one of the professional organizations involved.  

6. Call for Agrologist of the Year Nominations

The Agrologist of the Year award is to recognize and pay tribute to an Agrologist who has made a significant contribution to British Columbia agriculture, natural resource and environmental science.  If you know of an Agrologist who you belief deserves recognition for their achievements in agrology, take a moment to read over the Nomination criteria posted on the BCIA website under Awards and Scholarships.  Deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2019.

7. Profession of Agrology - AAg workshop now available as webinar

For Articling Agrologists who are finding it a challenge to attend the Articling Agrologist workshop offered by their branch, 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.  


8. BCIA Scholarships update

The BCIA office received 15 eligible applications for the BCIA scholarships.   The scholarship review committee will evaluate applications according to rubric guidelines developed by the Communications Committee.  Scholarship winners will be announced in early December. 

9. AAgs can now record Articling Agrologist Program online 

Articling Agrologists can now record their AAg program elements online under their member profile! This means that as an AAg completes an element of their program, they can enter the AAg element (ie. Branch AGM) and the date online.  Also, at the end of their program, AAgs will have the ability to upload their Program checklist and AAg Program Report. For more information on what is available and how to get started, go to Members - Navigating the Members Area - How to Record Your AAg Program online .Look for the "AAg Program" tab under your Member Profile.

10. PD Reports Self-Declarations

All members must report their 2018 Professional Development hours BEFORE paying  2019 annual dues.  We have recently added self-declarations for the BCIA Orientation webinar, Profession of Agrology webinar, Profession of Agrology workshop and Ethics for Professionals workshop to the list of Self-declarations under the PD Reports.  Please be sure to declare these under PD Reports after completing to receive the appropriate PD hours assigned for the event.


Orientation to BCIA webinar available to all BCIA members

The Orientation to BCIA webinar was developed for the new Expedited PAg Admission Program.  This is available to all members as a Professional Development option.  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 both available under Member Resources. The webinar and questionaire are together equivalent to one PD hour.  This webinar and questionaire combined with the new Profession of Agrology webinar is equivalent to the AAg workshop requirement for Articling Agrologists.

Ethics for Professionals workshop increases to $120 in 2019

In 2019, BCIA will be increasing the fee for the Ethics for Professionals workshop to $120.  Next Ethics workshops are planned for Okanagan (Feb) and Vancouver (May) regions.

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?

Changes to Professional Agrologist Seal

 As of Jan. 1, 2019, BCIA have available a self-inking seal for Professional Agrologists to order.  Professional Agrologists completing the Articling Agrologist program as of Jan. 1 2019 will no longer receive a P.Ag seal free of charge.  New P.Ags who require a P.Ag. seal will be required to order the seal for $50.  Online ordering will be available under Member Resources.  For more information, go to Member Resources  (You must log in)

 BCIA Website Additions 

Other NEWS

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

  • Fraser Watershed Restoration Conference 2018  in Kamloops - Nov. 13

  • Transitioning the Family Farm - CAFA Fraser Falley Chapter Meeting, Abbotsford - Nov. 13

  • BCEIA Vancouver Winter Social - Nov. 15


  • Wetlands BMP Knowledge Exchange Webinar - Nov. 21

  • Green Shores Level 2 Course - Victoria - Nov. 22

  • Grow Canada Conference - Nov 27-29 in Ottawa

  • Getting Climate Ready: Adaptation Tools for Northwest Communities - Terrace - Nov. 29


Job Postings - www.bcia.com/employment

  • Senior Invasive Plant Specialist, FLNRO&RD
  • Manager, Environmental Sciences, Associated Environmental - Vancouver
  • Director, Resource Authorizations and Director, Resource Management - FLNRO&RD, Fort St. John
  • Natural Resource Specialist 2 - BC Hydro, Kamloops
  • Chief Executive Officer – Skeetchestn Natural Resources LLP, Skeetchestn


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 .