2022 Council Elections

See the Candidates and Confirmed New Councillor for each Regional Electoral District, to the LEFT

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The BC Institute of Agrologists is seeking a call for nominations respecting:

About Council

Council is responsible for the strategic and professional direction of BCIA, under the Agrologists Regulation and the associated Professional Governance Act [SBC.2018 Ch.49]. Council may consist of seven (7) elected voting Registrant Councillors, including the President and Vice President, four (4) Lay Councillors appointed by the Cabinet of British Columbia, and the immediate Past President as a non-voting Councillor.

Council has oversight of BCIA's activities, budget, and organizational compliance. Councillors are entrusted to protect the public interest in British Columbia's natural and environmental resources and direct the organization's activities as a whole rather than in their own interest or that of any specific group, Regional Electoral District or Branch. BCIA operates in accordance with a policy governance model, with all operational decisions being made by office staff in accordance with the annual budget approved by Council.

To meet the PGA requirements, the BCIA Council adopted an election process whereby seven (7) Registrant Councillors are elected via online voting.

The seven (7) Registrant Councillors are composed of:

  • Two (2) Registrant Councillors from District 1 (Kootenay Boundary, Cariboo Central Interior and Peace River Branches and Registrant At Large); 
  • Two (2) Registrant Councillors from District 2 (Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and Kamloops Branches) 
  • Three (3) Registrant Councillors from District 3 (Vancouver and Victoria & Islands Branches)

BCIA welcomes nominations for election, for a Registrant Councillor in each of the Regional Electoral Districts: 1, 2, and 3.

*note that each position is a three-year commitment  

After the election, these positions will immediately commence upon the online virtual 2022 provincial Annual General Meeting set for June 1, 2022.

Eligibility

Nominees must be BCIA Registrants in good standing from their respective Branches for 2022. They should have experience in vision and goal-setting, problem-solving, relationship-building, policy governance, and organizational leadership.

Experience and Qualifications

While previous experience as a Councillor is not required, it is essential that candidates understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of Council and have the necessary knowledge and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to Council decision-making and oversight. BCIA's commitment to good governance includes an onboarding session.

Personal Attributes

All nominees should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • able and willing to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive, and willing to consider others' opinions;
  • capable of a broad perspective on issues;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting BCIA and the natural resource sector.

Diversity and Inclusion

To support a strong Council that reflects British Columbia's diversity, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity are encouraged to put their names forward as nominees.

Nomination Process

For consideration, please provide the following documents to the BCIA office between Monday, January 10, 2022, and Friday, February 11, 2022, 11:59 pm Pacific time at nominations@email.bcia.com.  Please note that Registrants are allowed to nominate themselves.

  1. Contact information
  2. A current CV or resume (for posting)
  3. A recent passport-style photograph OR headshot (for posting)
  4. A cover letter of up to 500 words that describes how the candidate meets the capabilities, qualifications, or skills required for the vacant position (for posting)
  5. Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement 

All nominees will be assessed by the Nomination Committee using the processes outlined in Sections 25 and 26 of the Professional Governance Act and Sections 5 and 6 of the Professional Governance Act General Regulation. If the Nomination Committee confirms more than one nominee as a candidate, an election will be held in accordance via BCIA's online voting system from 9:00 am Wednesday, March 16, 2022, to Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11:59 pm Pacific time.

Voting instructions will be provided to all eligible voters together with the list of candidates by Tuesday, March 8, 2022. If the Nomination Committee validates only one candidate, the Nomination Committee will accept that candidate.
 
Additional Information

Elected Councillors are expected to make themselves available to fulfill Council responsibilities, including the requirement to meet four to eight times annually, by audio or video conference calls, or at physical meetings in Richmond.

Elected members of the Council are entitled to reimbursement for expenses based on current BCIA travel rates; otherwise, this is a volunteer position.

Thank you,

George Geldart, PAg, Chair

Nomination Committee