Call for Registrant Board Member Nominations: Regional Electoral District 3 (Vancouver and the Victoria & the Islands Branches).
One (1) Councillor position is available.
(Note: Pursuant to pending amendments to the Professional Governance Act, Registrant Councillors and the BCIA Council are now referred to as Registrant Board Members and the Board, respectively)
Nominations will be accepted from Tuesday, January 3, 2023, to Friday, February 3, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time at email@example.com.
About the Board of BCIA
The Board is responsible for the strategic and professional direction of BCIA, under the Agrologists Regulation and the associated Professional Governance Act [SBC.2018 Ch.49]. The Board currently consists of seven elected voting Registrant Board Members, including the Chair, Vice Chair, four Lay Board Members appointed by the Cabinet of British Columbia, and the immediate Past Chair as a non-voting Board Member.
The Board oversees BCIA's activities, budget, and organizational compliance. Board Members 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 the Board.
The Board adopted an election process last year whereby seven (7) Registrant Board Members are elected via online voting.
The seven (7) Registrant Board Members are composed of:
- Two (2) Registrant Councillors from District 1 (Kootenay Boundary, Cariboo Central Interior and Peace River Branches and Registrants At Large);
- Two (2) Registrant Councillors from District 2 (Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and Kamloops Branches) and
- Three (3) Registrant Councillors from District 3 (Vancouver and Victoria and the Islands Branches)
BCIA welcomes nominations for election to a three-year position as a Registrant Board Member for Regional Electoral District 3. After the election, this position will immediately commence upon the 2023 provincial General Meeting set for April 22, 2023.
Nominees must be BCIA Registrants (from any of the five professional designations regulated by BCIA) in good standing from the District 3 Branches (Vancouver and Victoria and the Islands Branches) for 2023. 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 Board Member is not required, it is essential that candidates understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of the Board and have the necessary knowledge and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to the Board’s decision-making and oversight. BCIA's commitment to good governance includes an onboarding session.
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 Board 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.
For consideration, please provide the following documents to the BCIA office between Tuesday, January 3, 2023, and Friday, February 3, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Registrants are allowed to nominate themselves.
- Contact information.
- A current CV or resume is to be published on the BCA website.
- A recent passport-style photograph OR headshot.
- A cover letter of up to 500 words that describes how the candidate meets the capabilities, qualifications or skills required for the vacant position and states any potential conflicts of interest the candidate may have if elected to this position.
- Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement (PDF)
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 with the BCIA's online voting system from 9:00 AM Wednesday, March 15, 2023, to Saturday, March 18, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific Time. If the Nomination Committee validates only one candidate, that candidate will be deemed acclaimed into the vacant position, and no election will be held.
If an election is required, voting instructions will be provided to all eligible voters in District 3, together with the list of candidates, by Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
Elected Board Members are expected to make themselves available to fulfil Board responsibilities, including the requirement to meet four to eight times annually, by audio or video conference calls or at physical meetings at locations to be determined.
Elected members of the Board are entitled to reimbursement for expenses based on current BCIA travel rates; otherwise, this is a volunteer position.
George Geldart, PAg, Chair