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Forest Practices Board - 1 Member

Requisition #2311858
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamEnvironment
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open1
Posting Date26-Sep-2018
Expiry Date26-Oct-2018
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure

 

The Forest Practices Board (the Board) is an administrative tribunal established under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and the Wildfire Act to serve as the public watchdog for sound forest and range practices in BC. The Board conducts independent audits of forest practices/planning and the adequacy of government enforcement; investigates complaints from the public; conducts special investigations; appeals certain decisions to the Forest Appeals Commission; and reports on whether the provisions of FRPA and the Wildfire Act are met. All reports are supported by direct field observations. The Board publicly reports its findings, conclusions and recommendations; it does not decide legal rights.

 

The Board has a full-time chair and several part-time members, including a part-time vice-chair. It has a staff of 20 situated throughout the province. Its annual budget is $3.8 million. More information about the Forest Practices Board is available at: https://www.bcfpb.ca

Strategic Direction

Mission Statement: The Forest Practices Board serves the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices in British Columbia.

 

Fundamental Purposes: In fulfilling its mission, the Board encourages:

    • Sound forest practices that warrant public confidence
    • Fair and equitable application of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act
    • Continuing improvements in forest and range practice

       

      Management of public forest and range resources is undergoing significant challenges, including: the need to address climate change impact on forest viability, productivity and increased risk of forest fires; cumulative impacts from multiple interests on the land base; growing interest in wood-based biofuels; reliance on industry and resource professionals to ensure appropriate management of public forest and range resources; declines in short-term timber supply from mountain pine beetle damage; and increasing First Nations participation in forestry. These factors influence the Board’s program of investigations and audits.

Governance Structure

 

The Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) is responsible for the Board; however, the Board maintains independence from the ministry in all aspects of its operations. The Board has its own budget vote and legal counsel, and directly manages its own communications and information technology.

 

The Chair and part-time board members set strategic direction for the organization and provide strategic guidance on specific audits and investigations.

 

The Executive Director manages staff and the day to day operations of the organization and is accountable to the Board Chair.

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities

 

Role

 

The Board must exercise its jurisdiction according to the rules of natural justice and in accordance with administrative law principles.

 

Board members, including the Chair, are expected to maintain the highest possible standards and must be able to demonstrate independent, objective and balanced judgment, fairness, consistency and timeliness.

 

Board members set the overall strategic direction of the Board, provide strategic and policy advice to the Chair, and participate as panel members on some reports, at the request of the Chair. The Board must act within the statutory framework of the relevant legislation, including the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Wildfire Act.

 

Board members have ongoing contacts and relationships with individuals and organizations involved with the work of the Board and may have contact with members of the public, ministry staff and other government officials.

 

Responsibilities

 

Under section 136(6) of the Forest and Range Practices Act Board members must perform their duties “faithfully, honestly and impartially”.

 

In fulfilling his or her obligations to the Board, the member:

 

  • exercises sound judgment and skill in carrying out assignments and in communicating with other public agencies or the public;
  • actively participates in a team environment and maintains a close working relationship with colleagues to enhance the quality, consistency and effective use of team resources;
  • acts as a resource to new Board members and takes an active role in their orientation and training;
  • if requested by the chair, participates in public education respecting the Board’s responsibilities and processes; and
  • performs other activities assigned by the chair that are within the nature and scope of the position.

 

Accountabilities

 

Board member are accountable to the Chair for assisting in the effective management and operation of the tribunal and must:

 

  • work with the Board to set strategic directions and determine policy issues related to the Board’s mandate;
  • participate in Board meetings, featuring—where possible—a consensus approach to decision-making;
  • prepare and advance considered input to Board deliberations and decisions;
  • complete assignments in a timely manner;
  • report to the Chair, in a timely way, on issues of a general nature that arise in

the course of assignments; and

  • make recommendations to the Chair for improvements to the policies, practices or procedures of the Board.

Board Composition

Board members usually have a background related to the forest sector—environmental, industry, government, forest worker, forest biology, outdoor recreation, engineering or forestry law. Appointments to the Board seek to achieve diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on the issues. However, the Board is not a “stakeholder” Board.

Personal Attributes

Board Members should possess the following personal attributes:

  • high ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  • appreciation of responsibilities to the public;
  • ability and willingness to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • ability to demonstrate and sustain an independent perspective and a high level of situational judgment in relating to conflicting parties and their positions;
  • ability to recognize conflict of interest and duty to recuse in case of direct or indirect conflict of interest;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • effective analytical and time-management skills;
  • an innovative, creative and solutions-focused orientation;
  • credibility with a wide range of forestry-interested publics;
  • independence, objectivity, fairness and acceptance of diversity;
  • commitment to the Board’s mission, values and guiding principles; and,
  • a professional reputation for effective, consistent and forthright representation of organizational interests; and,

Competencies

Collectively, the Board should comprise the following core competencies:

  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the organization and its industry or sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the organization.

 

Additionally, candidates for appointment as a member of the Forest Practices Board are expected to have some of the following education, knowledge, experience and skills:

Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • an appropriate combination of education and experience in the fields of forestry, biology, or natural resources;
  • current knowledge of forest practices in BC;
  • knowledge and commitment relative to the public purposes and directions of sound forest practices in BC;
  • previous participation in programs or projects directed towards enhancements of sound forestry and environmental practices;
  • reputation of having a balanced perspective on forest management, and accepting diverse views;
  • general familiarity with administrative law principles; and,
  • conceptual understanding and comfort with the expected role of Board members as described in this position description.

Communications Skills

  • reputation with those interested in forestry for thoughtful and insightful approach to sound forest practices;
  • respected for credible work in their chosen field in an independent and wise manner;
  • ability to participate in public debate about sound forest practices; and,
  • confidence and effectiveness in public communications and presentations.

Strategic Leadership and Policy Participation

  • ability to impart innovative, visionary and futures-oriented advice;
  • understanding of the organizational implications and means of sustaining a strategic focus, orientation and attention;
  • demonstrated ability and understanding of the need to exercise independent judgment on matters which are sometimes controversial;
  • willingness to try to achieve consensus from diversity within the Board; and,
  • comprehension of the practices and actions required to attain the Board’s strategic mission and directions, as defined in the service plan.

Human Relations Skills

    • ability to expedite decisions, leaving the implementation to staff;
    • a track record in sustaining positive, productive professional relationships with both internal and external interests characterized generally by professional stature and an ability to generate respect within his or her chosen field; and,
  • ability to reinforce an environment of consensus, teamwork and mutual respect with Board and staff colleagues.

 

Governance Experience

While previous experience as a board member is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a tribunal and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to the Board’s decision-making and oversight.

 

Part of the Board’s commitment to good governance includes providing a comprehensive orientation for new members and ensuring ongoing commitment to the Board’s mission, values, guiding principles, and Code of Conduct.

Other Considerations

Within the context of the required board skills requirements, consideration is given to diversity of gender, cultural heritage and knowledge of the communities served by the organization.

Vacant Position(s)

There is currently one vacancy on the Board. The attributes sought for this position are:

  • Experience working as a statutory decision-maker for implementation of the the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) from a government perspective; and,
  • Experience building strategic partnerships with First Nations.
  • Additionally, preference may be given to:
  • Candidates from the central interior of British Columbia.

 

Time Commitment

Normally, the Board meets four times per year, usually for two days each. Board members also participate in a monthly, two-hour conference call, and panel individual files as needed via conference call.

Annual time commitment varies from about 15 to 20 days per year.

Term

Under section 3 of the Administrative Tribunals Act:

Member's initial term and reappointment

3 (1) A member, other than the chair, may be appointed by the appointing authority, after a merit based process and consultation with the chair, to hold office for an initial term of 2 to 4 years.

   (2) A member may be reappointed by the appointing authority as a member of the tribunal for additional terms of up to 5 years.

 

The Forest Practices Board permits a Board member to serve up to a cumulative total of 6 years.

Compensation

Part-time board members are compensated up to a maximum of $475 for an eight-hour day and must be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in carrying out their duties as per the Administrative Tribunals Act and Treasury Board Directive 1/17.

List of Current Board Members and Senior Executive

 

First

Appointed

Term Ends

Occupation

 

Appointed:

Kevin Charles Kriese

7 Aug 2018

7 Aug 2021

  • Full-time Chair of the Forest Practices Board

 

Bruce Conrad Larson

30 Apr 2018

30 Apr 2020

  • Part-time Vice Chair of the Forest Practices Board
  • Professor and FRBC Chair of Silviculture, Dept of Forest Resources Management in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry

 

Richard Michael Monchak

30 Apr 2018

30 Apr 2020

  • Retired registered professional forester

 

Tara Danielle Beach Marsden

30 Apr 2018

30 Apr 2020

  • Gitanyow Wilp Sustainability Director, Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office

 

Marlene Maria Machmer

21 Nov 2014

31 Dec 2018

  • Director and Senior Ecologist, Pandion Ecological Research Ltd

 

Norma Joan Wilson

23 May 2014

31 Dec 2018

  • Retired geologist with a PhD in recreation planning
  • Past: Executive Director, Outdoor Recreation Council; Lay Member for the Council of the Association of BC Forest Professionals

 

Senior Executive:

Dave Clarke, Executive Director

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page. For more information on the board, refer to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office website (gov.bc.ca/cabro).

British Columbia Appointment Guidelines

Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines. For more information about the appointment process, and to view a copy of the guidelines, refer to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office website (gov.bc.ca/cabro).