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Agricultural Land Commission - 1 Commissoner 1 Commissoner North Region Member

Requisition #2333652
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamAgriculture/Agrology
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Salary/Rate$1.00 / Year
Number of Positions1
Posting Date31-Oct-2019
Expiry Date15-Jan-2020
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description


Business and Structure


The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is an administrative tribunal established under the Agricultural Land Commission Act (the Act). The ALC is the provincial agency responsible for administering the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), a provincial land use zone where agriculture is recognized as the priority use and non-agricultural uses are regulated. The purposes of the Commission are set out in section 6 of the Act.


The work of the ALC is carried out by an appointed board (Commissioners) comprised of a chair and at least 11 commissioners. Commissioners are appointed to panels serving six geographic regions of the province and the diversity of agriculture in those regions. The Commission is supported by a professional staff secretariat located in a central office in Burnaby.


The current annual operating budget is approximately $4.8 million. The ALC receives approximately 600 to 700 new applications and planning related referrals each year, with considerable variation in content and complexity. The ALC must exercise its jurisdiction in compliance with the rules of natural justice and in accordance with administrative law principles.


In accordance with the Act, members are to be knowledgeable in matters relating to agriculture, land use planning, local government and First Nations governments.


Members of the ALC are expected to act with high ethical standards and must be able to demonstrate objective and balanced judgment, fairness, consistency and timeliness.


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Strategic Direction

The purposes of the ALC as set out in section 6 of the Act are:

  1. to preserve the agricultural land reserve;
  2. to encourage farming of land within the agricultural land reserve in collaboration with other communities of interest; and
  3. to encourage local governments, first nations, the government and its agents to enable and accommodate farm use of land within the agricultural land reserve and uses compatible with agriculture in their plans, bylaws and policies.


The ALC determines land use change within the ALR, the inclusion and exclusion of land to and from the ALR, and reviews land use plans and policies of others (governments and agencies) that impact the ALR. To maximize its effectiveness at delivering on its mandate, the ALC also works pro-actively with other stakeholders including local governments, other government ministries, public agencies, landowners, industry associations and First Nations.

Vacant Position(s)

Experience and Qualifications

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


Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development.

Diversity and Inclusion

People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in agriculture, land use planning and local and First Nations governments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.


To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, 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 in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.


ALC commissioners should have the following basic competencies:


  • understanding of the ALC’s provincial mandate to protect agricultural land;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the ALC, the ALR and the agriculture industry in general;
  • knowledge of the stakeholders served by the ALC; and
  • the ability to work cooperatively within a small team environment, with groups with varying perspectives and across the organization to achieve the provincial goal of preserving agricultural land.

The ALC is looking for one Commissioner from the following region of the province:

  • the North Region– specifically the Peace River Regional District, Northern Rockies, or Kitimat Stikine

Time Commitment

The time commitment required for ALC commissioners is approximately 3-4 days, per month, depending on workload and travel conditions. Should a commissioner be appointed to a special panel or committee by the Chair, this time commitment would be expected to increase.


In addition to the monthly commitment ALC commissioners also meet twice a year for Full Commission meetings at the Agricultural Land Commission office in Burnaby.


As determined by the Administrative Tribunals Act, ALC commissioners are typically appointed for an initial term of 2 to 4 years and may be reappointed at the discretion of the Minister.


Per Diem of $500 plus reimbursement for travel expenses.

Governance Structure

The work of the ALC is carried out by an appointed board (Commissioners) comprised of a chair, and at least 11 commissioners. Commissioners are organized in panels and make decisions on applications from six administrative regions of the province. The Chair is responsible for assigning work to the Commissioners.

Board Responsibilities and Accountabilities


Collectively, the Commission Chair and Commission members are the board of directors of the Commission. The Commission may pass resolutions and bylaws it considers necessary or advisable for the management and conduct of its affairs, the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties or functions: ALCA. The Commission exercises adjudicative decision-making functions on applications under the ALCA and regulations and non-adjudicative functions including reviewing and deciding on policies governing the Commission, delegating certain functions to the Executive Committee and CEO, and recommending legislative or regulatory initiatives to government through the Commission Chair.


ALC commissioner responsibilities include:

  1. understanding the ALC’s mandate as set out by government in Section 6 of the Act, review and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.
  2. reviewing application related documentation, background material and reports in conjunction with ALR applications and land use planning reviews;
  3. travel as necessary to carry out onsite visits and meet with stakeholders; conduct site visits which may include travel by vehicle, air or foot, and outdoor work in all weather conditions.
  4. willingness to travel overnight(s) to various locations in British Columbia;
  5. make decisions regarding applications in accordance with the Act and regulations
  6. actively participate in a team environment and work closely with colleagues to ensure quality and consistency of decisions; and
  7. meet with local governments, agricultural and other stakeholder groups as necessary, and
  8. In performing these duties commissioners are expected to:
    1. maintain a provincial perspective while ensuring regional representation;
    2. discharge their duties under the legislation in a fair and impartial manner;
    3. implement ALC strategic/business plan;
    4. maintain an excellent attendance record at meetings;
    5. maintain good relations with other ALC members and staff; and,
    6. adhere to the terms of the ALC Governance Policy.


The ALC is established by the provincial legislature under the Agricultural Land Commission Act. The ALC must govern, control and administer its affairs in accordance with the Act.


In carrying out its work, the ALC operates within the broad policy direction and budget set by the Government. The ALC is hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and accountable to government through the Minister of Agriculture.


  • Commission members are accountable to the Chair.

Board Composition

ALC commissioners should possess the following general and personal attributes:

  • add value and provide support for management in establishing strategy and reviewing risks and opportunities;
  • effectively monitor the performance of management and the organization; and
  • account for the performance of the organization.

Personal Attributes

Generic attributes applicable to all organizations, this information is standard wording.

All directors 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 wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest with the member’s responsibility to the ALC;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;


  • excellent interpersonal skills;
  • communication skills, both written and oral;
  • organizational and case management skills;
  • computing skills including internet and individual e-mail; and
  • a valid British Columbia driver’s license and willingness to travel.
  • Additionally, candidates for appointment as a member of the ALC are expected to have the following minimum qualifications and experience:
  • knowledge and/or experience in matters relating to agriculture, land use planning, local government or First Nation government, and resource and/or environmental management;
  • knowledge of Provincial and local government jurisdiction with regard to land use planning, their organization and processes;
  • awareness of local government, agricultural and other stakeholder issues;
  • familiarity with and sensitivity to First Nations issues and the process involved in the treaty settlement process;
  • understanding of the geography and regional issues associated with the region they represent;
  • demonstrated conflict resolution and mediation skills; and
  • other qualifications pertinent relevant to the performance of the duties of the position.

 List of Current Governors and Senior Executives




Term Ends



Jennifer Dyson

May 14, 2019

May 14, 2023


Rick Mumford

October 19, 2019

October 19, 2020

Vice-Chair, Interior Panel

Linda Michaluk

January 1, 2017

January 1, 2020

Vice-Chair, Island Panel

David Zehnder

October 27, 2017

October 27, 2020

Vice-Chair, Kootenay Panel

Janice Tapp

October 19, 2018

October 19, 2020

Vice-Chair, North Panel

Gerry Zimmermann

October 19, 2018

October 19, 2020

Vice-Chair, Okanagan Panel

Ione Smith

October 19, 2018

October 19, 2020

Vice-Chair, South Coast Panel

Bob Haywood-Farmer

January 17, 2017

January 1, 2020

Member, Interior Panel

Honey Forbes

October 23, 2017

October 23, 2020

Member, Island Panel

Ian Knudsen

October 23, 2017

October 23, 2020

Member, Kootenay Panel

Jerry Thibeault

October 25, 2018

October 25, 2020

Member, Kootenay Panel

Andrew Adams

October 25, 2018

October 25, 2020

Member, North Panel

Garnet Berge

October 23, 2017

October 23, 2019

Member, North Panel

Ross Ravelli

December 16, 2016

October 8, 2019

Member, North Panel

Jim Johnson

December 30, 2018

December 30, 2019

Member, Okanagan Panel

Satwinder Bains

October 23, 2017

October 23, 2020

Member, South Coast Panel

Susie Gimse

October 25, 2018

October 25, 2020

Member, South Coast Panel

Senior Executives:

Kim Grout, CEO

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 Directory of Agencies website. For information on the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO) refer to CABRO website.


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