This notice of position is a general call for interested candidates wishing to be considered for lay committee member positions by regulatory bodies governed under the Professional Governance Act (PGA).
Business and Structure
The Professional Governance Act (PGA) governs five regulatory bodies, including the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, the Association of BC Forest Professionals, the BC Institute of Agrologists, the College of Applied Biology, and the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC. These organizations oversee over 50, 000 professionals operating in the natural resource and built environment sectors and are mandated to serve and protect the public interest through their regulatory role. For more information on the work of the professions governed by these regulatory bodies, follow the links to their websites.
The PGA, passed in November 2018, is coming into force by stages, with a full transition anticipated in Fall 2020. More information about the PGA can be found at www.professionalgovernacebc.ca
Under the PGA, the governance structure of a regulatory body’s council consists of 7 registrant councillors, including the president and vice president and 4 lay councillors who are not registrants of the regulatory body.
The councils may authorize committees to exercise a power, authority, or jurisdiction of the council, other than bylaw-making authority. Councillors must not serve on committees. Regulatory body staff members may also contribute to committee work.
Under the PGA each regulatory body is required to have five statutory committees as follows:
- Nominating Committee, whose mandate is to administer the nomination of registrants who are qualified to be nominated for election to the council in accordance with the process and selection principles of the PGA, the regulatory body’s bylaws and applicable regulations.
- Credentials Committee, whose mandate is to advise the council on matters related to credentialing. The committee receives applications for enrolment, admission or reinstatement as a registrant of a regulatory body, and subsequently acts to grant the application, with or without conditions or limitations on the registration, or reject the application with written reasons.
- Audit and Practice Review Committee, whose mandate is to advise the council on matters related to audits and practice reviews. The committee appoints assessors for the purpose of an audit or practice review, administers the audit program as set out in the bylaws, and authorizes a practice review of a registrant in accordance with the PGA and the regulatory body’s bylaws.
- Investigations Committee, whose mandate is to advise the council on matters related to investigations. The committee appoints persons as inspectors for the regulatory body and authorizes investigations into the conduct or competence of a registrant in accordance with the PGA and the bylaws of the regulatory body. The committee can advise on remedial action, consent orders, and alternative complaint resolution prior to a matter coming before a discipline hearing.
- Discipline Committee, whose mandate is to advise the council on discipline matters. The committee establishes panels to conducts hearings, makes determinations for discipline action against a registrant in accordance with the PGA and the bylaws of the regulatory body.
For information on the specific responsibilities expected of each committee of a regulatory body, as well as details on committee composition, please inquire with the regulatory body.
In carrying out its work, a committee operates within the mandate of the Professional Governance Act, its regulations, and a regulatory body’s bylaws and governance policies.
Each statutory committee must have at least one lay member, defined as a person who is not a member of the regulatory body. A lay member must participate at every meeting, proceeding, or hearing of the committee. More than one lay member may be sought for each committee to ensure this quorum requirement can be met.
This notice of position is a general call for interested candidates to be appointed as lay committee members. Candidates interested in serving on a committee of a particular regulatory body should apply directly to that regulatory body. Candidates with no preference for a regulatory body may fill out a general expression of interest, which may be shared with any regulatory body seeking to fill vacant positions for a period up to one year from the time of application.
Term and Time Commitment
Lay committee member terms are set by the bylaws of a regulatory body and generally range between one to three years. Please contact a regulatory body to confirm the term expectations for their committee members. The number of times a committee must meet per year varies with its mandate and generally is at the discretion of the chair. Please contact a regulatory body to discuss time commitments expected of committee members.
Regulatory bodies may differ in the amount and type of compensation provided. Generally, out-of-pocket travel expenses related to council business will be reimbursed.
Regulatory body staff and committee chairs will carry out a merit-based assessment of lay committee member applicants based on the competencies, experience and skills identified as required for committee members. This process may involve an interview of short-listed candidates. Recommendations from the assessment process are provided to the regulatory body council, which is responsible for appointing lay committee members. Please refer to an individual regulatory body’s website below for more information about their lay committee member appointment process, including options to directly apply to a regulatory body.
Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC
Association of BC Forest Professionals
BC Institute of Agrologists
College of Applied Biology
Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
Experience and Qualifications
While previous experience as a committee member is not required, it is important that candidates understand the roles and responsibilities of the positions and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to committee decision-making and oversight.
Regulatory bodies commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new committee members and ongoing professional development for new members.
Diversity and Inclusion
People from all regions of our province are invited to contribute to the regulatory roles of the committees. Regulatory bodies are encouraged to consider qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments, and to recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements in their selection process.
To support a pool of strong lay committee candidates 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 are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.
Successful candidates must:
- be a BC resident;
- not be a registrant of the regulatory body seeking committee members;
- have no immediate family members in the profession;
- be free of conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest; and
- have time to devote to committee business
Regulatory bodies are interested in candidates that have demonstrated skills in strategic leadership, community service, communication, and governance, as well as personal attributes.
Specific Skills and Experience
Lay committee members should ideally possess a combination of skills and experience relevant to a committee’s oversight responsibilities. These include:
- Previous experience as a volunteer with a similar organization
- Experience in professional regulation and knowledge of the standards of practice and standards of professional ethics
- Operational or technical expertise relevant to the responsibilities of a committee (e.g., legal, HR, governance, public sector administration, credentialing, etc.)
- An understanding and appreciation of the development of policy and decision-making in a large, complex system, to ensure that decisions are based on objective principles, and informed by evidence and best practice
Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest
Please apply directly to a regulatory body for specific positions. Please click on links previously provided above in the Recruitment Process section.
If you would like to apply without preference to serve on a committee of any regulatory body, you may click on the “Apply Online Now’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of Interest may be drawn upon by any regulatory body looking to fill a position vacancy. Candidates can expect to be contacted by a regulatory body to move through to the next stage in the recruitment process.
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the specific contacts at each of the organizations are as follows: ABCFP: Lance Nose, Director of Finance & Administration, Ph: 604.331.2322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; BCIA: JP Ellison, Executive Director, Ph: 250-380-9292, email@example.com; CAB: Christine Houghton, CEO, Ph: 250-383-3306 ext. 1, firstname.lastname@example.org; EGBC: Rohan Hill, Privacy Officer, Ph: 604-430-4978, email@example.com; ASTTBC: Elvira O-Kane, Senior Coordinator, Practice & Compliance, Ph: 604-585-2788, ext.238, firstname.lastname@example.org.