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Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals -2 Lay Councillors

Requisition #2344810
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamEnvironment
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions2
Posting Date07-Oct-2020
Expiry Date05-Nov-2020
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure


The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) (est. 1947) registers and regulates professional foresters and forest technologists. While currently under the authority of the Foresters Act, The Foresters Act will soon be repealed, and the Association of BC Forest Professionals will become a ‘regulatory body’ governed by the Professional Governance Act (PGA). The PGA, passed in November 2018, is coming into force by stages, with the transition from the Foresters Act to the PGA anticipated in Fall of 2020. More information about the PGA can be found at  


The ABCFP has approximately 5,500 members, including registered professional foresters (RPF), registered forest technologists (RFT) and those working towards registration in BC. The ABCFP is the largest professional forestry association in Canada. The main office is located in downtown Vancouver and currently employs 15 full time and 2 part time staff with an annual operating budget of approximately $2.8 million. For further information about the ABCFP, visit

Strategic Direction

Under the PGA the Association of BC Forest Professionals will have a defined set of responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • serving and protecting the public interest with respect to the practice of professional forestry, the governance of the profession, and the conduct of registrants;
  • regulating the practice of professional forestry;
  • protecting reserved titles and reserved practice of professional forestry in the interest of the public;
  • governing registrant professionals according to the PGA, all relevant regulations and the ABCFP’s bylaws;
  • establishing requirements for registration;
  • establishing and enforcing standards of practice, ethical, professional, and competency standards, as well as continuing education requirements for registrant professionals; and
  • conducting fair and transparent investigations and discipline procedures as necessary to protect the public’s interest.

Vacant Position(s)

ABCFP is currently seeking to fill two lay councillor positions on the Council. Applications to this Notice of Position may be considered for future vacancies.

Experience and Qualifications

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


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

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 community, labour and business environments. 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.


The successful candidate must:

  • be a BC resident;
  • not be a registrant of the ABCFP;
  • have no immediate family members in the profession;
  • be free of conflicts of interest or perceived conflicts of interest.


Attributes, skills and interests sought in lay councillor candidates include:

  • broad interest in forest policy and the management of BC’s forest resources.
  • time to devote to Council and committee business (approx. 12-15 days annually).
  • ability to absorb and grasp substantial volumes of information.
  • experience in non-profit association governance.
  • experience in professional regulation and related administrative law.
  • willingness to travel within BC.
  • a record of community service.
  • no need for financial compensation beyond out-of-pocket expense recovery.
  • ability to communicate via electronic means (phone, fax and e-mail). 

Time Commitment

Normally, the Council meets 6 times per year:

  • Four meetings are normally in person.
  • Two meetings (May and November) are typically held in Vancouver at the ABCFP’s office located at 1281 West Georgia Street and usually run from Thursday morning to Friday midday.
  • One meeting is a strategic session, usually a full 2.5 days in early fall.
  • The final Council meeting is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting and conference, which usually takes three days and is held in February.
  • Two meetings are video/phone conference, normally in July and January.
  • Meetings are normally held in locations that are readily travelled to, and which have cell and Wi-Fi coverage to allow members to stay in contact with their employers and family as necessary.
  • The ABCFP sets the detailed meeting schedule for the upcoming year each December to enable Council members to plan for the year.


Lay councilor terms under the PGA are for three years, with no more than 6 consecutive years for successive terms. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may set a term for an individual lay councilor that is shorter than three years. CABRO policy of appointing lay councillors for 1 year followed by 2 year and 3 year renewals for a maximum of 6 years is to be followed subject to satisfactory performance and continued interest of the lay councillor.


All Council members are volunteers. Out-of-pocket travel expenses related to Council business are reimbursed but no honorarium is paid.

Governance Structure

Under the Foresters Act, a 12-person Council, including two lay councillors, governs the association. The Council executive consists of a president, past president and vice-president, and the remainder of Council is typically made up of seven at large councillors (4 RPF and 3 RFT) and two government-appointed lay councillors.


Under the PGA, the governance structure of Council will transition to 7 registrant councillors, including the president and vice president and 4 lay councillors who are not registrants of the ABCFP.


There are six ABCFP staff members who also contribute to Council, including the Chief Executive Officer, Registrar and Director of Act Compliance, Director of Professional Practice and Stewardship, Deputy Director of Stewardship and Engagement, Director of Finance and Administration, and Director of Communications.


Under the PGA, 5 statutory committees are required to support the work of the Council and staff.  These include the nominating committee, the credentials committee, investigation committee and discipline committee. Councillors must not serve on committees.

Council Responsibilities and Accountabilities


The Council’s role is to oversee the management and affairs of ABCFP and to take reasonable steps to ensure that the organization achieves its legislated mandate as defined in the Foresters Act, and the Professional Governance Act. The Council delegates responsibility for the day-to-day operations to the CEO and Registrar.

The Council’s role is that of:

  • Leader - set the strategic direction, and empowering senior management to implement Council direction;
  • Overseer - evaluate performance measures and hold senior management accountable;
  • Steward - provide stewardship for the effective delivery of the ABCFP’s mandate; and;
  • Reporter - report to government, interested parties, public, and others.


Council responsibilities fall into the following general categories:


  • Managing Council Affairs: Establish the processes and structures necessary to ensure the effective functioning and renewal of the Council. This includes: monitoring and improving the quality of the Council and ensuring appropriate committees are in place; ensuring appropriate Council orientation and ongoing professional development; articulating roles and responsibilities for the Council, committees, and individual Council directors; defining Council process and guidelines; and evaluating the Council, committees, directors and chair.
  • ABCFP’s Mandate: Fully understand the ABCFP’s mandate set by government, review, and make recommendations to government regarding the mandate to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of the ABCFP’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with their mandate as set by government 
  • Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Chief Executive Officer (the President); oversee management succession and development.
  • Financial and Corporate Issues: Review financial, accounting and control systems to ensure appropriate risk management systems, code of ethical conduct and conflict of interest guidelines are set in place. 
  • Monitor and Report: Monitor organizational performance against strategic plans and compliance with applicable legislation and government direction; accountable to government and the public through an annual report to the Superintendent.
  • Communications: Oversee ABCFP’s communications policy.


In carrying out its work, the Council currently operates within the policy mandate of the Foresters Act but will transition to the Professional Governance Act in Fall of 2020.


ABCFP’s bylaws (available at together with the governing statute and regulations are what direct forest professionals in BC.


The Code of Ethics (Bylaw 11) contains a set of defined principles and rules of conduct. All members are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics as a condition of membership.


The Standards of Professional Practice (Bylaw 12) deal with professional practice expectations related to competence, independence, integrity, due diligence and stewardship. The standards augment the Foresters Act and the Code of Ethics in further defining the conduct and practice expected of forest professionals.


These Bylaws may undergo revisions in the transition to the PGA.

The Council conducts itself according to a Council governance policy, which is available at under About Us > Our People > ABCFP Council

Council Composition

The individuals who make up the Council should, collectively, have the necessary personal attributes and competencies required to:

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

Personal Attributes

All councillors 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 ABCFP;
  • strong reasoning skills;
  • able and willing to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities;
  • may include personal attributes relevant to organization; and
  • commitment to continuous learning about the ABCFP and the forestry sector.


Collectively, the Council should comprise the following core competencies:

  • operational or technical expertise relevant to the operation of the ABCFP including:
    • strategic management and organizational change,
    • operations,
    • internal control and accounting,
    • technology,
    • communications,
    • public sector administration,
    • human resources,
    • labour relations, and
    • risk management.
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting the ABCFP and its sector; and
  • knowledge of the community served by the ABCFP.

List of Current Governors and Senior Executives




Term Ends



Wendy Royle

December 2018

December 2021

Lay Councillor

Alison Dempsey

December 2020

December 2021

Lay Councillor




Lay Councillor




Lay Councillor


Morgan Kennah

February 2014

February 2021


Robin Modesto

February 2013

February 2020

Past President

Trevor Swan

February 2019

February 2020

Vice President

Bowen Sly

February 2019

February 2022

Registrant Councillor

Ken Day

February 2019

February 2022

Registrant Councillor

Kerri Simmons

February 2017

February 2020

Registrant Councillor

Garnet Mierau

February 2018

February 2021

Registrant Councillor

Marina Rayner

February 2018

February 2021

Registrant Councillor

Jamie Jeffreys

February 2018

February 2021

Registrant Councillor

Elizabeth Armstrong

February 2018

February 2021

Registrant Councillor

Senior Executives:

Christine Gelowitz

Chief Executive Officer

Casey Macaulay

Registrar & Director of Act Compliance

Lance Nose

Director, Finance and Administration

Mike Larock

Director, Professional Practice and Forest Stewardship

Paul Nuttall

Deputy Director, Stewardship and Engagement

Dean Pelkey

Director, Communications

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on this board by clicking on the “Apply” button at the top 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.


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 Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at or by telephone at 604 660-0465.