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BC Institute of Agrologists - 1 Lay Councillor

Requisition #2344812
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-ALL
Job StreamAgriculture/Agrology
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions1
Posting Date07-Oct-2020
Expiry Date05-Nov-2020
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Business and Structure

 

The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists (“BCIA”) operates pursuant to the Agrologists Act [SBC 2003](“Act”) and is the organization that governs and regulates the profession of agrology within the province of British Columbia. BCIA will soon become a ‘regulatory body’ governed by the Professional Governance Act [SBC 2019](“PGA”). The PGA, passed in November of 2018, is coming into force by stages, with the transition from the Act to the PGA anticipated in Fall of 2020. More information about the PGA can be found at www.professionalgovernancebc.ca.  

 

BCIA has approximately 1800 registered members (“registrants”) including professional and articling agrologists (PAg and AAg respectively). Effective March 1st, 2020 BCIA also regulates the new professional designations of registered and articling technologist in agrology (RTAg and ATAg respectively). BCIA is a member of Agrologist/Agronome Canada which represents agrologists in all provinces other than Alberta. BCIA’s main office is located in Langford B.C and currently employs 4 full time and 1 part time staff with an annual operating budget of approximately $650,000. For further information about the BCIA, please visit www.bcia.com

Strategic Direction

Under the PGA, the BCIA will have a defined set of responsibilities including but not limited to:

  • serving and protecting the public interest with respect to the practice of agrology, the governance of the profession, and the conduct of registrants;
  • regulating the practice of and provision of agrology services in accordance with the PGA, pertinent regulations, BCIA Bylaws and current industry standards;
  • protecting in the public interest reserved titles of agrology;
  • establishing and enforcing standards of ethical, professional, and competent practice; and
  • establishing and maintaining mandatory continuing education requirements for all types and levels of registrants.

Vacant Positions

BCIA is seeking to fill one lay councillor vacancy 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 BCIA’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation and ongoing professional development for Council 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.

Competencies/Attributes

The successful candidate(s) must:

  • be a BC resident;
  • not be a Registrant of BCIA;
  • have no immediate family members in the agrology profession;
  • be free of real or perceived conflicts of interest.

 

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

  • broad interest in agriculture, aquaculture, silvaculture or environmental remediation and development;
  • time to devote to Council and committee business (approx. 12-15 days annually);
  • ability to comprehend 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;
  • ability to communicate via electronic means (phone, fax and e-mail).

Time Commitment

Normally, the BCIA Council meets 6-8 times per year:

  • four meetings are normally in person, three of which are usually held in Richmond BC;
  • the final Council meeting is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting and conference, which usually takes three days and is held in May;
  • additional meetings are by video/phone conference, at the call of the President (usually 3-4 per annum);

Term

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

 

Compensation

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

Governance Structure

Once fully implemented under the PGA, BCIA will be governed by an 11-person Council (plus 1 non voting Past President position), including four lay councillors. The remaining 7 positions are registrants elected for staggered 3-year terms from the 8 regional branches of BCIA which are divided into 3 electoral regional districts within the province. The Council executive consists of a president and vice-president, which are elected by and from the 7 Registrant councillors.

 

Under the PGA, 5 statutory committees are required to support the work of the Council and staff.  These include the Nomination, Credentials, Audit and Practice Review, Investigation and Discipline committees. Councillors must not serve on committees.

 

Council Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role

The Council’s role is to oversee the management and affairs of BCIA and to take reasonable steps to ensure that the organization achieves its legislated mandate as defined in the Agrologists Act, and the Professional Governance Act. The Council delegates responsibility for the day-to-day operations to the Executive Director 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 BCIA mandate; and
  • Reporter - report to government, interested parties, the public, and others.

 Responsibilities 

 

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 members; defining Council process and guidelines; and evaluating the Council, committees, and Chair. 
  • Strategy and Plans: Participate in the development, review and approval of BCIA’s strategic plan.
  • Human Resources: Subject to government legislation and guidelines, select, appoint, compensate, evaluate and terminate the Executive Director and Registrar; 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 of Professional Governance.

Accountabilities

The Council currently operates within the policy mandate of the Agrologists Act but will transition to the PGA in fall 2020. In addition, Council is responsible for and where applicable subject to BCIA bylaws (available at www.bcia.com), the BCIA Code of Ethics, and policy guidance standards as amended from time to time.

Council Composition

Personal Attributes

All councillors should possess the following personal attributes:

  • act in the public interest;
  • 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; and
  • strong reasoning skills.

Competencies

Ideally, Council functions in accordance with Policy Governance Principles with all operational decisions being made by the management of BCIA. Notwithstanding this principle, experience in the following competencies would be of benefit:

  • strategic management and organizational change;
  • financial expertise;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of government and the public sector environment;
  • knowledge of current and emerging issues affecting BCIA and the natural resource sector;
  • knowledge of the community served by BCIA.

List of Current Councillors and Senior Executives

Name

Region

Position

Matthew Voell

Vancouver

Lay Councillor

Aiden Wiechula

Prince George

Lay Councillor

Brock Endean

Chase

Lay Councillor

Jane Kerner (PAg)

Cariboo Central Interior

President

Oana Enick (PAg)

Vancouver

Past President

Brian Mauza (PAg)

Fraser Valley

Registrant Councillor

Warren Mills (PAg)

Vancouver

Registrant Councillor

Kevin Eastwood (PAg)

Kamloops

Registrant Councillor

Jessica Morgan (PAg)

Okanagan

Registrant Councillor

Kirk Phair (PAg)

Victoria & the Islands

Registrant Councillor

William Shaw (PAg)

Peace River

Registrant Councillor

Todd Larsen (PAg)

Kootenay Boundary

Registrant Councillor

Rebecca Martin (PAg)

Cariboo Central Interior

Registrant Councillor

Aiden Wiechula

N/A

Lay Councillor

Brock Endean

N/A

Lay Councillor

Matthew Voell

N/A

Lay Councillor

Vacant

N/A

Lay Councillor

Senior Executives:

JP Ellson (LLB)

Executive Director/Registrar/In House Counsel

Laurena Olsen

Deputy Registrar

 

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 abc@gov.bc.ca or by telephone at 604 660-0465.