Committees

Committees, subcommittees, boards, panels, and task forces help the ABCFP council and staff deliver the association's programs and initiatives. Joining one is a great way to become involved in the profession while earning credit for professional development hours. 

Committees are primarily comprised of ABCFP registrants and ABCFP staff. Statutory committees are defined under the Professional Governance Act and include public lay members (individuals who are not registrants of the profession). Lay members provide an external perspective and or bring specialized expertise and knowledge to the committee as well as ensuring the committee’s work meets the public interest.

ABCFP statutory committees and other boards, panels, and task forces along with their Terms of Reference are listed below. An asterick (*) next to a committee name indicates that the committee membership includes a public lay member(s).

Selection Process for ABCFP Committees and Task Forces outlines how committee appointments are made. Please contact the staff liaison if you are interested in participating on a committee.

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Application for Statutory Committee Public Lay Members

Are you someone who is not a member of the forest profession, and interested in contributing to professional forestry regulation in BC? 

If so, please consider applying to become a Lay Member of one of our Statutory Committees.

Statutory Committees

Credentials Committee* (formerly Board of Examiners)

Works with prospective RPF and RFT registrants from the time they apply until they become a registrant. Tasks include setting entrance standards, administering the exam, and appeal processes.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Casey Macaulay, RPF; Chi Cejalvo, RD
Council Representatives: Jamie Jeffreys, RPF; Bowen Sly, RFT
Chair: Denise Hogue, RPF

Investigations Committee* (formerly Complaints Resolution Committee)

Oversees and decides how best to resolve complaints against registrants.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Casey Macaulay, RPF; Conrad Malilay
Council Representative: Garnet Mierau, RPF; and Trevor Joyce, RPF
Chair: Bruce Blackwell, MSc RPF, RPBio

Nomination Committee*

The nomination committee nominates qualified registrants to stand for election to the ABCFP Council.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Christine Gelowitz, RPF
Chair: Morgan Kennah, RPF

Discipline Committee*

A standing pool of forest professionals and public lay representative(s) from which a panel is drawn to hear discipline cases brought against registrants or to make a determination on settlement proposals.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Casey Macaulay, RPF; Conrad Malilay
Chair: Wendy Royle

Forest Measurements Board

Develops and implements standards, policies, and procedures for ABCFP associate registrants (ATC, ATE, SAS).

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Michael Larock, RPF
Chair: Phil Smith, RPF

Inspector Subcommittee* (formerly Standing Investigations Committee)

Assists in the complaint resolution process. Leads investigations or fact finding teams when needed.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Casey Macaulay, RPF; Conrad Malilay
Chair: John Cathro, RPF


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Boards, Panels, and Task Forces

BC Forest Professional Editorial Board

Provides advice and guidance on the content of BC Forest Professional magazine.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Dean Pelkey; Cheryl Waddell

Climate Change Advisory Panel*
This committee is comprised of forest professionals, researchers and policy. They work to build awareness of climate change impacts to forests and to develop tools to support professionals in their practices.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Paul Nuttall, RPF
Council Representatives: Ken Day, RPF
Chair: Guy Burdikin, RPF

Conference Planning Task Force

Develops program and recruits speakers for the ABCFP's annual forestry conference.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaisons: Dean Pelkey; Cheryl Waddell
View list of Conference Planning Task Force members.

Finance Advisory Panel (formerly Finance Committee)

Provides advice on our financial and administrative affairs and acts as the Board of Trustees for ForesTrust, ABCFP’s registered charity.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Nathan Doidge
Council Representative: Jason Fisher, RPF, LLB
Chair: Janice Mathers, RPF

Joint Practice Board

Clarifies roles and provides guidance for engineers, geoscientists, and forest professionals in forest resource management.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Mike Larock, RPF (ABCFP); Peter Mitchell, P.Eng (APEGBC)
Chair: TBA

Professional Practice Panel (formerly Professional Practice Committee)

Assists ABCFP staff in achieving the annual business plan deliverables relating to the practice of members. Produces guidance or reviews all guidance established for forest professionals practising forestry in BC. Produces papers on a range of professional and practice issues.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Mike Larock, RPF
Council Representative: Kelly Kitsch (Cameron), RFT; and Marina Rayner, RFT
Chair: Garth Webber Atkins, RPF

Stewardship Panel (formerly Stewardship Committee)

Assists ABCFP staff in achieving annual business plan deliverables that support registrants in delivering and promoting good forest stewardship.

Terms of Reference

Staff Liaison: Paul Nuttall, RPF
Council Representative: Ken Day, RPF
Chair: Megan MacGregor, RPF

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Selection Process for ABCFP Committees and Task Forces

  1. Staff will identify the gap(s) in committee membership.
  2. A notice will be put in The Increment stating the name of the committee or task force and the core requirements of membership. 
  3. If there are other required attributes, they will also be stated (e.g. designation, gender, location, employer type etc.).
  4. Interested members will be asked to submit a resume for review.
  5. Staff will review the resumes with the committee chair or committee/task force members and, if required, interviews of candidates will be held. For CEO committees, staff will recommend appointments to the CEO.
  6. If a selection committee is required, the committee chair will coordinate selecting the members of this committee and will include staff support.  The selection committee will do the candidate ratings and select the successful candidate(s) for approval by the CEO or council.
  7. For CEO committees the final appointments will be approved by the CEO prior to notification of the successful candidates.
  8. For council committees such as the board of examiners, joint practice board and the discipline committees, the final appointments will be approved by council prior to notification of the successful candidates.
  9. All members who applied for a position on the committee will be thanked for their interest and notified of whether or not they were successful in their application.

This process does not apply to council committees.