Committees, 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. 

Statutory committees are defined under the Professional Governance Act (PGA). They are comprised primarily of ABCFP registrants and staff, and must include at least one lay member (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.


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

Audit and Practice Review Committee

Credentials Committee (formerly Board of Examiners)
  • Works with trainee registrants from the time they apply until they become practicing RPF or RFT registrants. Tasks include setting entrance standards, registration requirements, and appeal processes.
  • Terms of Reference
  • Chair: Denise Kerr, 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.
  • Terms of Reference
  • Staff Liaisons: Casey Macaulay, RPF; Janine Jivani, MPH
  • Chair: Bob Craven, RPF
Investigation Committee (formerly Complaints Resolution Committee)
Nomination Committee
  • The nomination committee nominates qualified registrants to stand for election to the ABCFP Council.
  • Terms of Reference
  • Staff LiaisonChristine Gelowitz, RPF
  • Chair: Trevor Swan, RPF, LLB


Boards, Panels, and Task Forces

ABCFP-BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) Joint Working Group
  • Identifies and works on matters of collective importance between the ABCFP and BCWS.
  • Terms of Reference (under development)
  • Chairs: ABCFP/BCWS

Applied Biology and Forestry Environment Practice Panel (EPP)

BC Forest Professional Editorial Advisory Panel

Conference Program Advisory Panel

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: Dave Gill, RPF, Jamie Jeffreys, RPF.
  • Chair: Matthias Splittgerber, RPF.

Forest Measurements Panel

Inspector Panel* (formerly Standing Investigations Committee):

  • Assists in the complaint resolution process. Leads investigations or fact finding teams when needed.
  • Terms of Reference
  • Chair: John Cathro, RPF

Joint Practice Panel:

  • Clarifies roles and provides guidance for engineers, geoscientists, and forest professionals in forest resource management.
  • Terms of Reference
  • Chairs: ABCFP/EGBC
  • Staff liaisonSinead Coffey


Selection Process for ABCFP Committees and Task Forces

  • Staff will identify the gap(s) in committee membership.
  • A notice will be put in The Increment stating the name of the committee or task force and the core requirements of membership. 
  • If there are other required attributes, they will also be stated (e.g. designation, gender, location, employer type etc.).
  • Interested members will be asked to submit a resume for review.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For CEO committees the final appointments will be approved by the CEO prior to notification of the successful candidates.
  • 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.
  • 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.