Committees

The Institute is represented by several representatives and committee members.

Representatives
U of R Senate Rep Blair McClinton PAg
U of S Senate Rep Stuart Garven PAg (Ret)
Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) Rep David McKerchar PAg
Agriculture Hall of Fame Rep Brian Sim PAg (Ret)
Agrologists Agronomes Canada Valerie Pearson PAg

Standing Committees

Act & Bylaws Committee
  1. Guides the development of the Agrologists Act, Bylaws & Policies.

    Committee Members

    David McKerchar PAg (Chair) Shathi Fardausi PAg
    Laurie Hayes PAg Bob Tyler PAg
    Sandra Shiels PAg Rena Semeniuk PAg
    Avens Dawson PAg Bryce Lewans (Ministry of Agriculture Observer)
    Samantha French PAg Valerie Pearson PAg (Ex-Officio)
    Branch Presidents Committee
    1. Meets via conference call within one week of each council meeting.
    2. Acts as the advisory committee to the Annual Convention.
    3. Serves as the selection committee for Honours & Awards.

      Committee Members

      Dale Smart PAg (Chair) Tenille Wakefield AAg
      Morgan Sushetski PAg Lyse Boisvert PAg
      Shawna Lajoie PAg Karlah Rudolph PAg
      Nicole Philp PAg
      Executive Committee
      1. Managing and directing the ordinary affairs of, the Institute by the provisions and established policies of the Institute and the Act & Bylaws.
      2. Oversee human resources of the Institute.
      3. General duties assigned by the Council.

      Committee Members

      Dale Smart PAg (Chair) David McKerchar PAg
      Robyn Morley PAg Valerie Pearson, PAg (Ex-Officio)
      Governance Committee
      1. Reviews and makes suggestions regarding the Institute’s policies and procedures to the Council.

        Committee Members

        Bob Tyler PAg (Chair) Valerie Pearson PAg (Ex-Officio)
        Jean Harrington, Public Representative Tim Nerbas PAg
        Professional Conduct Committee
        1. Examines cases of breach of ethics or conduct by members.
        2. Recommends if a hearing by the Discipline Committee is necessary.

          Committee Members

          Michael Champion PAg (Chair) Andre Vonneau PAg
          Chris Hawkins PAg Laurie Hayes PAg
          Bill Houston PAg
          Admissions & Registration Committee
          1. Receives applications for registration in the Institute.
          2. Accepts applicants for registration and assigns an articling period to be served, providing the application fulfills all the prerequisites.

          Committee Members

          Robyn Morley PAg (Chair) Jessica Slowski PAg
          Bruce Coulman PAg Matthew Braun PAg
          Fran Walley PAg Jill Turner PAg
          Lindsay Folk PAg Tyler Prediger PAg
          Bryce Geisel PAg Ikenna Mbakwe PAg
          Valerie Pearson PAg (Ex-Officio) Patricia Anderson (Ex-Officio)
          Discipline Committee
          1. Hears cases of breach of ethics or conduct by members.
          2. Assigns disciplinary action where appropriate.

            Committee Members

            John Spencer PAg (Chair) George Lewko PAg
            Jean Harrington (Public Representative) Jim Zemluk PAg
            Karen Dow PAg Chris Mansiere PAg
            Ken Wall PAg Shannon Ruzesky PAg
            Clint Pederson PAg Miles Anderson (Public Representative)
            Finance & Audit Committee
            1. Reviews financial controls.
            2. Reviews expenditures and revenue projections comparative to actuals.

            Committee Members

            Dale Smart PAg (Chair) Tim Nerbas PAg
            Jaime Cobler TechAg Valerie Pearson PAg (Ex-Officio)
            Miles Anderson Public Representative Annette Horvath (Ex-Officio)
            Nominations Committee
            1. Supervises the nominations and election of the President-Elect, AT Rep and Farmer Rep
            2. Supervises meeting procedures, the election of officers, and appointments of committee members at the Provincial Council and annual general meetings.

              Committee Members

              Dale Smart PAg (Chair) Valerie Pearson PAg (Ex-Officio)
              Robyn Morley PAg David McKerchar PAg
              Professionalism & Ethics Committee
              1. Coordinating the course with the articling members.
              2. Grading completed exams.
              3. Ensuring relevance of course.

              Committee Members

              David McKerchar PAg (Chair) Valerie Pearson, PAg (Ex-Officio)
              Robyn Morley PAg Patricia Anderson (Ex-Officio)
              Sandra Shiels PAg Margaret Putt PAg
              Juanita Allin PAg Forrest Scharf PAg
              Dave Cubbon PAg

              Ad Hoc Committees

              Professional Development and Practice Standards Committee

              Purpose of the Committee

              • Encourages and assists agrologists to conform to the Code of Ethics.
              • Maintains watch on all matters pertaining to the maintenance and improvement of standards in agrology.
              • Confers with the education committee on improving the standards of the profession.
              • Maintains watch on agrology-related employment postings.
              • Maintains watch on information being provided to the public.
              • Reviews the technical program proposed for the annual meeting.

              Committee Members

              Jessica Slowski PAg (Chair) Valerie Pearson PAg (Ex-Officio)
              Laurie Hayes PAg

              Historic Committees

              The following committees are utilized on an ad hoc basis at the provincial level.

              Articling Program Committee

              Function of the Provincial Office, Admissions & Registration Committee, and Professionalism & Ethics Committee

              • Coordinates the articling program with the branches.
              • Coordinates articling milestones to provide articling agrologists with a comprehensive introduction to the role of the Institute and the responsibilities and ethics of all agrologists.
              Honours & Awards Committee
              1. Determines agrologists worthy of the Institute’s prestigious awards.
              2. Reviews nomination applications and supporting documents for awards.
              3. Recommends award recipients.
              The following committees’ functions have been distributed to the Executive Committee, Council or the provincial operations team:
              Professional Development & Standards Committee

              The function of the Provincial Council

              • Encourages and assists members to conform to the Code of Ethics.
              • Maintains watch on all matters pertaining to the maintenance and improvement of standards in Agrology.
              • Confers with the education committee on improving the standards of the profession.
              • Maintains watch on Agrology-related employment postings.
              • Maintains watch on information being provided to the public.
              • Reviews the technical program proposed for the annual meeting.
              Education Committee

              The function of the Provincial Council

              • Ensures continuing professional development courses are available to agrologists.
              • Confers with the Professional Conduct Committee on matters of professional standards related to education.
              • Reviews the technical program proposed for the annual meeting.
              • Examines agrology-related post-secondary education in Saskatchewan.
              • Reviews training opportunities for Technical Agrologists and others employed in the profession of agrology.
              • Reviews the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan programs.
              Issues Committee

              The function of the Provincial Council

              • Responds to requests to develop a position on any issue relating to the agriculture, bioresources, food or the environment sectors.
              • Develops a position and discussion papers as required and appropriate.
              Public Awareness & Communications Committee

              The function of the Provincial Council

              • Publicizes the profession of agrology, as per the aims and objectives of the Institute.
              • Prepares advertisements, articles and press releases for branch events, branch scholarships, and the annual convention.
              • Prepares press releases regarding the contributions of individual members.
              Student Relations Committee

              The function of the Provincial Council

              • Promotes the Institute at agrology-related post-secondary schools, through scholarships, club associations, etc.
              • Coordinates the Student Affiliate Membership program.