2020 AGM: ONLINE @ 1 PM Friday, June 19

The 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia (GCC) will be held online at 1:00-2:00 PM on Friday, June 19, 2020 using a videoconference application called ZOOM.

Members only are invited to attend the AGM, and they will be provided instructions prior to the meeting on how to participate.  You can download the ZOOM software for free to your computer or mobile device, if you don’t have it already, at https://zoom.us/

A separate, free Online Forum called Grass Talks is being planned for after the AGM, featuring presentations on recent grassland research and studies in the Cariboo and Kootenay region. Read more about Grass Talks HERE.

Not a member or want to renew?
Go to the membership page on the GCC website, scroll to the bottom, and fill in the online form.  Your name will be added to the membership list and you will be invited to the AGM. Individual annual memberships are $35 and all members receive our e-newsletter, the BC Grasslands magazine, and can participate in the election of the Board of Directors.Not sure if your membership is lapsed? Email info@bcgrasslands.org.

Recommended Candidates for the 2020 Directors Election 

At the virtual AGM on June 19th 2020, the members of the GCC will elect people to the Board of Directors. Each Director is elected for a 2-year term, and terms for approximately half of the members expire each year. The members of the Board of Directors have diverse backgrounds in ranching, conservation, and scientific research, and the Board may have up to 15 members. Three members of the Board are retiring this year, and if all 7 recommended candidates are elected, the Board will have 12 members. After a public recruitment process and a thorough review of expressions of interest, the Board of Directors recommends four new candidates and three incumbent candidates be elected as Directors.

The new candidates are:

  • Ian Barnett, Kamloops – Former staff member and member of the Board of Directors in British Columbia of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
  • Toni Boot, Summerland – Mayor of Summerland and a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
  • Dr. Tom Dickinson, Kamloops – Dean of the Faculty of Science and a former Associate Vice President of Research at Thompson Rivers University.
  • Brian Thomas, Okanagan Falls –  3rd generation rancher using land owned by The Nature Trust of British Columbia and a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Cattlemen’s Association.

CLICK HERE to read the profiles of all seven candidates.

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