FOREST PRACTICES BOARD MEMBERS’ ROLE & DUTIES
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2010
The Forest Practices Board was created in 1995 under the Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act and continued under the Forest and Range Practices Act. The responsibilities and functions of the board are defined in the Act.
The board consists of the following members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council after a merit based process:
(a) A member designated as the chair;
(b) One or more members designated as vice chairs after consultation with the chair;
(c) Other members appointed after consultation with the chair.
The board’s practice has been to operate with a full-time chair, a part-time vice chair, and other part-time members. This provides the opportunity for a balance of perspectives and distribution of workload, while keeping the board modest in size. The full board meets regularly through a combination of in-person discussions and teleconferences. Meetings provide an opportunity to exchange information, set strategic direction, provide advice and feedback to the chair, give guidance on policy, and provide input to the selection process for special investigations and special projects. The legislation provides for the board to organize itself into panels comprised of one or more members. The work of the board is supported by a staff, headed by an executive director who reports to the board through the chair. The staff carries out the professional and technical activities required to fulfill the board’s mandate, including:
- Retaining external specialists as required;
- Information gathering and technical analysis for audits, complaints special investigations;
- Legal analysis and representation in appeals;
- Preparation of reports and draft recommendations;
- Support to the board and panels;
Board Members’ Role
The Act requires that “board members must faithfully, honestly and impartially perform their duties”. Members provide independent oversight, societal context and an informed public voice to the work of the board. They work as part of a team to achieve the board’s legal mandate in a manner keeping with its mission, purpose, values and guiding principles. Each board member contributes a unique body of knowledge, experience and perspective. Members are selected for their demonstrated ability to independently represent the public interest, exercise good judgment, think strategically, and be fair and balanced in their actions. Through their standing in the broader community, members lend important credibility to the work of the board.
Board Members’ Duties
- Remain attuned to and informed about public interests, perceptions and emerging issues as they relate to the work of the board.
- When appropriate, recommend topics to be placed on the board’s agenda.
- Participate actively in board meetings, including: receiving and reviewing documents; sharing information of interest to other members; and engaging in constructive dialogue on questions before the board.
- As delegated, represent the board with stakeholders by attending meetings, conferences, or other relevant events.
- Participate actively on assigned panels, including: reviewing documents provided by staff; providing constructive feedback on staff work; and ensuring that board commentary and recommendations are appropriate and in keeping with the values and principles.
- Provide feedback and advice relative to the way the board and its work are perceived by stakeholders.
- Monitor time spent on board business and consult with the chair if commitments are expected to be outside what is normal.
- Comply with board guidelines on travel and expense costs and submit claims in a timely manner.
- Uphold the board’s code of conduct and conflict of interest policies.
- Undertake other duties as delegated by the Chair and agreed to by the member.
Al Gorley, Chair
Forest Practices Board