AIA Members can play an active role in the Institute through the establishment and participation in a Branches and Networks. This will assist the Institute by advancing the Ends set out by the AIA Council.
Branches and Networks are formed by a group of at least 10 AIA members who share a common professional interest and work together to explore particular issues or conduct activities. Branch Members are usually from the same geographical area and would meet on a regular basis in various locations. Network Members may or may not be from the same geographical area, they generally share common topic specific, discipline specific or practice area specific interests and connect primarily via distance technology.
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Branches and Networks exist to further the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) ENDS and are a legal arm of the Institute. The Institute ENDS are the goals or objectives that direct all of AIA activities. These ENDS are directly linked, and are subject to the legislation (Agrology Profession Act and Agrology Profession Regulation) and all the associated regulatory requirements that AIA must achieve.
The two main ENDS are:
- Professional Practice of Agrology
- Public Confidence
For more information on AIA ENDS CLICK HERE.
Key Activities For a Branch/Network
Branches and Networks are established to benefit the AIA members in a region and should strive for the following key initiatives/activities:
- Promote the profession of agrology
- Support and enhance member relations, including networking
- Facilitate profession development opportunities
- Interact with the post-secondary education institutions if in your area
- Remind members of their ethical and legal responsibilities when practicing agrology
NOTE: Branches and Networks are not an advocacy body.
There are five main information areas to consider when establishing and running a Branch and a Network in the Institute:
- Establishing a Branch and a Network
- AIA Office support
- Financial Management
- Articles and Bylaws
As one of the Networks in the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, the Alberta Soils Network (ASN) provides opportunities for agrologists in the field of soil science to network and develop professionally. The need for a soils network has gradually arisen because many new graduates no longer work at government agencies where specific in-house training in soils is provided. Training is left more and more up to a consortium of government, industry, academic, professional organizations and consultants to work together on coordinating efforts for continuous education and linking resources. The network has identified a need to gain a current picture of soil science related training, education and information and so we are working to address this need. It is hoped that this network will provide members with valuable online references, allowing members to quickly identify and evaluate opportunities in continuing professional development.
The Calgary Environmental Network focuses on continued Professional Development in all aspects of environmental work within the definition of Agrology. Our goal is to provide technical seminars and networking opportunities to those already working or to those interested in the environmental industry.
To assist the AIA in accomplishing its current ends policies in the Alberta Capital Region by undertaking the following:
- Promoting the Ethical, Competent Practice of Agrology through the hosting of professional development opportunities within the Alberta Capital Region.
- Providing the Alberta Capital Region public, policy-makers, and university teachers, researchers and students with information opportunities that promote good public stewardship relating to Agrology.
- To assist in the advancement of the Profession in the Alberta Capital Region.
- To share with both the profession and the public through posting Branch activities and outcomes on its website.
The Grande Prairie Branch proposes to provide Agrologists in the Grande Prairie region with an opportunity to continue professional development, to network with colleagues and to promote the profession of Agrology.
To advance the End of the Institute, provide opportunities for professional development and networking.
This branch provides members and potential members with an opportunity to learn more about the profession of agrology while networking with colleagues. Student engagement is central to the branch; students and instructors are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings and events. The branch works to increase the availability of professional development opportunities for Agrologists, and to further the ends of the AIA which includes ensuring that qualified and practicing Agrologists are registered and that Institute members are sought out by clients and the media.