Agrology, the Agricultural and Environmental Profession
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The Alberta Institute of Agrologist’s authority derives from The Agrology Profession Act (APA) and The Agrology Regulation.
Section 3 (1) of the APA states “The institute must”:
(a) carry out its activities and govern its regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest,
(b) provide direction to and regulate the practice of agrology by its regulated members,
(c) establish, maintain and enforce standards of practice, registration and continuing competence for the practice of agrology
(d) establish, maintain and enforce a code of ethics, and
(e) carry on the activities of the Institute and perform other duties and functions by the exercise of the powers conferred by this Act.
THE PRACTICE OF AGROLOGY
The Profession of Agrology focuses on science as it applies directly or indirectly to the management of biophysical resources, food production systems, food security and safety, and environmental quality. The practice of agrology in Alberta encompasses four Agrology sectors: Life Sciences, Environment, Agriculture and Food with 43 practice areas.
The public has access to a fair and responsive complaint process to address incompetent or unethical practice by registered agrology professionals.
Unprofessional Conduct Finding – Against Dave Paton, former member AIA
A Hearing Tribunal of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) was appointed to hear allegations of unprofessional conduct against David Paton, a regulated member of the AIA.
The Hearing Tribunal consisted of the following members:
Twyla Jones, PAg, Chair
Brian Hunt, Public Member
Bruce Johnson, PAg
The hearing into the allegations of unprofessional conduct against Dave Paton took place on August 14, 2013 at the AIA’s offices in the city of Edmonton in the province of Alberta. Gregory Sim, lawyer for AIA, presented the allegations and evidence against Dave Paton. The Hearing Tribunal was satisfied that Dave Paton did receive a Notice of Hearing on June 27th, 2013 and that Mr. Paton did agree and admit to the allegations and that he acknowledged “unprofessional conduct”.
The sanctions against Mr. Paton are as follows:
a) The Hearing Tribunal’s written decision shall serve as a reprimand.
b) Within thirty (30) days of the Hearing Tribunal’s written decision, Mr. Paton shall provide the AIA Complaints Director with a signed declaration that he has read and reflected on the AIA Code of Ethics.
c) Mr. Paton shall pay (60) percent of the costs of the investigation and hearing to a maximum of $4,900.00 with payment terms to be determined as between Mr. Paton and the AIA Complaints Director.
d) In the event that Mr. Paton fails to comply with any of these sanctions, this matter may be referred back to a Hearing Tribunal for further consideration with respect to sanctions.
2014 Council Elections
Council nominations have been submitted for the 2014 Council Elections. Positions open for election are:
PAg Central Alberta
The election will take place from 9:00 am on January 10-4:30 pm on February 10. Please sign in and go to the Member Home Page > "Council Elections" to view this years candidates and to make your vote from January 10-February 10.
Please Note: As of September 1, 2013, job advertisements will no longer appear to the public on the AIA website. Instead, the Institute will be offering your company the best targeted employment posting service in the industry, for agrology related positions. Your employment posting will be emailed directly to your target market of 2,500 Alberta agrologists every Friday in the weekly agrologists update. A fee will be charged for this exclusive service. Please click here to view the Employment Posting Service page on our website for more details.
To Visit any of the other 9 Agrology Institutes in Canada click on one of the following links:
BC Institute of Agrologists SK Institute of Agrologists MB Institute of Agrologists
ON Institute of Agrologists QC Institute of Agrologists NL Institute of Agrologists
NB Institute of Agrologist NS Institute of Agrologists PEI Institute of Agrologists
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2013 Conference Green Paper- Click Here
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General Practice Standard- Click Here
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