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FSA members sit on a number of committees across the Institute. Some of these committees are FSA committees and some are BCIT committees to which FSA members are either appointed or elected. There are also FSA-BCIT joint committees that are required under the BCIT-FSA Collective Agreement.

Every effort is made to keep this list of committees up-to-date. If you see any errors/omissions or are interested in finding out more about how FSA members can participate in these committees, please contact the FSA.

If you are interested in serving on a committee and/or currently serve on a committee please check out our Committee Resources page.

FSA Internal Committees

FSA Members on these committees are appointed by the FSA board except for the Caucuses which are self-selecting.

Bargaining Committee

The Bargaining Committee, or Team, is struck for each round of bargaining with BCIT. The terms of reference are under FSA policies.

Caucus for Applied Research and Advanced Studies (CARAS)

The caucus developed out of a series of consultations with FSA members who do research at BCIT. Following the consultations we distributed a survey to members that led to the formation of the caucus by the FSA board of directors. The inaugural CARAS meeting took place on June 8, 2016.

Additional information about the CARAS terms of reference, composition, and materials can be found in the FSA member portal (members only, login required).

Caucus on Part-Time Studies (COPTS)

The FSA created the Caucus to provide input in how the FSA incorporates members in Part-Time Studies (PTS) into its work. The Caucus also provides guidance to the FSA about how to enhance participation by members in PTS in the FSA and it allows participants to work together to articulate their interests to the FSA and, through the FSA, to BCIT and other stakeholders who influence Part-Time Studies at BCIT.

Additional information about the COPTS terms of reference, composition, and materials can be found in the FSA member portal (members only, login required).

Collective Agreement Committee

This committee is struck by the FSA in the lead up to each round of bargaining. The terms of reference for the committee fall under FSA policies.

The current CAC was selected by the FSA board at the June 2018 meeting.

Collective Agreement Committee Members

  • Chas Bains (FSA Director Associate Members, Instructor, Graphic Arts)
  • Colin Jones (Senior Systems Analyst, ITS)
  • Jennifer Wolf (Faculty, Chemistry)
  • Julie Novakovic (Faculty, Baccalaureate Nursing)
  • Kathy Kennedy (Faculty, Specialty Nursing)
  • Paul Mills (FSA Director Associate Members, Instructors, Computer Systems)
  • Peter Fenrich (FSA President, Specialized Faculty, LTC)
  • Silvia Raschke (FSA Director, Project Leader, MAKE+)
  • Suzanne Clark (Assistant Instructor, Medical Laboratory Science)
  • Terry Gordon (FSA Treasurer, Faculty, Financial Management)
  • Vnit Nath (FSA Vice-President, Faculty, Financial Management)

Equity Caucus (EC)

The FSA created the Caucus to provide input in how the FSA incorporates equity into its work and implements the FSA Equity Policy. The Caucus also provides guidance to the FSA about how to enhance participation by members in who are part of equity-seeking groups in the FSA and it allows participants to work together to articulate their interests to the FSA and, through the FSA, to BCIT and other stakeholders who influence BCIT.

Additional information about the Equity Caucus terms of reference, composition, and materials can be found in the FSA member portal (members only, login required).

FSA-CUPE Bargaining Committee

This committee is struck by the FSA board prior to each round of bargaining with its CUPE staff. It is subject to the FSA policy – Staff Bargaining.

Internal Audit Committee

This committee is subject to the FSA Policy: Audit Committee Terms of Reference.

Investment Committee

This committee is subject to the FSA policy: Investment Committee Terms of Reference.

FSA-BCIT Committees (As per the Collective Agreement)

FSA members on these committees are FSA appointed. 

Academic Advisory Committee (Memag 16FSA15)

Formed Feb 2016. Advises Registrar’s office on appropriate English language competency for student admissions to Institute programs falling under FSA jurisdiction. In effect through term of current collective agreement (2019).

Current FSA appointees: Andrea Matthews, Michael Currie

Instructional Development Committee (Article 10.2.4)

You must be a Faculty member or an Assistant Instructor to sit on this committee.

The committee manages and directs funds in support of instructional development activities that relate to the improvement of teaching & learning. They reviews & vote on funding applications to this end.  Please also refer to Article 10.2 – Instructional Skills Development of the collective agreement.

FSA Representation: One Faculty or Assistant Instructor from each of the following general areas:  Business, Engineering, Electronics & Computing, Health, Academic Studies, Student Services & Educational Support, One PTS Instructor, one Director.

The committee meets twice a year and regularly liaises via e-mail to vote on grant applications that arrive on an ongoing basis.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

Additional committee details and composition can be found online.

ITS Reclassification Committee (Memag 08FSA26)

The Terms of Reference for this Committee are specified in Memoranda of Agreement 15FSA22 & 08FSA26.

Your role on the Committee will be to assess applications for reclassification from members within the ITS department, and to render decisions on those applications.

Meets approximately 3 or 4 times per year.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

Institute-wide Placement Committee (Article 11.1)

This committee is responsible for recommending alterations to the criteria for initial placements, action on employee advancements, action on applications and appeals with regard to placement or advancement on the salary scales and action on AI and Tech staff promotion to faculty.

Please read Article 11.1 of the Collective Agreement for more details.

The committee meets approximately 4 times a year.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

Joint Benefits Review Committee (Article 16.13)

The Joint Benefits Review Committee reviews benefit plans included MSP, extended health, dental, group life, accidental death & dismemberment, LTD, employer & family assistance and any other benefit plans agreed to by the principals.

PD Leaves Committee - Academic Studies (Article 10.5.2)

You must be Regular Faculty in the School of Computing and Academic Studies to sit on this committee with the exception of Faculty in Computing who are served by the Engineering PD Committee.

PD Committee members assess proposals submitted by eligible employees, decide which applications merit approval, and ensure compliance with Article 10.5.4 (Assessment Criteria). Funding is awarded to applications that satisfy Article 10.5.3 (Eligibility, General Criteria and Requirements) providing sufficient funds are available.

You must be available to attend all committee meetings, which occur approximately twice a year (around February & September) and be willing to become knowledgeable about the PD Committees’ processes as set out in the FSA Collective Agreement.  For the FSA 10.5 Professional Development Leave guide and contact names for each PD committee visit our Member Education page.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

PD Leaves Committee - Business (Article 10.5.2)

You must be regular Faculty in the School of Business to sit on this committee.

PD Committee members assess proposals submitted by eligible employees, decide which applications merit approval, and ensure compliance with Article 10.5.4 (Assessment Criteria). Funding is awarded to applications that satisfy Article 10.5.3 (Eligibility, General Criteria and Requirements) providing sufficient funds are available.

You must be available to attend all committee meetings, which occur  approximately twice a year (around February & October) and be willing to become knowledgeable about the PD Committees’ processes as set out in the FSA Collective Agreement. For the FSA 10.5 Professional Development Leave guide and contact names for each PD committee visit our Member Education page.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

PD Leaves Committee - Engineering, Electronics, and Computing Studies (Article 10.5.2)

This committee serves faculty in Computer Studies (SCAS), the School of Construction and the Environment, and The School of Energy.

You must be regular Faculty in one of the above areas to sit on this committee.

PD Committee members assess proposals submitted by eligible employees, decide which applications merit approval, and ensure compliance with Article 10.5.4 (Assessment Criteria). Funding is awarded to applications that satisfy Article 10.5.3 (Eligibility, General Criteria and Requirements) providing sufficient funds are available.

You must be available to attend all committee meetings, which occur approximately three times a year (around February, May & October) and be willing to become knowledgeable about the PD Committees’ processes as set out in the FSA Collective Agreement. For the FSA 10.5 Professional Development Leave guide and contact names for each PD committee visit our Member Education page.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

PD Leaves Committee - Health (Article 10.5.2)

You must be regular Faculty in the School of Health to sit on this committee.

PD Committee members assess proposals submitted by eligible employees, decide which applications merit approval, and ensure compliance with Article 10.5.4 (Assessment Criteria). Funding is awarded to applications that satisfy Article 10.5.3 (Eligibility, General Criteria and Requirements) providing sufficient funds are available.

You must be available to attend all committee meetings, which occur approximately three times a year (around February, May & September) and be willing to become knowledgeable about the PD Committees’ processes as set out in the FSA Collective Agreement. For the FSA 10.5 Professional Development Leave guide and contact names for each PD committee visit our Member Education page.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

PD Leaves Committee - Super PD (Article 10.5.2)

This committee serves Specialized Faculty, Assistant Instructors & Technical Staff across the Institute.

You must be a regular employee in one of the above classifications to sit on this committee.

PD Committee members assess proposals submitted by eligible employees, decide which applications merit approval, and ensure compliance with Article 10.5.4 (Assessment Criteria). Funding is awarded to applications that satisfy Article 10.5.3 (Eligibility, General Criteria and Requirements) providing sufficient funds are available.

You must be available to attend all committee meetings, which occur approximately once a year (around February) and be willing to become knowledgeable about the PD Committees’ processes as set out in the FSA Collective Agreement. For the FSA 10.5 Professional Development Leave guide and contact names for each PD committee visit our Member Education page.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

Rehabilitation Committee (Article 9.3.10)

This committee encourages & facilitates the early return to gainful employment of employees who have been ill or injured (see Article 9.3.10 Rehabilitation Committee).  Committee members review cases of eligible employees who are no longer capable of performing the duties of their own occupation due to illness or injury as well as those who have become incapacitated through industrial injury or illness and makes recommendations to the Employer.  Committee members view confidential member information and must therefore commit to maintaining the utmost discretion.

The Committee is composed of two (2) representatives and one alternate appointed by the Union which may include one Union representative from the FSA, and two (2) representatives and one alternate from the Employer. The Employer provides administrative support for the committee.

Where possible, the Committee meets not less than once a month (3rd week of every month) during working hours, and leave without loss of pay is granted to Committee members.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

BCIT Governance Committees

FSA members on these are elected by colleagues.

BCIT Board of Governors (BOG)

Find out more on the BCIT website.

Education Council (EdCo)

Find out more on the BCIT website.

BCIT Committees

FSA members on these committees are primarily appointed by the FSA. Some are self-selecting. 

Diversity & Inclusivity Committee

This committee is managed by BCIT Human Resources.

Employee Engagement Advisory Committee

Current FSA members appointed:

  • Peter Fenrich (FSA President)
  • Dawne Bringeland (School of Business)
  • Connie Evans (School of Health)
  • Shannon Kelly (School of Computing & Academic Studies)
  • Judy Shandler (ITS)

Committee Terms of Reference (PDF)

Employee Excellence Adjudication Committee

http://www.bcit.ca/hr/recognition/excellence.shtml

Each bargaining unit has two seats on this committee (6 seats). The committee meets once a year to determine recipients of Employee Excellence Awards

Harassment and Discrimination Steering Committee

Internal Review Panel

You can find out more about this committee here: https://www.bcit.ca/files/apqa/pdf/internal_review_panel.pdf (PDF)

International Mobility Fund (IMF) Committee

Find out about this committee on their website: https://www.bcit.ca/international/imf/

Institute Recognition Advisory Committee

Performance Development System (PDS) Steering Committee

This committee makes decisions on recommended changes to the Performance Development System (Article 13). The Performance Development System Co-ordinator (Judy Shandler) reports to this committee.

The committee meets approximately 6 times a year (every second month).

The PDS Steering Committee is actively seeking interested FSA members to participate.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

Pride Committee

For more information visit their website!

Research Task Group (RTG)

Find out more about the RTG here: www.bcit.ca/appliedresearch/rtg

Staff Social Committee

This group is now working with the Grassroots Employee Engagement Team. You can visit their Loop page for more information.

Tributes Committee

Wellness Committee

BCIT Safety Committees

FSA members on these committees are FSA appointed.

Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee - BBY

http://www.bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/7150.pdf

A committee of employee and employer representatives who meet monthly to discuss and make recommendations regarding occupational health & safety topics affecting the workplace.

There are two FSA seats on the Burnaby Campus committee.  They meet the second Wednesday of every month at 10am in the library (SE14 – 312) – 1 hour.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee - DTC

http://www.bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/7150.pdf

A committee of employee and employer representatives who meet monthly to discuss and make recommendations regarding occupational health & safety topics affecting the workplace.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee - CARI

http://www.bcit.ca/files/pdf/policies/7150.pdf

A committee of employee and employer representatives who meet monthly to discuss and make recommendations regarding occupational health & safety topics affecting the workplace.

If you have any further questions about this committee, please contact FSA President, Peter Fenrich: peter_fenrich@bcit.ca.

School Committees

These committees are managed by each School.

School of Business - Research Committee

Find out more here: https://www.bcit.ca/appliedresearch/src.shtml

School of Computing and Academic Studies - School Quality Committee

School of Computing and Academic Studies - Research Committee

Find out more here: https://www.bcit.ca/appliedresearch/src.shtml 

School of Construction and the Environment - School Quality Committee

School of Construction and the Environment - Research Committee

Find out more here: https://www.bcit.ca/appliedresearch/src.shtml

School of Health Sciences - School Quality Committee

Find out more here: https://www.bcit.ca/health/quality/

School of Health Sciences - Research Committee

Find out more here: https://www.bcit.ca/appliedresearch/src.shtml

School of Energy - School Quality Committee

School of Energy - Research Committee

Find out more here: https://www.bcit.ca/appliedresearch/src.shtml

FSA Newsletter

April 2018, Vol 49 Issue 3

Check out our latest newsletter highlighting our advocacy work!

April 2018, Vol 49, Issue 3 (PDF)

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