Annual General Meeting

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

116th (2021) ABCLS Annual General Meeting & Continuing Professional Development

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 AGM and CPD Program will be held in a virtual format over a 3-day period. Two days of professional development seminars, including a stream for land surveyors in training, will be held on March 10, 11, followed by the annual general meeting on March 12.

The agenda, reports, past AGM minutes, and much more can be found below. Information will be posted as it is finalized.

Sponsorship Package

The Association of BC Land Surveyors is pleased to host the 2021 Continuing Professional Development Program and AGM on March 10-12, 2021. The virtual format will still provide opportunities to ensure our valuable sponsors are visible to members and guests of the ABCLS.

Now, more than ever, it is important to remind clients that your business is integral to the land surveying profession.

This year, we are offering a sponsorship package for one price: $800.

While we cannot get together like we have in prior years, our regular exhibitors and employers will still benefit from visibility before, during, and after the 2021 Continuing Professional Development Program and AGM.

All sponsors will receive the following benefits:

  • Upon registration as a new sponsor, company name recognition and link to your website in the “Welcome New Sponsor” section of the next Association Update biweekly e-newsletter delivered to all members of the ABCLS
  • Logo recognition on the 2021 AGM & CPD Program web page, including a link to your organization
  • One social media “thank you” post on the ABCLS Twitter account
  • Verbal acknowledgment of your support for the profession during the AGM
  • Logo recognition in the April 2021 issue of Link Magazine

If you are interested in sponsorship, please click here for our sponsorship package or contact Lucy Watson at for more information.

Keynote Speaker

Stephanie Staples, Founder – Your Life Unlimited

ReVitalize Your Work & Life
Wednesday, March 10 – 9:00 am to 10:00 am,
continued Thursday, March 11 – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm



  • Are you trying to be all things to all people?
  • Are you who you want to be during this unprecedented time?
  • Are competing priorities and the lack of time, energy and motivation stopping you from being the best version of yourself?
  • Well, if overwhelm is creeping in it’s time to top up your psychosocial wellness tool kit.

Learn simple, purposeful, deliberate actions you can easily implement to help you revitalize yourself so that you can bring your best both personally and professionally. Get ready to see how the Kaizen principle can help you improve your quality of life – even in tough times! And… we may even have a little bit of fun!

Keynote speaker Stephanie Staples is a multi-titled author with eclectic qualifications that combine learnings from her background in healthcare, journalism, fitness, and communications – Steph has some unique insights and tools to share that will positively impact your work and home life.

Pre-COVID this rewired nurse traveled from the Mayo Clinic to the Middle East as a keynote speaker delivering idea-packed programs proven to increase feelings of hope, happiness, empowerment, and ability to apply actionable positive change for busy healthcare professionals. These days she is helping from her Vancouver Island home, yay BC!

Hopefully one day we will get to hear her in person but for our virtual event, remote rules! Buckle up for a learning adventure you won’t soon forget.

Stephanie’s keynote address will be delivered over two 1-hour sessions. Be sure to return on Thursday afternoon for more ideas, insights, and inspiration for better living!



Continuing Professional Development Program

Registration includes access to all seminars (up to 15.5 category A CPD credit hours) and unlimited on-demand access to all seminars except the keynote for one year following the event.

Fees for the professional development program are as follows:

*Pricing is only available to land surveyors in training, land surveyor associates, and survey students registered with the ABCLS

Please register here by 4 pm on Friday, February 19, 2021. – Registration Extended!

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation of your registration may be made via email and will be subject to the cancellation policy as indicated below:

  • Until 4 pm on Friday, February 19, 2021 – a refund less an administrative fee of $20 will be granted upon receipt of written notification
  • After 4 pm on Friday, February 19, 2021 – no refunds or credit will be granted.

Please request any cancellation via email to

Annual General Meeting

All members are encouraged to attend and participate, earning approximately 5 category A professional development hours.

Registered survey students and members of the public are welcome to attend as observers.

The AGM is free to attend, however, all attendees will be required to register. Details regarding AGM registration and secure voting credentials for practicing land surveyors have been delivered by email to attendees.


Professional Development Schedule

Click here for the professional development seminar descriptions.

Wed, March 10 Thurs, March 11
8:50 – 9:00 CPD Committee Welcome
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Address – Part 1

Revitalize Your Work & Life*

Overview of Recent Legislative and Regulatory Changes Involving the ALR/ALC and how they may affect BC Land Surveyors
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:00 Introduction to Planning for Non-Planners –

Part 1


Tips for Successful Field Project Submission Approving Officers’ Roundtable – Part 1
Provincial AO Stream Municipal AO Stream
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Introduction to Planning for Non-Planners –

Part 2


Navigating Board Policy 6.11: Requirements for Admission as a BCLS Approving Officers’ Roundtable – Part 2
Provincial AO Stream Municipal AO Stream
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 1:45 Implementing Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems in a Professional Geomatics Practice –
Part 1
Defining Interests in Land Strata Plans – Maintaining the Public Trust


1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 2:45 Implementing Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems in a Professional Geomatics Practice –
Part 2
Land Act Surveys and How they Differ from Land Title Act Plans


Charting the Path Forward: Review of the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan for Professional Surveyors Canada


2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Buried Facilities Road Safety Keynote Address – Part 2

Revitalize Your Work & Life cont.*

*Please note that the keynote presentation will not be available for on-demand viewing.

Click here for the professional development seminar descriptions.

Annual General Meeting Agenda

The AGM is an opportunity for members to hear from the Board and senior staff on the activities of the ABCLS, its strategy, and financial position. It also provides an opportunity for members to participate in self-governance by voting on motions affecting the bylaws.

AGM Registration at 8:00 am and call to order at 8:30 am.

AGM Agenda

Past Annual General Meetings

2021 AGM Minutes       2021 AGM Reports
2020 AGM Minutes      2020 AGM Reports
2019 AGM Minutes
2018 AGM Minutes
2017 AGM Minutes
2016 AGM Minutes 
2015 AGM Minutes
2014 AGM Minutes
2013 AGM Minutes
2012 AGM Minutes