AGA-BC: Update From The President 2018

It has been two, very quick years since you last received an update on the activities of the AGA-BC. In that period of time we have experienced a change of Government, increased pressure throughout the Province regarding water usage, increased pressure on small business through increased taxation and minimum wage increases, not to mention the continuing environmental pressures we are faced with in our daily activities. These are to name a few, of the increasing difficulties facing the golf industry.

Having said that, all is not doom and gloom as we have made great strides in dealing with a great number of these issues and have truly set the path forward to finding solutions and opportunity for growth.

Positive Outcomes:

  1. Conducted a Metro Vancouver Water Survey and Golf Industry Townhall in collaboration with the WCTA and BCGSA that helped shape the Metro Vancouver Water Use Plan and will provide a foundation for increased engagement of municipalities throughout the province.
  2. Facilitated changes to the redline liquor licensing boundaries for golf course operations in British Columbia together with the NGCOA
  3. Oversaw the production of an IPM Manual to assist both the government and the Golf Industry in fair and equitable integrated pest management regulations
  4. Continued lobbying of Government to introduce an adult fitness tax credit for British Columbians to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. This is one of the tax initiatives we have put forward every year to the select standing committee on finance.
  5. Continued collaborative lobbying efforts with Bluestone Government Relations towards maintaining our excellent relationships with government.
  6. Assisted with the expansion of the “First Green” program across Canada with the WCTA for the advancement of golf industry public awareness. This program is administered by the GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association and America) and utilizes the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teaching concept to educate school aged children on how golf integrates into the community, from playing it to its environmental impact.
  7. Facilitated annual $250,000 Co-Operative Marketing Partnership Program applications to Destination British Columbia as the legal entity for the British Columbia Golf Marketing Alliance and six sub-provincial / regional organizations to together implement over $1 Million in marketing initiatives toward growing golf tourism in our province.
  8. Presented our AGA-BC objectives and accomplishments to the CSCM Canadian Society of Club Managers – Interior Sector in Kelowna.
  9. Attended the USGA Symposium in Vancouver, bringing all of the golf associations in North America together under one roof to discuss programs implemented and ways of collaboration.
  10. Met together with new Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum to discuss the successful role of the AGA-BC and explore opportunities for collaboration. I cannot underscore enough the role British Columbia Golf has played in fostering relationships between all of the Associations. Under the direction and leadership of Kris Jonasson we have been able to bridge many issues with both financial and administrative assistance.
  11. Revised our operating process to ensure compliance with the new Societies Act
  12. Commenced a strategic planning process facilitated by Shawn Ireland and Chelsea Craig, with a completion goal of the Spring of 2019.
  13. Our Golf Industry Scorecard remains a key communication tool for us and is accessible on our website with print copies also available should you have a need.

Next on the AGA-BC Tee:

  • Golf Awareness Day at the BC Legislature – May 28th
  • Continued strategic planning including a sustainable funding model for ongoing government relations and priority initiatives as well as a communications strategy.

I would also like to take this time to thank an outstanding group of board members who have worked tirelessly as volunteers to keep the golf industry firmly in front of Government. Without their dedication I am sure we would not be able to move forward with many of these initiatives.

I don’t mean to repeat myself but when something makes sense there is no point in trying to recreate it.  “Our hope is that this report will provide insight into the importance of what we are trying to accomplish and convey the need for all associations to participate – mentally, physically and financially. Given the breadth, depth and scope of work we do and that still needs to be done, the need to work together as a group for the betterment of the Golf Industry is both clear and imperative. No one group can do it alone. We look forward to another year of positive collaboration.”

If there are any questions please feel free to call me.

Trevor Smith
President, AGA-BC
Tel: 250-320-6411

Request For Proposal – Update IPM Guide For Turfgrass Managers

The Allied Golf Association of BC’s Environmental Advocacy Committee

Request for Proposal


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The Allied Golf Association of BC’s (AGA-BC) Environmental Advocacy Committee is inviting proposals to update the IPM Guide for Turfgrass Managers. This guide was first published in 2002 and was last updated in 2009. This guide was jointly produced by the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA) and the Ministry Of Agriculture. The Committee would like to see a thorough updated including some key components such as, but not limited to:

  1. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) fundamentals
  2. Disease and pest identification/management
  3. Current approved PMRA products
  4. Current Acts and Regulations
  5. Calibration of equipment
  6. Current issues section
  7. Recommendations to other useful publications, smart phone applications and websites.

The Committee would also like to see this document in a Microsoft Word format for ongoing future updates, have this posted as a secure PDF on our allied websites and available to purchase to public if required.

The end goal is that this publication will become a Golf /Fine Turfgrass Standard in our industries with the expectation that all turfgrass managers in BC will abide by this living document.


The Committee would like to invite proposals from individuals/companies with the following qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the key components stated above
  • High level of experience in agronomy/turfgrass/horticulture
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience in documentation creation
  • Post-secondary education in turfgrass or a related field

Proposal Evaluation Process

The Committee will evaluate all proposals equally against the pre-defined criteria through an evaluation process. Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Compliance with mandatory requirements
  • Written responses, demonstrations and references
  • Pricing information provided by the proponent

The Committee will then create a short list and contact those individuals/companies for further discussion.


Proposal must be submitted by December 15, 2015.

Please submit vial email to:
Keith Lyall, Environmental Advocacy Committee Chair

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