Biggest professional organizations in B.C. in 2014

Ranked by number of dues-paying members in 2014

Published May 27, 2014. Sources: Interviews with organizations below and BIV research. Other associations and regulatory bodies may have ranked but did not respond to information requests by deadline. NP = Not provided

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Rank '14FootnotesOrganizationServices offeredTop staff officialNo. of members '13No. of members '14
1 College of Registered Nurses of BC
Sets requirements to enter the profession; establishes, monitors and enforces standards of nursing practice; and ensures that nurses practise safely, ethically and competently through initial and annual registration  (NP)  35,410 38,072
2 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
Regulatory body for the professions of engineering and geoscience, with primary duties to uphold and protect the public interest with respect to the practices of professional engineering and professional geoscience  Ann English (CEO and registrar)  27,000 28,000
3 BC Real Estate Association
Continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms  Robert Laing (CEO)  18,581 18,697
4 Law Society of BC
Regulates the practice of law in British Columbia and establishes standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of lawyers and applicants  Tim McGee (CEO)  12,932 13,105
5 Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC
Professional advisory support, continuing professional development, technical communication and member forums  Richard Rees (CEO)  11,475 11,934

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