Biggest professional organizations in B.C. in 2015

Ranked by number of dues-paying members in 2015

Published May 26, 2015. Sources: Interviews with associations and regulatory bodies below and BIV research. Others may have ranked but did not provide information by deadline.

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Rank '15FootnotesOrganizationServices offeredTop elected officialTop staff officalYear foundedNo. of members '14No. of members '15
1 College of Registered Nurses of BC
2855 Arbutus St
Vancouver, BC V6J 3Y8
Phone: 604-736-7331
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 Mary Kjorven (board chair) Cynthia Johansen (registrar and CEO) 1918 37,274 38,405
2 Organization: Certified Management Accountants Society of BC, Certified General Accountants Association of BC and Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC merged as of March 25, 2015 Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC)
555 Hastings St W Suite 800
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
Phone: 604-872-7222
Professional advisory support, continuing professional development, technical communication and member forums Olin Anton (board chair) Richard Rees (president and CEO) 2015 32,042
3 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
4010 Regent St Suite 200
Burnaby, BC V5C 6N2
Phone: 604-430-8035
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 John Clague (president) Ann English (CEO and registrar) 1920 28,000 29,000
4 BC Real Estate Association
701 Georgia St W Suite 1420
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6
Phone: 604-683-7702
Continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms Scott Russell (president) Robert Laing (CEO) 1976 18,697 19,083
5 Law Society of BC
845 Cambie St
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
Phone: 604-669-2533
Regulates the practice of law in British Columbia and establishes standards for the education, professional responsibility and competence of lawyers and applicants Ken Walker (president) Tim McGee (CEO) 1884 13,105 13,520

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