Biggest professional organizations in B.C. in 2017

Ranked by number of dues paying members or registrants in 2017

Published on May 23, 2017. 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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RanFootnotesOrganizationServices offeredTop elected officialTop staff officialMembership '16Membership '17
1 College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
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) 37,874 39,000
2 Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
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 David Hallinan (board chair) Olin Anton (interim president and CEO) 34,157 34,996
3 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
4010 Regent St Suite 200
Burnaby, BC V5C 6N2
Phone: 604-430-8035
Licensing and regulatory body responsible for B.C.’s professional engineers and geoscientists. The association is charged with protecting public safety in B.C. by setting and maintaining high standards of professional practice and ethical conduct for its members and licensees Bob Stewart (president) Ann English (CEO and registrar) 32,000 34,000
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 Jim Stewart (president) Robert Laing (CEO) 20,191 21,845
5 Law Society of BC
845 Cambie St
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
Phone: 604-669-2533
Upholds and protects the public interest in the administration of justice by ensuring the independence, integrity and competence of lawyers, establishing education and professional development standards for lawyers, regulating the practice of law and preserving and protecting the rights and freedoms of all persons Herman Van Ommen (president) Tim McGee (CEO) 13,881 14,240

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