OGC — Oil and Gas Commission

The B.C. Labour Relations Board certified the PEA as the bargaining agent for professionals at the Oil & Gas Commission following its devolution from the provincial government in October of 2006.

PEA members at the Commission remain members of the Government Licensed Professionals Chapter.

At Your Fingertips

Need Help?

All OGC bargaining unit members should contact Labour Relations Officer Rhiannon Bray in our Victoria office regarding service issues. Phone 250-385-8791 or call toll free at 1-800-779-7736.

Your Local Rep is: Stuart Venables 250-419-4472

Primary OGC Collective Agreement Documents

A new collective agreement for OGC members is not yet available. Please review the expired collective agreement and memorandum of agreement below.

Click here to see all GLP/OCG-related documents.

OGC Executive

Because OGC members remain part of the GLP, they share Executive members as follows:

Chairperson: Carl Withler, Agrologist 250-861-7211

Vice-Chairperson: Theo Knevel, Forester 250-784-1248

Secretary-Treasurer: Sheldon Martell, Forester 250-751-7030

Member-at-Large: Sam Davis, Forester 250-398-4416

Member-at-Large: Frank Kohlberger, Forester 250-371-6557

Member-at-Large: Shawna Larade, Agrologist 250-426-1742

Member-at-Large: Warren McCormick, Engineer 250-356-5889


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

BC’s Forest Watchdog reports on 20 years of recommendations to the BC Government on improving forest management and concludes, “Government has told the Board that it accepts 56 (of 60) recommendati

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Government has committed to a review of professional reliance. This is the best opportunity for positive change since the professional reliance model was introduced in the early 2000’s.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

There is currently one vacancy on the GLP Chapter Executive. Your union needs an effective Executive Committee with inspired and committed members working on behalf of GLP members.

GLP Constitution

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of ten chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 43 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2017 issue includes a profile of UVic member Sheryl Karras, a review of the BCFED young workers' camp, a review of the year and an article on Change Day 2017.

Read the December 2017 issue



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