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Land Surveying Leadership: The ABCLS Elects WSP’s Roger Galibois as Vice President


The Association of the British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS) is the governing body for the profession of land surveying within the province of British Columbia. This March the association membership met for their Annual General Meeting and WSP’s very own Roger Galibois was elected as its Vice President. This is the first year of a three-year commitment during which Roger will serve as Vice President, President and Past President.

From right to left: Roger Galibois – Vice President, Chad Rintoul - CAO, Michael Burian, Mike Waberski, David Rutherford, Brian Brown - President, Ron Johns – Past President, Chris Cryderman, Kelly Stofer – Secretary, Mike Thomson – Surveyor General, Shauna Goertzen.

Roger Galibois, British Columbia Land Surveyor (BCLS) and Canada Land Surveyor (CLS), has been working in the industry since 1976. Roger received his diploma in Survey Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 1979. Roger’s career has taken him to every corner of the province and has afforded him the opportunity to work in many different industries in urban, rural and remote locations. Roger has spent much of his professional career in private practice in North Vancouver and Williams Lake, British Columbia. Election to the association executive is a new and exciting milestone in his career.

The Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors is a self-governing profession established by legislation through the Land Surveyors Act. “Land surveyors are the professionals charged with the creation and maintenance of the cadastral fabric. This includes lots, right-of-ways, easements and other spatially defined interests in land. A secure definition of land tenure is a cornerstone of a modern western society,” explains Roger about the importance of the role of a professional land surveyor.

Since opening our office in Kelowna in 2007, Roger has played a key role building the branch as Branch Manager and Project Manager. He has been a member at large on the ABCLS Board of Management for the past two-years. A member at large is elected to the position for a two year term. There are four member at large positions and three executive positions on the ABCLS Board.  Roger’s business partner from his practice in Williams Lake had served on the board in the late 1990s so Roger understood the role early on. When he was asked to put his name forward, he did not hesitate; “Sitting on the board is something available to all land surveyors and it is something that I wanted to apply for,” Roger explains.

After a two-year term as a member at large, you can be elected Vice President. As Roger moves into this role, he is excited for the opportunity to give back to the profession. In his new role he will continue to meet regularly with the board and will be involved in strategic planning, open forums, hearings, serve as a liaison to various committees and act as support for the president.

What’s next for Roger? He plans to continue his work within Kelowna and with the ABCLS. Next March he will move into the role as President for one year and then Past President for the final and fifth year of his commitment.

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