Series 2020.4.6 - Client Files of G.G. Runka Land Sense Ltd.

"The Agriculture Land Reserve: What it is and how it got here" Presentation

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Client Files of G.G. Runka Land Sense Ltd.

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  • Textual record
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  • Electronic record

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  • 1976-2012 (Creation)

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14 m of textual records and other material:

  • 970 photographs
  • 3 DVDs
  • 4 CDs
  • 3 computer diskettes
  • 21 audio cassettes
  • 477 maps

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(2 Aug. 1938 – 26 July 2013)

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(18 September 1945 - present)

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Series consists of the client file project records of G.G. Runka Land Sense Ltd., Gary Runka's consultancy business (co-owned with Joan Sawicki until 1991). G.G. Runka Land Sense Limited was incorporated as a company on 30 Nov. 1978 and dissolved on 30 Nov. 2018. Most business activity ceased after Gary Runka's death in July 2013. The company provided comprehensive professional services in land inventory, environmental assessment, integrated resource management, land and water use conflict resolution and interdisciplinary land use planning. Over the course of the company's operation, Gary Runka and his firm consulted on 681 assignments ranging from very large projects (such as the Site C project) to small residential/commercial land capability assessments.

The Land Sense Ltd. client files generally include records such as correspondence, contracts, invoices, project reports, publications, ephemera, memoranda, map excerpts, legal documents, meeting materials, clippings, and handwritten notes. Some client files are accompanied by related maps, photographs, aerial photographs, and/or digital records on storage media.

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Original order maintained. Original client job number has been retained and is reflected in the archival accession number for ease of access. Gaps in accession numbers (missing client job numbers) reflect client files culled during normal business practice by Runka or files deaccessioned upon archival donation.

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  • English

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Many of these client job records have electronic originals located in Series 2020.4.9. Client File numbers can be referenced from the electronic record descriptions in 2020.4.9 to the Client File number in this series.

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Restricted. Individual client files will need to undergo FOIPA, rights, and confidentiality review before research access can be granted. Contact

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Personal or academic use of materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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Part of the G. Gary Runka fonds


General note

Material throughout the G. Gary Runka fonds can be cross-referenced to this large body of Land Sense Ltd. client job files. This interconnected context is ubiquitous throughout the fonds, but is particularly the case with Series 2020.4.5, Subseries 2020.4.8.1, and Series 2020.4.9:

  • Series 2020.4.5 "G.G. Runka Land Sense Ltd." contains business records, including Runka's time management "Communication Planners" that provide vital context to these job files with details of communications with each client. This series also includes original Land Sense Ltd. job ledgers and client lists (of all 681 client jobs) as well as a "master key" to the Lower Fraser Valley client jobs plotted in an atlas.
  • Subseries 2020.4.8.1 "Slide Collection" contains many slides that relate to specific client jobs.
  • Series 2020.4.9 "Digital Records" contains electronic record originals of many client file documents.
    When referencing a particular Land Sense Ltd. client file, search on its job number elsewhere throughout the fonds, particularly in the above-mentioned series. Contact for assistance.

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