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  • FOI Results: Materials and Presentations on the new Societies ActNovember 30, 2017

    Every so often, I file Freedom of Information (“FOI”) requests to obtain internal program materials which may be of use to BC Societies from the Registrar of Companies. The results contain presentations, quick reference sheets, and other useful documentation which may be of interest to those transit … Read more »

  • The benefits of society incorporationNovember 9, 2017

    Why incorporate as a society? What are the reasons for doing so, and why not stay an unincorporated association? All BC societies must file an online transition application by November 26, 2018, or risk dissolution by the registrar of companies. I have received inquiries lately from societies asking … Read more »

  • Do the new Societies Act indemnities mean Directors and Officers don’t need insurance?November 9, 2017

    I was asked recently whether the indemnity provisions in the Societies Act mean that societies in BC don’t need an insurance policy. This post clarifies insurance and discusses the advantages of a policy and the disadvantages of relying on the indemnity provisions. Neither the old Society Act nor th … Read more »

  • AGM Season: The Basics of Special ResolutionsOctober 3, 2017

    AGM Season is upon us, and I thought it wise to remind BC societies of the basics of the “Special Resolution”, the super-majority necessary at a meeting of the members to pass fundamental changes to the constitution or bylaws of a society, and to make other major changes as well. There are, in gener … Read more »

  • The Hospital Act and ministerial approval of bylaw changesMay 5, 2017

    As of March 29, 2017, the Hospital Act now sets out more than 50 societies designated “hospital societies” who may not change their constitution or bylaws without ministerial approval, and must provide an affidavit they have complied with the terms of the Hospital Act over the course of their last f … Read more »