BC's New Societies Act for Legal Support Staff 2016


Course Date: October 28, 2016

Total: 3h 14min

Welcome and Introduction

Christine Hall Corporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ayako Oki — Paralegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

The Big Picture for the New Legislation

  • introduction to the new legislation
  • summary of major changes
  • explanation of materials provided

Christine Hall — Corporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ayako Oki — Paralegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

To Be or Not To Be Designated as a Member-Funded Society

  • what is a member-funded society?
  • what are the advantages to this designation?
  • what are the disadvantages to this designation?
  • which societies can qualify for this designation?
  • which societies cannot qualify?

Christine Hall — Corporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver

Constitution On Transition

  • what is allowed in the new constitution?
  • what happens to existing provisions no longer allowed in the new constitution?
  • member-funded society designation may be included on transition
  • what type of approval is required?
  • what happens if a society decides to be a member-funded society after it transitions?
  • what type of approval is required?
  • how long will it take to obtain a court order?
  • is a paper copy of the application (originally signed) to be submitted to the Registrar of Companies for filing with the court order?
  • how long will the Registrar of Companies take to file the court order?

Ayako Oki — Paralegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Bylaws on Transition

  • do the bylaws have to be changed?
  • changes that can be made to the bylaws and approval required
  • adopting new Model Bylaws (as is or with changes) and approval required
  • adopting new bylaws and approval required
  • approval required for meetings held prior to or after November 28, 2016

Sarah Fitzpatrick — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Step-by-Step Process on Transition with Existing Bylaws

  • procedures, documents, key information, and practice tips for a standard transition with existing bylaws
  • sample step-by-step transition of a fictitious society

Sarah Fitzpatrick — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Christine Hall — Corporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ayako Oki — Paralegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Tona M. Hetherington and Jill SinkwichFinancial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance, Victoria
Debbie Turner — Deputy Registrar, BC Registry Services, Victoria

Step-by-Step Process on Transition with Changes to Bylaws

  • procedures, documents, key information, and practice tips for a transition with changes to bylaws
  • sample step by step transition of a fictitious society

Sarah Fitzpatrick — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Christine Hall — Corporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ayako Oki — Paralegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Tona M. Hetherington and Jill SinkwichFinancial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance, Victoria
Debbie Turner — Deputy Registrar, BC Registry Services, Victoria

What Happens After Transition

  • changes to annual general meeting requirements
  • annual report requirements
  • approving and filing changes to Constitution and/or bylaws
  • approving and filing changes to directors
  • changes to extraprovincial annual report requirements
  • provisions for pre-existing societies that take effect November 28, 2018

Christine Hall — Corporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ayako Oki — Paralegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Setting Up New Societies

  • incorporation
  • organization
  • summary of differences

Christine Hall — Corporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ayako Oki — Paralegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments

Sarah FitzpatrickMiller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Christine HallCorporate Services Paralegal & Supervisor, Owen Bird Law Corporation, Vancouver
Ayako OkiParalegal, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver
Tona M. Hetherington and Jill SinkwichFinancial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance, Victoria
Debbie Turner Deputy Registrar, BC Registry Services, Victoria