Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Conference 2016


Course Date: October 27, 2016

Total: 5h 54min

Welcome and Introduction

Dealing With Donors: How Much Is Too Much?

  • how to contend with donor wishes that may take you off-mission
  • what types of conditions/restrictions are permissible
  • managing donor expectations

Margaret H. Mason — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver

Bylaws and Unalterable Clauses

  • what your client needs to know about unalterable provisions under the new Societies Act
  • defaults in the new Societies Act
  • comments on the new model bylaws

Sarah FitzpatrickMiller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Martha RansBarrister & Solicitor, Vancouver

Networking Break

Member Funded Societies

  • benefits of being a member funded society
  • prerequisites for becoming a member funded society
  • process for becoming a member funded society
  • when a society ceases to be a member funded society

Dierk Ullrich — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Members' Meetings

  • key changes under the new Societies Act
  • timing, notice, quorum
  • electronic meetings
  • voting, including electronic voting
  • annual reports
  • requisition of special meetings and members’ proposals

Michael Blatchford — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver
Anders Ourom — Sole Practitioner, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Transition Application Process Under the New Societies Act

  • basic transition or how to transition with existing bylaws (no special resolution required)
  • how to transition if you wish to change your bylaws or become a member-funded society (special resolution required)
  • what you can do now to prepare
  • the new electronic system for filings under the new Societies Act

Tony M. Hetherington Financial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance, Victoria
Jill SinkwichFinancial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch, Ministry of Finance, Victoria
Debbie TurnerDeputy Registrar, BC Registry Services, Victoria

Board Governance and Senior Managers

  • board appointment and election
  • director qualifications
  • remuneration
  • conflict of interest and protection against liability
  • senior managers

Kate Bake-Paterson — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Human Rights Law in Employment for Charities and Non-profits

  • application of the Human Rights Code to charities and non-profits
  • basic elements of human rights analysis
  • limitations re applications of the Human Rights Code
  • relationship between employer right to manage and Human Rights Code
  • hiring
  • accommodating disability and analysis of duty to accommodate
  • disability and termination
  • harassment in the workplace

Clea Parfitt — Clea F. Parfitt, Lawyer, Vancouver

Member Remedies and Disputes

Jennifer L. Francis Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver

Closing Remarks