Bob Pakrul

BC Societies – get ready for transition

The new Societies Act (BC) will come into force on November 28, 2016 and replace the existing governance rules of the current Society Act (BC), which applies to over 25,000 non-profit organizations in British Columbia.  Most of the provisions of …

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BC Society Law Reform – one year to go

On November 23, 2015, the British Columbia government released Order 673-2015 to bring BC’s new non-profit governance law, the new Societies Act (“New Act”) into effect in one year’s time, on November 28, 2016, and to enact supporting regulations effective …

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New BC Societies Act passes third reading

We have provided some detailed commentary in this blog recently concerning the introduction of a bill in the British Columbia Legislature to modernize and replace the existing non-profit governance legislation.  According to the Legislature’s website, Bill 24, the Societies Act proceeded …

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Society Law Reform – an overview

On March 25, 2015 the British Columbia government introduced Bill 24 in the provincial legislature, to update and modernize the governance of non-profit entities in British Columbia. The Societies Act will repeal the existing Society Act and replace it with a more …

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Society Act Reform

On March 25, 2015 the British Columbia government introduced Bill 24 in the provincial legislature, to update and modernize the governance of non-profit entities in British Columbia. The Societies Act will repeal the existing Society Act and replace it with …

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BC Society Act Reform

The British Columbia government has indicated an intention to bring forward a bill in the Spring 2015 sitting of the provincial legislature to implement society act reform in this province.  This will follow on a variety of stakeholder consultations which …

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Society Act Reform

The B.C. government has released a white paper http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/pld/fcsp/society_act_discussion.htm  outlining proposals for a new Societies Act to regulate the governance of non-share capital entities incorporated in British Columbia. The full text of a proposed new act is presented, along with …

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Annual meetings – sometimes you actually have to meet

Corporate governance for some closely-held entities has evolved to the point where much of the governance business is conducted by unanimous written resolution. Governing legislation usually starts with the presumption that a meeting is to occur, but offers a statutory …

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Why Do I Need That In My Corporate Name?

Corporate entities (both share capital and non-share capital) can be incorporated at the federal or provincial level. Each corporate statute has certain name requirements for the corporate name, and each regulator has also developed name approval policies and procedures. Sometimes the requirements …

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The Power of Board Policies

Boards of directors often create rules about the affairs of their organizations.  These are recorded in documents which bear the title “policy” or some similar wording.  Typical examples might be a “conflict of interest policy” (setting out procedures and guidelines to be followed as …

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