The New Societies Act

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The New BC Societies Act for not-for-profit organizations society charities


What to Expect & How to Transition 

The Societies Act comes into force November 28, 2016. How will the changes affect your organization?

Join Michael Blatchford, Charities and Not-for-Profit lawyer with Bull Housser, and dive into the critical changes being introduced through the new Societies Act. Michael will explain what the new Act will mean to your Society’s current corporate and governance practices, highlight significant changes from the current legislation, and provide tips on how to prepare your board and your organization for the transition to the new Act.

This special, 3-hour workshop builds on and dives deeper into the content covered in Changes to the BC Societies Act and contains up-to-date information, including key elements of the newly released regulations that support the Act’s implementation.

Suggested Participants

Executive directors/CEOs, board members and other not-for-profit leaders looking for in-depth look at the changes to the Society Act.

Program Details 

Date & Time: September 29, 2016 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Vancouver 
Cost: Member - $95.00; Non-member - $110.00
Facilitator: Michael Blatchford, Charities & Not-for-Profit lawyer with Bull Housser

*Workshop materials will be provided digitally prior to the workshop

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new areas of compliance required under the new Societies Act
  • Articulate the timeline required to transition to the new Act
  • Prioritize what conversations organizational leaders (board and staff) will want to have in anticipation of transition to the new Act, to be ready to make relevant changes to constitution and bylaws


  • Legislative reform process and anticipated transition process/timeline
  • Key changes related to the Act across a range of areas, including:
    • Meetings
    • Special resolutions
    • Filings
    • Board nominations/appointments
    • Qualifications of directors
    • Conflict of interest
    • Member and public access to Society records
    • Structure of constitution and bylaws
    • Member complaints, and member proposals
    • Senior managers
    • Member-funded Societies

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Date: September 29, 2016 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Vantage Point
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E2X5
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Michael Blatchford

Michael Blatchford

Charities & Not-For-Profit Organizations Lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright

Michael is a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright. Michael’s practice focuses primarily on advising charities and not-for-profit organizations with regard to their tax-exempt status, their governance, their programmes and activities and their tax issues. He acts for organizations seeking charitable registration and advises charities on their ongoing obligations and legal compliance under the Income Tax Act. Michael has worked with organizations operating in all areas of the voluntary sector, from healthcare, education, sport and recreation, arts and culture, environmental, relief and social services to religious organizations.

t: 604 875 9144**
f: 604 875 0710
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5

**Please note: During COVID-19 the Vantage Point team is working from home. Contact information for workshops can be found on event pages, or find a list of our staff contact info here.


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