Understanding the Societies Act II: Deep Dive into Legal Issues in Governance & Legislative Changes (Fall)

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Take your understanding of the Societies Act to the next level.

Through group work and case studies, and building on Understanding the Societies Act I, this workshop will introduce and explore more complex legal issues in governance, finance and regulatory matters and provide a strong focus on changes coming  to those areas.

Participants will have an opportunity to bring their current constitution and bylaws for a deeper review into compliance issues, related especially to these key governing documents.

Program Details

Date & Time: October 29, 2019 l 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Member- $95.00; Non-member- $110.00 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify necessary and helpful changes to organizational constitution and bylaws
  • Evaluate their own membership in light of governance requirements and best practices;
  • Analyse board composition and function;
  • Understand fiduciary responsibilities of directors and analyse application in specific circumstances;
  • Apply the conflict of interest rules for directors;
  • Assess meeting procedures and minutes; and
  • Articulate key priorities for your organization in working towards transitioning to the new Societies Act

Workshop Content

  • Deeper review of issues in constitution and bylaws
  • Membership Issues
  • Board structure and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Conflict of interest, board remuneration
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Finance

Taking Societies Act Part I is not a requirement of taking Societies Act Part II. We recommend that you have a basic understanding of the BC Societies Act and review the description above to ensure you feel comfortable with the course material covered.

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Date: October 29, 2019 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E2X5
City of Vancouver


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.


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1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5

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