Unanimous approval for new WACC Constitution

By Philip Lee on March 19, 2014


A vitally important one, but not the most exciting event in the life of a global institution, is the need to draw up and approve new governing documents.

However, after a long process of worldwide consultation, WACC members have finally approved new Articles and By-laws.

At the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 18 March 2014 at WACC's secretariat in Toronto, Canada, corporate and personal members voting separately, unanimously approved new documents for submission to the country's regulatory body.

The Canada Not­for­profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) of 2009 established a new set of rules for federally incorporated not­for­profit corporations. Registered in Canada, WACC is required to submit new governing documents, without which it cannot continue.

The NFP Act contains new rules that replace parts of the old Canada Corporations Act, the law that has governed federal corporations for nearly a century. New governing documents must be submitted for approval before 17 October 2014.

Two years ago, WACC's Board of Directors mandated a Constitution and Policy Committee to draft documents in consultation with WACC's Regional Associations and a leading firm of lawyers in the field of charity and not-­for-­profit law.

In August 2013, WACC once again consulted its regional membership on the content and direction of the proposed documents, which were finally approved by the Directors on 27 November 2013. But those documents still needed to be approved by WACC's corporate and personal members - which was the purpose of yesterday's meeting.

WACC members may request a copy of the EGM Minutes here. Members can also request an audio file of the proceedings here.

The last step in this bureaucratic process will be to submit Articles of Continuance and the new Operating By-Law to Industry Canada for its approval. Watch this space!


By Philip Lee| March 19, 2014
Categories:  News

About the Author

Philip Lee

Philip Lee

Currently WACC Deputy Director of Programmes and editor of the international journal Media Development. Recent publications include Communicating Peace: Entertaining Angels Unawares (ed.) (2008), and Public Memory, Public Media and the Politics of Justice (ed.) (2012).

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