Constitution and Bylaws


  1. The name of the Society is: British Columbia Paleontological Alliance

  2. The purpose of the Society is to:

    1. foster the appreciation of fossils and knowledge about paleontology in British Columbia;

    2. promote linkages among individuals and organisations with an interest in fossils;

    3. act as an umbrella organisation to serve the needs of its members in areas where a province-wide approach is deemed the most efficient and effective;

    4. act as a common voice for paleontology in matters of heritage conservation, scientific investigation and public education;

    5. disseminate knowledge about paleontology and related matters through a newsletter, symposia and any other technical means deemed by the board to be appropriate in the carrying out of its purposes.


The bylaws of the society are those set out in Schedule B to the Society Act, with the following amendments:

Part 1 - Definitions and Interpretation

1.4 The use of the word "person" in the Society Act (section 1) definition of member means an incorporated society as provided for in section 29 of the Interpretation Act.

Part 2 - Membership

4.3 The Board may, at any time, appoint a member as a director to fill a vacancy that arises on the Board as a result of the resignation, death or incapacity of a director during the director’s term of office.

5.5 The quorum for the transaction of business at a directors’ meeting is 8 directors.

8.0 Constitution and Bylaws.


  1. The constitution was amended at the AGM held on Saturday, September 14, 1996.

  2. Amendments were made to Part 6, 31 (2) bylaws at the AGM held on Saturday, September 13, 1997.

  3. Amendments were made to Part 5, 27 (1), 28 (1) bylaws at the AGM held on Saturday, September 26, 1998.

  4. Amendments were made to Part 1 Interpretation and Part 2 Membership bylaws at the AGM held on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

  5. The Constitution and Bylaws were amended at the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, November 17, 2018.