Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution

  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.

  3. It is an unalterable provision of this constitution that the society will operate for charitable purposes only, and will cooperate with other charitable and non-profit organisations when such collaboration is deemed beneficial to carrying out the purposes of the society.

  4. It is an unalterable provision of this constitution that members of this society shall have no interest in the property and assets of the society; and that, upon dissolution of the society, funds and assets of the society remaining after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities, shall be distributed to another charitable organisation in British Columbia as determined by its members at the time of dissolution.

  5. It is an unalterable provision of this constitution that the purposes of the society shall be carried out without purpose of gain for its members and any profits of the society shall be used for promoting its purposes.

Bylaws

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

Part 1 - Interpretation

1 (3) 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

Part 5, 27. (1) The directors may at any time and from time to time appoint a member or non-member to fill a vacancy in the directors.

Part 5, 28. (1) If a director resigns his office or otherwise ceases to hold office, the remaining directors may appoint a member or non-member to take the place of the former director.

Part 6, 31. (2) The quorum of directors required to transact business is 8 (eight).

Notes

  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.

Note: No changes were made to the bylaw in Part 4, 16. (3) which states that a quorum of 3 members must be present at an (annual) general meeting. Since the BCPA has 6 legal members (the 6 regional societies) it seems unlikely that representatives from at least 3 of these will not be present at an AGM, therefore no specific changes have been suggested for this section.

The official members of the BCPA are the regional societies. The members of the regional societies become BCPA societal members upon payment by the regional society of an annual fee for each member of its society.