2024 Bylaw Updates

2024 Bylaw Updates

Our past-president, Zion Yua, began a review of the original bylaws when he was President (2022-2023) which lead the formation of a Bylaws Review Committee. It quickly became apparent that substantial effort and legal advice would be required to update the Bylaws to align with the current structure and to confirm with the requirements of the Alberta Societies Act. The GSE Executive voted to retain Bryce Lawrence, a lawyer specializing in non-profits and societies to assist in the process.

An initial meeting was held by the Bylaws Review Committee with Mr. Lawrence to discuss where the original bylaws were deficient and to document current operational practices. The draft bylaws were reviewed in detail by the Bylaws Review Committee and followed by another meeting with Mr. Lawrence to discuss specific questions and seek clarification. The current version of the 2024 Bylaws of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton has been accepted by the GSE Executive. We are now accepting feedback from the general GSE membership.

We will be accepting questions and comments until 5 PM on March 22, 2024. The final version of the Bylaws of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton will then be shared with the membership. According to the Alberta Societies Act, a special resolution, with at least 21 days notice, is required to vote on the adoption of the new Bylaws. This notice will be provided in advance of the next GSE Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the special resolution to adopt the new Bylaws will be presented and put to a vote by the membership.

The draft 2024 Bylaws of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton can be downloaded from this link.

We encourage you to review the proposed bylaws at your convenience and send any questions or comments to Zion Yua (zyua@thurber.ca). Please include “[GSE Bylaws]” in the subject line. Responses to feedback will be added to this page as they are prepared during the review period.

2024-03-21 UPDATE from Zion Yua: Based on an observation made by our lawyer, Version 4 of the Bylaws of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton has been issued (posted at the above link). In Version 3 (that was previously shared), I had mistakenly removed a clause outlining the protection of directors and officers. My original intention was to only remove the provision that would have required insurance for directors who form the board. The GSE Executive will be extending the period for questions and comments from the membership to 5 PM on March 29, 2024, to allow time for our members to review the change. During that time, please send any questions or comments to Zion Yua (zyua@thurber.ca) and refer back to this page for responses.

For historical reference, the GSE By-Laws, and applications for incorporation and formation of the society under The Societies Act (document dated Feb 5, 1969) have been retrieved by Don Lewycky from his archival records and put together in a 6-page historical document.

Feedback Response

Responses to questions and concerns raised by the membership will be posted here.

2024 Bylaws Update

Our past-president, Zion Yua, began a review of the original bylaws when he was President (2022-2023) which lead the formation of a Bylaws Review Committee. It quickly became apparent that substantial effort and legal advice would be required to update the Bylaws to align with the current structure and to confirm with the requirements of the Alberta Societies Act. The GSE Executive voted to retain Bryce Lawrence, a lawyer specializing in non-profits and societies to assist in the process.

An initial meeting was held by the Bylaws Review Committee with Mr. Lawrence to discuss where the original bylaws were deficient and to document current operational practices. The draft bylaws were reviewed in detail by the Bylaws Review Committee and followed by another meeting with Mr. Lawrence to discuss specific questions and seek clarification. The current version of the 2024 Bylaws of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton has been accepted by the GSE Executive. We are now accepting feedback from the general GSE membership.

We will be accepting questions and comments until 5 PM on March 22, 2024. The final version of the Bylaws of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton will then be shared with the membership. According to the Alberta Societies Act, a special resolution, with at least 21 days notice, is required to vote on the adoption of the new Bylaws. This notice will be provided in advance of the next GSE Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the special resolution to adopt the new Bylaws will be presented and put to a vote by the membership.

The draft 2024 Bylaws of the Geotechnical Society of Edmonton can be downloaded from this link.

We encourage you to review the proposed bylaws at your convenience and send any questions or comments to Zion Yua (zyua@thurber.ca) by March 1, 2024. Please include “[GSE Bylaws]” in the subject line. Responses to feedback will be added to this page as they are prepared during the review period.

For historical reference, the GSE By-Laws, and applications for incorporation and formation of the society under The Societies Act (document dated Feb 5, 1969) have been retrieved by Don Lewycky from his archival records and put together in a 6-page historical document.

Feedback Response

Responses to questions and concerns raised by the membership will be posted here.

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