2019 Annual General Meeting

BC lawyers and articled students are invited to attend the Law Society's annual general meeting.

Meeting details

The 2019 AGM will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:30pm (PDT):

Main location: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, Meeting Room 211-214, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver

There will be nine audio-conference locations: Victoria • Courtenay • Cranbrook • Kelowna • Prince George • Fort St John • Smithers • Terrace • Kamloops

Registration: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT (Vancouver); 11:45 am – 12:30 pm PDT (other locations)

Business of the meeting

The business of the AGM will include the following:

  • Election of Second Vice-President for 2020;
  • Appointment of Law Society auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019; and
  • Consideration of resolutions, including any member resolutions submitted under Law Society Rule 1-8(6).

Member resolutions

To be considered at the 2019 AGM, any resolutions must be submitted in writing, signed by two members in good standing (“the movers”) and be received by the Executive Director no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 28 2019.

Resolutions will be posted within the Member Portal as they are received. The movers of a resolution may provide a statement in support of the resolution, which will also be posted within the Member Portal.

All members will be able to comment within the Member Portal on any resolutions that have been submitted. Comments will be not be anonymous, will be visible to all members within the Member Portal and will be moderated by Law Society staff.

The last day for the movers of a resolution to withdraw or make changes to a resolution will be Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Following receipt of any notice of withdrawal or changes to resolutions, the resolution wording will be finalized and communicated to all members in the second meeting notice.

Voting

As a result of the 2019 referendum and rule amendments approved by the Benchers on July 12, 2019, advance online voting on the resolutions submitted for consideration at the AGM will be available. Advance online voting will begin on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 and remain open for two weeks, until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Voting on each of the resolutions will also take place in person on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the main AGM location and each of the audio-conference locations.

Please note that participation in the 2019 AGM on the day of the meeting (Wednesday, October 2, 2019) will be in person only at the locations noted above and that online voting will not be available after 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

For more information, read the Notice to the Profession (August 1, 2019).

 

Changes to general meeting procedure

On July 12, 2019, the Benchers approved major changes to the way Law Society general meetings are conducted. The Law Society Rules now permit online voting in advance of general meetings. Other changes were also made to streamline the procedure at general meetings. The new meeting format and procedures will apply to the 2019 annual general meeting (AGM) that will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Resources

Summary of approved changes

Approved rule changes

Timeline

Report to Benchers on general meeting reform

Results of the 2019 referendum

Video: Steve McKoen, QC, explains the reforms