2004 Annual General Meeting of The Law Society of British Columbia

August 23, 2004

  • Friday, September 24, 2004
  • Registration: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (in Vancouver);
  • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm (other locations)
  • Call to order: 12:30 pm
  • Main location: Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Audioconference locations: Castlegar . Cranbrook . Dawson Creek . Kamloops
  • Kelowna . Nanaimo . Prince George . Terrace . Victoria

BC lawyers are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Law Society, which will be held on Friday, September 24, 2004. The main location will be in Vancouver and the following nine locations will be joined by audioconference: Castlegar, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Terrace and Victoria. A light lunch will be served in all locations.

RSVP by email if you are coming

Both members and articled students are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting, but only members may vote.

If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP by email. A list of AGM locations and email addresses is set out on page 2. Your reply is needed to assist the Law Society in planning catering, facilities and registration.

If fewer than 15 members indicate that they will attend an audioconference location, that location may be cancelled. Only those members who have replied will be notified of a cancellation.

You must register on arrival. The registration desk will open at 11:30 am in Vancouver and 11:45 am at the audioconference locations. Please be prepared to show identification during registration.

Please also remember to bring your copy of the 2003 Annual Report and this notice to the meeting.

Annual General Meeting locations

Please RSVP to the email address beside the location you plan to attend.

If sending an RSVP for others in your office as well, please note the number in your email.

City/town Location RSVP by email to:

Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, 
999 Canada Place



Best Western Fireside Inn, 1810 8th Avenue



Delta Hotel - St. Eugenes Mission Resort


Dawson Creek

Plenert Higson & Apps, 1136 103rd Avenue



Four Points Sheraton, 1175 Rogers Way



Grand Okanagan, 1310 Water Street



Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion Street


Prince George

Coast Inn of the North, 770 Brunswick Street



Sylarium House, Apt. #9, 4832 Lazelle Avenue



Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas Street


All AGM locations are wheelchair accessible. If you plan to attend the meeting and have any other access needs, please contact Susan Atkinson at the Law Society office at your earliest convenience so that arrangements can be made. She can be reached at: tel. 604 443-5782 or toll-free in BC 1-800-903-5300; fax 604 669-5232; TTY 604 443-5700; email: satkinson@lsbc.org.


This is the schedule for the AGM:

11:30 am to 12:30 pm - On-site registration for the meeting at the Vancouver location

11:45 am to 12:30 pm - On-site registration for the meeting at locations other than Vancouver

12:30 pm - Call to order.

Business of the meeting

The following business will be conducted at the Annual General Meeting. The Executive Committee is authorized to set the agenda for the meeting (Rule 1-11(12)), and business accordingly may be considered in an order other than that listed below.

Election of Second Vice-President for 2005

Resolution 1: Appointment of Law Society auditors for 2004

Resolution 2: Task Force recommendation on honoraria paid to President and Vice-Presidents

Resolution 3: Member resolution on 2005 Special Compensation Fund assessment.

Please note: As the 2005 Law Society practice fee was set by referendum on June 23, 2004, there will be no resolution to set the practice fee at the AGM.

Election of Second Vice-President for 2005

Each year members at the AGM elect a Bencher to serve as Second Vice-President for the following year, pursuant to Law Society Rule 1-18. The Benchers are pleased to announce their nomination of Anna K. Fung, QC to serve as Second Vice-President in 2005 and invite the profession to support the nomination.

Under Rule 1-3(2), the Second Vice-President in 2005 will become the First Vice-President in 2006 and the President in 2007.

Anna FungAnna K. Fung, QC

Ms. Fung is a senior counsel at Terasen Inc. Called to the bar in 1986, Ms. Fung practised corporate-commercial law, Aboriginal rights litigation and administrative law at Davis & Company and McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver before joining Terasen.

Ms. Fung was first elected a Bencher of the Law Society in 1998. She is currently Chair of the Discipline Committee and a member of the Futures and Executive Committees, and has also been a member of the Equity and Diversity and Credentials Committees. Ms. Fung has served a number of professional and community organizations: as president of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, People's Law School, Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals and BC Autism Association and as a director of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, CBA National, LEAF, WestCoast LEAF, UBC Alumni Association and Battery Opera. Ms. Fung is the recipient of the 2004 R.V.A. Jones Corporate Counsel Award.

Resolution 1: Appointment of Law Society auditors for 2004, submitted by the Audit Committee

BE IT RESOLVED that PricewaterhouseCoopers be appointed as the Law Society auditors for 2004.

Resolution 2: Task Force recommendation on honoraria paid to President and Vice-Presidents, submitted by the Benchers


The general membership of the Law Society of British Columbia voting in a referendum ballot in 2000 passed a resolution setting the annual honorarium for the President at $75,000 and for each of the First Vice-President and the Second Vice-President at $25,000;

Since 2000, time and inflation have eroded the value of those honoraria; and

It is desirable to avoid further erosion of the honoraria in future years;


(a) The honoraria be as follows for the calendar year 2005:

(ii) for the President, $80,000; and

(ii) for each of the Vice-Presidents, $30,000; and

(b) In each year after 2005, the honoraria be adjusted by an amount proportionate to the change in the Consumer Price Index for British Columbia for the preceding year.


As published in the May-June Benchers' Bulletin, an independent task force was appointed in 2004 to review the annual honoraria paid to the Law Society President and Vice-Presidents. That Task Force has since made a report and recommendation on this issue (see "What's New" on the Law Society website at www.lawsociety.bc.ca). The Benchers have referred the Task Force's recommendation to the Annual General Meeting in the form of the above resolution.

An honorarium for the Law Society President was first introduced in 1991. The payment has been supported as a way to permit Benchers who are sole practitioners or members of small firms to stand for election as President, thus expanding candidacy to a broader cross-section of the profession.

In 2000 the President's honorarium increased from $50,000 to $75,000, and the First and Second Vice-Presidents were accorded an honorarium of $25,000 each. These amounts were approved by BC lawyers voting in a referendum in February, 2000 at the recommendation of a previous task force. The honoraria have not increased since that time.

Taking into account the impact of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for BC, the 2004 Task Force concluded that the honoraria should be increased by $5,000 for the President and each of the two Vice-Presidents in 2005 and adjusted by an amount proportionate to a change in the CPI for BC in subsequent years.

"The honoraria are intended to ensure that financial sacrifice does not preclude any Bencher from seeking the office of President," the 2004 Task Force stated in its report. "[We] concluded that nothing fundamental to the amount of the honoraria has changed. However, time and inflation have eroded the value of the honoraria, and will continue to do so, and it would be appropriate to take that into account with an immediate, modest adjustment, as well as to anticipate the future impact."

Offering an honorarium in each of the three years of the presidential track recognizes that increased responsibilities, and the financial impact of those responsibilities, begin as soon as a Bencher is elected Second Vice-President.

The 2004 task force comprised G. Leigh Harrison, QC, William M. Everett, QC, Trudi L. Brown, QC, R. Paul Beckmann, QC, Martin R. Taylor, QC, Warren T. Wilson, QC and James G. Matkin, QC.

Resolution 3: 2005 Special Compensation Fund assessment, submitted by Dugald E. Christie and Del Feller of Vancouver*


The Law Society acknowledges that members on relatively low income who do not work in a field of law that could give rise to successful multi-million dollar claims against them cannot pay the Special Compensation Fund fee now set at $600 without hardship.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, commencing in December 2004, the Special Compensation Fund fee be waived for members who submit to the Law Society their declaration that:

(a) Their net business income for the previous calendar year was less that $30,000;

(b) They have not since the beginning of such calendar year assisted clients in commercial or conveyancing matters for any transaction involving more than $300,000; and

(c) Such fee will cause hardship.

*Law Society note: Section 23(1)(b) of the Legal Profession Act places the responsibility on the Benchers to set the Special Compensation Fund assessment. Accordingly, any member resolution respecting the assessment would be advisory to the Benchers, subject to s. 13 of the Act.

For further information

If you have any questions on the 2004 Annual General Meeting, please contact David Newell, Corporate Secretary, by telephone at 604 443-5723 (toll-free in BC 1-800-903-5300), telefax at 604 669-5232 or email at dnewell@lsbc.org.