2015 Annual General Meeting of
the Law Society of British Columbia
August 5, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Registration: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PST (Vancouver); 11:45 am – 12:30 pm PST (other locations)
Call to order: 12:30 pm PST
Main location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Saturna Island Room, 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Audio-conference locations: Victoria • Nanaimo • Abbotsford • Surrey • Castlegar • Cranbrook • Kelowna • Prince George • Fort St. John • Prince Rupert • Smithers • Terrace • Kamloops
BC lawyers and articled students are invited to attend the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Law Society, which will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
New this year: Members unable to attend the AGM will be able to watch and listen to the business of the AGM via webcast. This marks the first step towards electronic participation at AGM’s. The Benchers will be looking into other opportunities in the coming year.
For this year, if you would like to participate and vote at the AGM, you must attend at one of the physical locations. If you are interested in watching and listening via webcast, access information will be provided with the second notice and posted to the Law Society website.
To be considered at the 2015 AGM, resolutions must be submitted in writing, signed by two members in good standing and received by the Executive Director no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 3 (Law Society Rule 1-8(6)).
If you have any questions regarding the submission of resolutions or their consideration at the AGM, contact Renee Collins Goult, Manager of Executive Support, by telephone at 604.443.5706 (toll-free in BC at 1.800.903.5300) or by email at email@example.com.
The business of the AGM will include the following:
- Election of Second Vice-President for 2016;
- Appointment of Law Society auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015;
- Announcement of the 2016 practice fee; and
- Consideration of any resolutions, including member resolution(s) submitted under Rule 1-8(6).
The Benchers will set the 2016 fees pursuant to the Legal Profession Act, following their review of the Finance and Audit Committee’s recommendations at the September 25, 2015 Bencher meeting. The Finance and Audit Committee will base its recommendations on a thorough review of the Law Society’s finances, statutory mandate and strategic plan. An overview of the 2016 fees set by the Benchers will be presented at the 2015 AGM, and will be posted to the Highlights section of the Law Society website.
The Finance and Audit Committee and senior management are conducting a full review of the Law Society’s operational budgets for 2016, which will be finalized over the next few months as the basis for the 2016 General Fund practice fee, in addition to the Lawyers Insurance Fund assessment and the Trust Administration Fee. The overall objective when setting the practice fee is to ensure that the operations of the General Fund are appropriately funded to enable the Law Society to efficiently and effectively fulfill its statutory mandate to protect the public interest in the administration of justice.
The Finance and Audit Committee is also reviewing budgets and fee proposals from a number of organizations and programs traditionally supported by the Law Society fees, including: Courthouse Libraries BC, the Lawyers Assistance Program, The Advocate, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) and the delivery of pro bono legal services.
If you have any questions about the process for setting the 2016 fees, contact Jeanette McPhee, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Trust Regulation, by telephone at 604.443.5712 (toll-free in BC at 1.800.903.5300) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second notice of the 2015 AGM will be published on the Law Society website (www.lawsociety.bc.ca) and mailed to the members of the Law Society in September. That notice will include the venue addresses, RSVP instructions for attendance at the designated meeting locations in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Abbotsford, Surrey, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Prince George, Fort St. John, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace and Kamloops, and instructions for accessing the webcast.