Attention Chamber Members: Proposal for New Chamber By-Laws - March 2019

**UPDATE July 15, 2019**: SPECIAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Tuesday July 23, 2019 @ 12:00 noon at the Coast Capri Hotel

The purpose of this meeting is to table a “notice of motion” to amend the Chamber’s proposed new bylaws to clarify how members are accepted.  This is expected to be an extremely short meeting (two minutes) as the only issue on the agenda will be the tabling of a NOTICE OF MOTION with full discussion on that motion to take place at the next membership meeting on Friday Sept. 13, 2019.

The following notice of motion was tabled and accepted at a Special Membership Meeting held on March 6, 2019: 

Moved by Dominic Rampone / Seconded by Nikki Csek that the members of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce replace the existing by-laws with the new by-laws dated March 3, 2019.

This motion will be considered by members at the AGM at 11:30 am on Wednesday April 3rd at the Delta Grand Hotel. There is no cost for members to attend the Annual General Meeting though there is a charge if you wish to stay for the luncheon with Mayor Colin Basran. (See event calendar).

The proposed updated bylaw is available for download as is a copy of our current bylaw

For your ease of identifying the changes we provide the following notes that highlight the materially significant changes in the new vs. current bylaws:

  • The new bylaw references "Board of Trade" which means the same as “Chamber of Commerce” and uses the word “Council” which is interchangeable with “Board”.

The new bylaw is different from the current year 2000 bylaw in that it:

  • Is gender neutral.
  • Increases flexibility in electronic notification and voting,
  • Is in alignment with recent interpretation of the Federal Boards of Trade Act
  • Creates one class of membership (individual or organization) that has all the same rights and obligations.
  • Notes that members will elect the President, Vice President and Secretary as well as a minimum of an additional eight (8) Directors as required by the Boards of Trade Act.
  • Highlights the requirement for quarterly membership meetings
  • Allows absentee voting at meetings of members.
  • Defines a term of office as being one year and provides a term limit of eight (8) years.
  • Provides the Council (Board) the right to invite others to participate in Board meetings including the Past President though those guests or advisors will not have a right to make a motion or vote on a motion being considered by the Council.
  • Allows the Council (Board) to appoint a Treasurer if it wishes to.
  • Provides a clean dispute resolution process.
  • Moves the process for appointing an “honourary life member” into the Board’s Policy Manual.
  • Also moves minor housekeeping items such as the nomination and election process into the Board’s Governance Policy Manual which can be changed without having to change the bylaw.

About Kelowna Chamber By-laws

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce was incorporated as a nonprofit society in 1906. To fit an evolving business world, various revisions to our By-laws have been tabled and adopted by our membership over the years. 

Our Chamber is legally registered with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, a federal body. Once a change to our By-laws are proposed, the government approval process takes six months to a year. If the federal government wishes other changes, we will come back to the membership for another vote of approval.

Previous By-laws