Meetings of Non-Profit Directors (Societies Act FAQs)

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) in May 2021.

What is a consent resolution?

A consent resolution of directors is a directors’ resolution that is passed without having a meeting of directors. The default requirement from the Societies Act is for all the directors to agree. However, this can be reduced to a lesser number through the bylaws. The consent must be given in writing or as provided for by the bylaws.

Do the directors of a non-profit have the ability to make and pass motions that would ultimately change the purpose of the non-profit once they are acted upon? Or, would these types of motions need to go to an AGM or special general meeting for all of the non-profit members to vote on?

Per s. 15 of the Societies Act, to change the purposes of a non-profit the members of the non-profit would need to pass a special resolution at a general meeting of the members whether that is an AGM or special general meeting.

One of the duties of a director is that they must exercise their powers and duties in accordance with the purposes of the non-profit (s. 53(3) of the Societies Act).


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