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CACCN Annual General Meeting 2013.

As advised in May 2013, the CACCN Board of Directors was proposing revisions to the CACCN constitution and bylaws, as well as acceptance of continuation under the new Canada Not-For-Profit Act.

At the CACCN Annual General Meeting on September 22, 2013, in Halifax, NS, the members of the CACCN voted to accept the following as submitted to the membership:

1. CACCN financial audit 2012-2013

2. CACCN annual report 2012-2013

3. Changes to the CACCN constitution and bylaws

4. Articles of Continuance, Special Resolution and Bylaw No. 1

CACCN has submitted the required documentation and has received the Certificate of Continuance from Industry Canada under the new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. General Operating Bylaw No. 1 will be in effect on April 1, 2014.

The Board of Directors would like to thank all members who attended the meeting to Speak with Conviction on matters relating to your professional specialty association.

Thank You!


(originally printed in Dynamics, Volume 24, No 2, Summer 2013)

Dear CACCN Members:

On behalf of the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, this letter provides notice to all members of the proposed revision to the association's current constitution and bylaws and the changes under the new Canada Not-For-Profit Act. These proposals will be brought forward at the 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on September 22, 2013, World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of the annual Dynamics conference.

Existing constitution and bylaws

Our existing constitution and bylaws were originally approved by the membership in 1984 with the last revision approved September 2010. The current constitution and bylaws are available for review on our website at about/constitution_bylaws.html

Federal Not-For-Profit legislation

With the implementation of the federal government's new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, CACCN must file articles of continuance and revised constitution and bylaws by no later than October 2014. Failure to meet the deadline set by the Federal Government will result in the association's Not-For-Profit status being revoked and such require closure of the association until the new documentation is in place. In an effort to ensure the ongoing operation of the association, the Articles of Continuance and the new constitution and bylaws are being presented to members for review and approval at the Annual General Meeting in September 2013.

Required changes to the current constitution and bylaws to proceed with continuance

To proceed with the new constitution and bylaws and continuance under the legislation, we must make changes to the current constitution and bylaws at the September Annual General Meeting that clearly define the criteria for "members" of the association.

Under the new constitution and bylaws only those holding voting rights will be classified as members of the association.

As a result, the proposed revision to the constitution and bylaws will remove student, associate, honourary and life "members". This change has been proposed based on legal counsel concerning effects of the new legislation and ongoing operations of the association. The new constitution and bylaws will carry one class of members only.

Although we are recommending removal of these member classes from the constitution and bylaws, CACCN will continue to offer fellowship to students and associates and will continue to bestow honourary and life recognition. However, these classes will not be recognized in the constitution and bylaws as "members", but will be recognized in a formal CACCN policy document as "affiliates" of the association.

Affiliates of the association will retain the same benefits as offered previously through their membership class.

Life Affiliates who meet the current member criteria will retain their voting rights until such time as they no longer meet the criteria for "member" status.

The National Board of Directors is seeking your comments and approval of the proposed changes, articles of continuance and new constitution and bylaws at the 2013 Annual General Meeting.

Current constitution and bylaw revisions under the current legislation:

* Proposed Constitution and Bylaw Changes

* CACCN Affiliates Policy

* CACCN Chapter Policy

Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (new legislation):

* Draft Articles of Continuance

* Draft Bylaw No. 1

Should you be unable to attend the AGM, you may vote by proxy. Proxy votes must be received by CACCN National Office by no later than 2359 EST on September 6, 2013.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact National Office at 1-866-477-9077 or or the undersigned at


Teddie Tanguay, President

CACCN National Board of Directors
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Title Annotation:Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses
Author:Tanguay, Teddie
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Date:Dec 22, 2013
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