Annual Report 2011/2012

  • June 14, 2012

Submitted by Luke A. Johnson, Secretary

Summary of Activities

Number of Meetings Held: 7

April 26, 2011
Guest Speaker: Margaret Mason, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP
Parallel Foundations: Potential Perils in Light of Abakhan v Braydon. Addressing the risk of fraudulent conveyances when establishing parallel foundations

June 28, 2011
Guest Speaker: Blake Bromley, Benefic Lawyers
Canadian Charity Law in Context –A Comparison with Other Jurisdictions and Assessment of Where Canada Can Do Better. Discussion of charity law developments in the common law world, and how Canada can learn from other jurisdictions. 

September 27, 2011
Guest Speakrs: Chris Becker and Ian Moes, Kuhn LLP
Guidelines for Charities Operating Internationally. Advice and tips for international charity activities, based on recent CRA guidance. 

November 15, 2011
Guest Speaker: Kate Bake-Paterson, Davis LLP
The New Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Direction on incorporating, continuing and operating under the new federal non-profit legislation. 

January 12, 2012
Guest Speaker: David Spratley, Davis LLP
Intellectual Property Issues for Charities and Non-Profits. Managing trademarks, copyright and patents in the non-profit context, and assessing the new anti-spam legislation. 

March 22, 2012
Guest Speaker: Martha Rans, Artsits Legal Outreach
Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) Draft Guidance on Arts Organizations and Charitable Registration. Assessing the effect of the new CRA guidance on arts organizations. 

May 24, 2012
Guest Spaker: Michael Blatchford, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP
Legal Structures and Issues for Social Enterprise. A review of the legal vehicles available for social enterprise initiatives, and the merits of each option.

Reports and Resolutions

Submission to the Ministry of Finance, Finance and Corporate Sector Policy Branch, on Proposed Amendments to the Society Act: May 2012.