DCF Board Meeting - April 15, 2020

DCF Board Meeting

Thursday, April 15th, 2020

19:00 ET

Location:

By Telephone

Attendance:

Karl Bélanger, Melissa Hunter, Mohammad Akbar, Rebecca Blaikie, Chris Markevich, Anne Scotton, Amy Boughner
1. Adoption of Agenda

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2. Adoption of minutes

Minutes of the February 27, 2020 meeting are read.

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3. President’s report:

The pandemic is hitting everyone hard and this will affect our planning. I am putting the last touch on the by-law amendments that will be proposed at our AGM.

4. Executive Secretary’s Report:

Nothing to report at this time.

5. Treasurer’s Report:
Tax receipts have been issued. There are some bugs in the systems, still working to fix them. Our fee structure with Scotia McLeod was changed at the right time, which allowed us to minimize our losses on the markets. Our fundraising numbers have taken a dip because of the current situation, not surprisingly. We will aim to have a fundraising appeal in a couple of weeks, when things calm down.

Adoption of Treasurer’s report.

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6. Broadbent Institute Proposal for COVID19 Partnership

The Broadbent Institute has reached out with a proposal for a Digital Convenining Series in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a Social Democratic lens. BI would like the DCF to join in as a "Partner". Other orgs that could be involved include: Atkinson Foundation, Ivey Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers, Roosevelt Foundation and others like minded groups, and apparently a bunch of unions. Only the DCF is being offered the Partner position due the ongoing work we have previously done with the Social Democracy Project. In a way, they see this is as an extension on that existing agreement for 2020.

BI says the following metrics will be met. 250,000+ Contacts will be invited to participate via email; 1 Million+ audience advertised to on Facebook and Twitter through ads.

These webinars will be recorded and can be added to the DCF video library for later viewing. They are asking for $25 000.

Anne points out that this COVID19 crisis is exactly the kind of moment where the DCF can play a role to foster thoughts and discussions. Without the universal health care system that Tommy Douglas kickstarted in this country, the situation would be much more dire indeed, as we can see in countries not that far from us.

BIRT that the DCF partners with the Broadbent Institute to launch the Digital Convening Series;
BIFRT the DCF supports the initiative by awarding $20,000 in funding for the DCS
BIFRT the DCF ask BI to support rebuilding our fundraising development, especially regarding our legacy program.

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7. Other business

Board members agreed not to meet until after the AGM, which is scheduled for June.

8. Adjournment

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DCF Board Meeting - February 27, 2020

DCF Board Meeting 

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 

19:00 ET 

Location: 

By Telephone 

Attendance: 

Karl Bélanger, Melissa Hunter, Mohammad Akbar, Rebecca Blaikie, Jon Weier, Derek De Vlieger, Diana Idibe, Chirs Markevich. 

  1. Adoption of Agenda 

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2. Adoption of minutes 

Minutes of the July 23rd, 2019 meeting 

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3. President’s report: 

Hope everyone is well. Mayor of Ottawa has asked people to stay home because of the coronavirus, thankfully we can hold our meeting by phone. 

Transition has been happening. Our new treasurer will give us an update. 

The group “Nos Communes, Our Commons” appears to have gone dormant. We were wise to set conditions to go along with the grant approval. 

Work has been done to update our registration with Industry Canada. No progress has been made on the Stokoe bequest. 4Executive

4. Secretary’s Report: 

Anne Scotton is unable to join us and send her regrets. 

5. Treasurer’s Report: 

Transition has been happening. Priority now is on issuing tax receipts. We have to handle a few manually. We have a lot of different systems which are more or less

compatible with each other, but things seem under control. We are issuing cheques to catch up on some accounts due. 

5. b) Fee structure at Scotia McLeod 

Good discussions with Scotia McLeod about our assets. They remain healthy. 

Their proposed new fee structure, SM would be much more nimble in the markets as there are no commission minimums on trades. Currently, the commission minimum is $175. That does limit profit taking opportunities and specific positions when considering weighting in the portfolio, which we must do as our assets are now stock-heavy. 

Motion: BIRT the Board authorizes ScotiaMcLeod to move the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation wealth management account into a Partnership Plus account, which modifies the fee structure from a Per Transaction formula to an annual fee based on the DCF assets. 

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5 c). Adoption of Treasurer’s report. 

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6. Progress Summit 

The Progress Summit will be held in Vancouver. We will have a booth. Looking for volunteers, so if anyone is attending, please let us know. 

The next TDI Institute will be held in May. Theme is Our City & the Green New Deal. We have been invited to take part once again. 

7. Office Space 

Mohammad Akbar has raised the issue of the DCF securing a new permanent space by buying a building. The CFS building is no longer on the market. Board members express general interest in doing so sometime down the road. 

8. DCF 50th Anniversary 

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the DCF. It is a good opportunity to complete the reboot of the DCF and move forward with the plan adopted by AGM two years ago. We should have a year of activity of events, maybe a gala? Jon Weier volunteers to coordinate the DCF planning.

The Institute for Change Leaders (ICL)’s proposal to create a multimedia project that tells the story of progressive campaigns, driven by Olivia Chow, is moving forward, with Tim Harper on board. Another application will be forthcoming at the next board meeting. Board members expressed once again their support in principle for this proposal.

9. Next Meeting 

Board members agreed to look for a suitable date in late April/early May. 

10. Other business 

The Institute for Change Leaders (ICL)’s proposal to create a multimedia project that tells the story of progressive campaigns, driven by Olivia Chow, is moving forward, with Tim Harper on board. We are still awaiting their next application. 

We have received news from Beryl Young that Tommy's Dream, a children’s book that tells the story of how Tommy Douglas's childhood experience with his own health inspired him to work toward establishing universal health care, is now going to be published by Louis Anctil, the publisher of Midtown Press in Vancouver. Target is the spring of 2021. An update application will be forthcoming before the next meeting. 

11. Adjournment 

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DCF Board Meeting - July 23rd, 2019

DCF Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2019

6:00 ET

Location:

By Telephone

Attendance:

Karl Bélanger, Melissa Hunter, Mohammad Akbar, Rebecca Blaikie, Diane Idibe,
Jon Weier, Amy Boughner, Jay Ramasubramanyam, Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah.
Non-board member: Josh Bizjak

Adoption of Agenda

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2. Adoption of minutes

Minutes of the previous meeting are read and adopted.

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3. President’s report:

Karl mentions that there was a significant turnover of Board Members at the AGM, which is interesting and challenging.

The two committees charged by the previous AGM to review governance issues and the DCF by-laws made limited progress.

The DCF received a nice letter from a scholarship recipient and was read. The DCF needs to revisit its links with the different universities to strengthen the relationship and increase awareness.

4. Financial Report: No official report as the position is vacant, following the resignation of Emilie Taman. Karl gives a general overview of the financial situation. Our assets remain healthy. The DCF raised more money in the past year, thanks notably to a generous donation from the Flanagan Institute.

Minimal progress has been made on the transition. A full audit needs to be conducted before the end of the year.

Karl had a meeting with Scotia McLeod about our assets. They are proposing a new fee  

structure, in essence moving to a fee-based structure from a per transaction cost. With the fee-based structure, our investors pledge to make himself available for board meetings and consult on the construction of a new investment policy statement. With a fee-based structure, we would be much more nimble in the markets as there are no commission minimums on trades.

Motion moved to ask the new treasurer to review, met with Scotia McLeod and report to the Board on a recommendation for the proposal.

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5. Election of officers

 

President: Karl Bélanger

Vice-President: Rebecca Blaikie, Derek DeVlieger

Executive Secretary: Anne Scotton in abstentia, pending her acceptance;
Mohammad Akbar as alternate.

Treasurer: Melissa Hunter


6. Staffing

Chris Markevich has moved on from his position but has been elected to the Board, which will be helpful for institutional memory. Josh Bizjak has been helping out on a volunteer basis.

 

Motion moved to regularize Josh Bizjak’s situation by compensating his work on a similar contract as previous assistant, to be negotiated with the President.

 

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7. Correspondence

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