DCF Board Meeting April 20, 2004


Douglas-Coldwell Foundation Board Meeting
Tues, April 20, 2004
NDP Caucus Services, Ottawa

In Attendance:
Tessa Hebb
Nanci Morrison
Fraser Green
Ted Jackson
Marion Dewar
Anne Scotton
David Mackenzie (by phone)

Staff: Audrey Moey

Guests: Dave McGrane

Lynn Williams
Keally Cummings
David Woodbury

Call to Order

Meeting called to order

1. Approval of Minutes from last meeting
M/S/Carried Marion Dewar/Fraser Green

TH officially welcomed Audrey Moey as the administrator, replacing Adam Hodgins.

2. New Projects
At the time the meeting notice went out, we were in receipt of only one proposal, from ETAG.

So far, we have given $5,000 to the John Polanyi conference at Concordia University (Nov. 2003) and $5,000 to the Centre for Social Justice for their Defence Roundtable (March 22, 2004) out of our $20,000 discretionary awards fund.

Thus $10,000 remains from this fund to be awarded before the fall meeting.
Projects approved at the fall meeting will have funds dispersed in January.

1. COARRS request - although a worthy project, it does not fall within our mandate, and is not recommended for funding.

2. Woodsworth College request for contribution that will be matched. Not recommended because we are already giving a significant amount through 3 different bursaries, whose amounts have recently been augmented.

3. Phantom Poets - a play about Tommy Douglas. Another worthy project, but as there has been no lobbying from Saskatchewan MLA's or MP's - not recommended for funding.

4. Centre for Social Justice - a worthwhile project, but as we have just funded their defence roundtable, it was recommended that this request be deferred to the fall meeting.

5. ETAG/antisweatshop campaign - Tessa noted that this project is worthy of ongoing support, as there have been major successes in the past year. Dave Mackenzie noted that along with Oxfam and the Canadian Labour Congress, ETAG has been focusing on persuading Roots (the official clothing supplier for the Canadian & American Olympic teams) to NOT use sweatshop labour in the manufacture of their clothing.

ETAG is a shoestring project which manages to have a disproportionate impact. It is successful in linking NGO's, labour groups and university students, and is now picking up support from schools.

TH suggested contributing $7500 out of the discretionary fund, leaving $2500 for something else that may emerge before November.

M/S/C Fraser Green/Ted Jackson

The Projects report be approved
M/S/C Fraser Green/Ted Jackson

Ted Jackson described the discussion he had with Carl Nicholson at the Catholic Immigration Centre with regard to outreach efforts to the black community in Ottawa. Carl Nicholson will think about potential projects/possibilities and come back with proposals.

Ted reiterates that whatever we do should also be educational for the Board as well.
Marion reported that she has also talked to Carl and bounced around some ideas.
She noted that the black community is quite divided - not a homogenous community.

One issue that is a possibility is that of child soldiers from places like Sudan - these immigrants coming in from violent backgrounds need more support rather than just being deported.

Fraser asked if we shouldn't be looking at the Greater Toronto Ted responded that we can think about working in both areas; it would be more educational for the Board if there was a local project.

We'll also have to find out who's doing what in the GTA, and that may take some work.

Marion agreed that a local Ottawa project would be beneficial.

Tessa agrees that Ottawa is a practical starting point to build links to the community.

Our 5-year plan is drawing to a close, and we'll need to come up with another cycle. This project could be a part of the new strategic direction.

Fraser related that it is still a pretty white bread audience in the room whenever he goes to give pro-bono workshops - perhaps we can look at providing scholarships for delegates.

Marion noted that we'll need to provide at least 1/3 of the delegates to any workshop or they become mere tokens.

Anne suggested that a way around this would be to bring someone in to speak to the delegates as a "witness" to their experience.

Tessa suggested that we give it some time, and earmark some money now for projects in November. Thus the recommendation to the committee will be to
1. work on a new strategic plan
2. earmark some new dollars to allocate in November.

Ted added that we should be ready to act before November if a worthy project comes up.


3. Scholarship Update

Tessa reported the Woodsworth College bursaries have now increased as per the approved amounts from 2 years ago.

We have not heard of anything in Regina.from the University of Regina as to new scholarship recipients for this year. We will contact U of R. if we do not hear anything from tyhem by the end of 2004.

It was suggested that Ted could assist from within departments at Carleton to publicize the scholarships there, as nothing has yet been handed out. We would like to "promote" the Beverlee Bell bursary in particular.

4. Membership Drive

Tessa reported that the website is ready to go. Audrey will coordinate lists of names, set up web and phone donations with our banks and remind Board members to send in their lists of 20 names each.

Anne suggested that donations made "in memory of" a deceased person can go to our endowment fund.

Audrey will call Fraser once the lists are ready. There will be a Membership Drive page on the website, with links to projects that have benefited. The phone drive will happen first.

This concludes the Board meeting.

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DCF Board Meeting - February 27, 2020

DCF Board Meeting 

Thursday, February 27th, 2020 

19:00 ET 


By Telephone 


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

  1. Adoption of Agenda 


2. Adoption of minutes 

Minutes of the July 23rd, 2019 meeting 


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. 


5 c). Adoption of Treasurer’s report. 


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 


DCF Board Meeting - July 23rd, 2019

DCF Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2019

6:00 ET


By Telephone


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


2. Adoption of minutes

Minutes of the previous meeting are read and adopted.



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.


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.



7. Correspondence

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