DCF Board Meeting November 22, 2007


Douglas-Coldwell Foundation Board Meeting
November 22, 2007 Board Meeting
11:30 am.
300-279 Laurier Ave W
Ottawa, ON.

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In Attendance:

Pat Kerwin
Éric Hébert-Daly (Guest)
Kealey Cummings
Marion Dewar
Erin Armstrong
Doug Massey (staff)

By phone:

Frank Saptel
Tessa Hebb
Howard Pawley
Lynn Williams
Howard Leeson
Dick Proctor
Anne Scotton

David Mackenzie (stuck at the airport due to the weather)
Allan Blakeney
Ed Broadbent
Fraser Green

The meeting started at 11:30 am. Since David Mackenzie was stranded at the Toronto airport, Pat Kerwin chaired the meeting

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Approval of minutes of May 16th, 2007 Board Meeting

3. Correspondence
Reviewed all the correspondence that was submitted

4. President’s Report
Cancelled since David was stranded at the airport in Toronto

5. Secretary’s Report
Doug reported on membership – 197 regular memberships and 28 Association Memberships
Pat Kerwin discussed the association memberships and looking to them for funding for the 3rd DVD project. Éric suggested trying to make the DVD bilingual.
Secretary’s report – m/s/c

6. Treasurer’s Report
Pat went over the Balance Sheet including the new investment reporting details (now recorded at Market Value for all starting in 2007 as per our Auditor).
Tessa Hebb commented that she was pleased that we can now show the portfolio at Market value.
Pat went over the Income Statement.
Pat went over 3rd DVD project which will cover the War Measures Act speeches we have from the House of Commons archives – a video/photo montage will be created to display while the speech is being played in the background. Pat is also hoping to get Shirley Douglas’ speech at the 2006 Federal NDP Convention celebrating Tommy.
Treasurer’s report – m/s/c

7. By-Laws
Reminder that notice of proposed changes will be going out for the AGM in May 2008.

8. Fund for Global Survival
The Officers met to discuss this project and decided it was too much for the Foundation to take on.
Letter to George to be sent.

9. New Project Requests
New projects committee is Tessa and David. New at least one more member of the Board. Howard Leeson and Anne Scotton agreed to join the committee.

Graham Spry Film Project
- similar to “Fair Shares for All” project

- a great group
- suggestion to bring them back for the competition in 2008
Recommended for $5,000

- 50 Italians Film

- Apathy is Boring
Great group – have applied several times before
Targets youth
Recommended for $5,000

- Sudbury Manitoulin’s Children Foundation

- Rabble.ca
Great proposal – would also give us a new avenue for promoting the Foundation.
Recommended for $20,000

- Canadian Paralympic Foundation

- Canadian Dimension Magazine

- Regina Manifesto Play
Recommended to them know try Saskatchewan NDP their contacts

Discussion on grants
Frank brought forth the value of ACORN’s work and suggested supporting them for $5,000
Howard Leeson mentioned supporting more project for less each
Motion to give grants to Rabble.ca for $20,000, ACORN Canada for $5,000 and Apathy is Boring for $5,000 – m/s/c

Also a decision was made to close Grant submissions two weeks before each Board meeting to allow time for review. - m/s/c

10. Scholarship Report
All scholarships have been given out other than University of Regina. Doug will follow up with them

11. New Business
Conventions to attend:
SK NDP – Howard Leeson offered to assist
CLC Convention May 2008 – cover off CALM awards – hold the next AGM in Toronto at that time (Doug would come down to staff booth with the assistance of members)
Federal NDP Convention – November 2008 – 75th Anniversary Convention
2009 Douglas-Coldwell Foundation Award – to be awarded at the 2008 Federal NDP Convention like the 2006 award
Pat reported for the Finance committee that the Legacy leaflet was under way, lapel pins had been chosen to give to members and the stock donation program was being implemented.

Motion to close meeting at 12:45 pm.

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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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