Minutes From The DCF AGM - June 21, 2016

Minutes from the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation AGM Meeting 2016

June 21st, 2016

7:00pm ET

 

Location 25One Community

251 Bank St.

Ottawa, ON K2P 1X3

 

Attendance:

Present:

David White, Doug Massey, Anne Scotton, Oliver Kent, Kevin Wright, Isaac Campbell

 

By Telephone: Diane O’Reggio, Calinda Brown, Etienne Gratton,

 

  1. Approval of Agenda

*Amended to include Plans for Canada 2017

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2.Adoption of Minutes

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3. President’s Report

Thanks given to previous assistant’s, welcome now Isaac.  Thank you Doug for the website work.  Interpares/Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability was the recipient of the grant proposal for $25,000.  Future proposals to be considered at the AGM.  David White announcement of stepping down from the position starting in September 2016

4.Executive Secretary’s Report

 5. Treasurer’s Report

The grants process of 2015 was reviewed.  Costs included translations,  website, space/building, VoIP phones.  Website overhauled and updated to include NationBuilder, thank you Pat for starting this process.  Due to market fluctuations, a loss of investments in the amount of around $40,000 was incurred.  Translation costs increased to revise existing information on the website.  100 Bobbleheads sold to the Tommy Douglas Conference Centre.  m/s/c

6. Nomination of Board Members

‘Nominating committee report’ to be brought to the board

Heather’s motion -gender equity proposal

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7. Other Business

 

In discussing the current financial structure, Oliver proposes we lower the level of investment due to revenue challenges and competition with other non-profits.  He believes a need to constrain costs and be proactive with a strategic plan is required.  Anne has suggested a 5-year time frame.  David believes we should focus on the drafting of projects.  It was suggested we should explore partnerships with the Broadbent Institute to maximize reach of donors and potentially lay the groundwork for a large project.  Doug suggested we translate an updated Mouseland in French in the context of electoral reform.  David commented the Broadbent Institute currently is also focussed on electoral reform. m/s/c

A future email meeting notice would be sent at the end of September

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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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