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About Us

Mission and Vision

Vision

Residents within the Alberta Capital Airshed region live, work and play in a safe and healthy environment with clean air that has no measurable short or long term adverse effects on people, animals or the environment.

Mission

To provide easily accessible, high quality data and expertise vital to develop comprehensive air quality management plans – clean air solutions that keep our air clean.

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Bylaws

LOCATION
  • The Airshed Boundaries are described as follows:
  • East from Edmonton along Highway 16 to the eastern boundary of Strathcona County
  • South along Strathcona County Line to Leduc County
  • South along Leduc County line to southern limit
  • West along Leduc County Line to Highway 795 (this is the West Central Airshed Boundary)
  • North along Highway 795 to intersection of Highway 39
  • Directly north of Highway 39 to Highway 627
  • West along Highway 627 to intersection of Highway 777
  • North to connect Highway 777 and continue north to Northern edge of Lac Ste. Ann County
  • East along County Line to Sturgeon County
  • East along Sturgeon County Line to northern extension of Edmonton 97 St (Highway 28) (this is Fort Air Partnership Boundary)
  • South to Edmonton city limit
  • Clockwise around city to Highway 16
DEFINITIONS

In these bylaws, unless the context otherwise requires:

  • "Act" means the Societies Act R.S.A. 1980, Chapter S-18 as amended or any statute substituted for it;
  • "Society" means the Alberta Capital Airshed Society;
  • "Member" means any individual person accepted as a member, or any organization accepted as a member in accordance with Articles 1 through 11 inclusive;
  • "Board of Directors" or "Board" means the Board of Directors elected or appointed from time to time by the Members of the Society, as described in Articles 12 to 21 inclusive and paragraph 42;
  • "Executive Committee" or "Executive" means the Officers of the Society, as described in paragraph 18;
  • "Consensus" means unanimous consent in a quorum. One or more directors voting against a motion will be required to prevent a consensus decision. An abstention by a director shall not prevent a consensus decision. The Consensus Decision Making Model is defined by the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA).
  • "Quorum" means attendance of fifty percent plus one (50% + 1) of the Members entitled to be present at a meeting, as described in paragraph 29 and paragraph 42.
MEMBERSHIP
  1. MEMBERSHIP FEES. All Members will pay a membership fee. Membership fee in the Society will be fixed, from time to time, by the members at a general meeting.
  2. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS. Subject to Article 7 and 11 and by agreement of the Board, any person who's principle residence is within the airshed boundaries becomes a member upon payment of the applicable membership fee. Individuals must be members of the Society for a period of not less than one (1) year before electing to stand for nomination to the Board of Directors in order to show commitment to the Society.
  3. INDUSTRY MEMBERS. Subject to Article 7 and 11 and by agreement of the Board, any firm, person, corporation or association having an economic stake, interest in or other stake in air quality within the airshed boundaries, may become a Member upon payment of the applicable membership fee.
  4. NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION. Subject to Article 7 and 11 and by agreement of the Board, any firm, person, corporation or association which is a non-governmental organization who has as its primary objective the preservation or conservation of the environment, or the relationship between human health and air quality, or represents interest likely to be directly affected by air quality initiatives, or any other organization accepted by the Board, becomes a member upon payment of the applicable membership fee.
  5. GOVERNMENT MEMBERS. Subject to Article 7 and 11 and by agreement of the Board, any Federal, Provincial, Municipal or Aboriginal Government, government department, government agency or Regional Health Authority having an economic stake, interest in, or responsibility for human health and/or air quality, or representing interests likely to be directly affected or responsible for air quality initiatives within the airshed boundaries becomes a member upon payment of the applicable membership fee.
  6. MEMBER GROUP. Upon acceptance of a Member, the Board shall designate which Member Group (Industry, Non-Governmental Organization or Government) the Member shall be included in, if applicable. Individual Members will not be designed as a Member Group. Individual Members will not be counted to determine quorum.
  7. Members are responsible for behaving in accordance with the bylaws, in accordance with the Society's principles and values, and in pursuit of the objectives of the Society. Members have the right to attend and participate in meetings of the Society, and to run in elections to the positions of Officers or Directors.
  8. REPRESENTATIVES. Each Member shall appoint one (1) individual person to act as its representative at all meetings of the Members. Each Member shall notify the Secretary of the Society in writing of the name, address, telephone number and occupation of the representative. Each Member should appoint one (1) individual person to act as its alternative representative at any meeting the representative cannot attend. Each Member shall notify the Secretary of the Society in writing of the name, address, telephone number and occupation of the alternate representative. Representatives and their alternative representatives constitute one and the same vote for their respective organizations.
  9. A membership may be purchased at any time, but all memberships expire on March 31.
  10. Any Member wishing to withdraw from membership may do so upon a notice in writing to the Board through its Secretary. If any Member is in arrears for fees for any year, such member shall be automatically suspended at the expiration of six months from the end of such year (June 1) and shall thereafter be entitled to no membership privileges or powers in the Society until reinstated.
  11. Any Member may be expelled from membership by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors, for any reason deemed, by the Board, to be injurious to the objectives of the Society or for failing to contribute to the objectives of the Society at a Board meeting that has been preceded by four (4) weeks notice of intent to expel the Member. If the motion does not pass, the procedure will not be renewed in respect of said Member during the balance of the membership year. Expulsion will not be the first line of recourse to address issues of concern.

  12. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  13. BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Board of Directors shall be constituted of no less than seven and no more than twelve Members in good standing in accordance to Article 42.
  14. The Board shall, subject to the bylaws or directions given in at any meeting properly called and constituted, having full control and management of the affairs of the Society.
  15. MEETINGS OF THE BOARD. The Board shall meet as often as may be required, but at least once every three months. Meetings of the Board shall be called by ten (10) days notice in email or writing mailed to each Director or by three days notice by telephone. A special meeting may be called on the instructions of any two Directors provided they request to the President in writing to call such meeting, and state the business to be brought before the meeting. Fifty percent plus one (50% +1) of Directors shall constitute a quorum provided that at least one representative is present from each Member Group, in accordance with Article 6. Meetings shall be held without notice if a quorum of the Board is present, provided however, that any business transactions at such meeting shall be ratified at the next regularly called meeting of the Board; otherwise they shall be null and void.
  16. A person appointed or elected a Director becomes a Director if they were present at the meeting when being appointed or elected, and did not refuse the appointment. They may also become a Director if they were not present at the meeting but consented in writing to act as Director before the appointment or election, or within ten days after the appointment or election, or if they acted as a Director pursuant to the appointment or election.
  17. The term for Directors shall be two years. Members may sit as Directors for Consecutive terms, with no limit.
  18. Any Director may be removed from the Board, upon a majority vote of not less than two thirds (2/3) of the Directors, from office for any cause which the Society may deem reasonable.
  19. Any vacancy occurring during the year may be filled at the next meeting, provided it is so stated in the notice calling such meeting and all Members are made aware of the vacancy 10 days prior to the meeting. Any Member in good standing shall be eligible to become a Director in the Society.

  20. OFFICERS
  21. The Officers of the Society will consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and such other officers as the Board of Directors may determine from time to time. Each Officer shall also be a Director. Officers will be elected at a Board meeting.
  22. In order to stand for a position of an Officer, a Director is required to have served on the Board of Directors for a minimum of one year prior to standing for election.
  23. The Executive Committee, which consists of the Officers of the Society, will oversee the execution or implementation of decisions made by the Board.
  24. The term for Officers shall be two years. Members may sit in Office for consecutive terms to a limit of four years in the same position. No more than half of the Officers should be replaced each year, and terms may be amended at the discretion of the Board.
  25. Any Director may be removed from Office, at a Board meeting upon majority vote of not less than 2/3 Directors, for any cause which the Society may deem reasonable.
  26. Any vacancy occurring during the year may be filled at the next meeting, provided it is so stated in the notice calling such meeting. Any Director in good standing shall be eligible to become an Officer in the Society. In the case of a vacancy occurring during the year, appointment or election to office may coincide with appointment or election to the Board.
  27. PRESIDENT. The President shall have such duties as the Board may specify and delegate. He/she shall, when present, preside at all meetings of the Board, General and Special Meeting. During the absence or inability of the President, his/her duties and powers shall be exercised by the Vice-President. In the absence of both, a chairperson may be elected at the meeting to preside.
  28. VICE PRESIDENT. The Vice-President shall have such duties as the Board may specify and delegate. During the absence or inability of the President, his/her duties and powers shall be exercised by the Vice-President.
  29. SECRETARY. It shall be the duty of the secretary to attend all meetings of the Board, Special and General meetings, and to keep or cause to be kept accurate minutes of the same. The Secretary shall have charge of all the correspondence of the Society and be under the direction of the President and the Board. The Secretary shall also keep records of all the Members of the Society and their addresses, send all notices of the various meetings and membership invoices, as required. In case of the absence of the Secretary, his/her duties shall be discharged by such Director as may be appointed by the Board.
  30. TREASURER. The Treasurer shall receive all monies paid to the Society and be responsible for the deposit of same in whatever Bank, Trust Company, Credit Union or Treasury Branch the Board may order. He/she shall properly account for the funds of the Society and keep such books as may be directed. He/she shall present a full detailed account of receipts and disbursements to the Board whenever requested and shall prepare for submission to the Annual Meeting a statement duly audited of the financial position of the Society and submit a copy of same to the Secretary for the records of the Society. The Office of the Secretary and Treasurer may be filled by one person if any annual meeting for the election of officers shall so decide.
  31. POWERS AND DUTIES OF OTHER OFFICERS. The powers and duties of all other officers shall be such as the terms of their engagement call for or as the Board may specify and delegate.

  32. DECISION MAKING
  33. Any Member who has not withdrawn from membership nor has been suspended nor expelled shall have the right to participate in decision-making at any meeting of the Members of the Society as described in Articles 41, 44 and 45. Such contributions must be made in person and not by proxy or otherwise.
  34. QUORUM. The quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board shall consist of fifty percent plus one (50% + 1) of the Directors provided that at least one representative is present from each Member Group in accordance with to Article 42.
  35. Decisions in respect to matters of policy, including without limitation those matters specified in the objects of the Society will be made by way of Consensus. Consensus will be achieved following the consensus process model defined by the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA). An abstention by a Director shall not prevent a consensus decision.
  36. Decisions in respect to administrative matters will be made by majority vote of not less than fifty percent plus one (50% + 1) with quorum.

  37. ADMINISTRATION
  38. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. The Board of Directors may from time to time contract an Executive Director, who shall be an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors without voting or consensus decision making privileges. The Board of Directors may delegate to the Executive Director full authority (subject to any restrictions contained in the Act or imposed from time to time by the Board) to manage and direct the business and affairs of the Society. The Executive Director shall at all reasonable times give to the Board of Directors all information the Board may require regarding the affairs of the Society.

  39. AUDITING AND FINANCIAL
  40. The financial records of the Society shall be audited at least once each year by a duly qualified accountant and by two members of the Executive. A complete and proper statement of the standing of the books for the previous year shall be submitted by such auditor at the Annual Meeting of the Society. The fiscal year of the Society in each year shall be March 31st.
  41. The books and records of the Society may be inspected by any member of the Society at the Annual General Meeting or at anytime upon giving reasonable notice and arranging a time satisfactory to the officer or officers having charge of same. Each Director shall at all times have access to such books and records.
  42. The Board may pay such bills and invoices as may be presented to it from time to time to meet any ongoing financial commitments of the Society between general meetings without the prior approval of the Members.
  43. Any two of the President, Treasurer, Vice-President or Secretary may sign on behalf of the Society all contracts, cheques, and all other documents pertaining to the affairs of the Society as approved by the Board of Directors in the annual budget.
  44. Unless authorized at any meeting and after notice for same shall have been given, no officer, director, or member of the association shall receive any remuneration for his/her services.
  45. The Society will continue to meet its objectives based on the annual budget approved by the Board of Directors and the grant funding approved by the grantee. The Society will not have the authority to borrow or raise or secure the payment of money in particular by the issue of debentures.

  46. MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERS
  47. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. The Society shall hold an annual meeting of the Members on or before June 30th of each year, of which notice in writing to the last known address or email address of each member shall be delivered 28 days prior to the date of the meeting.
  48. At the Annual General Meeting, Directors shall be elected as necessary, and there shall be no fewer than seven (7) and no more than twelve (12) Directors. Every effort will be made to ensure a fair and balanced representation from each sector. Four (4) board seats will be held for Industry; four (4) board seats will be held for Government and four (4) board seats will be held for Non-Governmental Organizations. In the event that any of these Member Groups do not fill one of the seats, that seat will not be included in the current year Board of Directors. The remaining three (3) seats will be open to election to any Individual Members subject to Article 2 and any additional Member Group representatives in excess of their allocated seats seeking nomination.
  49. The Directors so elected shall form the Board of Directors. At the first meeting of the Board following the election of the Directors, there shall be elected, the Executive Officer positions made up of the President, vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, (or Secretary-Treasurer) in accordance with Articles 25 through 28 inclusive.
  50. SPECIAL MEETINGS. A special meeting of the Members shall be called by the President or Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by one-third (1/3) of the members in good standing, setting forth the reasons for calling such meeting, which shall be by letter to the last known address or email of each member, delivered in the mail and/or electronically eight days prior to the meeting.
  51. GENERAL MEETINGS. General meetings of the Society may be called at any time by the Secretary upon the instructions of the President or Board by notice in writing or via email to the last known address of each Member, delivered in the mail and or electronically eight days prior to the date of such meeting.
  52. QUORUM. The quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Members shall consist of fifty percent plus one (50% + 1) of the Members provided that at least one representative is present from each Member Group.
  53. Decisions in respect to matters of policy, including without limitation those matters specified in the objectives of the Society will be made by way of Consensus. Consensus will be achieved following the consensus process model defined by the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA).
  54. Decisions in respect to administrative matters will be made by majority vote of not less than fifty percent plus one (50% + 1) with quorum.

  55. DISSOLUTION
  56. In the event of dissolution of the Society, any unspent monies will be returned to, or renegotiated with, the grantee.

  57. BYLAWS
  58. The Bylaws may be rescinded, altered or added to by a "Special Resolution" at any Meeting of the Members of the Society.
  59. The amended bylaws take effect after approval of the special resolution and acceptance by the Corporate Registry of Alberta.

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