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As laid out by the Society Act, [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 433 the bylaws of the BC Chamber of Commerce conform to the following criteria;

6 (1) The bylaws of a society incorporated under this Act must contain provisions for the following:

(a) the admission of members, their rights and obligations and when they cease to be in good standing;

(b) the conditions under which membership ceases and the manner, if any, in which a member may be expelled;

(c) the procedure for calling general meetings;

(d) the rights of voting at general meetings, whether proxy voting is allowed, and if proxy voting is allowed, provisions for it;

(e) the appointment and removal of directors and officers and their duties, powers and remuneration, if any;

(f) the exercise of borrowing powers;

(g) the preparation and custody of minutes of meetings of the society and directors.



(a) The purposes of the Society are:

(i) to actively explain, promote and support the free enterprise system and democratic principles in order to improve trade, commerce and the economic, social and human welfare of the people of British Columbia;

(ii) to act as an authoritative spokesman for business;

(iii) to undertake an active leadership role on behalf of Members, and the business community, through initiating, coordinating and/or developing, programs and recommendations to be presented to all concerned levels of government;

(iv) to actively develop programs, in conjunction with Members, aimed at creating a high level of economic awareness at all community, educational, and political levels;

(v) to monitor legislation at all levels of government in order to ensure:

(vi) to actively encourage and develop two-way communication between the private and public sectors;

(vii) to develop policy for presentation to appropriate levels of government, and specifically to responsible ministers of government in order to ensure that the collective opinions of Members are fully presented;

(viii) to actively improve the general economic climate by fostering responsible and harmonious attitudes amongst government, business and labour;

(ix) to monitor public sector spending and determine its relationship to the Gross National Product in order to suggest how to maximize the productivity of the total economy and encourage growth in the private sector; and

(x) to actively strengthen and expand membership in the Chamber of Commerce organization.