Update January 30, 2017

Business Resolution to be Presented at Annual General Meeting February 23

Members attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 23 at 1:45 PM, will be asked to discuss and vote on a business resolution.

The business resolution to be presented reads:

  • Whereas the ABCFP have donated to political parties; and
  • Wheareas it has not been demonstrated that donations by the ABCFP are on balance in the public's interest; and
  • Whereas the ABCFP is mandated to act in the public's interest.
  • Be it resolved that the ABCFP make no further donations to political parties.


The subject of this resolution has been the topic of several Letters to the Editor published in BC Forest Professional magazine and council has provided responses. You can read the most recent response on this issue from Chris Stagg, RPF, ABCFP president, (Reply to David A. Smith, RPF(Ret), Re: Advocacy vs. Patronage) on page 8 of the November/December 2016 edition of BC Forest Professional.

The AGM will take place at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, 808 Canada Games Way. All members are invited to attend the AGM portion of the conference free of charge and pre-registration is not required. Only registered members, limited license holders, and associate members in good standing may vote at the AGM. Please note that advisory resolutions will be voted on at the Resolutions Session on February 24.

Visit the conference website for more information.


About Resolutions

Resolution sessions at our annual conferences are an excellent opportunity for member to let council know how they feel about issues facing the profession, how they would like council to react to these issues and how they would like the association to be run, among other things. There are two types of resolutions: Advisory Resolutions and Business Resolutions.

Types of Resolutions

Advisory Resolutions

If an Advisory Resolution is carried at the resolution session, it is advisory only and does not bind council or the association. Historically, however, council considers each one. Advisory Resolutions:
  • Are dealt with during the Resolutions Session of the conference.
  • Require one mover and one seconder (both voting members), at least one of whom must speak to the resolution during the session.
  • Must be submitted in writing.
  • Do not require prior written notice to members.

Business Resolutions

If a Business Resolution is carried at an annual general meeting (AGM), it will be sent by ballot to voting members within six months. If it is ratified by members, it becomes binding. Business Resolutions:
  • Are dealt with during the AGM portion of the conference.
  • Require one mover and not less than ten seconders (all of whom must be voting members).
  • Must be submitted in writing at least 35 days before the upcoming AGM. The submission must include the written text of the proposed Business Resolution along with the names, original signatures and registration numbers of the mover and all seconders.
  • Require the association to send written notice to members at least 21 days prior to the AGM.

How These Sessions Work

Resolutions sessions require a quorum of 60 voting members. Proxies are not acceptable. Each resolution is read aloud. Movers or seconders are then given an opportunity to speak to the resolution, explain its intent and tell those present why it should be supported. Others who wish to speak for or against the resolution may also come forward at this time. When the debate appears to have closed  the resolutions chair will call for the question which means that a vote will be taken. Only voting members are permitted to vote on resolutions. Council members who are present to hear  the entire discussion  can comment if clarification is required. Voting takes place by a show of hands. Close votes will be counted. The chair  declares that a resolution has, on a show of hands, been carried or defeated.

Submission Deadlines

The deadline to submit resolutions vary based on the date of the conference and AGM. As a general rule, Business Resolutions are due in January of the each year and Advisory Resolutions are due in February. Please refer to issues of the Increment e-newsletter for specific deadlines each year.

Resolution forms can be found on the Forms page.