Due to the ongoing and extraordinary circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Meeting of RSC Members will, exceptionally, be held virtually this year.
This Board of Directors made this decision in the knowledge that, while electronic voting of the members is supported by By-law 16, the convening of a meeting by members electronically is not permitted by By-law 15, which reads: Participation by Electronic Means at Members’ Meetings Meetings of Members may not be held by telephone, electronic or other communication facilities and shall be in person.
In light of the extenuating circumstances posed by the pandemic, several options toward a resolution were studied with the RSC legal team. Collectively, we have concluded that convening a virtual meeting of members is preferable to not convening a meeting of members in 2020.
In addition, it is timely to study the appropriateness of By-Law 15 in the digital age, and to resolve the apparent contradiction between By-Law 15 (which forbids virtual meetings of the members) and By-Law 16 (which seems to permit them). Should a by-law amendment be proposed, it would occur at the Annual General Meeting of 2021.
Therefore, Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Royal Society of Canada will take place virtually using Vimeo / Livestream on Saturday, November 28 at 3:00pm, EST for the following purposes:
- To elect the Board of Directors.
- To appoint the Auditors of the Corporation for the ensuing year.
- To transact such other business as may properly be brought before the meeting.
The Agenda for the meeting of November 28, the minutes of the 2019 AGM, and Draft Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 will posted on the RSC website on or before October 29, 2020. One week prior to the meeting you will receive a link to join the meeting.
Click here to register for the annual Celebration of Excellence and Engagement Nov 23-29, 2020, which features 50+ panels and two international symposia, as well as ceremonies welcoming new members and the Annual General Meeting.
Reminder: Registration for the AGM closes November 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.