Governance

Our lawyers have extensive experience in providing advice to both provincially and federally regulated private, public and not-for-profit organizations. The firm represents public sector and not-for-profit clients in some of the following sectors: health care, social services, community services, education, library boards, municipal in addition to provincial and national charities and associations.

This extensive experience in representing not-for-profit sector clients enables us to draw on the “lessons learned” in other organizations and sectors to the benefit of all of our clients in the NFP sector.

The firm has worked with our clients to draft a variety of governing documents to ensure good governance and to meet each client’s corporate mandates, objectives, and responsibilities. Specifically, the firm has extensive experience with the following:

  • Analysis of corporate by-laws and amendments for consistency with current corporate legislation as well as “best practices”
  • Development of procedures for the boards, committees and directors to clearly demonstrate their individual roles, responsibilities and duties in order to better define their ultimate goals within the corporate governance structure
  • Review and establishment of board procedures for recognition of fiduciary duties, duty of diligence, duty of care, conflict of interest and rules for misconduct for directors and members
  • Awareness of the necessary corporate filings and registrations of each entity
  • Development of self-assessments to better aid boards in their productivity
  • Analysis and management of possible risks and development of “best practices” to guide clients in their governance review
  • Assist not-for-profits and charities in the dissolution of their organization
  • Prepare clients for compliance with new Not-for-profit Corporation Acts