Article 10: Membership

STLHE By-law No. 1 was prepared and translated by Gowling WLG, Ottawa, ON. (June 2016)

10.1 Membership

(a) Subject to the Articles, there shall be two (2) classes of Members in the Society consisting of:

(i) Individual Members, who shall be entitled to receive notice of and to attend all meetings of the Members of the Society, and each Individual Member shall have one (1) vote at each such meeting except for meetings at which only Members of another class are entitled to vote separately as a class; and

(ii) Institutional Members, who, except as provided by the Act, shall not be entitled to receive notice of, attend or vote at meetings of the Members of the Society.

(b) Membership in the Society shall be available to persons interested in furthering the Society’s purposes and who have applied for and been accepted into membership in the Society by resolution of the Board or in such other manner as may be determined by the Board.

(c) The Board shall set the applicable membership dues from time to time, and Members shall be notified in writing of the applicable membership dues at any time payable by them, and, if any are not paid within one (1) calendar month of the membership renewal date, the Members in default shall automatically cease to be Members of the Society unless the Board otherwise determines.

10.2 Termination of Membership

A membership in the Society is terminated when:

(a) the Member dies, or, in the case of a Member that is a body corporate, the body corporate is dissolved;

(b) the Member fails to maintain any qualifications for membership;

(c) the Member resigns by delivering a written resignation to the Society;

(d) the Member is expelled or is otherwise terminated in accordance with the Articles or By-laws;

(e) the Member’s term of membership expires; or

(f) the Society is liquidated or dissolved under the Act.

10.3 Discipline of Members

The Board shall have authority to suspend or expel any Member from the Society for any one or more of the following grounds:

(a) violating any provision of the Articles, By-laws or written policies of the Society;

(b) carrying out any conduct which may be detrimental to the Society, as determined by the Board in its sole and absolute discretion; or

(c) for any other reason that the Board in its sole and absolute discretion considers to be reasonable, having regard to the purposes of the Society.

If the Board determines that a Member should be expelled or suspended from membership in the Society, the President, or such other Officer as may be designated by the Board, shall provide twenty (20) days notice of suspension or expulsion to the Member and shall provide reasons for the proposed suspension or expulsion. The Member may make a written submission to the President, or such other officer as may be designated by the Board, in response to the notice received within such twenty (20) day period. If no written submission is received by the President, the President, or such other Officer as may be designated by the Board, may proceed to notify the Member that the Member is suspended or expelled from membership in the Society. If a written submission is received in accordance with this Section 10.3, the Board shall consider such submissions in arriving at a final decision and shall notify the Member concerning such final decision within a further twenty (20) days from the date of receipt of the submission. The Board’s decision shall be final and binding on the Member, without any further right of appeal.