Article 6: Affiliated Groups

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

6.1 Affiliated Groups

Subject to the provisions of this Article 6 and the Operating Policies, the Board may authorize the Members to establish affiliated groups (each, an “Affiliate” or an “Affiliated Group”) from time to time that operate under the supervision and direction of the Board, provided:

(a) the purposes and activities of the Affiliate do not conflict, as determined by the Board, with the vision, mission, goals, purposes or By-laws of the Society, as amended from time to time;

(b) the Affiliate is made up of Members;

(c) the members of the Affiliate cause it to operate in accordance with any relevant Operating Policies; and

(d) the members of the Affiliate cause it to perform such activities as may be required by the Board from time to time.

6.2 Categories of Affiliated Groups

The Board may establish different categories of Affiliates from time to time. As of the effective date of these By-laws, there are two (2) categories of Affiliates, consisting of:

(a) Constituencies – Constituencies are communities of practice whose mission is to work within the aims and structure of the Society to advance the Society’s purposes. They are responsible for ensuring that their respective initiatives and activities are aligned and consistent with goals and purposes of the Society. Each Constituency shall be entitled to nominate one (1) Director for election to the Board.

(b) Special Interest Groups – Special Interest Groups are groups representing special interests which Members wish to promote. The Member or Members wishing to establish a Special Interest Group must submit an application to the Board setting out the rationale for admitting the group as a Special Interest Group, its purposes, and a petition signed by no fewer than ten (10) Members who are committed to maintaining the Special Interest Group’s active, bona fide existence. If the Board approves the admission of the group as a Special Interest Group of the Society, official recognition will be issued authorizing the formation of the Special Interest Group.

6.3 Dissolution of Affiliated Groups

The Board may withdraw resources from, recognition of, and cause to be dissolved, any Affiliated Group if, in the view of the Board, it does not demonstrate active progress in the pursuit of its purposes as approved by the Board, fails to comply with the Operating Policies or for any other reason determined by the Board, acting reasonably. Dissolved Affiliates may be reinstated in accordance with the Operating Policies.