Mission

The Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce enhances business growth and prosperity through leadership, innovation and representation.

Vision: The Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce, with its members, helps all businesses connect by promoting a vibrant and inviting business community.

History

The Cornerstone of the Business Community Since 1913.

The Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce began as a Board of Trade on May 15, 1913 and in 1970, it became a Chamber of Commerce. In 2003 tremendous efforts were made to regionalize the Chamber and it now covers an area from Allardville to Belledune.

Proposed changes to the GBCC By-laws

March 1st 2018, Atlantic Host Hotel

Vote 1

  • Proposed change:

In all instances where the words General manager are used we will change to Executive Director.

Vote 2

  • Proposed change:

In all places dealing with sending invitations to the membership Invitations it will now read: shall be circulated electronically, by fax or e-mail to all members in good standing

Vote 3

  • Bylaw as it stands:
  • 7.01 The Officers and The Chamber shall be the President, Vice-President (President-Elect), Secretary-Treasurer

  • Proposed change:
  • 7.01 The Officers and The Chamber shall be the President, 1 or more Vice-President (President-Elect), Secretary-Treasurer

Vote 4

  • Bylaw as it stands:

8.02 The Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of the President, the General Manager, and one member of the Board and at least two (2) members of the general membership at least ninety (90) days prior to each annual meeting of The Chamber. The Chair of the committee shall also appoint a scrutineer to supervise and conduct the annual general election in accordance with the rules and guidelines set out by the Board.

The Nominating Committee will validate nominations based on the following:

· The Nominating Committee will give due consideration to fair representation of the membership.

· Nominees for Director must adhere to the principles of the Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce and be prepared to function within the parameters of the By-Laws and Code of Conduct. Nomination forms must be signed by three (3) nominators (3 different members) in good standing and the nominee.

  • Proposed change:

8.02 The Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of the President, the General Manager, and one member of the Board and at least two (2) members of the general membership at least ninety (90) days prior to each annual meeting of The Chamber. The Chair of the committee shall also appoint a scrutineer to supervise and conduct the annual general election in accordance with the rules and guidelines set out by the Board.

The Nominating Committee will validate nominations based on the following:

The Nominating Committee will give due consideration to fair representation of the membership.

Nominees for Director must adhere to the principles of the Chaleur Chamber of Commerce and be prepared to function within the parameters of the By-Laws and Code of Conduct. Nomination forms must be signed by three (3) nominators (3 different members) in good standing and the nominee. Nominees must accept that it is possible to be asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer time per month during their time as director. Directors will be required to read the Chamber’s By-laws and become familiar with the chamber activities and the role of each executive. Directors must also be part of at least 1 chamber sub-committee. In addition all directors must participate in an information session on the roles of a director in a board of directors.

Vote 5

  • By law as it stands:

9.03 If further nominations are received from the floor, the annual election of members of the Board shall be conducted by ballot; which ballot, in a form approved by the Board shall be distributed to each member present. The nominating Committee shall act as scrutineers for the election.

  • Proposed change:

We propose to eliminate this point.

Vote 6

  • By law as it stands:

9.04 In the event that any member of the Board vacates his/her office, the Board shall have the power to fill such vacancy by appointing in his place another member of the Chamber to serve the balance of the Board member’s term.

  • Proposed change:

9.04 In the event that any member of the Board vacates his/her office, the Board shall have the power to fill such vacancy by appointing in his place another member of the Chamber to serve the balance of the Board member’s term. The vacancy shall be filled by a nomination by a director and will be voted on by secret ballot. A majority vote will be necessary for the candidate to be named a director.

Vote 7

  • By law as it stands:

10.01 Immediately after adjournment of the annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint from its members, the officers and the Executive Committee for the upcoming year.

  • Proposed change:

10.01 Immediately after adjournment of the annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall appoint from its members, the officers and the Executive Committee and sub-committees for the upcoming year

Vote 8

  • By law as it stands:

10.03 The President and Vice-President (s) shall before assuming office or as soon thereafter as possible take and subscribe to an oath in the following form: “I _______ swear (…) So help me God”.

  • Proposed change:

10.03 The President and Vice-President (s) shall before assuming office or as soon thereafter as possible take and subscribe to an oath in the following form: “I _______ swear (…) I solemnly swear”.

Vote 9

  • By law as it stands:

10.04 The President shall be chief executive officer of the Chamber and shall preside at all meetings of the Chamber, the Board and the Executive Committee. The President shall be a member of all committees and shall exercise such authority and perform such duties as the Board shall prescribe from time to time and shall serve as principal spokesman for the Chamber.

  • Proposed change:

10.04 The President shall be chief executive officer of the Chamber and shall preside at all meetings of the Chamber, the Board and the Executive Committee. The President shall exercise such authority and perform such duties as the Board shall prescribe from time to time and shall serve as principal spokesman for the Chamber.

Vote 10

  • By law as it stands:

11.02 The General Manager shall have responsibility for the Management and administration of The Chamber,(…) The General Manager shall serve as recording Secretary to the Board and Executive Committee and shall keep, or have kept, minutes of the proceeding of The Chamber, have the care and custody of its records, and attend to the publication of its reports. He/she, when authorized, serve as a spokesman for The Chamber.

  • Proposed change:

11.02 The Executive Director shall have responsibility for the Management and administration of The Chamber, (…). The General Manager shall serve as or delegate recording Secretary to the Board and Executive Committee and shall keep, or have kept, minutes of the proceeding of The Chamber. Only the Executive Director shall have the care and custody of its records, and attend to the publication of its reports. He/she, when authorized, serve as a spokesman for The Chamber. If the Executive Director is not present during meetings of the board, the secretary-treasurer will record minutes of the proceedings.

Vote 11

  • Proposed change:

11.05 The Executive Director will report to the human resources committee all matters concerning tasks, responsibility and employment contracts. The committee will be formed of a member of the executive committee (omitting the president) and a director.

Vote 12

  • By law as it stands:

13.01 The Board shall have the power to appoint such standing or special committees as it may deem advisable, and to delegate matters to such committees with such instructions and upon such conditions as the Board may determine

  • Proposed change:

13.01 The Board shall have the power to appoint such standing or special committees as it may deem advisable, and to delegate matters to such committees with such instructions and upon such conditions as the Board may determine. Standing committees shall be Human Resources, Finance, Strategic planning and Marketing & Communication.

Vote 13

  • Change to the name of the chamber

Current name:
Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce
Chambre de commerce du Grand Bathurst

  • Proposed change:

Chaleur Chamber of Commerce
Chambre de commerce Chaleur

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