ACSB Constitution

Article I | Article II | Article III | Article IV | Article V 
Article VI | Article VII | Article VIII | Article IX | Article X

Article I

The name of the Organization shall be the Association of Canadian Schools of Business/Association des Canadiens d’Etudes en Administration.

Article II – Interpretation

Member – the Senior Administrator responsible for the business programs at a publicly, core-funded post-secondary institution whose primary focus is on teaching, learning and student success, and whose approach to education is applied and career oriented.¬

Gender and Plurals – words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa; and words importing a male person include a female person and a corporation.

Article III – Mission and Objectives

MISSION

To enhance the role which business training and education play in the economic development of Canada.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To promote cooperation among member institutions for training, education, research and consultancy.
  2. To develop effective cooperation with similar associations, national and international agencies, intergovernmental organizations, foundations and other organizations that advance business education and training.
  3. To promote management and administrative development by encouraging dialogue between professionals and their clients in business, industry, government, crown corporations and other organizations.
  4. To promote cooperation between the educational and training institutions and the national organizations of business, industry, and professional organizations.
  5. To establish an institutional mechanism for disseminating relevant information.
  6. To generate supportive resources through membership fees, donations, endowments, subsidies, fees, and programs, publications and other activities.

Article IV – Memberships

Section I – Categories

There shall be two classes of memberships in the Association: Ordinary and Associate.

Section II – Ordinary Membership

Ordinary membership shall be open to the Senior Administrator responsible for the business programs at a publicly, core-funded post-secondary institution whose primary focus is on teaching, learning and student success, and whose approach to education is applied and career oriented.

Section III – Associate Membership

Associate membership shall be open to any persons or groups who have interest in post secondary business education and may be admitted on approval of the Executive Committee.

Section IV – Resignation of Membership

Any member may be required to resign by recommendation of the Executive Committee if the fees payable are more than six months in arrears. Any member may withdraw from the Association by notice in writing to the President.

Article V – Organization

The Association shall consist of a General Assembly and an Executive Committee.

Section I – General Assembly

1. Composition

The General Assembly shall consist of the Ordinary and Associate members of the Association.

2. Powers

The powers and duties of the General Assembly shall be:

(a) to receive the annual reports of the officers and committees of the Association;
(b) to ratify the members of the Executive Committee;
(c) to decide on financial policies and regulations in so far as they impose or remit obligations upon members of the Association;
(d) to decide on changes in the Constitution;
(e) to decide on any matters referred to it for decision by the Executive Committee;
(f) to appoint auditors; and
(g) to receive financial statements.

3. Voting

Each Ordinary Member shall be entitled to one vote at meetings of the Association. That vote may be cast by the duly appointed delegate of the Ordinary Member. At meetings of the Association and all committees of the Association the Chair shall have a vote only in the case of a tied vote.

4. Meetings

The General Assembly shall meet at least twice a year, normally in the spring and fall of the calendar year, and there shall be such other meetings as may be called by the Executive Committee, from time to time.

5. Call of Meeting

The Executive Committee or any 15 ordinary members of the General Assembly may call meetings of the General Assembly for any purpose. Notice stating the business of such a meeting shall be sent in writing to every member by the Executive Committee at least 28 days prior to the meeting.

6. Quorum

The quorum at a meeting of the General Assembly shall be twenty ordinary members or twenty-five percent (25%) of the Ordinary Membership whichever is less, and representing at least three regions.

7. Attendance at General Assembly Meetings

Every member of the General Assembly shall receive the Agenda and Minutes of meetings of the Executive Committee, and shall be entitled to attend such meetings at his own expenses, but the power to vote shall be confined to members of the Executive Committee.

Section II – Executive Committee

1. Composition

The Executive Committee of the Association shall consist of a President, Vice-President and the Regional Directors. The Regional Directors are composed of one Ordinary member from each of the following Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia and the Yukon elected annually by and from amongst the members of the Regions. The President and Vice-President shall be elected for a 2 year term at the Spring Meeting by a vote of all the members present. The President shall not act as a representative of a Region. The election of a President and Vice-president should reflect the regional diversity of the country.

2. Powers of the Executive Committee

The property and business of the Association shall be managed by an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have the power to decide on all matters of policy and practice concerned with the conduct of the affairs of the Association except such matters as are specifically reserved to the General Assembly.

3. Duties of the Officers

The President shall be charged with the general management and supervision of the Association. He shall preside at meetings of the General Assembly, and the Executive Committee. The Vice-President shall exercise the function of the President in the event that the latter is unable to do so. Further, the Vice-President shall assume responsibility for the financial affairs of the Association, present a formal report annually and arrange an audit as required. The Vice-President will keep a record of all proceedings of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.

4. Meetings

Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be as required. Meetings may be called by the President or a quorum of the Executive Committee.

5. Quorum

Quorum at meetings of the Executive Committee shall be at least fifty percent (50%) of the Regional Directors.

6. Voting

Each director shall be entitled to one vote at meetings of the Executive Committee. Decisions shall be taken by majority vote of those participating.

7. Notice

Normally, written notice of all meetings of the Executive Committee shall be sent to all members at least twenty-eight (28) days in advance of meeting.

8. Remuneration

Members of the Executive Committee shall receive no remuneration for carrying out their duties, but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in the conduct of the business of the Association.

9. Indemnity of Directors and Employees

The President, Vice-President and the Regional Directors and employees of the Association and his heirs, executors and administrators, and estate and effects, shall be indemnified and saved harmless out of the funds of the Association from and against,

(a) all costs, charges and expenses whatever that such director or officer sustains or incurs or about any action, suit or proceedings that is brought, commenced or prosecuted against him, for or in respect of any act, deed, matter or thing whatever, made, done or permitted by him, in or about the executive of the duties of his office, and

(b) all other costs, charges and expenses that he sustains, or incurs, in or about or in relation to the affairs thereof, except such costs, charges or expenses as are occasioned by his own wilful neglect or default.

10. Filling of Vacancies

Vacancies occurring between General Assembly meetings may be filled by the Executive Committee until the following General Assembly Meeting.

Section III – Signing Authority

Contracts, documents, cheques or any other instruments in writing requiring the signature of the Association shall be signed by the President or his/her designate. All contracts, documents, cheques and other instruments in writing so signed shall be binding upon the Association without any further authorization or formality.

The Executive Committee shall have power by resolution to appoint an officer, a member of the Executive Committee or a staff member, on behalf of the Association either to sign contracts, documents, cheques or other instruments in writing generally or to sign specific contracts, other documents, cheques and other instruments in writing.

Section IV – Standing and Ad Hoc Committees

1. Establishment

The Executive Committee shall set up such standing and ad hoc committees of the Association as it sees fit. The members of such committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee.

2. Remuneration

Members of committees shall not receive any remuneration for carrying out their duties as members, but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in the conduct of the business of the Association.

3. Quorum

The quorum of any committee shall be a majority of its members.

4. Removal

Members of any committee may be removed by the Executive Committee.

Article VI – Dues and Assessments

The annual dues for Ordinary and Associate Members shall be set by the General Assembly.

Article VII – Fiscal year

The fiscal year of the Association shall terminate on June 30th of each year.

Article VIII– Auditors

The General Assembly may at each Annual Meeting appoint an auditor to audit the accounts of the Association and to hold office until the next annual meeting provided that the Executive Committee may fill any casual vacancy in the office of the auditor. The remuneration of the auditor shall be fixed by the Executive Committee.

Article IX – Rules and Regulations

The General Assembly and the Executive Committee may establish such rules, regulations, procedures and amendments thereto, not inconsistent with this Constitution relating to the management and operation of the association as they deem expedient. The Executive Committee’ rules, regulations, procedures and amendments thereto shall have force and effect only until the next meeting of the General Assembly when they shall be confirmed, and in default or confirmation shall at and from that time cease to have force and effect.

The rules, regulations, procedures and amendments thereto of the Executive Committee require a majority of votes cast at a meeting of the Executive Committee. Any motion for enactment, repeal or amendment must be circulated as part of the Executive Committee’ agenda at least (28) days before the meeting at which it is to be discussed.

Article X – Amending the Constitution

The constitution of this Association may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members in attendance at the annual meeting, provided that (28) days notice of the proposed amendment or amendments has been given.