Proposed Amendments to AMA Bylaws

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Memorandum

Date:  July 18, 2019
To: Alberta Medical Association Members
From: Dr. Daniel R. Ryan, Chair, Committee on Bylaws
Subject: Proposed changes – AMA Bylaws


On behalf of the Committee on Bylaws, we respectfully submit the following proposed changes to the AMA Bylaws for approval by the membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Membership

CMA membership will be optional for 2019-20. Therefore, it is recommended that membership category definitions be amended to clarify that only AMA members who are also CMA members may be appointed to CMA bodies.

Proposed wording

Present wording

7.5 (ii)      if also a CMA member may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.8 (ii)      if also a CMA member, may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.11 (ii)    if also a CMA member, may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.14 (ii)    if also a CMA member, may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.21 (ii)    if also a CMA member, may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.25 (ii)    if also a CMA member, may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.5 (ii)      may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.8 (ii)      may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.11 (ii)    may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.14 (ii)    may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.21 (ii)    may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

7.25 (ii)    may be appointed or elected, as the case may be, as an Alberta representative to the CMA General Council, the CMA Board of Directors and committees of the CMA

Suspension, Expulsion and Resignation

A legal review of the clause 8.3, which waives a members right to claim damages against the Association if their membership ceases, is likely unenforceable. Therefore it is recommended that the clause be removed from the bylaws.

Proposed wording

Present wording

8.3      Members waive any rights or claims to damages that they may have against the Association if membership ceases in accordance herewith.

8.3      Members waive any rights or claims to damages that they may have against the Association if membership ceases in accordance herewith.

Quorum

A quorum of 50 Delegates for the RF no longer represents a majority of Delegates in office as it did when RF was first established (RF currently has 146 voting Delegates). Therefore, it is recommended that RF quorum be amended to ensure a quorum is always a majority of Delegates.

Proposed wording

Present wording

12.10      At any meeting of the Forum, a majority of the Delegates then in office shall constitute a quorum

12.10      At any meeting of the Forum, 50 Delegates shall constitute a quorum.

Harmonization with CMA Bylaws

As a division of the CMA, the Association is required to harmonize its bylaws where necessary with those of the CMA. Therefore, it is recommended that article 25, confirming the AMA as the Alberta division of the CMA be amended to reflect the definition in the current CMA bylaws.

Proposed wording

Present wording

25.0      CMA Division

The Association shall be the Alberta division of the CMA, representing organized medicine in the Province of Alberta until such time as this relationship is terminated by the proper authority of the CMA or the Association.

25.0      Affiliation

The Association shall be the affiliated medical body of the CMA, representing the medical profession of the Province of Alberta until such time as this relationship is terminated by the proper authority of the CMA or the Association. While the Association continues as the affiliated medical body of the CMA, the words "CMA Alberta Division" may be used in its name.

Editorial Amendments

Non-substantive changes were also made to correct page numbering and/or typographical errors.

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