Telecommunities Canada

 

Annual General Meeting

2005-2006

 

Feb. 27, 2006

Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites

Vancouver , B.C.

 

 

 

 

List of participants:

 

Peter Frampton

Darlene Thompson

Soumeya Sadou

Rémy Vincent

Maurice Dion

Bev Collins

Clarice Leader

Marie Prebushewski

Robert Lavin

Chris Cope

Tim Hazell

Gareth Shearman

Garth Graham

Michael Corbett

 

Chair: Gary Shearman

 

 

Agenda:

 

1 Approval of minutes of 2004-05 AGM

2 Financial report

3. Appointment of auditor

4. President's report

5. Directors' reports

6. Issues and directions

7. Election of directors

8. Adjournment

 

 

 

1. Approval of minutes of 2004-05 AGM

 

Minutes of the 2004-05 AGM were tabled for approval

 

 

Recommendation 1: That the minutes of the 2004-05 AGM be approved

 

Moved by David Murdoch

Seconded by Tim Hazel

Carried

 

 

2. Financial report

 

Gary Shearman reported that Mae Shearman is still the informal treasurer. Gary submitted the financial statement prepared by Stuart Boddy for this year.

 

Recommendation 2: That the financial report as submitted be received

 

Moved by Michael Corbett

Seconded by David Murdoch

Carried

 

3. Appointment of auditor

 

It was suggested that we leave the selection of auditor to the members of a newly elected board

 

Recommendation 3: That the new board select an auditor

 

Moved by David Murdoch

Seconded by Maurice Dion

Carried

 

4. President's report

 

Gary reported on the fact that recent teleconferences have resulted in TC becoming the home of various members of the CANCAP group. As a result, membership has grown considerably.

 

The technical part of TC's work is also continuing with many new items having recently been added to the website including a new membership form. On behalf of the board, Gary thanked Ian Allen for his continuing work as webmaster.

 

Gary also noted that the work of the alliance is really a series of projects most of which have been undertaken by various members of the board who will be filing their own reports.

 

Recommendation 4: That the President's report be received

 

Moved by Chris Cope

Seconded by Maurice Dion

Carried

 

5. Directors' reports

 

Marita Moll reported that TC had been well represented at a meeting organized by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO entitled Paving the Road to Tunis WSIS II: The Views of Canada's Civil Society on the Geneva Plan of Action and the Prospects for Phase II. The meeting was held in Winnipeg from May 13-15, 2005 and brought together approximately 200 civil society participants to obtain their views on the Geneva Plan of Action from the perspective of Canadian civil society. Gary Shearman and Peter Frampton presented a joint statement on the state of community networking in Canada. Garth Graham and Marita Moll prepared a position statement that Marita made available to participants at the meeting. Both of these are available on the TC website. Marita also participated in the on-line discussions which led to the final position paper coming out of the meeting.

Other directors also in attendance included Brian Beaton, Michael Gurstein, David Murdoch, and Peter Royce.

Gary noted that TC had participated in WSIS from the beginning ( Montreal and Buenos Aires mtgs of Global Internet group) and had been accredited to attend meetings. Gary attended the first Prepcom and we could still participate if there was a need to do so.

Marita represented TC at the Gatineau hearing of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel and, as part of the CRACIN research group, has applied for SSHRC funding for a forum on communications policy later this year.

Marita reported that her work on the CRACIN survey of the characteristics of community networks/ community access project sites was moving ahead although somewhat more slowly than had been hoped. One focus group has been completed. Another is scheduled in Montreal in May.

Garth Graham reported on his involvement with the internet governance lists and indicated that he thought we had a role to play in this issue. In addition, it appears that ICANN may have released some funds to encourage representation from groups such as TC.

Garth and Gary attended the ICANN meeting in Vancouver . They noted that there still appeared to be no real way for users to participate. Internet governance is a closed question inside Canada .

Peter Frampton congratulated the board for their work over the past year

Recommendation 5: That the directors' reports be accepted

Moved by Clarisse Leader

Seconded by Chris Cope

Carried

6. Issues and directions

 

Recommendation 6: That this topic be deferred to a later date

 

Moved by Michael Corbett

Seconded by Garth Graham

 

7. Election of directors

 

The following individuals agreed to stay on the board for transitions purposes

 

Marita Moll

Garth Graham

Chris Cope

David Murdoch

Gary Shearman

Fred Campbell

Mike Gurstein

 

The following new members agreed to be nominated to the board:

 

Bev Collins

Ariane Pelletier

Steven Soucy

Marie Prebushewski

Peter Frampton

Maurice Dion

Darlene Thompson

Clarisse Leader

 

The following persons have agreed to serve on the Advisory Committee :

 

Mark Surman

Brian Beaton

 

Recommendation 7:

 

That those nominated to the board be acclaimed:

 

Moved by Garth Graham

Seconded by Michael Corbett

Carried

 

  1. Adjournement

 

Recommendation 8:

 

That the meeting be adjourned

 

Moved by Marie Prebushewski

Seconded by Marita Moll

Carried