Am I a director, senior manager, deemed director or just confused?

When the new Societies Act comes into force, many volunteers, members, directors, and staff of BC societies may be asking what their role is and what their obligations are. Here is a handy decision tree to assist you in determining where you fit in.

Remember that the ability to be a director or senior manager can be (and may be) modified by your organization’s bylaws.  This chart also does not take into account qualification requirements  for any of the positions which are set out in both the act and your organizations bylaws.


  1. Were you elected or appointed by a process set out in the bylaws, or are designated as a director on the initial statement of directors and no general meeting has yet been held?
    • If yes, you may be a director, if you have not refused the position at the meeting or you have consented in writing. Continue, as directors can also be senior managers.
    • If no, continue.
  2. Do you perform the functions of a director — do you manage the affairs of the society or a principal part?
    • If yes, continue.
    • If no, you are not a senior manager, a director, or a deemed director.
  3. Were you given the management of this principal unit or the duty to manage by the board?
    • If yes, you are a senior manager.
    • If no, you are likely a deemed director. Continue.
  4. Do you perform these functions under the direction or control of a senior manager?
    • If yes, you are not a deemed director.
    • If no, you are a deemed director.

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