Under the new Societies Act, members may bring a claim against a society for unfairly prejudicial or oppressive conduct on the part of the society, its directors, or its members. I’ve often been asked whether you can contract out of this right by having members waive it in advance or in restricting it in your bylaws, or whether an automatic termination provision can be used to expel a member who brings such legal proceedings.
Ne’er do well member? Lackluster director? Subject to an improper action by the societies registry? The new Society Act (BC) (the “New Act”) provides many avenues for dispute resolution, both for internal and external disputes.