The AIBC has established council rules and rulings for a variety of important institute business. Rules cover procedural matters such as council’s own meetings. In addition, there are rules, authorized by bylaws, such as those for the AIBC’s Continuing Education System compliance. Rulings, only found in the AIBC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, clarify and reinforce the bylaws in the Code of Ethics.
When rules or rulings are introduced or amended by council, per AIBC Council Policy 3.10, a 30-day notification period is triggered. During this time, members and associates are encouraged to provide feedback or submit questions via an online form. All feedback (without identifying information) is provided to council prior to its consideration and final vote.
Proposed Council Rules or Rulings
On November 5, 2019, AIBC Council approved, in principle, Council Rules 4: Council Elections (PDF).
As part of the Council and Institute Governance Bylaw initiative, several bylaws were amalgamated into a single bylaw – Bylaw 22.0: Election Procedures (PDF). The amended Bylaw 22.0 authorizes the detailed mail ballot and dispute resolution processes to be outlined in Council Rules rather than in bylaws. As such, several revisions have been proposed for Council Rules 4: Council Elections, which are outlined below:
- A revised title (previously Council Rules 4: Electronic Voting and Council Elections) to reflect that the rules describe more than just an ‘electronic’ council election process.
- Rule 2.5 has been revised and is now Rule 2.4: endorsement status of the nominee will be included on the ballot, and the names on the ballot are listed in random order rather than alphabetically. A process for the ‘random’ draw is included in Rule 2.5.
- Rules 2.14 and 2.15 under Mail Ballot Voting have been added. The required ballot procedures are in place.
- Section 4.0 Dispute Resolution has been added for compliance with Bylaw 22.0(e).
The notification period for Council Rules 4: Council Elections opens November 7, 2019 and will run until December 6, 2019. Registrants are invited to share their feedback or questions through the online feedback form.