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I am a board Chair for a non-profit. A member asked if she would be able to attend board meetings. Where would I find the answer?

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Distinction between public and members of the organisation in terms of right to attend the board meetings

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Lawyer: Debra, Lawyer replied 7 months ago

There is no obligation under the Act to have the meetings open to anyone but the directors.

While it is possible that the Board can say any member attend it is vital that all members be treated the same.

If the Board would consult with legal counsel in most cases the lawyer would advise against open meetings of the Board as the Board has to be able to function without being closely observed. The Board is accountable and elected by the members but that doesn't mean the members have any say at the board level or any right to observe the board as they work and deal with their obligations and duties.

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