Workshops

 

CURRENT WORKSHOP

Non Profit Charities Legal Outreach: Legal Pitfalls Series

A workshop series for non profits

Privacy 101

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 9 2014 / 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Alliance for Arts and Culture Board Room, 100-938 Howe Street, Vancouver

The Workshop:

Are you the privacy officer at your organization?  You've heard about anti-spam – now let's look at whether your privacy policy and practices are PIPA compliant.

When was the last time you looked at your privacy policy?  If it’s been while, bring it along to this workshop and we’ll help you update it.  Learn what to look for and how to keep your organization PIPA and CASL compliant.

The Facilitator: Martha Rans is the legal director of Artists' Legal Outreach. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, not-for-profit societies, and visual and multimedia digital artists.

Cost: Free. Space is limited.

Workshop Registration: http://privacy101-workshop.eventbrite.ca/

Cancellation: We reserve the right to cancel workshops if registration is too low.

Office Hours: Office Hours to follow the workshop during the week of December 15. Have a privacy question? We'll set up a call with a privacy expert from the Information & Privacy Association.  

Questions? Contact info@artistslegaloutreach.ca



PAST WORKSHOPS

You can find information about our previous workshops and an archive of handouts.

Arts Organizations and Employment Law

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Venue: Alliance Board Room, 100-938 Howe Street, Vancouver

The Workshop: Non-profit cultural organizations can run into legal challenges as a result of systems and practices in place that are not aligned with legislated policy or regulations. Some of the most common challenges arise in the area of employment and human resources management. What are the legal differences between an employee and an independent contractor? What are an organization's responsibilities when hiring or terminating an employee?  It can be difficult to know when legal advice is needed or what type of guidance is required to properly address an issue. This workshop aims to provide foundational knowledge and capacity to identify, plan for, and respond to legal issues that can arise.

The Facilitator: Martha Rans is the legal director of Artists' Legal Outreach. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, not-for-profit societies, and visual and multimedia digital artists.

Cost: Members $45 / Non-members $75 (plus 5% GST)

Workshop Registration: Pre-registration and payment is required for all workshops. We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard or cheques. Call our office at 604.681.3535 with a credit card number, mail a cheque, or drop off your payment in person at our office. 24 hours cancellation notice is required to obtain a full refund.

Cancellation: We reserve the right to cancel workshops if registration is too low.

For more information, please visit the Alliance for Arts and Culture website.

Copyright for Artists and Creators

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 12:00 - 1:30PM 3rd Floor North, Open Area,  Central Library

Presented by Martha Rans, ALO Legal Director

Register by phoning 403 260 2620 or online at CalgaryPublicLibrary.com

Preventing Legal Pitfalls

Law and Governance Boot-camp for Non-Profits in the Performing Arts Sector

 

Presented by Martha Rans and Alison Brewin, Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO)

 

Date: Thursday, December 6tht, 2012, 9:30 – 4:30 pm (lunch provided)

Location: Alliance for Arts and Culture, 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver

 

Non-profit cultural organizations can run into legal challenges as a result of systems and practises in place that are not aligned with legislated policy or regulations. Sometimes it is challenging to know when legal advice is needed or what type of legal guidance is required to properly address an issue. This workshop aims to provide foundational knowledge and capacity to identify, plan for and respond to legal issues that can arise in the management of a non-profit organization.

 

What participants will learn:

  • Good practises in the areas of governance, employment, leasing/purchasing property, and privacy in order to mitigate the risk of legal situations

  • Knowledge of how lawyers, and the legal system, address legal issues

  • Relevant legislation governing non-profit and charitable organizations

  • Strategies for risk management

 

Through real life case studies, hands-on exercises, instructor and peer learning, participants will gain a good understanding of the proper structures and systems required to run a non-profit and reduce the risk of legal challenges.

 

This workshop is open to twenty-four leaders (Staff or a Board member) of City of Vancouver grantees in the performing arts sector (one representative per organization). PLUS - up to twelve organizations who complete the workshop and who are in need of further legal consultation, will be eligible for a one-hour follow-up meeting with Martha Rans at ALO to address specific legal issues, at no cost.

 

Lunch and beverages will be provided over the break.  
To cover these costs, a $20 non-refundable fee will be charged at time of registration.  
Space is limited to 20 people - register now to secure a spot.

 

The workshop has been supported by the City of Vancouver/Cultural Services in partnership with Artists’ Legal Outreach and the Alliance for Arts and Culture.

 

The W's of Accountability

What is a charity accountable for and to whom?

 

March 5, 2012
9:30am - 3: 30pm
Alliance for Arts & Culture Boardroom
938 Howe St, Suite 100
Vancouver, BC
(604) 681-3535 

 

This free interactive workshop will explore accountability issues of registered charities to stakeholders. It will emphasize both federal and provincial legal accountability.  Areas of legal accountability include reporting, maintaining books and records, issuing donation receipts, fundraising and other requirements. During the workshop, the participants will have a chance to use resource materials to determine how these tools may enhance their accountability practices.  The resource materials include a self-diagnostic pack, a handbook, calendar, tip sheets, Office in a Box and materials on B.C. legislative requirements.

If you are a board member, Executive Director or a senior manager of a non-profit or charitable organization, this workshop is for you.

Presented by Charity Central with the Artists’ Legal Outreach. Charity Central (www.charitycentral.ca) is a project of the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta with a financial contribution from the Canada Revenue Agency. Since 2008, Charity Central has been developing resource materials and presenting workshops in western Canada on legal compliance requirements for registered charities.

 

Does accountability scare you?

Find your way on the road to accountability.

 

February 22, 2012
9:30am -12:00pm or
1:30-4:00pm.
Alliance for Arts & Culture Boardroom
938 Howe St, Suite 100
Vancouver, BC

 

This free interactive workshop will explore accountability practices of registered charities and non-profit organizations. Using a self-diagnostic tool, you will assess your organization’s current accountability practices and start to develop an action plan.  A toolkit containing a self-diagnostic pack, a handbook, tip sheets and checklists will assist you.  Be prepared to surprise yourself with the accountability practices that your organization may already have.

If you are a board member, Executive Director or a senior manager of a non-profit or charitable organization, this workshop is for you.

Presented by Charity Central with the Artists’ Legal Outreach. Charity Central (www.charitycentral.ca) is a project of the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta with a financial contribution from the Canada Revenue Agency. Since 2008, Charity Central has been developing resource materials and presenting workshops in western Canada on legal compliance requirements for registered charities.

2010 Workshops

Society Survival Guide:
Learn to Protect Your Organization in Tough Economic Times, A Three Part Series

All workshops are held at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, in Vancouver.

Society Act 101 and Bylaw Review with Margaret Mason
March 24, 2010, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Are you considering becoming a not-for-profit society? The BC Society Act sets the legal framework for every not-for-profit society in BC, but not very many know its ins and outs.  Join one of BC’s leading experts for a discussion of the Act followed by small group discussions of bylaw revisions.  This workshop will answer questions for new and established organizations.

So You Wanna Be A Charity: Applying for Charitable Status and Maintenance with Martha Rans
April 7, 2010, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Each year, thousands of Canadian charities have their charitable status revoked for failing to follow the rules of the game. Find out whether applying for charitable status is meant for your organization. Join us for an overview of what being a charity means and how to stay in line with the CRA’s rules.

Outside the Box: New Business Models for the Arts with Michael Scholar Jr.
April 21, 2010, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Are changes in funding patterns making you rethink the traditional non-profit arts model? Are you just forming a company and want to explore your options? This workshop will explain your alternatives: co-ops, collectives, for-profit and not-for-profit models.

Presented by the Artists' Legal Outreach, along with the Cultch and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

Download the print version of the poster (PDF).

2009 Workshops

Free and Essential Information for Charity Staff and Boards
3 workshops offered by the BC Centre for Social Enterprise
November 9, 10 and 12, 2009

The BC Centre for Social Enterprise partnered with Canadian charities lawyer Richard Bridge in order to share plain-language and current information on charity governance, fundraising limits, and reporting. Topics covered included financial areas such as proper receipting, managing books and records, the disbursement quota, the T3010B information return, GST / HST, and CRA audits. Good governance principles and approaches were another focus, another extremely important topic for Board members. The session also offered advice on allowable fundraising activities, and social enterprise.

At the time, the BC Centre for Social Enterprise had delivered 16 of these sessions across Western Canada with very positive feedback. Many participants stated that the session should be a prerequisite for any staff or Board members involved in charities.

This project was generously supported by the Canada Revenue Agency with the assistance of the Alliance for Arts and Culture, the Vancouver Foundation and the Langley Association for Community Living.

2008 Workshops

Art and the Olympics Workshop Series
3 workshops focused on providing legal answers to artists practicing in the changing Olympic landscape.

Workshop 1: Running Rings Around Trade-marks
The Olympic and Paralympic Marks Act: Issues for Artists

Kimberly Baker, whose image of 5 shopping carts and the words Vancouver 2010 caught the eye of the city, related her experiences with VANOC, and the Olympic and Paralympic Trademark Act. She was joined by representatives from VANOC and members of the legal community to initiate a dialogue on the Act and its potential impact for artists.

October 21, 2008, 6:30 to 8 PM
Grunt Gallery, #116, 350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Speakers:       
Kimberly Baker, Visual Artist
Charles Hotel, Legal Counsel, VANOC
Bill Cooper, Director of Corporate Rights and Management, VANOC
David Wotherspoon, Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation, Fasken Martineau LLP
Moderator: Martha Rans, Lawyer and Legal Director, Artists’ Legal Outreach

Workshop 2: Making Art Public:
 Artists and the Law in Public Spaces

When Dennis Oppenheim's Device to Root Out Evil was removed from a downtown landmark, the community reacted. For artists working in the public sphere, many potential legal issues can arise in the commissioning process: the integrity of work, liability for deterioration, maintenance and vandalism and many others. The ALO was joined by Alan Storey, creator of the Pendulum in the HSBC Building, and many involved in the commissioning of works in public spaces including artists, art consultants, architect. City and Parks Board members.  

November 20, 2008, from 6:30 to 8 PM
Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton Street (Activity Room)
Speakers:
Sharon Kallis, Artist-in-Residence, Coal Harbour Community Centre
Alan Storey, Artist
Thom Weeks, Proscenium Architecture and Interior Design
Barrie Mowatt, Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery
Dennis Walz, Walz Lehan Lawyers
Oliver Kellhammer, Environmental Artist and Writer
Members of the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Park Board
Moderator: Martha Rans, Lawyer and Legal Director, Artists’ Legal Outreach

Workshop 3:  Legal Issues for Arts Organizations

The Olympics has brought with it some questions that some arts groups are struggling to address.  To get those questions answered, the ALO invited arts administrators to bring their questions to a speed - lawyering session where they had the opportunity to meet one on one with participating lawyers.

February 6, 2009, 1 to 3 PM
Arts Club Theatre, Upper Lobby, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC
Participants:    
Robert Galletti
Margaret Mason, Partner, Bull, Housser & Tupper
Martha Rans, Lawyer and Legal Director, Artists’ Legal Outreach
Denis Walz, Partner, Walz Lehan Lawyers