The AHLA’s Board of Directors has approved significant changes to the organization that will improve the AHLA’s ability to respond to the realities facing our members and challenging all associations.  By creating a new company, wholly owned by the AHLA, to deliver our revenue generating programs to our members and other customers, the AHLA will be better positioned to deliver the membership and advocacy activities you expect.

After extensive discussions, and with advice from governance experts and our legal counsel, the AHLA’s Board of Directors is recommending a number of changes to the AHLA’s bylaws that will streamline our governance practices, including:

  • Reducing the size of the AHLA’s board to 9 elected directors.
  • Eliminating zones for the purpose of electing directors.
  • Permitting directors to serve two consecutive 2-year terms.  After a one year break, past directors could be eligible to serve on the board again.
  • Reducing Officers of the Board to Chair and Vice Chair only, and having these selected by the Board of Directors prior to the AGM.
  • Requiring that directors serve one year as Vice Chair in order to be eligible to serve as Chair.
  • Discontinuing the position of Past Chair.
  • Owners of multiple AHLA member properties may only have one representative on the board at a time.
  • Eliminating the appointment of honorary members to the Board of Directors. The Board would retain the right to appoint life members to the association.
  • Setting quorum for board meetings at 7 directors.
  • Change quorum at the Annual General Meeting and Special Meetings from 40 ordinary or life members to 5% of Ordinary members, provided that no single ownership or management group represents more than fifty per cent (50%) of the five per cent (5%) of ordinary members present.

The existing bylaws and proposed bylaws are available for all members to review.

Should you have questions about the proposed changes, please contact Leanne Shaw, AHLA Board Chair at (403) 250-1800.

AHLA members will meet at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 at the AHLA office to approve changes to the association’s bylaws, followed by the kickoff for the AHLA’s centennial celebrations!

Unable to attend the meeting?

A proxy form is available here. Please fill out the form and submit your proxy to Perry Batke at prior to the December 4 meeting.