MARTINGROVE BASEBALL INC.
ARTICLE I GENERAL
1.1 Purpose – These By-laws relate to the general conduct of the affairs of Martingrove Baseball Inc.
1.2 Definitions – The following terms have these meanings in these By-laws:
a) Act – the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, as amended.
b) Auditor – an individual, partnership, or corporation appointed by the Members at the Annual
Meeting to audit the books, accounts, and records of the Corporation for a report to the Members
at the next Annual Meeting in accordance with the Act.
c) Board – the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
d) Corporation – Martingrove Baseball Inc.
e) Days – days including weekends and holidays.
f) Director – an individual elected or appointed to serve on the Board pursuant to these By-laws.
g) Extraordinary Resolution – a resolution passed by not less than eighty (80) percent of the votes cast
on that resolution.
h) In Writing – shall include both hard copy and electronic communication in a form determined
appropriate by the Board.
i) Member – Any individual who meets the definition described in Section 2.1 herein and is admitted
as a Member.
j) Officer – an individual elected or appointed to serve as an Officer of the Corporation pursuant to
k) Ordinary Resolution – a resolution passed by a majority of the votes cast on that resolution or
consented to by all voting Members entitled to vote on that resolution.
l) Registrants - Any individual who meets the definition described in Section 13.1 herein and is
admitted as a Registrant.
m) Special Resolution – a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the votes cast on that
resolution. Special Resolutions considered by the Members must be submitted to a Special Meeting
of the Members unless each Member present at the meeting consents to the+ resolution.
1.3 Registered Office – The registered office of the Corporation will be located within the Province of
1.4 No Gain for Members – The Corporation will be carried on without the purpose of gain for its Members
and any profits or other accretions to the Corporation will be used in promoting its objects.
1.5 Ruling on By-laws – Except as provided in the Act, the Board will have the authority to interpret any
provision of these By-laws that is contradictory, ambiguous, or unclear, provided such interpretation is
consistent with the objects of the Corporation.
1.6 Conduct of Meetings – Unless otherwise specified in these By-laws, meetings of the Members and
meetings of the Board will be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order (current edition).
1.7 Interpretation – Words importing the singular will include the plural and vice versa and words importing
persons will include bodies corporate. Words importing an organization name, title, or program will include any
successor organizational name, title, or program.
ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP
2.1 Categories – The Corporation has the following category of Member:
a) Regular Member – The Directors of the Corporation and up to twenty (20) individuals who apply for
membership in the Corporation.
b) Life Member- The Board of the Corporation will appoint Life Members based on a long standing active
role with the organization (20 years plus) or meritorious act. Life Members will be divided into two
categories. 1) Active those still involved with the operation of the organization and 2) Inactive for
those no longer involved in the operation of the organization. The number of Active Life Members
shall not exceed 5.
The total number of Regular Members will be adjusted by the number of Active Life Members, to maintain
an overall membership of no more than 20 individuals.
2.2 Registration – Each category of Member must register with the Corporation and agree to abide by the
Corporation’s By-laws, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations or, if the Member is under the age of 18, have
a parent or guardian agree to abide by the Corporation’s By-laws, policies, procedures, rules and regulations on
behalf of the Member.
Authority of Members
2.3 Membership Authority – The Members of the Corporation will have the following powers:
a) To appoint the Auditor
b) To amend the By-laws
c) To elect Directors; and
d) As provided in the Act and in these By-laws
Admission and Renewal of Members
2.4 Admission and Renewal of Members – Excluding Directors, who are Members by virtue of their office, any
candidate will be admitted or renewed as a Member if:
a) The candidate member makes an application for membership in a manner prescribed by the
b) The candidate member was previously a Member, the candidate member was a Member in good
standing when the candidate ceased to be a Member;
c) The candidate member has paid fees as prescribed by the Board;
d) For Director Members, the candidate member is not an employee or contractor receiving $500 or
more in compensation from the Corporation;
e) The candidate member agrees to uphold and comply with the Corporation’s governing documents;
f) The candidate member meets any other condition of membership determined by the Board;
g) The candidate member has met the applicable definition listed in Section 2.1; and
h) The candidate member has been approved by Ordinary Resolution by the Board or by any
committee or individual delegated this authority by the Board.
Membership Fees and Duration
2.5 Duration – Unless otherwise determined by the Board, membership with the Corporation begins on the
date the Board accepts the member’s registration and ends on December 31st or when the member resigns or is
terminated from membership. Notwithstanding the preceding, membership for Members who are Directors
begins on the date the Director assumes office in accordance with these By-laws and ends when the individual
ceases to be a Director.
2.6 Fees – Membership fees will be determined by the Board.
2.7 Deadline – Members will be notified in writing of the membership fees at any time payable, and if the
membership fees are not paid within sixty (60) days of the membership renewal date or notice of default, the
Member in default will automatically cease to be a Member of the Corporation.
Transfer, Suspension, and Termination of Membership
2.8 Transfer – Membership in the Corporation is non-transferable.
2.9 Suspension – A Member may be suspended, pending the outcome of a discipline hearing in accordance
with the Corporation’s policies related to discipline, or by Special Resolution of the Board at a meeting of the
Board provided the Member has been given notice of and the opportunity to be heard at such meeting.
2.10 Effects of Suspension – A suspended Member is not in good standing, may not vote at meetings of the
Members, is not permitted to have any sport-related involvement with the Corporation, and may be subject to a
probationary period before being reinstated to good standing.
2.11 Termination – Membership in the Corporation will terminate immediately upon:
a) The expiration of the Member’s membership, unless renewed in accordance with these By-laws;
b) The Member fails to maintain any of the qualifications or conditions of membership described in
Section 2.1 of these By-laws;
c) Resignation by the Member by giving written notice to the Corporation;
d) Dissolution of the Corporation;
e) A decision made by the Board (or designate) or a disciplinary panel in accordance with these By-laws
or the Corporation’s policies;
f) The Member’s death or dissolution, as applicable; or
g) By Ordinary Resolution of the Board or of the Members at a duly called meeting, provided fifteen (15)
days’ notice is given and the Member is provided with reasons and the opportunity to be heard. Notice
will set out the reasons for termination of membership and the Member receiving the notice will be
entitled to submit a written submission opposing the termination.
2.12 May Not Resign – A Member may not resign from the Corporation when the Member is subject to
disciplinary investigation or action by the Corporation.
2.13 Arrears – A Member will be expelled from the Corporation for failing to pay membership dues or monies
owed to the Corporation by the deadline dates prescribed by the Board. Any dues, subscriptions, or other monies
owed to the Corporation by suspended or expelled Members will remain due.
2.14 Discipline – A Member may be disciplined in accordance with the Corporation’s policies and procedures
relating to the discipline of Members.
2.15 Definition – A Member will be in good standing provided that the Member:
a) Has not been suspended or expelled from membership, or had other membership restrictions or
b) Has completed and remitted all documents as required by the Corporation;
c) Has complied with the By-laws, policies, and rules of the Corporation;
d) Is not subject to a disciplinary investigation or action by the Corporation, or if subject to disciplinary
action previously, has fulfilled all terms and conditions of such disciplinary action to the satisfaction
of the Board; and
e) Has paid all required membership fees.
2.16 Privileges of Good Standing - Subject to these By-laws and other governing documents of the Corporation,
Members in good standing may be entitled to the following privileges:
a) To attend, participate, and vote at meetings of the Members;
b) To participate in the Corporation’s activities; and
c) To participate in other events associated with the Corporation.
2.17 Cease to be in Good Standing – Members that cease to be in good standing, as determined by the Board
(or designate) or a disciplinary panel, will not be entitled to vote at meetings of the Members or be entitled to the
benefits and privileges of membership until such time as the Board is satisfied that the Member has met the
definition of good standing.
ARTICLE III MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
3.1 Annual Meeting – The Corporation will hold meetings of Members at such date, time and place as
determined by the Board within the Province of Ontario. The Annual Meeting will be held within fifteen (15)
months of the last Annual Meeting and within six (6) months of the Corporation’s fiscal year end. Any Member,
upon request, will be provided, not less than twenty-one (21) days before the annual meeting, with a copy of the
approved financial statements, auditor’s report (if any) or review engagement report (if any).
3.2 Special Meeting – A Special Meeting of the Members may be called at any time by Ordinary Resolution of
the Board or upon the written requisition of ten percent (10%) or more of the voting Members for any purpose
connected with the affairs of the Corporation that does not fall within the exceptions listed in the Act or is
otherwise inconsistent with the Act, within twenty-one (21) days from the date of the deposit of the requisition.
3.3 Participation/Holding by Electronic Means – Any person entitled to attend a meeting of Members may
participate in the meeting by telephonic or electronic means that permit all participants to communicate
adequately with each other during the meeting if the Corporation makes such means available. A person so
participating in a meeting is deemed to be present at the meeting. The Board or Members, as the case may be,
may determine that the meeting be held entirely by telephonic or electronic means that permit all participants to
communicate adequately with each other during the meeting.
3.4 Notice – Written or electronic notice of the date of the Annual Meeting of the Members will be given to
all Members in good standing, Directors, and the Auditor (if appointed) at least ten (10) days and not more than
fifty (50) days prior to the date of the meeting. A further notice will be provided ten (10) days prior to the date of
the meeting containing a proposed agenda, and reasonable information to permit Members to make informed
decisions. The notices of Annual General Meetings shall contain invitations to submit nominations of the Board of
Directors, for the election at the Meeting, in accordance with section 4.12 below.
3.5 Waiver of Notice – Any person who is entitled to notice of a meeting of the Members may waive notice,
and attendance of the person at the meeting is a waiver of notice of the meeting, unless the person attends the
meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business on the grounds that the meeting
was not lawfully called in accordance with these By-laws.
3.6 Error or Omission in Giving Notice – No error or omission in giving notice of any meeting of the
Members shall invalidate the meeting or make void any proceedings taken at the meeting.
3.7 New Business – No other item of business will be included in the notice of the meeting of the Members
unless notice in writing of such other item of business, or a Member’s proposal, has been submitted to the Board
thirty (30) days prior to the meeting of the Members in accordance with procedures as approved by the Board.
Copies of all such proposals together with copies of any amendments thereto then proposed by the Board and
copies of all resolutions put forward by the Board shall be sent to all Members with the agenda and the notice
calling an Annual Meeting.
3.8 Quorum – Ten (10) voting Members present will constitute a quorum. If a quorum is present at the
opening of a meeting of the Members, the Members present may proceed with the business of the meeting, even
if a quorum is not present throughout the meeting.
3.9 Scrutineers – At the beginning of each meeting, the Board may appoint one or more scrutineers who will
be responsible for ensuring that votes are properly cast and counted.
3.10 Adjournments – With the majority consent of the Members present and after quorum is ascertained, the
Members may adjourn a meeting of Members and no notice is required for continuation of the meeting if the
meeting is held within thirty (30) days. Any business may be brought before or dealt with at any adjourned meeting
which might have been brought before or dealt with at the original meeting in accordance with the notice calling
3.11 Attendance – The only persons entitled to attend a meeting of the Members are the Members, the parents
or guardians of a Member if the Member is younger than 18 years old, delegates representing Members, the
Directors, the auditors of the Corporation (or the person who has been appointed to conduct a review
engagement, if any), and others who are entitled or required under any provision of the Act to be present at the
meeting. Any other person may be admitted only if invited by the Chair or with the majority consent of the
3.12 Chair – The President will be the Chair of all meetings of Members unless another individual is designated
by the President or appointed by the Board and approved by an Ordinary Resolution of the voting Members in
attendance in person or by proxy.
Voting at Meetings of Members
3.13 Voting Rights – Members in good standing at the time of the meeting of the Members at which a vote is
to be taken have the following voting rights at all meetings of the Members:
a) Regular Members have one vote each.
3.14 Voting Powers – Each voting Member may vote on every issue. For further clarity, Director Members vote
during elections (which includes a sitting Director Member voting on the issue of their re-election, if applicable).
3.15 Record Date for Voting – The Board may set a date as the record date for the purpose of determining
Members entitled to vote at any meeting of Members. The record date must not precede the date on which the
meeting is to be held by more than ten (10) days. If no record date is set, the record date is 5:00pm on the day
immediately preceding the first date on which the notice is sent or, if no notice is sent, the beginning of the
3.16 Voting on Fundamental Changes – Each class of Member is permitted to vote separately on fundamental
changes affecting the Corporation.
3.17 Proxy Voting – Proxy voting is not permitted.
3.18 Voting by Mail or Electronic Means – A Member may vote by or electronic means if:
a) The Corporation has made available a procedure that permits voting by electronic means;
b) The votes may be verified as having been made by the Member entitled to vote; and
c) The Corporation is not able to identify how each Member voted.
3.19 Determination of Votes – Votes will be determined by a show of hands, orally, or electronic ballot, except
in the case of elections which require a secret ballot, unless a secret or recorded ballot is requested by a Member.
3.20 Majority of Votes – Except as otherwise provided in these By-laws, the majority of votes will decide each
issue. In the case of a tie, the issue is defeated.
ARTICLE IV GOVERNANCE
Composition of the Board
4.1 Directors- The Board will consist of seven (7) Directors.
4.2 Composition of the Board – The Board will consist of the following:
d) Treasurer; and
e) Three (3) Directors at Large
4.3 Board Observer – The Corporation has the following Board Observers, who are not Directors but who
may attend meetings of the Board in a non-voting capacity, unless determined otherwise by the Board:
a) The Past President of the Corporation, provided this individual has been invited to serve in the position
and has been approved by Ordinary Resolution of the Board; and
b) Active Life Members
4.4 Directors-at-Large – Directors-at-Large may be appointed, by the Board, to serve as Directors of various
portfolios related to the operations of the Corporation (e.g., Vice President – House League, Sponsorship Director,
etc.). Directors-at-Large may have more than one portfolio and may be assigned and removed duties by Ordinary
Resolution of the Board.
4.5 Number of Directors – At least thirty (30) days prior to a meeting of the Members at which Directors will
be elected, the Board will determine the number of Director-at-Large positions on the Board provided that:
a) The Board has been empowered by the Members, by Special Resolution, to determine the number of
b) The number of Director-at-Large positions is at least three (3) and
c) The determination of the number of Director-at-Large positions on the Board does not have the effect
of shortening the term of a sitting Director.
Eligibility of Directors
4.6 Eligibility – To be eligible to serve as a Director, an individual must:
a) Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;
b) Not be a paid employee of the Corporation;
c) Not have been found under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 or under the Mental Health Act to be
incapable of managing property;
d) Have the power under law to contract;
e) Have not been declared incapable by a court in Canada or in another country; and
f) Not have the status of bankrupt.
Election of Directors
4.7 Nominations Committee – The Board may appoint a Nominations Committee. If appointed, The
Nominations Committee will be responsible to solicit and receive nominations for the election of the Directors.
4.8 Nomination – Any nomination of an individual for election as a Director will:
a) Include the written consent of the nominee by signed or electronic signature;
b) Comply with the procedures established by the Nominations Committee (if appointed); and
c) Be submitted to the Registered Office of the Corporation ten (10) days prior to the Annual Meeting.
This timeline may be extended by Ordinary Resolution of the Board.
4.9 Nominations from the Floor – If a position on the Board is vacant, an individual will be permitted to be
nominated from the floor for that position at a meeting of the Members. Such nomination will require a nominator
and seconder from the voting Members present and will also require the attendance at the meeting and verbal or
written acceptance of the nomination by the individual.
4.10 Circulation of Nominations – Valid nominations will be circulated to Members at the Annual Meeting prior
to the elections.
4.11 Election – At each meeting of the Members at which elections are held, elections will be held for any
Director position for which the incumbent Director’s term is expiring and/or any Director position that is vacant.
4.12 Election – Two (2) Directors will be elected at each Annual Meeting.
4.13 Election – Elections for each non-Director-at-Large position will be decided by Ordinary Resolution of the
Members in accordance with the following:
a) One Valid Nomination – Winner elected by Ordinary Resolution.
b) Two or More Valid Nominations – The nominee(s) receiving the greatest number of votes and an
Ordinary Resolution will be elected. In the case of a run-off ballot, the nominee receiving the fewest
votes will be deleted from the list of nominees and a second vote will be conducted. If there continues
to be a tie and more nominees than positions, the nominee receiving the fewest votes will be deleted
from the list of nominees until there remains the appropriate number of nominees for the position(s)
or until a winner is declared.
4.14 Director-at-Large Elections – Once Directors-at-Large are confirmed based on their applications, elections
for Director-at-Large positions will be decided by Ordinary Resolution of the Members in accordance with the
a) Equal number of Nominations and Available Positions – Winners elected by Ordinary Resolution.
b) More Nominations than Available Positions – The nominee(s) receiving the greatest number of votes
and an Ordinary Resolution will be elected. In the case of a tie or a run-off ballot, the nominee
receiving the fewest votes will be deleted from the list of nominees and a second vote will be
conducted. If there continues to be a tie and more nominees than positions, the nominee receiving
the fewest votes will be deleted from the list of nominees until there remains the appropriate number
of nominees for the position(s) or until a winner is declared.
4.15 Post-Election Eligibility – An elected Director who does not meet the eligibility requirements for election
as Director will have fourteen (14) days to become eligible for the position or will be removed as a Director of the
4.16 Terms – Directors will serve terms of three (3) years and will hold office until they or their successors have
been duly elected in accordance with these By-laws, unless they resign, or are removed from or vacate their office.
4.17 Director Consent – An individual who is elected or appointed to be a Director must consent in writing to
hold office as a Director before or within ten (10) days of their election or appointment. Any individual who does
not provide consent within the time limit is not a Director and is deemed not to have been elected or appointed
to hold office as a Director. The requirement to consent does not apply to a Director who is re-elected or
reappointed when there has been no break in their term of office.
Resignation and Removal of Directors
4.18 Resignation – A Director may resign from the Board at any time by presenting their notice of resignation
to the Board. This resignation will become effective the date on which the notice is received by the Secretary or
at the time specified in the notice, whichever is later. When a Director who is subject to a disciplinary investigation
or action of the Corporation resigns, that Director will nonetheless be subject to any sanctions or consequences
resulting from the disciplinary investigation or action.
4.19 Vacate Office – The office of any Director will be vacated automatically if:
a) The Director resigns;
b) The Director is found to be incapable of managing property by a court or under Ontario law;
c) The Director is found by a court to be incapable;
d) The Director becomes bankrupt; or
e) The Director dies.
4.20 Removal – An elected Director may be removed by Ordinary Resolution of the Members at a Special
Meeting of the Members provided the Director has been given reasonable written notice of, and the opportunity
to be present and to be heard at, such a meeting.
Filling a Vacancy on the Board
4.21 Vacancy – When the position of a Director becomes vacant for whatever reason and there is still a quorum
of Directors, the Board may appoint a qualified individual to fill the position for the remainder of the term.
Alternatively, the Board may decide, by Ordinary Resolution, that one or more Directors will execute the duties of
the vacant Director position for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Meetings of the Board
4.22 Call of Meeting – A meeting of the Board will be held at any time and place as determined by the President
or by written requisition of at least three (3) Directors.
4.23 Chair – The President will be the Chair of all meetings of the Board unless another individual is designated
to be the Chair by the President. In the absence of the President, or if the meeting of the Board was not called by
the President, the Vice President (or designate) will be the Chair of the meeting.
4.24 Notice – Written notice, served other than by mail, of meetings of the Board will be given to all Directors
at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled meeting. Notice served by mail will be sent at least ten (10) days prior
to the meeting. No notice of a meeting of the Board is required if all Directors waive notice, or if those absent
consent to the meeting being held in their absence. If a quorum of Directors is present, each newly elected or
appointed Board may, without notice, hold its first meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting of the
4.25 Board Meeting With New Directors – For a first meeting of the Board held immediately following the
election of Directors at a meeting of the Members, or for a meeting of the Board at which a Director is appointed
to fill a vacancy on the Board, it is not necessary to give notice of the meeting to the newly elected or appointed
4.26 Number of Meetings – The Board will hold at least four (4) meetings per year.
4.27 Quorum – At any meeting of the Board, quorum will be a majority of Directors holding office.
4.28 Voting – Each Director is entitled to one vote. Voting will be by a show of hands, written, or orally unless
at least one (1) Director present requests a secret ballot. Resolutions will be passed by Ordinary Resolution. In the
case of a tie, the resolution is defeated.
4.29 No Alternate Directors – No person shall act for an absent Director at a meeting of the Board.
4.30 Written Resolutions – A resolution in writing signed by all the Directors is as valid as if it had been passed
at a meeting of the Board.
4.31 Attendance at Meetings – Meetings of the Board will be closed to Members and the public except by
invitation of the Board.
4.32 Meetings by Telecommunications – A meeting of the Board may be held by telephone conference call or
by means of other telecommunications technology. Directors who participate in a meeting by telecommunications
technology are considered to have attended the meeting.
Duties of Directors
4.33 Standard of Care – Every Director will:
a) Act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation; and
b) Exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable
Powers of the Board
4.34 Powers of the Corporation – Except as otherwise provided in the Act or these By-laws, the Board has the
powers of the Corporation and may delegate any of its powers, duties, and functions.
4.35 Empowered – The Board is empowered, including but not limited to:
a) Make policies and procedures or manage the affairs of the Corporation for the purpose of furthering
the objects and purposes of the Corporation in accordance with the Act and these By-laws;
b) Make policies and procedures relating to the discipline of Members, and have the authority to
discipline Members in accordance with such policies and procedures;
c) Make policies and procedures relating to the management of disputes within the Corporation and
deal with disputes in accordance with such policies and procedures;
d) Employ or engage under contract such persons as it deems necessary to carry out the work of the
e) Determine registration procedures, determine membership fees, and determine other registration
f) Enable the Corporation to receive donations, benefits, bequests, distribution of investment capital
and income for the purpose of furthering the objects and purposes of the Corporation;
g) Make expenditures for the purpose of furthering the objects and purposes of the Corporation;
h) Invest funds for the purpose of furthering the objects and purposes of the Corporation;
i) Manage the Corporation’s assets and resources expenditures for the purpose of furthering the objects
and purposes of the Corporation;
j) Borrow money upon the credit of the Corporation as it deems necessary in accordance with these Bylaws; and
k) Perform any other duties from time to time as may be in the best interests of the Corporation.
ARTICLE V OFFICERS
5.1 Composition – The Officers will be the President, Secretary, Registrar, and Treasurer.
5.2 Term – The term of the Officers will be one (1) year or until they or their successors are elected or
5.3 Election – The Officers of the Corporation will be elected by the Board of Directors. At the first meeting of
the Board of Directors held following the election of new Directors, the Directors will elect a President, Vice
President, Secretary/Registrar, and Treasurer. They shall take office immediately.
5.4 Voting – Directors may nominate themselves for any Officer position. Elections will begin with the
election for President. Once a Director is elected to an Officer position, they may not nominate themselves for
another Officer position. Elections will be decided by majority vote of the Directors in accordance with the
a) One Valid Nominee for an Office – Winner declared by acclamation.
b) Two or More Valid Nominees for an Office – Winner is the nominee receiving the greatest number
of votes. In the case of a tie, a runoff vote will be conducted. Only those nominees who were tied for
the most number of votes will appear on the run-off ballot. The nominee receiving the greatest
number of votes will be declared the winner. Additional runoff votes may occur if required.
5.5 Duties – The duties of Officers are as follows:
a) The President will be the chair of the Board, will preside at the Annual and Special Meetings of the
Corporation and at meetings of the Board unless otherwise designated, will be the official
spokesperson of the Corporation, will oversee and supervise office staff, and will perform such other
duties as may from time to time be established by the Board.
b) The Vice President will, in the absence or disability of the President, perform the duties and exercise
the powers of the President, and will perform such other duties as may from time to time be
established by the Board.
c) The Secretary/Registrar will be responsible for the documentation of all amendments to the
Corporation’s By-laws, will ensure that all official documents and records of the Corporation are
properly kept, cause to be recorded the minutes of all meetings, will prepare and submit to each
meeting of the Members and other meetings a report of all activities since the previous meeting of
the Members or other meetings, will give due notice to all Members of the meeting of the Members
of the Corporation, and will perform such other duties as may from time to time be established by the
d) The Treasurer will, subject to the powers and duties of the Board, file all financial and corporate
returns required by the Act and any other provincial or federal legislation in accordance with
applicable legislation, keep proper accounting records as required by the Act, will cause to be
deposited all monies received by the Corporation in the Corporation’s bank account, will supervise
the management and the disbursement of funds of the Corporation, when required will provide the
Board with an account of financial transactions and the financial position of the Corporation, will
prepare annual budgets, and will perform such other duties as may from time to time be established
by the Board.
5.6 Delegation of Duties – At the discretion of the Officer and with approval by Ordinary Resolution of the
Board, any Officer may delegate any duties of that office to appropriate staff or committee of the Corporation, or
to another Officer or Director.
5.7 Removal – An Officer may be removed by Ordinary Resolution at a meeting of the Board or of the
Members, provided the Officer has been given notice of and the opportunity to be present and to be heard at the
meeting where such Ordinary Resolution is put to a vote. If the Officer is removed by the Members, their position
as a Director (if applicable) will automatically and simultaneously be terminated.
5.8 Vacancy – Where the position of an Officer becomes vacant for whatever reason and there is still a quorum
of Directors, the Board may, by Ordinary Resolution, appoint a qualified individual to fill the vacancy for the
remainder of the vacant position’s term of office.
5.9 Other Officers – The Board may determine other Officer positions and appoint individuals to fill those
positions. Other Officers need not be Directors.
ARTICLE VI COMMITTEES
6.1 Appointment of Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees – The Board may appoint such standing and ad-hoc
committees as it deems necessary for managing the affairs of the Corporation. The Board may appoint members
of these committees or provide for the election of members of these committees, may prescribe the duties and
terms of reference of these committees, and may delegate to any of these committees any of its powers, duties,
6.2 Composition – The Board may appoint and remove any member of a standing or ad-hoc committee at any
time and for any reason.
6.3 President Ex-officio – The President will be an ex-officio and non-voting member of all standing and adhoc committees of the Corporation.
6.4 Debts – No committee will have the authority to incur debts in the name of the Corporation.
ARTICLE VII FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT
7.1 Fiscal Year – Unless otherwise determined by the Board, the fiscal year of the Corporation will be October
1st to September 30th
7.2 Bank – The banking business of the Corporation will be conducted at such financial institution as the Board
7.3 Auditors – At each Annual Meeting the Members may appoint an auditor to audit or conduct a review
engagement of the books, accounts and records of the Corporation in accordance with the Act. The auditor will
hold office until the next Annual Meeting. The auditor will not be an employee, Officer, or Director of the
Corporation and must be permitted to conduct an audit or review engagement of the Corporation under the Public
Accounting Act, 2004, as amended. When the Corporation’s revenue for the previous fiscal year was less than the
amount prescribed in the Act, the Members may decline, by Extraordinary Resolution, to appoint an auditor.
Alternatively, when the Corporation’s revenue for the previous fiscal year was greater than the amount prescribed
in the Act, the Members may, by Extraordinary Resolution, chose to conduct a review engagement in lieu of an
7.4 Annual Financial Statements – The Directors will approve financial statements (evidenced by signature of
one or more Directors) of the Corporation of the last fiscal year of the Corporation but not more than six (6)
months before the Annual Meeting and present the approved financial statements before the Members at every
Annual Meeting. A copy of the Annual Financial Statements will be provided to any Member requesting a copy of
the Financial Statements not less than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. The Financial Statements will
a) The financial statements;
b) The auditor’s report or review engagement (if any); and
c) Any further information respecting the financial position of the Corporation.
7.5 Books and Records – The necessary books and records of the Corporation required by these By-laws or by
applicable law will be necessarily and properly kept. The books and records include, but are not limited to:
a) The Corporation’s articles and By-laws;
b) The minutes of meetings of the Members and of any committee of Members;
c) The resolutions of the Members and of any committee of Members;
d) The minutes of meetings of the Directors or any committee of Directors;
e) The resolutions of the Directors and of any committee of Directors;
f) A register of Directors;
g) A register of Officers;
h) A register of Members; and
i) Account records adequate to enable the Directors to ascertain the financial position of the
Corporation on a quarterly basis.
7.6 Minutes of meetings of the Board and Board Resolutions – Minutes of meetings of the Board and Board
Resolutions are confidential and may only be open for inspection by Members in good standing by request to the
7.7 Signing Authority – The signing authority of the Corporation shall be vested in the Officers of the
Corporation and such other persons as the Board, by Ordinary Resolution, may authorize in specific instances. The
signatures or electronic authorization of any two of these Officers or persons shall be required on any financial
instrument of the Corporation.
7.8 Property – The Corporation may acquire, lease, sell, or otherwise dispose of securities, lands, buildings,
or other property, or any right or interest therein, for such consideration and upon such terms and conditions as
the Board may determine. Authorization of the acquisition, lease, sale, or otherwise dealing with real property
transactions shall require the approval of a Special Resolution by the Members.
7.9 Borrowing – The Corporation may borrow funds under such terms and conditions as the Board may
determine, as permitted by the Act.
7.10 Borrowing Restriction – The Members may, by Special Resolution, restrict the borrowing powers of the
Board but a restriction so imposed expires at the next Annual Meeting.
7.11 No Remuneration – All Directors, Officers and members of committees will serve their term of office
without remuneration (unless approved at a meeting of the Members) except for reimbursement of expenses as
approved by the Board. This section does not preclude a Director or member of a committee from providing goods
or services to the Corporation under contract or for purchase and the Umpire in Chief, provided they are not
scheduling the Umpires. The Umpire in Chief in any event may not umpire more than the average number of
games assigned to equally certified umpires. Any Director or member of a committee will disclose the
conflict/potential conflict in accordance with these By-laws.
Conflict of Interest
7.12 Conflict of Interest – A Director, Officer or member of a committee who has an interest, or who may be
perceived as having an interest, in a proposed contract or transaction with the Corporation will disclose fully and
promptly the nature and extent of such interest to the Board or Committee, as the case may be, will refrain from
voting or speaking in debate on such contract or transaction, will refrain from influencing the decision on such
contract or transaction, and will otherwise comply with the requirements of the Act regarding conflict of interest.
ARTICLE VIII AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS
8.1 Voting – These By-laws may only be amended, revised, repealed or added to by:
a) Subject to Article XII (when applicable):
i. By Ordinary Resolution of the Board. The new, amended, or revised By-law is effective until the
next meeting of the Members and, except for those amendments that are considered
fundamental changes, the voting Members may confirm, reject or amend the By-laws by Ordinary
Resolution. A new, amended, or revised By-law that is not ratified by the Members ceases to have
effect and no new By-law of the same or like substance has any effect until ratified at a meeting
of the Members; or
ii. By a Member entitled to vote who may make a proposal to make, amend, or repeal a By-law in
accordance with the Act which requires at least sixty (60) days’ notice. The new, amended, or
repealed By-law will be submitted to the Members at the next meeting of Members and, except
for those amendments that are considered fundamental changes, the voting Members may
confirm, reject or amend the By-laws by Ordinary Resolution.
ARTICLE IX NOTICE
9.1 Written Notice – In these By-laws, written notice will mean notice which is hand-delivered or provided by
mail, electronic mail or courier to the address of record of the individual, Director, Officer, or Member, as
applicable. It is the obligation of the Director, Officer or Member (as applicable) to provide a current address for
notification under this provision to the Board.
9.2 Date of Notice – Date of notice will be the date on which receipt of the notice is confirmed verbally where
the notice is hand-delivered, electronically where the notice is faxed or emailed, or in writing where the notice is
couriered, or in the case of notice that is provided by mail, five (5) days after the date the mail is post-marked.
9.3 Error in Notice – The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting of the Board or of the Members, the
failure of any Director or Member to receive notice, or an error in any notice which does not affect its substance
will not invalidate any action taken at the meeting.
ARTICLE X DISSOLUTION
10.1 Dissolution – Upon dissolution of the Corporation and after payment of all debts and liabilities, its
remaining property shall be distributed to charitable and/or not-for-profit organizations which carry on their work
in a similar capacity as Martingrove Baseball Inc solely in the province of Ontario.
ARTICLE XI INDEMNIFICATION
11.1 Will Indemnify – The Corporation will indemnify and hold harmless out of the funds of the Corporation
each Director and any individual who acts at the Corporation’s request in a similar capacity, their heirs, executors
and administrators from and against any and all claims, charges, expenses, demands, actions or costs, including
an amount paid to settle an action or satisfy a judgment, which may arise or be incurred as a result of occupying
the position or performing the duties of a Director or and any individual who acts at the Corporation’s request in
a similar capacity.
11.2 Will Not Indemnify – The Corporation will not indemnify a Director or any individual who acts at the
Corporation’s request in a similar capacity for acts of fraud, dishonesty, bad faith, breach of any statutory duty or
responsibility imposed upon them under the Act. For further clarity, the Corporation will not indemnify an
a) The individual acted honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation;
b) If the matter is a criminal or administrative proceeding that is enforced by a monetary penalty, the
individual had reasonable grounds for believing that their conduct was lawful.
11.3 Insurance – The Corporation will maintain in force Directors and Officers liability insurance at all times.
ARTICLE XII FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES
12.1 Fundamental Changes – Under the jurisdiction of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, a Special
Resolution of all Members (whether voting or non-voting) is required to make the following fundamental changes
to the By-laws or articles of the Corporation. Fundamental Changes are defined as follows:
a) Change the Corporation’s name;
b) Add, change or remove any restriction on the activities that the Corporation may carry on;
c) Create a new category of Members;
d) Change a condition required for being a Member;
e) Change the designation of any category of Members or add, change or remove any rights and
conditions of any such category;
f) Divide any category of Members into two or more categories and fix the rights and conditions of each
g) Add, change or remove a provision respecting the transfer of a membership;
h) Increase or decrease the number of, or the minimum or maximum number of, Directors;
i) Change the purposes of the Corporation;
j) Change to whom the property remaining on liquidation after the discharge of any liabilities of the
Corporation is to be distributed;
k) Change the manner of giving notice to Members entitled to vote at a meeting of Members;
l) Change the method of voting by Members not in attendance at a meeting of the Members; or
m) Add, change or remove any other provision that is permitted by the Act.
ARTICLE XIII REGISTRANTS
13.1 Registrants – Martingrove Baseball Association has the following categories of Registrants, who are not
necessarily Members, but who must register with the Association and pay fees as determined by the Board (or, if
the Registrant is younger than 18 years old, who must have a parent/guardian register and pay fees on behalf of
a) Athlete – An individual who participates with the Association as a player.
b) Coach – An individual who participates with the Association as a coach.
c) Official – An individual who umpires games with the Association.
13.2 Year – Unless otherwise determined by the Board, the registration term of Registrants begins on the date
the Board accepts the Registrant’s registration and ends on December 1st or when the Registrant resigns or is
terminated from registration.
13.3 Fees – Registrant fees will be determined annually by the Board.
13.4 Deadline – Registrants will be notified in writing of the fees payable, and if they are not paid within sixty
(60) days of a date specified by the Board, the Registrant in default will automatically cease to be a Registrant with
13.5 Discipline – A Registrant may be suspended or expelled from the Association in accordance with the
Association’s By-laws, policies, and procedures relating to discipline of Registrants.
13.6 May Not Resign – A Registrant may not resign from the Association if the Registrant is subject to
disciplinary investigation or action.
13.6 Expulsion and Resignation – A Registrant ceases to be a Registrant if:
a) The Registrant fails to maintain any of the qualifications or conditions of being a Registrant described
in Section 6.1;
b) The Registrant resigns from the Association by giving written notice to the Association in which case
the resignation becomes effective on the date specified in the resignation. The Registrant will be
responsible for all fees payable until the actual withdrawal becomes effective;
c) The Registrant fails to pay fees owed to the Association by the deadline dates prescribed in Section
d) The Registrant fails to comply with Association’s registration policies or applicable policies;
e) The Registrant’s term of registration expires; or
f) The Association is liquidated.
13.7 Definition – A Registrant with the Association will be in good standing provided that the Registrant:
a) Has not ceased to be a Registrant;
b) Has not been suspended, resigned or been expelled, or had other restrictions or sanctions imposed;
c) Has completed and remitted all documents as required by the Association;
d) Has complied with the By-laws, policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the Association;
e) Is not subject to a disciplinary investigation or action by the Association, or if subject to disciplinary
action previously, has fulfilled all terms and conditions of such disciplinary action to the satisfaction
of the Board; and
f) Has paid all required fees to the Association.
13.8 Cease to be in Good Standing – Registrants who cease to be in good standing may have privileges
suspended and will not be entitled to the benefits and privileges of registration until such time as the Board is
satisfied that the Registrant has met the definition of good standing.
ARTICLE XIV ADOPTION OF THESE BY-LAWS
14.1 Ratification – These By-laws were ratified by the Members of the Corporation at a meeting of Members
duly called and held on November 28th, 2023
14.2 Repeal of Prior By-laws – In ratifying these By-laws, the Members of the Corporation repeal all prior Bylaws of the Corporation provided that such repeal does not impair the validity of any action done pursuant to the
MARTINGROVE BASEBALL INC.
BY-LAW #2 – BOARD TRANSITION
15.1 Board Transition – This By-law #2 is enacted, and the following sections of the Corporation’s By-laws will
be temporarily repealed to the extent necessary to give effect to the provisions of this By-law #2 until this By-law
#2 is repealed:
a) 4.13 – Election
b) 4.18 – Terms
15.2 Elections and Expirations at Annual Meetings – The following elections and changes will occur at the next
three (3) Annual Meetings of the Corporation:
a) 2023 Meeting
i. President, Treasurer and one (1) Director-at Large – 3 Year Term
ii. Secretary, and one (1) Director-at-Large – 2 Year Term
iii. Registrar and one (1) Director-at-Large – 1 Year Term
b) 2024 Meeting
i. Registrar and one (1) Director-at-Large – 3 Year Term
c) 2025 Meeting
i. Secretary, and one (1) Director-at-Large – 3 Year Term
15.3 Repeal of this By-law #2 – After the elections at the 2025 Annual Meeting, the Board transition period will
have completed, and this By-law #2 should be repealed.