GPA 2016 AGM and Policy Convention

September 30, October 1-2, SAIT Campus, Calgary

Save the Date and RSVP Now

The Green Party of Alberta’s Annual General Meeting will be Saturday, October 1.
The Policy Convention will be Sunday, October 2.
Both will be in Calgary, on the SAIT campus.

On Friday evening, September 30, there will be an informal get-together with the Leader and other Greens at a local restaurant or pub, location TBD.

The key information about

  • food and costs
  • the highly satisfying act of sending your RSVP ASAP
  • voting
  • running for office
  • nominating someone
  • proposing constitutional amendments
  • offering policy suggestions

is below.

The theme this year is Urban Sustainability

Program details will follow.

Food and costs

Members, no registration costs.

Non-members, $25, or buy a 3-year membership upon arrival.

Buffet lunch each day: Members, non-members, new members, please make a donation to cover costs.

Saturday evening dinner costs TBD.

RSVP! We must know how many are coming

in order to make arrangements for catering and fix costs with SAIT. Reply to

If you need a ride from out of town, or you can offer one, please ask about carpooling.

SAIT is on the C-Train route and very easy to get to from inside Calgary.

The nearest abundant accommodation is Motel Village, where there is a wide range of choices. Book early to avoid being shut out by football fans. There is a game on Saturday afternoon and Motel Village is right across the road from the stadium.

Of course, Calgary has many other accommodation options.

Voting information for members

Executive Council elections will be held for Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and up to three Members at Large.

Members will receive the biographies of the candidates and a ballot.

Policy proposals will be sent before the meeting as well.

Running for office and nominating someone else to run

Role of Executive Council Members

Election to any position on the Executive Council carries significant authority and responsibility for the party. The Executive Council conducts all business of the party between general meetings. The Executive Council is bound to uphold the principles, objectives and policies of the party and enforce its Constitution and Bylaws.

All executive members are expected to attend meetings regularly and serve on at least one committee. Officers of the party have additional specific responsibilities:

  • The President is responsible for the administration of the party including general meeting and executive meeting notices and agendas.
  • The Vice-President assists the President as needed and substitutes when the President is unavailable.
  • The Secretary is responsible for maintaining the party’s primary documents and other records except for those kept by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
  • The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the financial affairs, records and accounts of the party including required reports to Elections Alberta and to the party executive and members at general meetings.

Elections to the Executive Council are for a two-year term.

  • The Leader is the official spokesperson for the party on policy and plays a significant role in policy development and election planning. There will not be a Leader Review at this AGM.

Requirements for Nominating Election Candidates 2016

Nominations are to be submitted to no later than August 31, 2016. Earlier is safer. A nomination must include:

  • the names, emails and phone numbers of at least three nominators who are party members, one of whom may be the person nominated. Recruiting new members for the purpose is fine. The Executive can help find nominators for potential candidates who aren’t sure about who is or is not a party member.
  • name, email and phone number of the person nominated and the position for which they are running.
  • a statement of biographical information, relevant experience and reason for running (maximum 250 words).

Submitting resolutions to AGM or Policy Convention

Resolutions must be submitted no later than August 31, 2016. Three kinds of resolutions may be submitted to this Annual General Meeting and Policy Convention:

  • resolutions that are directives to the Executive Council
  • resolutions to modify the constitution or bylaws
  • resolutions to add to or amend policy.

Submit your proposed resolution to

Policy submissions should include relevant background, how the resolution fits with existing GPA policy, if there is any in the same area (existing policy is on the GPA website), the rationale, and the resolution itself (maximum 500 words). A resolution should be accompanied by the names and contact information of a mover and seconder who are party members.

These rules and regulations are required for organizing the AGM – but there will be lots more to it, both social and educational.

You’re invited to make it bigger, better and more fun!