New Canadian association needs your support
About 30 Canadians representing several provinces met to talk about next steps for the formation of the Canadian National Ground Water Association.
Craig Stainton, executive director of the Ontario Ground Water Association, updated the group on the current state of the new association. August 2019 is the earliest the new association may incorporate as the Canadian National Ground Water Association, Stainton said. Another option is to operate as a numbered company.
It was decided among the group that if the bylaws are ready before August they will proceed with plans to operate as a numbered company; if the bylaws are not ready until August they will proceed with incorporation.
Johnny Wilson of J.B. Wilson and Son Well Drilling in Springfield, Ont., provided an update on the connection with the University of Windsor. The university’s Earth and Environmental Sciences department, led by Joel Gagnon, has provided the new association with an office with desks, storage, phones and other amenities.
A committee was struck, led by Wilson, to help review their former bylaws, review not-for-profit legislation and develop new bylaws. Those wishing to volunteer for the committe should contact Wilson or Stainton directly.
Stainton noted that Ontario and B.C. associations have registered as affiliate association members of the NGWA and encouraged Canadians to join either of these affiliate associations or register with NGWA as a Canadian if they are from one of the other provinces or territories.
The group is requesting donations from contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and others allied to the industry to help with association startup costs, including the cost of legal work and incorporation. Donations to the “CNGWA Fund” are being gratefully accepted through the Ontario Ground Water Association:
232 Central Avenue
London, ON N6A 1M8
Phone: 519-245-7194, ext. 101
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