Act of Incorporation

The Canadian Medical Protective Association
Founded at the Thirty-fourth Annual Meeting of the Canadian Medical Association held at Winnipeg August 28th, 29th and 30th, 1901

An Act to Incorporate The Canadian Medical Protective Association
3-4 George V. Chap. 91
As passed by the House of Commons, 27th February, 1913, and assented to May 16th, 1913

Preamble   Whereas a petition has been presented praying that it be enacted as hereinafter set forth, and it is expedient to grant the prayer of the said petitition: therefore His Majesty by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Corporate Name
1. Robert Wynyard Powell, of the City of Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario, J. Oliver Camirand, of the City of Sherbrooke, in the Province of Quebec, J. Fenton Argue, and John Dickson Courtenay, of the said City of Ottawa, Thomas G. Roddick, and E. Persillier Lachapelle, of the City of Montreal, in the Province of Quebec, Alexander Primrose and Edmund E. King, of the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, all physicians, and all other members of the present unincorporated society known as "The Canadian Medical Protective Association", together with such other persons as may become members of the association hereby incorporated are hereby incorporated under the name "The Canadian Medical Protective Association", hereinafter called "the Association".
Officers and Committee 2. The present officers and executive committee and the provincial executives of the said unincorporated society shall continue to be the officers, executive committee and provincial executives respectively of the Association with all the powers by the said existing constitution, bylaws and rules of the said unincorporated society, until replaced by others in accordance with the constitution, by-laws and regulations of the Association.
Head Office

Proviso to change of head office
3. The head office of the Association shall be at the City of Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario but the Association may by by-law change the head office to any other place in Canada: Provided that no such by-law shall be valid or acted upon unless it is approved by the vote of at least two-thirds of such of the members as are present in person at the annual general meeting of the members of the Association, or at a special general meeting duly called for considering such by-laws, nor until a copy of such by-law certified under the seal of the association has been deposited in the Department of the Secretary of state of Canada and published in the Canada Gazette.
Objects 4. The objects of the Association shall be —
(a) to support, maintain and protect the honour, character and interest of its members;
(b) to encourage honourable practice of the medical profession;
(c) to give advice and assistance to and defend and assist in the defence of members of the Association in cases where proceedings of any kind are unjustly brought or threatened against them;
(d) to promote and support all measures likely to improve the practice of medicine.
Powers 5. The Association may for the purposes of carrying out the objects defined in Section 4:
Real Estate(a) acquire by purchase, lease, gift, legacy or otherwise and own and hold any real or personal estate and property, rights or privileges, and sell, manage, develop, lease, mortgage, dispose of or otherwise deal therewith in such manner as may be determined; provided that the annual value of the real estate held by the Association shall not exceed the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars;
Promissory Limitation
Notes, etc(b) make, accept, draw, endorse, and execute bills of exchange, promissory notes, and other negotiable instruments;
Investment of funds(c) invest the surplus funds of the Association in such manner and upon such securities as may be determined;
Borrowing(d) borrow money as and when required for the purposes of the Association;
General(e) do such other lawful acts and things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects of the Association.
By-Laws 6. The Association in general meeting may pass rules and by-laws not contrary to law or the provisions of this Act.
When in Force 7. The by-laws of the association shall not come into force until they have been deposited in the Department of the Secretary of State, been published in the Canada Gazette and received the sanction of the Governor in Council and until one month has elapsed after such publication.
Existing Charters not Affected 8. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to encroach upon the rights and privileges conferred upon any association of physicians having a charter from the legislature of any province of Canada.


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