The Association of Chinese-Canadian Architects and Professional Engineers (ACCAPE).
The Association of Chinese-Canadian Architects and Professional Engineers (ACCAPE) seeks to enhance interactions in research, education, regulation, and business practices in architectural design, engineering and other related areas.
To facilitate the career and professional development for our members.
- To enhance communication between Canada and China in research, education, regulation, building design, and business practices in architecture, engineering, and/or related fields.
- To facilitate the Career and professional development of members in related fields.
- To provide opportunities for interaction and networking among the Architects and Professional Engineers in Canada and China.
- To encourage and guide newcomers to pursue a Canadian professional career.
- To give back to our communities
- The Association encourages members to develop their career path and professional competency in conformity with Bylaws.
- The Association welcomes opportunities, which conform to this By-law and the interests of the Association members, in such forms as joint research projects, education programs, publications or any others, in architecture, engineering, and/or related fields.
- The Association provides opportunities to members to understand both Canadian and Chinese Architectural and engineering practices, learn the differences in building code and culture, as well as to encourage members to actively participate in Canadian and Chinese building design and construction industry.
- The Association sets up charity funds to assist students in building industry.
Board of Directors
- A member of the Association is elected to be a director with at least an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members at a general meeting duly called for the purpose of general election. A member of the Board of Directors is elected with a regular term of TWO (2) years.
- The Board of Directors appoints the President and approves the appointments of other members in the Executive Committee nominated by the President. The Board of Directors also appoints the Board of Arbitration and the Advisors in the Advisory Committee.
- The Board of Directors may request at any time to conduct an internal or external audit of the financial statements of the Association or to review the performance of the Executive Committee or to call for an early or regular election by calling a general meeting.
- The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is elected by the Board of Directors by a full vote. The term of the CEO is ONE (1) year.
- If a member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee does not respond to 3 formal notices from the Board, he/she is deemed to resign, and the Association may update the article, registration and minutes books without the subject member’s written consent.
Board of Arbitration
- The Board of Directors appoints the Board of Arbitration with a regular term of TWO (2) years. The members of the Board of Arbitration should not be in the Executive Committee.
- At the request of the Board of Directors, the Board of Arbitration handles members’ complaints, disputes and other issues that cannot be settled by the Executive Committee and are within the jurisdiction of the Association.
- The Board of Arbitration cannot hand out a verdict or resolution if the matter is out of the jurisdiction of the Association.
- The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is elected with a regular term of ONE (1) years, and can be extended by the Board of Directors. The President appoints the members in the Executive Committee, which is subject to the approval of the Board of Director. The Executive Committee is responsible for daily operations and project executions of the Association.
- The Executive Committee may authorize the use of funds within a limit set by the Board of Directors. For the spending plans over the limit, the Executive Committee needs approval in advance from the Board of Directors.
- The Executive Committee may set certain internal regulations and guidelines regarding the spending of budget and cost control.
- A distinguished scholar, politician or business leader who supports the ideas of the Association may be nominated by any member of the Association to the Advisory Committee.
- The nomination of the Advisory must be approved by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board of Directors.
Fund and Property:
- The ACCAPE shall be carried on without the purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other accretions to the corporation shall be used in furtherance of its purposes.
- No officer, Director or any member of the Association is entitled to any direct or indirect financial benefits from the Association’s funds or property, as defined by the non-profit organization.
- All the contributions, membership dues and incomes from services provided by the Association can only be used for covering the expenses of the projects organized by the Association, the office operation costs such as office and equipment rentals, office personnel costs, publications and websites maintenance, etc.
- The expenses for any project carried by the Association can be either a fixed amount set by the Executive Committee prior to the start of the project, or is variable pending on the situations, but the expenses must be approved by the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors.
- The Association’s finances and assets are managed by the Board of Directors. A treasurer is appointed by the Executive Committee to take care of daily accounting activities.
- All the account activities must be clearly recorded for annual audit and tax filing.
- The limited expenditures must be approved by at least TWO (2) members of the Executive Committee.
- The financial report shall be submitted to the Executive Committee on the current status of assets and liabilities at least once a year.
Exercise of Borrowing Powers:
1. The Association may borrow for purposes of carrying out its operations, upon the approval of the ALL the members of the Board of Directors, up to Fifty percent (50%) of the guaranteed funds to be advanced to the Association at that given time.
2. The fiscal year of the Association shall be the twelve consecutive months ending December 31.