June 10 2016

Governance Motions: A Look at Motion 2 and Proposed Change in BCRU Voting Structure

posted Jun 10 2016
[ed. comments below. the BCRU AGM page is at bcrugby.com/agm]

The BCRU AGM happens on Saturday at BC Place ahead of the Canada v Japan match. Last year the Seattle question took top billing, this year it looks like BCRU Governance motions are the focus.

There are 7 Governance motions proposed by the BCRU, they can be viewed here.

The most interesting and likely the one to get the most debate will be Motion 2. The BCRU are proposing a change in voting structure from the existing system which is based on the number of teams to the number of registered members each club has.

Under the current structure the number of rugby teams you run determines the number of votes, for example, Capilano run 13 teams, plus minis so get 15 votes (+1 for every member). James Bay runs 3 teams and gets 4 votes. In terms of percentage Caps currently have 6.38% which is the largest percentage and the Bays have 1.7%.

Under the new system they won’t consider the number of rugby teams but the number of paid members and this includes players, coaches, managers and officers. The wording is below. There will be one vote for each 10 paid members.

The Directors will assign votes to each Club based on the number of Individual Members from their Club who are registered with BC Rugby as of March 31. One vote will be assigned for each 10 Members registered from the Club. For voting at an extraordinary general meeting, the vote allocation will be the same as at the most recent Annual General Meeting.

(a) Only Voting Members in good standing shall be entitled to vote at meetings of the Members.
(b) Each Voting Member shall be entitled to one vote for every 10 qualified BC Rugby Individual Members affiliated to that Voting Member. The number of Voting Members votes is calculated based on the number of affiliated
Individual Members who are one of more of the following:
(i) A registered player, excluding two week visitors;
(ii) A registered coach who holds current certificates in World Rugby's Concussion Management for the General Public and Rugby Ready;
(iii) A registered team manager who holds current certificates in World Rugby's Concussion Management for the General Public and Rugby Ready; and
(iv) A registered Club officer who holds current certificates in World Rugby's Concussion Management for the General Public and Rugby Ready.

For the purpose of vote calculation, each qualified Individual Member may only be counted once. The number of votes will be 'rounded to the nearest whole number' (eg. a Voting Member with 44 qualified Individual Members will receive 4 votes, a Voting Member with 45 qualified Individual Members will receive 5 votes.)


This seems to be a move by the BCRU to link voting influence to revenue. There's no mentioned limit on the number of registered officers a club can have so theoretically a club could have one rugby team and many officers and have a large voting influence. Teams running large mini programs would benefit as long as all individuals are registered and paid up with the BCRU.

The BCRU has published a comparison of votes under the old system and the proposed new system, that document can be viewed here.

Winners and Losers

The biggest winners in terms of clubs are Capilano and CW. Caps are already the highest percentage at 6.38% but now rise to 10.29%. CW currently sit at a respectable 3.83% but double up to 7.62% which represents the second highest percentage. Other notable winners are Meralomas, Westshore, and Abbotsford. Many small clubs coming out the losing end, for example, the nine clubs of the Interior as a group go down from an influence of 7.66% to 2.57%.

In terms of regions the Island are the big winner going from 18.3% to 24.57% mostly due to CW and Westshore gains. The Valley loses a bit of traction going from 24.26% to 23.62%, while the VRU mainland gains going from 37.45% to 42.46% mostly due to Capilanos surge.

It's likely any club that comes out ahead in the proposal will vote to support the motion also some clubs who feel they may benefit under the new system with a few tweaks like increasing minis or registered officers may also go with the yes vote. Island clubs are more likely to support since it raises the regions percentage while Valley and Interior clubs may be less supportive. Vancouver clubs may be split depending on how they benefit.

It should be an interesting vote and no doubt will be important to CEO Annabel Kehoe as a sign of support for her new term in that office.

Pemberton Holmes
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