The Entomological Society of Alberta (ESA) is incorporated under Alberta’s Societies Act.

The By-laws of the ESA can be found below. The By-laws deal with membership, the constitution and duties of the Board of Directors and Council Members and procedures such as auditing, meetings, and elections.

The ESA’s Rules and Regulations can be found under the by-laws. They deal with issues such as membership and meeting registration fees, and the responsibilities of a number of committees.

By-laws of the Entomological Society of Alberta

These by-laws were approved by the membership at an Annual General Meeting of the Society on the September 29, 2018 and confirmed by Special Resolution at the Society’s Annual General  Meeting on October 5, 2019.

Article 1 – Title 

This society shall be known as “The Entomological Society of Alberta”, herein referred to as the “Society”, in affiliation with the Entomological Society of Canada. The Society also may be referred to as the “ESA”.

Article 2 – Membership

a. There shall be three categories of membership: regular membership, student membership, and honorary life membership, as provided for in the Rules and Regulations of the Society. Any member in any category shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of all other members.

b. Any person interested in entomology may apply to become a regular member. Any person enrolled in a recognized educational institution may apply to become a student member. Prospective regular and student members apply by submitting to the Secretary a completed membership application form and payment of the applicable annual membership fee. Upon approval of the application by the Board of Directors and the payment of the applicable annual membership fee, the applicant shall be admitted as a member.

c. Honorary life membership may be conferred on anyone who has performed long and distinguished service in the field of entomology. Honorary life members shall be exempt from payment of the annual membership fee. All members in good standing are entitled to propose the names of prospective honorary life members, provided each such proposal is supported by two other members, and documentation is submitted in writing to the Secretary at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Such honorary life members shall be elected at an Annual Meeting. The total number of honorary life members shall not exceed ten percent of the total membership at the time of election.

d. Annual membership fee(s) shall be determined, from time to time, by the members at a general meeting.

e. If any member is in arrears for fees or assessments for any year, such member shall be automatically suspended at the expiration of six months from the end of such year and shall thereafter be entitled to no membership privileges or powers in the Society until reinstated.

f. Any member, upon a majority vote of all members of the Society in good standing at an Annual, General, or Special Meeting may be expelled from membership for any cause that the Society may deem reasonable.

g. A member may withdraw from the Society upon giving written notice to the Board of Directors through its Secretary.

h. Annual membership fees of withdrawn, suspended, and expelled members shall not be refunded.

i. A member who has not withdrawn from membership nor has been suspended nor expelled shall be considered to be in good standing, and shall enjoy full voting privileges and hold office.

Article 3 – Register of Members

The Society shall keep a register of its members that contains the names and contact information of every person who is admitted as a member of the Society.

Article 4 – Board of Directors

a. The Board shall consist of four officers and nine Council members, and herein shall be referred to as the “Board”. Any six members shall constitute a quorum, and meetings shall be held without notice if a quorum of the Board is present, or in communication by remote access provided, however, that any business at such meeting shall be ratified at the next regularly called meeting of the Board; otherwise they shall be null and void.

b. The officers of the Society shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers shall constitute the Executive of the Society with full power to act on behalf of the Society within the bounds of the Society’s By-laws and Rules and Regulations, to appoint committees as necessary, and to meet expenses required in the normal operation of the Society.

c. The Council shall consist of the Immediate Past-President and eight directors each of whom shall act in one of the following roles: Regional Director to the Entomological Society of Canada, Northern Director, Central Director, Southern Director, Editor, Webmaster, Social Media Director, and Outreach Director. The Northern, Central, and Southern Directors shall represent the various fields of entomology and the geographical areas of Alberta as much as possible.

d. The term of office for all Board positions shall commence at the beginning of the calendar year immediately following election.

  • The term of office for Board members shall be:
    • The term of office for the Past-President shall be one year.
    • The term of office for President shall be one year and not normally be held by the same person for two consecutive years.
    • The Vice-President shall normally follow his/her term of office with a term as President.
    • The term of office for the Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster, Editor, Social Media Director and Outreach Director shall be one year and eligible for immediate re-election.
    • The term of office for the Regional Director to the Entomological Society of Canada and the Northern, Central, and Southern directors shall be three years and not normally eligible for immediate re-election.

e.  Any member of the Board, upon a majority vote of all board members in good standing, may be temporarily suspended from office.

f. Any member of the Board, upon a majority vote of all members in good standing at an Annual, General, or Special Meeting, may be removed from office for any cause which the Society may deem reasonable

Article 5 – Duties of Board and Council Members

a. The duties of the President shall be: to be charged with the general management and supervision of the Society; to preside at all meetings of the Society and the Board; to be ex-officio a member of all committees; to deliver a President’s report at all Annual, General, and Board Meetings; and to perform other duties as provided for in the Society’s Rules and Regulations.

b. The duties of the Vice-President shall be: to perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President in the temporary absence or disability of the President; to chair committees as provided for in the Society’s Rules and Regulations; and to perform such other duties as shall from time to time be imposed upon the Vice-President by the Board.

c. The duties of the Secretary shall be: to attend all meetings of the Society and Board, and record accurate minutes of same; to send all notices of the various meetings as required; to be the custodian of all current books, papers, records, correspondence, contracts and other documents belonging to the Society, and to forward appropriate material to the Society’s archives for storage; and to file the Annual Report as required by the Societies Act.

d. The duties of the Treasurer shall be: to receive all money due or otherwise belonging to the Society, and deposit all monies or other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Society in a financial institution selected by the Board; to keep a full and accurate account of all receipts and disbursements of the Society and proper books of account; to disburse the funds of the Society as necessary under the direction of the Board, and render to the Board at their meetings or whenever required, an account of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial position of the Society; to deliver a Treasurer’s report to all Annual, General, and Board Meetings; to ensure that a full and complete annual report covering all financial transactions of the Society during the previous year is submitted at the Annual Meeting; to receive and process all correspondence and documents relating to membership in the Society; and keep an accurate register of Society members.

e. The duties of the Webmaster shall be: to obtain and prepare material for and about the Society, and to make it available on a world wide web site, for access by Society members and the general public.

f. The duties of the Social Media Director shall be: to develop and monitor ESA social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter).

g. The duties of the Outreach Director shall be: to provide leadership in the development and delivery of resources and activities to engage Albertans in Entomology; liaise with the Entomological Society of Canada to create national programming and promote provincial outreach accomplishments; foster partnerships with relevant organizations that share similar objectives and target audiences; monitor communications with ESA members about potential and ongoing outreach opportunities; prepare a budget for each outreach proposal, and prepare grant applications as necessary; present outreach submissions to the ESA Board for approval.

h. The duties of the Editor shall be: to prepare material to be included in, and to publish, the Proceedings as directed by the Board; to distribute to each eligible member, organization or other such entity one copy of the current year’s Proceedings; and to forward to the Society’s archives for storage one copy of the current year’s Proceedings.

i. Members of the Council shall attend meetings of the Board and Society, and shall have other duties as may be determined from time to time by the Board. A member of Council, in the absence of the President, may chair an Annual, General, Special or Board Meeting as directed by the Board.

Article 6 – Signing Officers

The Treasurer and the President shall be designated as the signing officers of the Society. The signature of any one signing officer is sufficient for the Society’s cheques and documents.

Article 7 – Auditing

a. The books, accounts and records of the Treasurer shall be audited at least once each year by a duly qualified accountant or by two members of the Society elected for that purpose at the Annual Meeting. In the event of a vacancy, such auditors shall be appointed by the Board. A complete and proper statement of the standing of the books for the previous year shall be submitted by such auditor(s) at the Annual Meeting of the Society. The fiscal year of the Society in each year shall commence January 1 and end December 31.

b. The books and records of the Society may be inspected by any member at the Annual Meeting or at any time within fifteen days of giving notice and arranging a time satisfactory to the officer(s) having charge of same. Each member of the Board shall at all times have access to such books and records after arranging a time satisfactory to the officer(s) having charge of same.

Article 8 – Meetings

a. The Annual Meeting of the Society shall be held on or before December 31 in each year at a time and place suitable to the majority of members for the purpose of considering and transacting any business as may properly come before the Board and the members. The Annual Meeting shall be a General Meeting of the Society.

b. General Meetings of the Society may be called at any time by the Secretary upon instructions of the President or Board.

c. A Special Meeting shall be convened by the President or Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by no less than one-third of members in good standing, setting forth the reasons for calling such a meeting.

d. Notice of an Annual, General, or Special Meeting shall be given by written notice to the last known address of each member (as recorded in the Society’s register of members), delivered by regular mail or electronic mail no fewer than eight days prior to the date of the meeting. A proposed agenda shall be included with the notice. Any member may at any time waive the notice of any such meeting.

e. A minimum of ten percent of members in good standing shall constitute a quorum at any Annual, General, or Special Meeting. If quorum is not present within thirty minutes of the stipulated time of the meeting, the meeting may proceed for information only, but no issues may be decided by vote.

f. Questions arising at a meeting shall be decided by a simple majority vote of the members in good standing. Such votes must be made in person and not by proxy or otherwise. If a tie vote ensues, the President shall cast the deciding vote.

Article 9 – Elections

a. At the Annual Meeting there shall be elected a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Webmaster, and up to eight directors as required.

b. Nominations shall be accepted from the floor, and require a seconder and approval of the person so nominated.

c. Any vacancy in office (except that of President) on the Board that occurs between elections shall be filled by appointment by the President, with the concurrence of the Board, the term of office such coopted member(s) to terminate at the end of the calendar year during which the appointment is made. A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice-President who will then serve his/her normal term as President.

Article 10 – Remuneration

Unless authorized at an Annual, Special or General Meeting, no member of the Board and/or the Society shall receive remuneration for his/her services.

Article 11 – Borrowing Powers

For the purpose of carrying out its objects, the Society may borrow, raise or secure the payment of money in such a manner as it thinks fit, and in particular by the issue of debentures, but this power shall be exercised only under the authority of the Society, and in no case shall debentures be issued without the sanction of a Special Resolution of the Society.

Article 12 – Rules and Regulations

a. The Society may adopt such rules and regulations as passed by a majority of not less than two-thirds of such members in good standing who are present at an Annual or General Meeting.

b. Written notice specifying the intention to propose a resolution to adopt, rescind, alter or add rules and regulations must accompany the written notice announcing an Annual or General Meeting.

Article 13 – By-laws

The By-laws may be rescinded, altered, or added to by a Special Resolution passed at an Annual or General Meeting of which not less than 21 days’ notice specifying the intention to propose the resolution has been duly given, and by the vote of not less than three-fourths of members in good standing who are present at the meeting. Written notice specifying the intention to propose a Special Resolution shall accompany the written notice announcing an Annual or General Meeting.

These rules and regulations were approved by the membership at an Annual General Meeting of the Society on October 30, 2004.

Entomological Society of Alberta Rules and Regulations

Article 1 – Object

The object of the Entomological Society of Alberta (ESA) shall be to foster the advancement, exchange, and dissemination of the knowledge of insects in relation to their importance in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, public health, industry, the environment, and for its own sake, among the people of the province of Alberta.

Article 2 – Annual Membership Fees

a. The annual membership fee for regular members shall be $10.00.

b. The annual membership fee for student members shall be $5.00. At the time of application, or renewal, of membership, student members must be enrolled at an accredited school or post-secondary educational institution.

c. Honorary life members shall be exempt from payment of an annual membership fee.

d. The annual membership fee shall be payable in advance of the calendar year for which membership is requested. If an initial application for membership in the ESA is received by the Secretary at any time during the calendar year for which membership is requested, then payment in full of the annual membership fee shall be required in order for members to be active members of the ESA. The annual membership fee is non-refundable.

e. Free subscriptions to the Proceedings of the ESA are available to research institutions and accredited educational institutions in Alberta and to the National Library of Canada. The annual subscription fee for Proceedings is $10.00 for other institutions. The Board may suspend or cancel without notice free subscriptions.

Article 3 – Meeting Registration Fees

Registration fees for student members of the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC) attending the ESC meetings shall be reduced when these meetings are held in Alberta with the ESA acting as host.

Article 4 – Committees

Standing committees shall exist to assist the ESA Council to achieve the objectives of the Society.  The term of appointments to the ESA-ESC Joint Meeting Committee shall be two years. Appointments to all other standing committees shall not exceed one year unless otherwise approved by the Board.

a. Awards Committee. This Committee shall be composed of the Past President (as Chair), Regional Director to the ESC, and the Northern, Central and Southern Directors of the ESA. Duties shall be: to solicit nominations from members of the ESA for awards or other honours sponsored by the ESA (e.g., Honorary Membership, Undergraduate Award, Student Travel Grant, Frederick S. Carr Award) and the ESC (e.g., Gold Medal, Gordon Hewitt, Norman Criddle); and to submit to the Board of Directors of the ESA and ESC, as appropriate, the names and other relevant information of nominees.

b. Annual Meeting Committee. This Committee shall be composed of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and other members in good standing selected at an Annual or General Meeting, or by appointment by the Board. The Chair normally is the President, but may be another member. The Committee’s responsibilities shall be to:

  1. Organize and ensure completion of the next Annual Meeting, including scientific program, social events, and meeting of the Board and the Annual General Meeting.
  2. Process the financial transactions of the Annual Meeting, including setting and collecting registration fees, and issuing receipts and paying bills as required. Meeting finances should be managed with the realistic expectation of breaking even. Any monies that remain after all expenses are paid (i.e., profit), or a request to cover losses, must be submitted to the ESA no later than six months following the completion of the Annual Meeting for which the profit or loss applies.
  3. Submit to the Treasurer a financial statement detailing all transactions related to the Annual Meeting, including an itemized list of meeting expenses and revenues, and copies of all bills and receipts, no later than six months following the completion of the Annual Meeting for which the transactions apply.
  4. Submit to the Secretary a list of all meeting attendees, and their contact information, no later than six months following the completion of the Annual Meeting at which the information was collected.

c. ESA-ESC Joint Meeting Committee. This Committee shall be established by the Board at an Annual or General Meeting, and no sooner than two years preceding any joint meeting of the ESA and ESC. The Committee shall consist of members in good standing (one of whom will serve as Chair).

d. Nomination Committee. This Committee shall be composed of the Past President, Vice President (as Chair) and one member in good standing. The Committee shall prepare a list of nominations prior to each Annual Meeting, and the Chair shall present to the membership at an Annual Meeting the slate of nominees for positions of the Board.

e. Resolutions Committee. This Committee shall consist of two members in good standing appointed by the Nomination Committee immediately preceding each Annual Meeting.

f. Education and Outreach Committee. This Committee shall be composed of the Vice President (as Chair) and the Northern, Central and Southern Directors. Other members in good standing may be appointed by the Committee as necessary. Duties shall be to promote entomology in the educational system and with the general public in Alberta.

g. Membership Committee. This Committee shall consist of the Vice President (as Chair), and the Northern, Central and Southern Directors. Duties shall be to publicise the objectives and activities of the Society in such as way as to recruit new members to the Society.

h. Archivist Committee. This Committee shall be composed of one member in good standing appointed by the Board as required. Duties shall be to act a custodian of the archives of the ESA.

Article 5 – Travel and Materials Expenses

a. Members in good standing may be eligible to claim from the ESA expenses for materials for, and/or travel to and from meetings of the Board or events at which the Board and/or President authorises representation from the ESA. Such expenses are deemed to the ESA-approved expenses. Reimbursement to members for some or all such ESA-approved expenses will be permitted only following the approval of the President and/or Treasurer prior to the meeting or event.

b. In order for a member to claim for ESA-approved expenses, no sooner than five days prior to a Board meeting or event at which ESA-approved expenses may apply, a member must:

  1. Ensure that the President and/or Treasurer receives from the member a request for permission to claim for ESA-approved expenses, that contains (1) information about, and purpose of, the meeting or event that the member wishes to attend, (2) justification for ESA funding of the expenses, and (3) a budget that lists the expected expenses and their value.
  2. Receive from the President and/or Treasurer permission to claim ESA-approved expenses associated with the meeting or event referred to in the member’s claim request.

c. Where members are permitted to claim for ESA-approved expenses related to a meeting or event scheduled to take place in a location in excess of 200 km from the member’s place of residence, then eligible travel expenses may include transportation, meals and hotel accommodation; for destinations less than 200 km from the member’s place of residence, then eligible travel expenses may include transportation and meals only.


Updated 2 November 2021