Michael Blatchford works with charities, not-for-profit organizations, associations, clubs, social enterprises and other entities in the voluntary sector and advises on all aspects of their operations and governance, helping them to effectively carry out their programs while complying with regulatory obligations.
Mr. Blatchford's clients include registered charities and non-profit organizations in every area, from healthcare, education and social services to arts and culture, environmental and recreation and athletics. He also assists professional bodies, associations, clubs and religious and faith-based organizations. Mr. Blatchford advises these clients on governance, meetings, fundraising and tax matters, as well as legal compliance. He represents organizations in their dealings with regulators, including the Canada Revenue Agency. He advises on fundraising and receipting issues for charities and has helped numerous charities carry out their work abroad. He also provides advice to charities and not-for-profit organizations that carry on a social enterprise or other revenue-generating activities.
In addition, Mr. Blatchford works with organizations of every type as a parliamentarian, meeting advisor and independent chair, using tools such as Robert’s Rules of Order to capably facilitate complicated or contentious meetings.
Mr. Blatchford works with donors to plan and implement charitable gifts and other structures for effective philanthropy.
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 2008
B.A., Simon Fraser University, 2005
Matters in which Mr. Blatchford has acted include:
- Drafting or revising governance documents, bylaws, resolutions, related policies for non-profit and First Nations organizations
- Helping a number of charities with complementary purposes and activities to merge staff and operations into a single, more efficient organization
- Advising charities operating outside Canada on how to properly structure their relationships and service delivery
- Working with charitable organizations to create “parallel” foundations
- Acting as parliamentarian for contentious or complex general meetings
- Assisting charities with business activities to “spin” the business out into a wholly owned subsidiary company
Rankings and recognitions
- Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Charities/Non-profits, Chambers and Partners, 2019
Memberships and activities
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Association of Gift Planners
- Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Charities & Non-for-Profit Law Section
- Canadian Bar Association - Wills & Trusts Section, Vancouver, National Charities & Not-for-Profit Law Section
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Calgary office hosted its annual complimentary half-day seminar for charities, foundations, not-for-profit and tax exempt organizations on Friday, September 14, 2018..
Friday, September 14, 2018
On Thursday, September 13, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Vancouver office held its annual complimentary half-day seminar for charities, foundations, not-for-profit and tax exempt organizations to discuss important legal issues, including strategies to mitigate risk and updates on the establishment, regulation and operational needs in the sector..
Thursday, September 13, 2018
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