AGM 2020

This page is an archive of the OBIN 2020 AGM

Registration for the AGM

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Basic Income Network will be held Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

All are welcome to join us!

The meeting will be held online via Zoom which you can access on any internet device or a phone link.

In addition to the OBIN business meeting, there will be special presentations on:

• The Basic Income Project in Kenya (by leaders of Give Directly)

• Organizing Basic Income Advocacy at the Local level (by Basic Income Waterloo Region)

• Mobilizing Youth in achieving basic income (by the Basic Income Canada Youth Network)

We would love to see as many of you as can make it. YOU are the ones who give the C-Team direction. 

Please register to attend the AGM. You will receive a follow-up email advising you of the link to take to join us along with a link to cancel your registration if life gets in the way and you won't be able to attend.

If you haven’t already done so, please register today!

Invitation to be involved with the OBIN C-Team

An important component of the Business meeting is to select, or at a minimum recommend, a slate of volunteers to form the Coordinating Team (C-Team) for the upcoming 2020-2021 year. Our current structure is made up of a Facilitator and five Coordinators, plus optional topical teams to carry out specific duties and tasks as required.

We are pleased that a new Treasurer and Recording Secretary have recently joined the C-Team.

Job descriptions for the positions noted above are found in the OBIN Basis of Affiliation.

Most members of the current C-Team have agreed to continue for at least one more year if approved by the members. It is also crucial for new volunteers to join in. We rely on you to continually replenish us with new energy and ideas.

Advance notice of your interest in working with the C-Team should be sent to [email protected]

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Annual Meeting of the Ontario Basic Income Network - Agenda for the Day

Saturday, 26 September 2020   10am - 3pm EST



10:15 a.m. Commencement (moderated by Joe Foster)
 Welcome and land acknowledgement
 Introduction of C-Team Members
 Brief overview of OBIN for newcomers to our meetings

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. KEYNOTE SESSION # 1 (moderated by Walid Herzallah)
Kenya Basic income Project
Special Guests:
Caroline Teti (Director, Recipient Advocacy) and Paul Niehaus (Chairman) from Give Directly
(30 minute presentation followed by 15 minute Q & A)

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. KEYNOTE SESSION # 2 (moderated by John Mills)
Visioning Beyond BIG
Presentor: Andrea Kauppinen of Basic income Waterloo Region
(20 minute presentation followed by 10 minute Q & A)

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Road Ahead for OBIN – Discussion in Breakout Group with facilitators

(process outlined by John Mills & Jim Mulvale)

Breakout Group Topics:
1. Membership development and expansion
2. OBIN structure and organization
3. Realistic goals and objectives for OBIN
4. Fundraising


12:30– 1:00 p.m.
Break in proceedings. Opportunity for informal conversation on Zoom over lunch.

1:00 – 1:40 p.m. KEYNOTE SESSION # 3
Special presentation by Basic Income Canada Youth Network
Presentors: Chloe Halpenny and Kendal David

1:40 – 2:10 p.m.
Plans and Priorities for OBIN (moderated by Jim Mulvale)
 Reporting back from the morning Breakout Groups
 general discussion of OBIN priorities moving forward

2:10 – 3:00 p.m.
OBIN Business Meeting (co-chaired by Joe Foster & Jim Mulvale)
 Reports of activities held during BI Week, Sept. 14 - 20
 Update from the Basic Income Canada Network (Sheila Regehr, Chair)
 Update from Coalition Canada: Basic Income (Toni Pickard, Chair)
OBIN updates:

o The “Cases for BI” project (Barbara Boraks)
o Outreach to Parliament Hill (Barbara Boraks)
o OBIN’s social media presence (Adam Zvric)
o Website re-development (Joe Foster on behalf of Sharon Zoschke)

OBIN business items:

o OBIN Financial Statement (Richard Pommainville, Treasurer)
o Review and adoption of OBIN Statement of Principles (Jim Mulvale)
o Review of OBIN Basis of Affiliation (Joe Foster)
o Ratification / nomination of members for the OBIN Coordination Team for