Monday, 05 November 2007 Minutes of the ICC Initial Founders
From: ICC Transitional Board of Directors
Subject: Minutes of the ICC Initial
Founders Meeting Held May 27, 2007 at Sheraton Parkway, 650
Highway 7 East, Markham Room, Richmond Hill, On. L4B 3T6,
4:00 to 7:45 PM
Date: May 27, 2007
The ICC Transitional Board of Directors
had invited through email and telephone calls a number of
prominent Iranian-Canadians to participate in ICC’s initial
Founding members meeting on May 27, 2007 at Sheraton
Parkway, 650 Highway 7 East, Markham Room, Richmond Hill,
ON. The agenda for the meeting was:
4:00 – 4:30 Networking
4:30 - 4:45
4:45 - 5:30 ICC Presentation
5:30 - 6:45 Q & A
6:45 - 7:00 Wrap up & Closing.
Over 55 individuals responded
to this invitation and attended the meeting.
Meeting started at 4:00 PM with networking
of the attendees. At 4:40 PM members of transitional
Executive Body made the following presentations:
I. Mr. Manoo Missaghi: made opening
remarks, welcomed the attendees and described the motivation
for creation of ICC and for such a meeting. He further
discussed background of the ICC and the initial Founding
meeting process, the role of the transition team and the
process ICC proposes to follow form this meeting up to the
election of the first permanent board of directors.
II. Mr. Mehrdad Hariri: presented the
history of the Iranian community in Canada and discussed
issues and challenges and suggested that the only way to
address these issues is to get organized. He referred to
actions of other communities in organizing themselves.
III. Mr. Mehrdad Ariannejad: presented the
goals and objectives of the ICC. He explained ICC’s nature
and organizational structure and key bylaws including the
membership, national and regional Executive Bodies. He also
explained the democratic, openness and transparency of the
organization by referring to articles 5, 13 and 14 of the
by-law. In addition, Mr. Ariannejad explained the ICC’s
proposed launch and action plan.
IV. Mr. Alidad Mafinezam: presented the
programs ICC is proposing to implement. He elaborated on a
number of areas including letter writing, and publishing
V: Mr. Missaghi: made closing remarks and
reiterated the need for active participation of the
community members. He then opened the floor for questions
VI. Questions and answers: was conducted
from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM, which was moderated by Mr. Saeed
Hariri. A number of suggestions were made and put to vote.
The majority of individuals present approved following
Motion # 1: Put forward by Mr. Jian
Ghomeshi and seconded by Mr. Javad Heydary and Mr. Jafar
Amini as to the following:
“To ratify existence of the ICC and
reaffirm commitment to its goals and objectives”.
Motion # 2: Put forward by Mr. Ahmad Reza
Tabrizi as the following:
To replace the following sentence in the
membership form "I have read the constitution of the ICC and
hereby agree to abide by it" to the following: "I have read
the goals and objectives of the ICC and hereby agree to
abide by it".
Motion # 3: Put forward by Mr. Reza
Baraheni as to the following:
“To form an ad-hoc Committee from
volunteer members to collect inputs, comments and suggestion
regarding ICC bylaws for discussion and incorporation in the
current bylaws in a six weeks period form the date of the
session (May 27, 2007)”.
It is anticipated that once member
suggestions are collected, complied and approved the revised
bylaws will replace the current bylaws and will be presented
for approval to ICC’s Founders or general meeting. A process
will be developed for the collection, compilation, approval
and incorporation of these in the current bylaws.
Motion # 4: Put forward by Mr. Behrang
Forooghi as to the following:
“Until permanent executive body is
selected at a General Meeting all fees collected from
members are treated as donation and not as a membership
The following motion was not approved by
majority of the individuals present at the time.
Motion # 5: Put forward by Mr. Ali Zohoori
as to the following:
”Volunteers to join various committees of
the ICC and work within the transitional Executive Body to
move the agenda of the ICC forward. The following 12
individuals volunteered to become members of the ad-hoc
Committee to perform activities as outlined in the approved
1. Mr. Khosro Bayat 2. Mr. Ali Zohoori 3.
Mr. Hassan Zerehi 4. Dr. Arsalan Mohajer 5. Mr. Iraj Emad 6.
Dr. Samad Assadpour 7. Ms. Rose Bahrami 8. Mr. Ahmad Reza
Tabrizi 9. Dr. Reza Baraheni 10. Mr. Javad Heydari 11. Ms.
Nasrin Javanfar 12. Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati
ICC’s Membership forms were distributed
between the attendees and 43 individuals signed the
membership forms and registered as a member and became the
founding members of the ICC.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45
We, the undersigned agree and approve the
minutes of the meeting: ICC Transitional Executive Body,
May 27, 2007