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Code of Conduct

Introduction

This Code of Conduct provides uniform rules of conduct by which each member of The Association will govern him/herself in carrying on his/her business as an antique dealer.

Definitions

In this Code, unless otherwise specifically stated, the following terms mean:

Association
The Canadian Antique Dealers Association.
Member
An individual, corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship that is a Member of and Associate Member in good standing of The Association.
Board of Directors
The members of The Association who are from time to time acting as The Board of Directors of The Association.
Board of Arbitration
The body established from time to time by The Board of Directors of The Association pursuant to the by-laws of The Association.
Antique
An object which was manufactured more than one hundred years prior to the date on which it is offered for sale and which is in substantially the same condition as when originally made and has not at any time been added to or altered to any material extent except for the purpose of necessary repair/restoration.

General

A Member will at all times conduct his/her business in a businesslike and professional manner.

Duties to the Customer

A member shall provide each of his/her customers with an invoice containing a fair description of the article purchased.

Any article offered for sale by a Member is to be deemed to be represented by the member to be an antique, unless there is a clear indication to the contrary.

In the event that a dispute or misunderstanding arises between a member and his/her customer, the customer may submit the dispute or misunderstanding in writing to The Board of Directors and request that a Board of Arbitration be appointed for the purpose of resolving the dispute or misunderstanding.

Duties to The Association

A Member shall always be mindful of his/her responsibilities toward The Association and on all occasions shall act in a manner which will enhance the image of The Association.

A Memeber shall not use the name of The Association or any trademark which is the property of The Association, other than for normal business practises, without the written consent of The Board of Directors.

A Member shall not lend his/her name or his/her services to any activity which he/she knows, or which a reasonably prudent person would believe to be, unlawful.

A Member shall not lend him/herself knowingly to any practise or act which would be of a nature to discredit The Association.

A Member shall not criticize a fellow Member without first submitting his/her criticism to such other Member for explanation. The Member, if not satisfied with the explanation shall thereafter submit the criticism to The Board of Directors for resolution, provided that The Board of Directors may appoint a Board of Arbitration for the purpose of Resolution.

Discipline

A Member shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Arbitration for any act which The Board of Arbitration determines constitutes a breach of this code.

Board of Arbitration

The Board of Directors may from time to time appoint one or more individuals who may be, but need not be Members of The Association to act as a board of Arbitration.

A Board of Arbitration, once constituted, shall resolve any matter referred to it by The Board of Directors of The Association.

In the event that a Board of Arbitration concludes that the conduct of a Member constitutes a breach of this Code of Conduct, such Board of Arbitration may:

  1. admonish the guilty Member; or
  2. fine the guilty Member; or
  3. expel the guilty Member; or
  4. impose such other penalty as The Board of Arbitration sees fit.

A decision by a Board of Arbitration is final.

Membership Decal

The decal shall remain the property of The Association and shall be displayed by a member in good standing in his/her place of business or in his/her booth at a fair or exhibit. The decal must be returned at any time requested by the Executive and Board of Directors of The Association.

Inventory

A Member of The Association shall carry a stock of which 75 percent of the inventory must be at least 100 years old and the balance, 25 percent shall be of unusual interest.

Carpets, textiles, paintings, jewellery and objects of art must be prior to 1900.

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