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- H. Bell-Irving Co. Ltd.
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In 1901, H. Bell-Irving and Company Ltd. (HBIC) was incorporated as Canadian agent for the Anglo-British Columbia Packing Company, which was British registered.
Shareholding in the company as of incorporation and 1st meeting of Directors: H. Bell-Irving (chairman), 2500 shares, and 1 each for other members of the Board: D. Bell-Irving (Vice-President), A.M. McCreery, S.B. Rickards and W.J. McCombie.
In 1919, the company was converted from a public company to a private company, an action which was available after changes to the Companies Act. The company had always been a private company in practical terms, as shares had not been traded since the company had been founded.
The company was re-capitalised as a limited company in 1951 with shares in the original HBIC converted into various types of shares in the new HBIC (1951) Limited. The 1943-1953 minute book includes and Account of Winding-up Proceedings associated with the re-capitalisation.
The company's principal income was derived from acting as agent for ABC Packing Co., but it was also involved in other businesses. In 1906 an Insurance Department was created within the company; in 1920 this was spun off as a separate business that later became Bell-Irving Insurance Agencies Ltd. The company also owed shares in ABC Packing Company, as well as other investments. The company also speculated in real estate.
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File consists of a volume of manuscript minutes of meetings of the Directors, as well as Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings of the shareholders in H. Bell-Irving Co. Ltd.
Minutes of Directors meetings address housekeeping matters, as well as the declaration of dividends to shareholders.
Minutes of Annual General Meetings reported on company operations, including information on returns on investments and other financial reporting, as well as Chairman's remarks to the shareholders, which often went into considerable depth on all operational matters and external factors influencing the company's operations and profitability. The remarks often included detailed information on the previous season's salmon packs for various areas of operation, comments on salmon runs that year, contracts with and operations of the Anglo-British Columbia Packing Company, government policy (particularly related to taxation and international trade) investments in real estate and other non-cannery ventures.
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- H. Bell-Irving Co. Ltd. (Creator)