• If you are the chief staff officer (e.g., CEO, executive director, president) at an association or not-for-profit organization, take advantage of these outstanding strategy and governance sessions.

    The Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers

    This is an outstanding opportunity to come together with your Board chair for a productive and practical working session to lay the groundwork for a successful year ahead.

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    Governance Forum

    This specially designed workshop enables Board members to think about their role in building strategy and how they collaborate with senior management in this process.

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    Attending with your Board leaders will bolster your working relationship. Offered twice a year, both in-person and virtually, these events are an annual ritual for association leaders across Canada.

    The Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers

    As the chief staff officer, you and your Board chair will spend a day building a common understanding and commitment to the key components of successful governance, strategy and organization. 

    You will work together to:

    • Define annual priorities
    • Learn how to work effectively side by side
    • Discover the value of informed policy and strategy as primary tools of leadership

    IMPORTANT: This workshop is specifically designed for chief staff officers (CEO, Executive Director) to work in partnership with your chief elected officers. Attending this event alone is NOT recommended.


    Glenn Tecker is the chairman and co-CEO of Tecker International, LLC and has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most knowledgeable and practical experts on associations and not-for-profit organizations. Glenn’s practice focuses on redesigning the governance, operations and cultures of organizations to better fit today’s demanding and rapidly shifting environments.

    Donna French Dunn, CAE is an association professional with more than 25 years of experience. Her energy is directed to assisting associations of all types to be effective, responsive and forward-thinking. Sometimes called an association architect, Donna is especially focused on organizational design, developing effective Boards, supporting volunteers and staff through change.

    Past participants have said:
    “This is an important annual event for our leadership; it is time and money very well invested.” 

    “The CEO Symposium is a must-attend event to turbocharge your relationship with your volunteer leaders!”

    “The symposium has changed the way I think about association governance, and how a healthy relationship between the senior elected officer and its CEO can drive organizational performance.”

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    Governance Forum

    You and your Board will work together to:

    • Identify the Board’s accountability in the development of strategy and how should they collaborate with senior management in this process
    • Learn how the Board can contribute value by identifying potential areas that may require innovation and the development of an innovation plan
    • Explore how senior management should track the achievement of the strategic plan (and course-correct as appropriate) and how the Board can be engaged meaningfully in this process
    • Discover how the Board and senior management can engage in self-assessment to evaluate the extent to which it is fulfilling its responsibility in the area of strategy and innovation



    Dr. David S. Weiss, FCTDP, ICD.D is president and CEO of Weiss International Ltd., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and HR consulting for many Fortune 500 companies and public-sector organizations. David has delivered over 200 conference presentations and he has written over 50 journal and trade articles. He is the author or co-author of six business books including Innovative Intelligence (Wiley, 2011, also available in Chinese) which was one of the “Top 5 Business Books for 2011” reported by CBC News.  David currently teaches at four university executive development programs. You can read many of David’s articles at http://www.weissinternational.ca/ and follow David on Twitter @DrDavidWeiss

    Past participants have said:
    “So good. The presenter was excellent. Topics were on point and extremely relevant.”
    “Relevant, timely, full of great ideas.”
    “Content was exactly what we needed. Our Board will very much benefit from what we learned today.”
    “So much of what was said was a great reminder of how we should be functioning.”

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