Learner’s Digest: May 2020

We’re all learning a lot about living in a virtual space right now. How to stay connected with our teams, how to engage creatively with our members, how to have some fun with friends and family. So much unrelenting adaptation! For those of us moving our live events to a virtual context, we’re learning it’s not just about replicating each element, but rather about exploring the purpose of those elements. What do members gain from a reception? What do they gain from a tradeshow beyond the generous giveaways? There are some great discussions on Associations Connect on topics we’re currently grappling with and I encourage you to head over there for some inspiration and to share your own creative solutions.

CSAE has three exciting longer-format learning opportunities coming your way, providing different approaches to learning in a virtual space.  In June, Dr. David Weiss will deliver the Governance Forum as a highly interactive workshop, letting you strategize with your board to ensure you keep delivering for your members through challenging times. In July, the Trillium Summer Summit explores a wide variety of topics over four days. I’m excited to join Rod Zylstra of Industrial to talk about developing the new CSAE website! We’re also very keen to unveil our plans for CSAE 2020: Unprecedented, a whole new concept for the annual conference. Kicking off online in June, with Think Tanks and Solution sessions, elements of conference rolling out over the coming months culminating in the bulk of networking and learning in November. If you are interested in leading a session, we’d love to hear from you.

Danielle Lamothe
Vice President, Learning and Innovation


CSAE Conference 2020: Unprecedented

Call for Speakers and Facilitators
CSAE is looking for engaging proposals for virtual sessions and discussions at CSAE 2020: Unprecedented. Help participants explore how to best move forward in a changed world. From case studies to seminars, proposals from across the spectrum of association leadership are welcome.

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2020

Sponsors and Exhibitors
Be among the first exhibitors at the 2020 CSAE Unprecedented Virtual Showcase. Don’t miss this unparalleled chance to connect with associations from across Canada as we forge ahead to a new normal.

Join our first CSAE 2020 Showcase online information session on Thursday, May 21 at 2 PM EDT to learn more about the virtual exhibit space. Register here>>


CSAE Trillium Summer Summit

July 16, 17, 23, 24, 2020
CSAE Trillium presents the 15th Annual Summer Summit virtually.  Join us for four keynote sessions and 18 concurrent sessions, all at one affordable price.

The agenda is relevant to those who are looking for new ways of thinking and new ideas to sustain and grow their associations.  Read more and register today>>


Upcoming Webinars

Meeting Complex Expectations for Small Associations – The Bar is Set High
May 19, 2020 – 10 am (EDT)
Small associations face unique challenges, and due to their size and structure they cannot always incorporate the same solutions as their larger counterparts. The sessions at this event have been specifically tailored with the small association in mind. Register here>>

Naviguer les programmes de soutien COVID-19 pour les associations
20 mai 2020 – 12 h 00 (HAE)
Rejoignez Carlos A. Godoy L., Vice-président principal, relations publiques et gouvernementales d’Impact Canada, qui discutera de la façon dont les associations peuvent tirer le meilleur parti des programmes de soutien COVID-19 et des prochaines étapes importantes que votre organisation peut prendre pour garantir que vos membres et votre association progressent. Inscrivez-vous ici>>

Valuation Secrets Revealed: A Webinar with Chris Baylis
June 10, 2020 – 1 pm (EDT)
Explore what sponsors really need to make sure you’re not leaving revenue opportunities unexplored. In this session you will learn exactly how to value every asset you have to offer and how to find your unique market value. Register here>>

Governance Forum
June 11, 18, 25, 2020 – 12 pm (EDT)
This three-session workshop for chief staff officers and their boards with Dr. David Weiss will help clarify the board’s role in contributing to the organization’s strategic direction and high performance. You’ll leave the session with tools and knowledge you can put into place right away.

Wondering if this opportunity is worth your time? Check out this video message from Dr David Weiss and visit our website learn more.

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CSAE Talk Tuesdays (CSAE members only)

Every Tuesday – 2 pm (EDT)
Join CSAE president and CEO Tracy Folkes Hanson for Talk Tuesdays, a chance to connect with association colleagues from across the country and discuss our most pressing issues. This informal, online chat leverages video conferencing technology to bring everyone face-to-face in real time.

Provide your topic suggestions and register here>>


Look Ahead to Autumn for your CAE® Designation

This fall, head back to school to earn your Certified Association Executive® (CAE®) designation. In just five courses and an exam, you’ll master association leadership skills through practical projects that will immediately add value to your organization and your career. Register today for immediate access to a library of expert-led webinar recordings focused on the sector’s most relevant areas.

Contact eve@csae.com to learn more about this unparalleled program or visit our website for more information.


Associations Connect Podcast

Grab a coffee and join CSAE’s Danielle Lamothe as she talks with association leaders and subject matter experts from across the country. Listen in to explore various aspects of leadership and how we can run successful associations — even in difficult times.

Episode 1: Managing Through Chaos with Phil Buckley
Episode 2: Human Resources with Laura Williams
Episode 3: Talking Leadership Through COVID-19 with Gemma Beierback, CAE
Episode 4: Talking Technology with JF Champagne, CAE President of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada

Tune in each week at www.csae.com/podcast


Essential Reading

CSAE Canadian Association Financial Operations Report 2020
While association operations may have been affected by the current pandemic,this report may be helpful as you make plans for the future. Produced in partnership with The Portage Group, it presents updated financial data on the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, with:

  • Detailed operating ratio breakdowns
  • Information on financial policies
  • Comparisons to the 2017 results
  • Worksheets and instructions on conducting a self analysis and comparison of operating ratios and financial performance with similar NFPs

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