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    Call for Conference Proposals Extended to July 30

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    Share your expertise with the CSAE community and raise your profile by presenting at COMMUNITY: CSAE’s 2021 virtual conference, Nov. 9-11. From tried and tested practices to innovative solutions, we’re looking for it all this year! The call for proposals is extended to July 30, so don’t miss this chance to share your case studies, big ideas and exciting concepts with the Canadian association community. Click here for more information and submit your proposal here by July 30.

    Join Your Community at the Early Bird Rate

    COMMUNITY: CSAE’s 2021 virtual conference will harness the power of community to share stories and expertise that will enrich your organization and your professional development. Enjoy cohort-based learning, expert speakers and valuable networking. Early bird pricing is available until Sept. 3 – click here to register.

    Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

    There are many sponsorship opportunities available at COMMUNITY: CSAE’s 2021 virtual conference. Contact Edward Byers, CSAE’s director of membership and business development, at edward@csae.com.


    New Member Orientation

    Aug. 5 – 1:00 pm EDT
    Welcome to CSAE! Get the lay of the land at this free session, where you’ll learn about the benefits of being a member while you connect with other newcomers. Click here to register.

    Refresh and Reset Your Day: Mental Health Awareness for Young Professionals

    Aug. 11 – 12:00 pm EDT
    Join the CSAE Young Professional Committee’s first event – it’s free! Nurture yourself – and your career – in this workshop exploring mindfulness and work-life balance. You’ll network with other young professionals, too! Click here to register at no cost.

    Post-Pandemic Event Planning: A Legal Perspective

    Aug. 18 — 2 pm EDT

    As we begin to find our way back to in-person event planning, there are so many questions. Can you restrict association events to vaccinated individuals only? Can you ask about someone’s vaccination status? What are the implications if an attendee contracts COVID-19 at an in-person association event?

    At this free, 45-minute virtual session, discover how to craft a decision-making matrix to help your association assess risk and move forward. Lawyers Andrew Buck and Benjamin Hecht of Pitblado Law will answer your questions during the Q&A. Open to all. Register here.

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    CAE® Fall Term — Registration is Now Open!

    Sept. 6 – Nov. 29
    Take your career to the next level with the Certified Association Executive® program, developed especially for senior leaders, executives and managers of associations and not-for-profit organizations. Work online at your own pace as you accumulate critical transferable skills and sector-specific knowledge. Here’s what one of our graduates had to say:

    “The CAE program was exceptional and helped to crystalize my knowledge of association management… Above all, I value holding a designation that is highly respected in North America and recognized by employers across sectors and industries.”

    Jennifer Bertrand, CAE
    Executive Director and Registrar
    Alberta College and Association of Opticians

    Register here or contact eve@csae.com for information or a free trial. 

    Governance Forum – Single Group Price!

    Sept. 23 – 10:30 am EDT
    Bring your entire board of directors and management team together – at one group price – to roll up their collective sleeves and get to work at this one-day virtual session. Expertly facilitated by Dr. David S. Weiss, consider this your leadership retreat – without the expense and logistics.

    Early bird pricing ends Aug. 13. The team price is $750 (CSAE members) or $1150 (non-members). Register here!

    Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers

    Feb. 24-25, 2022
    This two-day session is designed for staff leaders and their board chairs. Together, they will cement their relationship and joint priorities for the year ahead. Expertly facilitated by Glenn Tecker and Donna French Dunn, CAE, this is an event that fills up. Don’t miss your chance – register here. Early bird rate available until Dec. 31.

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    Bundle with the Governance Forum to Save $200
    Until Aug. 13, save when you register for the September Governance Forum and the February Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers. Learn more and register here.

    Explore CSAE’s Latest Blog Posts

    Governance Documents: The Life and Health of an Association
    Find out why an association’s governance documents are incredibly important and why they deserve a regular review. By Dr. Carolyn Hibbs

    Increase Online Career Centre Revenue With These 5 Quick Tips
    Discover how non-dues revenue from your online career centre can create additional income for your association. By Shanna Mertel

    Click here for more content on the key competencies of governance, organizational direction, leading people, operations and value to membership.


    What’s Next for Associations: Marketing in a Post-Pandemic World

    July 29 – 2 pm EDT

    With in-person interactions on pause, associations turned to virtual experiences to stay connected to members. But now as the world shifts back to a new normal, people are expecting to have online options for everything. And targeted communication is more important than ever. Join Higher Logic and industry leaders for a discussion about how this impacts the way associations recruit and market to members. Free and open to all. Register here!


    Jasmin Carlton, CAE, Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists

    My name is Jasmin Carlton and I’m the executive director of the Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technologists. We are the professional association responsible for member services and advocacy for registered veterinary technologists in Saskatchewan. My membership with CSAE has allowed me access to the mentorship program and CSAE’s Young Professional Committee. I also earned my CAE designation, which complements my Master of Arts in Disaster & Emergency Management, Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director, and Professional Community & Economic Developer of Saskatchewan degrees and designations. 

    Email Jasmin at jasmincarlton@hotmail.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.


    Four Factors to Focus on to Forge a Successful Office Return

    Source: Associations Now
    As associations prepare to welcome employees back to the workplace, there are key concepts to concentrate on. The president of the National Safety Council says communication, physical safety, readiness for change, and vaccination discussions are pivotal for success.

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    Should Your Association try Usage-Based Pricing?

    Source: Sidecar
    In a whirlwind of motivation, you sign up for a premier (but pricey) gym not too far from your home. The monthly membership fee includes access to all the machines you could ever need, a huge collection of free weights, group classes, an indoor pool, tennis courts, and an indoor jogging track. 

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    Canadian Sustainable and Just Association Benchmark Survey – Count Yourself In!

    Source: Coro Strandberg Consulting
    Interested in knowing how your association compares to others on social and environmental criteria? Complete this three-minute survey to receive a copy of the first-ever benchmark of Canadian associations and their sustainability and social equity practices: benchmark survey.

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    The Imperfect Board Member

    Author Jim Brown shares the seven disciplines of governance excellence in this popular book that encourages the development of a healthy board of directors.

    Visit the CSAE Bookstore for more information and to purchase.



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