The Association Agenda – Don’t miss an incredible conference week – November 2-5!


CSAE Conference 2020: UNPRECEDENTED!

CSAE’s virtual conference is like no other – as those of you who have already begun participating in the Association Think Tanks know. And, while we are unable to gather in Halifax as originally planned, there’s an outstanding program in store for you November 2-5, 2020!

The highly interactive, flexible program includes the concurrent sessions and keynotes you’ve come to expect from CSAE’s annual conference. There’s a whole lot more too – like facilitated discussions, informal chats, ask-the-expert sessions and fun networking opportunities. Learn, engage and interact with your peers across the country. Take a look at the flexible schedule, which allows you to pick and choose sessions most critical to you. Whatever your time zone, you’ll find lots of value!

And – don’t forget, the rest of the conference outside of this dedicated week has already begun – and continues through December. This includes:

  • Monthly Association Think Tanks (for a taste, click here)
  • Solutions Café (September 30, 1 pm ET) & other networking and learning opportunities
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall

Learn more and register here.

Be Part of the Solutions Café – September 30th, 1 PM, ET
During these turbulent times, new opportunities and ideas have been tested – with some great results.

Join in the Solutions Café, where leaders of associations and affiliated businesses share successes they have had (or seen) and explore what’s behind those wins. Learn from and expand on the success stories using Appreciative Inquiry in an interactive virtual program format – and walk away inspired! You’ll also get to experience the powerful REMO platform – an effective tool that leaves Zoom in the dust! Facilitated by Ravi Tangri.

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Friday Lunch-and-Learns
Conference registrants – get ready for Unprecedented’s Friday Lunch and Learn sessions! Hosted by exhibitors and sponsors, these sessions range from formal learning sessions on designated topics to informal open discussions. Every week starting in September, up to three lunch and learn options will be offered each Friday. Grab your lunch and join your peers to tackle the issues that are most pressing for you. Each session is limited to 24 participants on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to sign on early. Watch your inbox for details to come!

The Sponsorship Blueprint: 9 Steps to Transform Your Sponsorship Program with Chris Baylis
September 23, 2020 – 1 pm (ET)
FREE to CSAE members, $50 – Non-members

Sponsorship is evolving and many organizations are struggling to keep up with the pace of change while balancing all of their responsibilities. Sponsorship is becoming more complex, nuanced and demanding –all the while sponsorship spending continues to grow. Join Chris Baylis of The Sponsorship Collective to learn a step-by-step approach to close sponsorship sales, and the process that his most successful clients use to systematize their sponsorship sales. Register here.

Financial Impact of COVID-19: The Latest Association Research Findings
For associations positioned to weather the storm of the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are finding themselves with a bit of breathing room in terms of immediate cash flow and financial viability issues. Inevitably, many of those that were without a sufficient financial cushion or access to government supports have not fared so well.

The August edition of the Association Pulse provides the latest critical data and insights into the financial impact of COVID 19 on associations. It is based on a survey completed by 279 Canadian associations and other not-for-profits between July 22 and July 30, 2020. Learn More…

Membership Dues Now Can Be Paid in Monthly Installments
Given the current turbulence due to the global pandemic, it is a critical time for the association sector to come together. To support our members, CSAE is offering the option to pay membership dues in monthly installments. To take advantage of this payment plan, please reach out to Janice Chong, Membership Coordinator – to enroll.

Fast Track Your CAE® Designation – Fall Term Starts Soon!
If you’re an association professional with 5+ years of senior experience, fast track your CAE® through Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR). This path provides the opportunity to apply experiential and academic experience towards completing your designation. Save time and money on your path towards your CAE®! Contact or visit this page to learn more.

The regular course path includes five course path and an exam. You’ll master association leadership skills through practical projects that will immediately add value to your organization and your career.

The Fall Term starts soon! Contact or visit our website to learn more.


Elizabeth A. Sharpe, CAE
CSAE member since 1992

My entire business career prior to working in the association sector was based on relationships. If I worked for a senior business leader I watched, listened and learned from them. I learned how and how not to succeed. At CSAE, I continued this practice by learning from the best. I pursued mentorships and friendships with leaders who succeeded and those who sometimes did not and were willing to honestly share. That was real and relatable and a big part of mentorship for me. It gave me confidence to rely on my own sense of discernment. I believe achieving the CAE® designation was a stepping-stone and catalyst to a very fulfilling career in the not-for-profit sector. It has given me the confidence that I am on the right track in my work and in my life and competencies to rely on.


Join Your Fellow Learning Hero’s at D2L Fusion
Source: D2L
Our learning partners at D2L have moved their annual conference virtual and it’s FREE! Even better, they have pulled together fantastic speakers for a jam-packed associations day on October 19. Our very own Danielle Lamothe will be participating in a panel discussion titled “Confronting the Top Challenges Association Leaders Face Today.”

You can register for free here, and you’ll gain access to on-demand recordings of the entire program. 

Three New Skills Event Pros Must Develop in the Wake of COVID-19
Source: Associations Now
Coronavirus has forever changed the meetings industry. As a result, event professionals need new skills to best navigate this new environment. Three to consider developing. Read More…

Dr. Michael T. Cohen elected President of the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
Source: Cision
The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Michael Cohen as President of the Association. An experienced family physician in the community of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Cohen has worked in numerous leadership and governance roles while supporting physicians in providing safe medical care. Read More…

The Potential Headache Apple could Create for Virtual Events
Source: Associations Now
Apple’s recent conflicts over the size of the cut it takes from iOS App Store developers potentially reflects problems the App Store could create for digital-only offerings such as virtual events. It’s a situation associations should keep an eye on. Read More…



June 2020

CSAE Conference 2020: Unprecedented
Date: June 1 – December 31, 2020
Location: Online
Type: Virtual Conference
Regularly scheduled programming has been interrupted for everyone. Priorities have shifted, the way we work and the world we work in is changing by the day and sometimes by the hour. All of it is unprecedented in our lifetimes. Every one of us is facing so many new challenges, so CSAE’s approach to the annual conference is adapting to our new reality. Learn More…


Sep 2020

New Member Orientation Location: Online
Type: Videochat
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Sep 2020

CSAE Manitoba Coffee and Conversation – Managing Change
Location: Online
Type: Virtual Event
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Sep 2020

CSAE Alberta Chat and Cheers – Keeping remote teams engaged
Location: Online
Type: Virtual Event
Learn More…


Sep 2020

The Sponsorship Blueprint: 9 Steps to Transform your Sponsorship Program with Chris Baylis
Location: Online
Type: Webinar
Learn More…


Sep 2020

Le Clavardage de la SCDA Québec
Location: Online
Type: Videochat
Learn More…


Sep 2020

Solutions Café with Ravi Tangri
Location: Online
Type: Virtual Conference
This event is part of CSAE 2020 Unprecedented.
Learn More…


Duties and Responsibilities of Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations (Digital)

Duties and Responsibilities of Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations is CSAE’s most popular publication and is now available in a digital format.This eBook provides a road map of the important duties and liabilities of the directors of not-for-profit corporations. It offers general practice points to help directors meet their obligations, reduce liability risk, and govern more effectively in an increasingly complex environment.

Visit the CSAE Bookstore for more information and to purchase.


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