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    Enrich Your Expertise at COMMUNITY: CSAE’s 2021 Virtual Conference

    Harness the power of COMMUNITY at CSAE’s 2021 virtual conference, Nov. 9-11. Enjoy cohort-based learning, expert speakers and valuable networking. Attend alone or with your team at a single group price! Click here to register.

    Here are just a few of the concurrent sessions planned: 

    Take Back Your Weekends: Stress Less, Do More, Be Happier
    with Allison Graham 
    Feeling like there’s always too much to do, with too little time and too few resources? The concept of “Take Back Your Weekends” refers less to “WHEN” you work and more to “HOW” you work. Leave this session feeling empowered to boost your daily capacity to do, be and feel – and to rise to whatever challenges life throws at you! Read more!

    Rebranding: Lessons Learned From The Trenches
    with Lori Prospero, Shannon Bott, Melanie Lovering, Michelle HoadYour association’s brand is so much more than your logo or website. It’s about your style, tone and content – in other words, your voice. Ultimately, your brand strategy sets the foundation for your success! As associations define their unique value proposition, many have considered reinventing their brand. Join a panel of association leaders who will share their experiences, tips and advice for rebranding. Learn more here.

    Don’t Let Your New CEO Fail – Especially if That’s You!
    with Jane Halford
    Forty per cent of new CEOs “fail” within 18 months of assuming their role. That was the statistic before the pandemic, so what is it now? Set your organization up for a successful handover by treating a change in CEOs as a strategic project. Find out more, as you explore common myths and traditional approaches to CEO change, and learn what should be avoided. Get more details here.

    Click here for more information on concurrent sessions.

    Conference Sponsorship

    There are still sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Edward Byers, director of membership and business development, at edward@csae.com.

    Register for the CAE® Winter Term  

    Invest in your professional development with CSAE’s Certified Association Executive® program, crafted especially for senior leaders, executives and managers of associations and not-for-profit organizations. This is Canada’s only fully online program leading to a professional designation in not-for-profit leadership, so you can fit your learning into your busy schedule. Winter registration is now open. Click here for program information and register here. Or, contact Eve Mechici for a free program trial.

    Let’s Reconnect at Talk Tuesdays

    Oct. 19 – 2:00 pm EDT

    All members are warmly invited to join CSAE president and CEO Tracy Folkes Hanson for an informal virtual chat about what’s on your mind. This is a chance to reconnect with other members for conversation and camaraderie. Click here for more information.

    CSAE’s Annual General Meeting

    Oct. 27 – 12:00 pm EDT

    CSAE members: Don’t miss the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at 12 pm EDT. Once again, this year’s AGM will be held on a virtual platform. Your official invitation is in your inbox. We look forward to your participation.

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    CSAE Saskatchewan Meet & Greet

    Oct. 13 – 12:30 pm CST

    Connect with CSAE Saskatchewan’s new council members at the network’s very first Meet & Greet! Here is your opportunity to ask questions and learn about educational programming planned for the upcoming months. This is the perfect chance to engage with like-minded peers and discuss how everyone is managing through the current pandemic. All are welcome to this free event (both members and non-members). Click here to register.

    CSAE Alberta Chat & Cheers

    Oct. 21 – 4:00 pm MDT

    Many things compete for a leader’s attention. Discover productive habits and a practical toolkit to ensure you can do the satisfying and impactful work you are meant to do! Join Dawn O’Connor and create your own Focus Framework, identifying one to three small but significant behaviour shifts to ensure fewer distractions and support more high-value work. Free and open to both members and non-members across Canada. Register here.

    What’s Brewing Ottawa-Gatineau!

    Oct. 26 – 8 am EDT

    Join Ivy Cuervo of Halmyre for an enlightening discussion on proactive and reactive public relations. Everybody has a story to tell and taking advantage of a news event can help elevate your brand! Get actionable tips and advice for recognizing opportunities to build your brand, influence your stakeholders and deliver on your organization’s strategic vision. Free and open to all members and 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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    Tête-à-Tête 2022 – Plan to Join In-Person!

    April 6, 2022

    Mark your calendars for an exciting day at Ottawa’s EY Centre – for in-person education, peer-to-peer learning and interactive, association-focused experiences. Tête-à-Tête is one of Canada’s largest industry events dedicated to association and not-for-profit leaders, meeting and event planners, and government procurers. Watch your inbox in the coming weeks for more details. We can’t wait to see you!

    Explore CSAE’s Latest Blog Posts

    Market Benchmarking Helps You Evaluate Your Benefits Offering

    Gain valuable insights into your organization’s benefits program through market benchmarking, a process that analyzes the competitiveness of your total rewards package. By Kathleen Jinkerson

    Live, Virtual, Hybrid? Association Event Planning Now And In The Future 

    Get five key takeaways to help guide your association event planning as we begin to make the journey back to in-person functions. By Lorne Cooperberg

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


    How to Drive Analytics Adoption Through Culture and Practice

    Oct. 13 – 3:00 pm EDT

    It can be difficult for associations to get started with analytics and even more difficult to ensure they are being fully leveraged once implemented. Join experts from Association Analytics and Culture of Analytics for a discussion about these common challenges and tips for overcoming them. Learn how to boost adoption of analytics and technology for your association. Register at https://hubs.la/H0YS43D0.  

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    Super Forum 2021

    Oct. 19-21

    Join industry experts for Super Forum 2021, a free virtual event hosted by CSAE partner, Higher Logic, from Oct. 19-21. The lineup includes an association-dedicated track with 30-plus sessions. Check out the event page to learn more and register today.   

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    eBook: How to Actually Use Your Member Data: 3 Steps to Success

    Your association probably has access to a lot more data than you think. But knowing what member data you have access to and knowing how to use it are two different things. So many resources talk about “data-driven decision-making” as this big, scary thing. But really, becoming data-driven is just about taking the data you have and using it to make decisions. Find out more in this new eBook from Higher Logic! Click here.


    Barry Rooke, National Campus and Community Radio Association


    I am Barry Rooke, CAE, the executive director of both National Campus and Community Radio Association (a non-profit association supporting 115-plus non- profit radio stations across the country) and Cider Canada/Cidre Canada (a new national association for cider producers in Canada).

     I have been lucky enough to receive awards in the CAE program as well as the  CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau Emerging Talent Award (2021). I started in the association world in 2015 and learned that being a member (and completing training) with CSAE is incredibly beneficial – it has resulted in our organization growing almost 250 per cent in revenue and 20 per cent in membership! I really appreciate the support others provide through the Associations Connect portal.

     Email Barry at barry@ncra.ca and connect with him on LinkedIn!


    Golf Journalists Association of Canada Honours Garry McKay with the Dick Grimm Award

    Source: Golf Industry Network 

    Named in honour of Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Richard “Dick” Grimm, whose legendary service to the Canadian Open and the Canadian golf industry is unparalleled in Canadian golf history, the Dick Grimm Award is presented annually to those who have made a significant lifetime contribution to Canadian golf.

    Anti-fraud group Équité Association formally launches

    Source: Insurance Business Canada 

    Équité Association, the Canadian insurance industry’s “unified front” against insurance fraud and exploitation, formally launched this week.

    A look at the post-pandemic Association workplace

    Source: Associations Now

    While many other industries have already returned to the traditional office, a new survey reveals that associations are moving toward more remote and hybrid workplaces as they look to offer staff more flexibility and retain employees.


    2021 CSAE Benefits & Compensation Report

    Get essential, up-to-date salary and benefit information for all levels of staff within Canada’s association and not-for-profit communities. This latest report, reflecting data collected in the first half of 2021, provides insight on remuneration data, statistics and emerging trends relative to executives, directors, managers and frontline employees working in all types and sizes of organizations within the sector. This is a key reference for sector leaders and their boards, as well as executive search and consulting firms.

    Visit the CSAE Bookstore for more information and to purchase.



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