The Association Agenda: Exciting News for 2021


Exciting News for 2021

CSAE is starting the year with some exciting news! Like many of you, the CSAE team has learned a great deal over the past 10 months about sustaining productivity while connecting virtually with our members and partners. Our success has enabled us to adopt a permanent virtual model, and we will be vacating our offices at 10 King Street East in Toronto later this month. What does this mean for our members and partners? Simply put, it will be business as usual! Click here for more information.

Calling all Experts to the CSAE Trillium Winter Summit

Do you have knowledge to share with your not-for-profit colleagues? CSAE is calling for proposals/presenters for the 2021 CSAE Trillium Winter Summit, March 2-4, 2021. The theme of this event is “resilience” and its relation to mental health, joy and renewal. We’re aiming to fill 20 concurrent sessions that promote organizational resilience in challenging times, with topics relating to the  five main leadership competency areas. Presentations should be no longer than 60 minutes. Submit your proposal by January 15, 2021.  

Carpe Diem! Trillium Technology Day – February 3, 2021

There’s no doubt technology makes your association tick! Join your colleagues for the virtual 2021 CSAE Trillium Technology Day, where we will “seize the day” as we learn how to make technology work for us. The pandemic has created opportunities and challenges for association professionals from coast to coast – and all are welcome at this half-day event, featuring a keynote address on prioritizing accessibility with Ricardo Wagner of Microsoft Canada. Plus, we’ll have multiple technology-focused case studies and a panel on the “Technology of People.” Click here to register.  

PLUS: Take advantage of bundled discounts when you register for both Technology Day and the Winter Summit! CSAE Members – $220 bundled price. Non-Members – $380 bundled price. Available until Feb. 2.

Tête-à-Tête featuring Dr. David Fisman – February 10, 2021

CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau is rolling out its most popular event, Tête-à-Tête, in a new virtual format this year. Association and not-for-profit leaders, meeting and event planners, and government procurers can immerse themselves in “all things association” at Tête-à-Tête, where the day’s schedule is packed with informative roundtable discussions, expert panel presentations, and engaging keynote speakers. Our closing keynote speaker is none other than renowned Toronto epidemiologist Dr. David Fisman. This is his fourth presentation to CSAE members about COVID-19. This time, he’ll discuss how upcoming vaccinations will affect our event planning for 2021. Don’t miss this chance to learn how you can prepare your association for an uncertain future. Remember, your Tête-à-Tête registration is FREE! Click here to reserve your space.  

CEO Symposium – February 22-23, 2021

An effective working relationship between an association’s CEO and board chair is critical to a successful year. This two-day symposium is unlike any other – it’s been designed as a practical, hands-on workshop where CEOs and chairs can come together to cement their relationship and joint priorities, while building a strong and strategic foundation for their association. Together, you can take advantage of this signature workshop to build the path to an unparalleled year! This virtual symposium is created specifically for an association’s chief staff leader and its board chair to attend together. Facilitated by Glenn Tecker and Donna French Dunn, CAE, early bird pricing is only available until January 8 – register here.

RESILIENT. The CSAE Trillium Winter Summit – March 2-4, 2021 

This year, the Winter Summit will honour the unfailing optimism, innovation and strength that have characterized the association and not-for-profit sector’s response to COVID-19. Join us to explore resilience and its relation to mental health, joy and renewal. Two keynote speakers and 20 concurrent sessions will deliver something for everyone, including valuable opportunities to reconnect with your peers in the association world. Register here!

Reach Higher in 2021 with the Certified Association Executive™ Program

Learning a new skill or obtaining an additional accreditation are satisfying achievements, but did you know they bring a host of other advantages, too? These “big picture” benefits include currency in your field, professional network expansion, better employment opportunities, and a huge boost to your confidence and credibility! Take your not-for-profit leadership career to the next level in 2021 with the  Certified Association Executive™ (CAE™) Program.Targeted at senior leaders, executives and managers of associations and not-for-profit organizations, CAE’s online curriculum lets you work at your own pace so you can fit your learning into your busy schedule. Winter Intake is now open for registration. Click here for details. Make 2021 your best year yet! 

Find Valuable Insights on the CSAE Blog

Don’t miss these curated perspectives on a variety of association-focused issues. Our most recent post distills eight takeaways from CSAE’s discussions about COVID-19 with epidemiologist Dr. David Fisman. Read his tips for persevering in the pandemic here.

Network News

Join these virtual networking events, hosted each month by local CSAE Network Councils, for facilitated conversations about current topics relevant to association professionals. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend these events at no charge. 

CSAE Alberta Chat & Cheers

January 21, 2021 at 4 pm MST
Attendees and facilitator Tracy Douglas-Blowers will talk about putting sacred cows out to pasture and how to effectively communicate with members. Register here. 

What’s Brewing Ottawa-Gatineau

January 26, 2021 at 8 am EST 
Our next What’s Brewing Ottawa-Gatineau session will provide an update on various changes to government COVID-19 subsidy programs (CERS, CEBA, CEWS, etc.) and considerations for 2020 tax filings (employees working from home, T2200, etc.). Register here. 

CSAE Manitoba Coffee & Conversation

January 27, 2021 at 2 pm CST 
Attendees and Danielle Lamothe, VP, Learning & Innovation at CSAE, will talk about CSAE’s experience with virtual platforms and how we were able to host successful virtual events.  Register here. 

Le Clavardage de la SCDA Québec

28 janvier 2021 à 15 h 00 heure de l’est 
Ce mois-ci, Marc Lapointe, Directeur-général adjoint de l’Association québécoise des technologies et Directeur du conseil d’administration de la SCDA, facilitera la conversation sur le leadership au niveau du conseil d’administration et de la gouvernance au sein des associations. Inscriptions ici.  

Exhibitor Opportunities at CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau Tête-à-Tête 2021

Are you a business member or a non-member with valuable products and services for Tête-à-Tête attendees? Consider taking part as an exhibitor. In lieu of a trade show this year, all exhibitors have a unique roundtable opportunity to interact and showcase their knowledge, products and services to attendees. Space is limited! Click here to apply. 

Membership Spotlight

Peggy Nieghorn, Director of Business Development at Intertask Conferences

I’m Peggy Nieghorn, director of business development at Intertask Conferences, a JPdL Company. We are one of Canada’s longest-standing full service professional conference organizers (PCOs), specializing in not-for-profit business events. We also provide strategic advice and have helped many associations with their “pivot to virtual” in recent months. A longtime CSAE member with the Ottawa-Gatineau Network, I have enjoyed the professional connections I’ve made with executive members and business colleagues alike, while taking advantage of valuable educational opportunities that keep me tuned in to the issues of the day. I look forward to contributing to CSAE’s newly-minted Communications Advisory Group, and to seeing my CSAE colleagues in person again before too long!

Email Peggy at and connect with her on LinkedIn.  

Sector News

Mining Association of Canada and its Members Commit to Take Action Against Discrimination, Racism and Sexism

Source: Cision
The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members, which include 45 of Canada’s leading mining companies, today released a statement denouncing all forms of discrimination, racism and sexism and committed to actions to eliminate them in the Canadian mining industry.

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How Managers can Make one-on-one Check-Ins More Effective

Source: Associations Now
At this point in pandemic-induced remote work, employees might view their virtual check-ins with managers as a waste of time. But by establishing a regular routine and a plan for each meeting, managers can help make them useful again.

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New Association Aims to Strengthen Independent Journalism in Canada

Source: Cision
The official launch of Press Forward, a new national association that aims to unify, elevate and advocate for independent journalism organizations in Canada.

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CAMGA Unveils Code of Ethics for Member MGAs

Source: Insurance Business Canada
With the goal of providing more structure to the managing general agents (MGA) sector, the Canadian Association of Managing General Agents (CAMGA) has announced the adoption of a Code of Ethics.

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CSAE Events

Jan 2021  
CSAE Talk Tuesdays (member exclusive) Location: Online
Type: Workshop Learn More…
Jan 2021  
CSAE Alberta Chat & Cheers Location: Online
Type: Networking Learn More…
Jan 2021  
What’s Brewing Ottawa-Gatineau! Location: Online
Type: Networking Learn More…
Jan 2021  
CSAE Manitoba Coffee & Conversation Location: Online
Type: Networking Learn More…
Feb 2021  
CSAE Trillium Technology Day – Carpe Diem Location: Online
Type: Workshop Learn More…
Feb 2021  
CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau Tête-à-Tête Location: Online
Type: Networking Learn More…
Feb 2021  
2021 Virtual Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers Date: February 22-23, 2021
Location: Online
Type: Symposium Learn More…
Mar 2021  
CSAE Trillium Winter Summit Date: March 2-4, 2021
Location: Online
Type: Workshop Learn More…

Featured Publications

Government Relations for Canadian Associations: How to be the Voice of Your Members with Government

Become the government relations voice your association and members deserve!

Canada’s complex lobbying and  government relations landscape is always changing. This popular CSAE monograph has been significantly updated and expanded to help you enhance your GR toolbox.

Inform yourself about effective advocacy methods and benefit from valuable case study examples. Learn about the Lobbing Act and other policies and regulations. Visit the bookstore to learn more.

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