• The Association Agenda: Gear Up For a Fresh New Year

    Meet John Buck, CSAE’s Board Chair 

    Get to know CSAE’s Board Chair John Buck, CAE, and find out what he hopes to achieve during his tenure as CSAE’s Board Chair. Click here to read his interview with Penny Tantakis, CSAE’s director of marketing and communications.

    CAE® Winter Term Begins Jan 10: It’s Not Too Late to Register

    Make your mark in 2022 with the Certified Association Executive™ (CAE™) Program and register today for the winter term. Designed for senior leaders, executives and managers of associations and not-for-profit organizations, the online curriculum lets you work at your own pace to fit your learning into your busy schedule. Join more than 600 CAE®-certified professionals enjoying the advantages of certification. CAEs now have access to a digital badge as a verified mark of their skills and knowledge. Click here for details on Winter intake or contact Eve Mechici at eve@csae.com.

    CAE® Continuous Professional Development

    The CAE® program is being enhanced in 2022 with the introduction of a continuous professional development (CPD) requirement. This will ensure the CAE® designation’s value, currency and credibility as a mark of the highest professional standards. Learn more by visiting the FAQs here. We’ll be sharing more details in the coming months so that current CAEs are well equipped to meet the new requirement. Questions? Contact Eve@csae.com

    Submit Your Proposal for the Summer Summit  

    Do you have valuable knowledge to share with your association colleagues? Are you a talented faciliator or speaker? CSAE’s Trillium network welcomes your proposal to present at the Summer Summit, July 13-15, 2022 at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. The program will give attendees ample opportunity to hear innovative ideas and join discussions that will give them the edge in supporting their organizations, members and volunteers. Click here to submit your proposal by Feb. 1, 2022.


    Connect and Share at Talk Tuesdays
    Jan. 11, 2022 – 2:00 pm EST
    Members, please join fellow members, along with CSAE president and CEO Tracy Folkes Hanson, for an informal monthly drop-in– to discuss anything that is on your mind. Register here.

    CSAE Alberta Chat & Cheers
    Jan. 20, 2022 – 4:00 pm MST
    Start your goal-setting for 2022 with a review of the year gone by. Join host Ashley Janssen of Code and Effect to explore how to do an annual reflection, use it as the foundation for your goals, and set and actually achieve those goals! This virtual session is free and open to all. Find out more here.  

    New Member Orientation
    Feb. 3, 2022  – 1:00 pm EST
    Welcome to CSAE! Join this free virtual session to discover the benefits of belonging to this hub for associations. Log in to the CSAE website and click here to register.

    Lobby Registry: Best Practices for Associations
    Feb. 8, 2022 – 1:00 pm EST
    Rules, requirements and the system are constantly changing for lobby registries across Canada. With the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada launching a consultation on future changes to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct, it will be important for associations to stay up-to-date. Join W. Scott Thurlow, a political lawyer, and Huw Williams, president of Impact Public Affairs, as they review lobby registration requirements for associations. Bring your questions for the post-session Q&A. Free to CSAE members. Non-members: $50. Register here.

    Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers
    Feb. 24-25 – Virtual workshop. Register here.

    March 24-25, 2022 – In-person workshop, Toronto, ON. Register here. (Note: CSAE will evaluate government restrictions in February and adjust to a virtual offering if needed.)  

    If you’re a CEO, don’t miss this opportunity to forge a strong connection with your board chair at this two-day session. At this symposium staff leaders and board chairs attend together to set a course for success in the year ahead. Expertly facilitated by Glenn Tecker and Donna French Dunn, CAE, this is an event that fills up.

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    Make Plans to Exhibit at Tête-à-Tête 2022
    April 6, 2022

    Tête-à-Tête is back in person this year! Join us at the EY Centre in Ottawa and celebrate 32 years of success at one of the association community’s largest industry events. Apply now to exhibit and get the early bird exhibitor rate before Jan. 31, 2022. Space is limited. Looking for something extra? Contact edward@csae.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

    Association and not-for-profit leaders, meeting and event planners and government procurers from across the country can attend this event – free. Registration opens in January. Watch your inbox.

    Find Valuable Insights on the CSAE Blog

    Don’t miss these curated perspectives on a variety of association-focused issues. Recent posts include:

    https://csae.com/blogs/5-ways-digital-advocacy-helps-associations-reach-their-goals/5 Ways Digital Advocacy Helps Associations Reach Their Goals 

    Digital advocacy has grown over the past decade. Now, demonstrating a groundswell of support is needed on an issue-by-issue basis. Find out how your association can ensure your messages reach the right people in this article by Rob LeForte.

    How Micro-Credentials Drive Member Engagement

    Micro-credentials can be a small but mighty tool in your association’s toolkit. This article by Amber West, Serena Loy and Haley Wilson outlines how micro-credentials drive member engagement and how you can launch your micro-credentials strategy.

    How to Make the Best of a Virtual Conference

    Virtual conferences are not without their challenges. If you’re planning a virtual conference, here are six expert tips from Kelly Duval of Howspace to help you make it the best possible experience.

    Read more informative content targeted at associations and not-for-profit organizations on the CSAE blog.

    Member Spotlight

    Beth Barberree, Canadian Centre for Men and Families 

    Email Beth at bethbarberree@gmail.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.

    I’m the executive director for the Alberta branch of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF). With compassion, our people meet men where they stand and help equip them to rebuild after relationships fail, stay connected with children and recover from trauma. We believe improving men’s mental health makes them better dads, safer workers, and more engaged contributing members of their communities. Programs that focus on men’s unique experience are rare in Canada, and I’m thrilled to share news of our agency with other CSAE members. I believe that collaboration and sharing in the lifelong learning process makes us all stronger as we work on solutions for common challenges facing nonprofit organizations. I look forward to connecting with you! 

    Making Your Mark as a Not-For-Profit Board Member

    This essential guide helps orient all board members who serve organizations that have paid staff. Whether you’re a new or experienced board member, this clear and practical publication provides insight and tools for all directors. It enables you to confidently and capably govern with excellence and accountability. Visit the CSAE Bookstore for more information and to purchase.

    Career Resources


    Have you thought about leveraging CSAE’s relatiionship with over 15,000 association executives to fill your next position? Post your job to AssociationJobs.ca now! CSAE members save 40%.  

    Job Seekers…

    Interested in finding the latest career opportunities in the association section? Click here to find the most recent postings, such as:  

    Title: Executive Director
    Organization: Visual Arts Mississauga
    Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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    Title: Chief Operating Officer
    Organization: Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia
    Location: Vancouver, BC
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    Title: President
    Organization: The Ontario Produce Marketing Association
    Location: Toronto, Ontario
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    Thank You to Our Corporate Partners

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