• The Association Agenda – Get Ready to Connect In-Person


    Together Again – In Person!

    Mark your calendars: CSAE is thrilled to have three in-person events already scheduled for 2022. CEOs, we can’t wait to see you at the Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers (March 24-25) in Toronto.  A virtual option is also available for those unable to join in person. We are also excited to announce that Tête-à-Tête will take place on April 6 at the EY Centre in Ottawa. Watch for registration to open in January – free to all association professionals. If you’re interested in exhibiting, apply today. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2022 CSAE conference in Halifax, N.S. – Oct. 19-21. Registration will open soon, so watch your inbox. We can’t wait to see you!

    Check out the full roster of all upcoming learning and networking opportunities below.

    Member November: That’s A Wrap!

    Thanks to everyone who helped us #AchieveMoreTogether during Member November.

    In addition to offering a number of professional development incentives throughout the month, we asked CSAE members to tell us what being a part of this community means to you – and you responded, loud and clear! 

    For details on all the winning entries for this month’s initiatives, click here.

    2021 Awards of Distinction – Members’ Choice Results

    Members have voted . . . and we’re delighted to announce the Members’ Choice winners from amongst all of our award-winning submissions:

    ·         Hotel Association of CanadaIn It Together – Surviving the COVID-19 Crisis

    ·         1st runner up – Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation ConsortiumCUTRIC’s Pan-Canadian Battery Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial

    ·         2nd runner up – Supply Chain Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Territories Institutes: Collaboration: The Missing Piece to Bridging the Gap

    The best part about this year’s Awards of Distinction? Associations from coast to coast can learn from these award-winning submissions, which are shared here.


    Association Advocacy Tools for the New Parliament
    Dec. 6 – 1:00 pm EST
    As the new federal Parliament gets established, it will be important for associations to engage with Members of Parliament and other decision-makers on their key issues. Join us for this webinar with Huw Williams, president of Impact Public Affairs, as he discusses the advocacy tools that help associations to be more effective in their government relations. Bring your questions for the post-session Q&A. This event is free for CSAE members and 2021 Conference attendees. Non-members pay $25. Find out more and register here.

    What’s Brewing Ottawa-Gatineau!
    Dec. 7 – 8:00 am EST
    Don’t miss this discussion with labour and employment lawyer Raquel Chisholm, partner at Emond Harnden LLP, as she dives into legal repercussions surrounding the return to the office. Hear valuable advice and expert tips for handling in-person, hybrid and remote organizations. This event is free and open to everyone. Click here for details.

    CSAE Trillium’s 2021 Hollywood Holiday Party
    Dec. 9 – 4:30 pm EST
    Shine like the stars at CSAE Trillium’s Hollywood Holiday soirée on Thursday, Dec. 9. All are welcome at this virtual party, to be held on the Remo platform. Don your best holiday costume or accessories and join your peers for a fun afternoon of table games, peer networking and “on stage” laughs courtesy of our MC, Funny Bones! Collect points throughout the event to qualify for a range of great prizes. Sip your favourite holiday beverage as we come together to launch the season, Trillium style! This festive event is free for both CSAE members and non-members. Register here. Sponsorships are available for this event starting at $1,000. Interested? Contact edward@csae.com. 

    Let’s Connect at Talk Tuesdays
    Dec. 14 – 2:00 pm EST
    Talk Tuesday are happening monthly starting in December. This is your chance to have an informal drop-in with fellow members – to discuss anything that is on your mind. Hosted by CSAE president and CEO Tracy Folkes Hanson. Register here.

    New Member Orientation
    Jan. 6, 2022  – 1:00 pm EST
    Welcome to CSAE! Kick off the new year by learning about all the benefits of belonging to this hub for associations. Log in to the CSAE website and click here to register for this free virtual session.

    Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers
    Feb. 24-25 – Virtual workshopRegister here.
    Mar. 24-25, 2022 –In-person workshop, Toronto, ON.  Register here.Do you have a new board chair this year? Forge a strong connection with them at this two-day session, where staff leaders and board chairs 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. Don’t miss out on the early bird rate!

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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 as 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 details coming soon.

    Find Valuable Insights on the CSAE Blog

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

    Becoming a Socially Responsible Organization: Sustainability Practices You Can Begin to Use Today

    Everyone’s talking about climate change, Indigenous reconciliation and social equity. Author Coro Strandberg offers tips to help associations become socially responsible organizations.

    How Micro-Credentials Drive Member Engagement

    Micro-credentials can be a small but mighty tool in your association’s toolkit. This article by D2L’s 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.


    Are Virtual Events and Online Continuing Education Here to Stay? Have Your Say!

    Prior to the pandemic, many associations held in-person continuing education events and conferences to add value for their members and to generate revenue. During the pandemic, associations have relied exclusively on technology to connect with members. With the increasing costs of hosting in-person events and an attendee hard cap due to public gathering guidelines, will associations opt to host online events post Covid-19? Participate in our short three-minute survey by Dec. 10 for a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card (just in time for the holidays). The results will be shared with survey participants and our fellow CSAE members.

    Presented by: 

    Launch Your Micro-Credentialling Strategy
    Dec. 16 – 1:00 pm EST
    The broadening skills gap has been front page news for the past couple of years. With so many options for upskilling, reskilling, and professional development, where do we even begin? A solid professional learning strategy that drives relevant career growth will provide the tools needed to keep your learners ahead of the game. Dive into best practices for setting up your micro-credentialing strategy on Dec. 16 at 1:00 pm EST with this webinar hosted by Amber West, instructional designer at D2L. Find details and the registration link here.

    Presented by: 


    Dean Black, RCAF Association & Association for Strategic Planning

    I currently serve as executive director of the member-funded common-interest RCAF Association, and I am also certification director of the not-for-profit Association for Strategic Planning (ASP), a global organization with roots in the U.S. I joined CSAE in 2007 to connect with professionals who could help me understand the nonprofit sector and the role I was hired to fill. I continue to benefit from those connections. Adding the CVRM, SMP and two Master’s degrees (MA Leading Innovation & Change and MSc in Strategic Planning) to my CAE has provided a broader understanding of people, organizations, processes, practices and professionalism. These are some of the essential elements of success in serving and helping similarly committed people.

    Email Dean at director@airforce.ca or connect with him on LinkedIn.


    The Return to In-Person Meetings 

    The pandemic upended a primary source of both member engagement and nondues revenue for associations: in-person meetings. But as organizations revive their face-to-face offerings, they’re doing it smarter—by applying the lessons they’ve learned since March 2020.

    Source: AssociationsNow

    Four Tactics for Improving the Expo Experience for Exhibitors and Attendees

    Going back to in-person events while still following COVID-19 health and safety protocols will surely feel different, including in your exhibit hall. To make the most of the expo experience, start early, create a comfort zone, use technology and data, and try new things.

    Source: AssociationsNow

    What to Consider When Planning 2021 Staff Holiday Parties

    In 2020, many shifted their office holiday parties to virtual due to the pandemic. With vaccines widely available, but COVID-19 variants surfacing, experts say organizations are considering smaller in-person gatherings, virtual events, and hybrid options for 2021.

    Source: AssociationsNow


    2021 CSAE Benefits & Compensation Report

    The 2021 CSAE Benefits & Compensation Report provides essential salary and benefit information for all levels of staff within Canada’s association and not-for-profit and 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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