The Association Agenda: Share the Love! It’s Member November


Share the Love During Member November!

2020 has been a tough year! That’s why Member November is all about celebrating and raising up this talented, tenacious and terrific association community! CSAE wants to #sharethelove, and here’s how we’re doing that. Take part and #sharethelove too! Learn more.

Thank You for Attending Unprecedented!

It was a conference unlike any other! Thank you to the registrants, exhibitors, sponsors and countless volunteers who made it feel – almost – like we were all together again, for four days of learning, socializing and re-connecting. From the keynote sessions, to the CAE graduation, from a gourmet cooking class to learning to make cocktails, it was a one-of-a kind experience. Next year, we hope to gather in person for the 2021 annual conference, so mark your calendars for Montreal, October 21 – 23, 2021.  

Introducing CSAE’s Board of Directors and Network Councils for 2020/2021

CSAE is delighted to introduce the Board of Directors slate and Network Councils for 2020/2021. We are grateful for the dedication of all of these talented volunteers who support CSAE in delivering value to our members and fostering excellence in the association sector.

Join Tracy Folkes Hanson for Talk Tuesday – November 17 (member exclusive)

These informal chats are a chance for CSAE members to connect with colleagues from across the country and discuss the topics on our minds. Hosted by CSAE’s President & CEO Tracy Folkes Hanson, this online forum uses video conferencing to enable us to have a face-to-face conversation in real time. Let’s lean on each other and stay connected in this ever-changing environment! Click here to take part.

Start off 2021 With the CAE Winter Term

This year may almost be over, but learning and development are continuous! Enhance your association leadership skills and advance your career in 2021 with the Certified Association Executive® (CAE®) Program. The winter intake is now open for registration.

CAE’s 2020 graduating class Valedictorian, Michael Grant, shares his experience in the program: “What struck me most during my [CAE] journey was the support of this community. Every time I reached out to my network … I was always so pleasantly surprise by the positivity, encouragement and willingness to help I was met by. It reassured me that I was in the right place. That this is a community I want to be part of. A community I am proud to stand with.”

Read Association™ Magazine’s Fall Issue

Dive into compelling content from some of CSAE2020’s conference speakers and challenge your thinking about strategy and planning in unprecedented times.

Find New Insights on the CSAE Blog

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


See the events calendar for the full schedule of upcoming events!

Save the Date! Trillium 2020 Holiday Celebration

CSAE Trillium will always find a reason and a way to celebrate! Join us on December 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm, EST, for an hour of virtual fun, where you will have the opportunity to connect with your peers ahead of the holiday season. Save the date in your agenda now! More information will follow soon, so watch your inbox.

Mark your Calendars for February 10, 2021: CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau’s Virtual Tête-à-Tête 2021

CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau 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.

While it may be going virtual, it’s a not-to-be missed event offering ample opportunities to engage and connect. Join us for a virtual day of education, peer-to-peer learning and interactive, association-focused experiences! 

Watch your inbox in the coming weeks for full details!


Jennifer Bertrand, CAE
CSAE member since 2008

I am the Executive Director and Registrar of the Alberta College and Association of Opticians. CSAE was a natural choice for me given my passion for association work. The CAE program was exceptional and helped to crystalize my knowledge of association management. I have volunteered as a director of the CSAE Edmonton Network Council, a member of the communications awards and maintenance of certification program task forces, and a subject matter expert for a course development advisory committee. Above all, I value holding a designation that is highly respected in North America and recognized by employers across sectors and industries. I also appreciate CSAE publications and networking and professional development opportunities. CSAE is the best home for association professionals in Canada!

Connect with Jennifer on LinkedIn.


Enter the Managing Matters Sweet 16 Contest!
Source: Managing Matters Inc.
Managing Matters celebrated its 16th anniversary last month. To celebrate this milestone, it is giving back to a not-for-profit with a a chance to win $1,600 in services from Managing Matters. November 19 is the last day to enter the Sweet Sixteen Contest. Read More…

Canadian CEO Surprised how Little Federal Government Buys from Canadian Cybersecurity Sector
Source: IT World Canada
Christyn Cianfarani, CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Cybersecurity Industries, says she’s surprised how little Ottawa buys from Canadian cybersecurity providers after looking at a new federal government study of the sector. Read More…

Volunteer Ottawa Offers Help to Organizations
Source: Volunteer Ottawa
Volunteer Ottawa is offering a series of virtual workshops to assist organizations, their volunteers and staff to address the following identified issues: Self-Care: Wellness and Mental Health Supports for Staff, Volunteers and Clients, Adapting to Virtual Volunteering and Keeping Volunteers Engaged, Effective Communications during COVID-19: internal and external and more. For details visit Volunteer Ottawa’s website.

How to Update Your Code of Ethics for Today’s Members
Source: Associations Now
A code of ethics that falls out of date can cause major problems during uncertain times. Which elements should associations focus on updating? Here are a few suggestions to consider. Read More…



Nov 2020

CSAE Talk Tuesdays (member exclusive)
Location: Online
Type: Workshop
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Nov 2020

CSAE Manitoba Coffee & Conversation
Location: Online
Type: Networking
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Nov 2020

CSAE Alberta Chat and Cheers
Location: Online
Type: Networking
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Nov 2020

Le Clavardage de la SCDA Québec
Location: Online
Type: Networking
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Dec 2020

CSAE Talk Tuesdays (member exclusive)
Location: Online
Type: Workshop
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Dec 2020

CSAE Trillium Holiday Social
Location: Online
Type: Fundraising
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Dec 2020

December New Member Orientation
Location: Online
Type: Workshop
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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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