• The Association Agenda – What Are You Most Proud Of?


    Awards of Distinction – Deadline Extended to Sept. 13!

    What are you most proud of? Association leaders have done some exceptional work over the past two years. From new educational programming, to innovative ways to support members, to creative approaches to revenue diversification – and more – many exciting developments have been achieved. Your successes deserve recognition!

    Tell us your story and apply here for a CSAE 2021 Award of Distinction.

    Award recipients will be celebrated on the virtual stage at COMMUNITY: CSAE’s 2021 virtual conference in November. Plus, award-winning submissions will be shared on our growing knowledge hub to benefit others in the association and not-for-profit sector.  

    Apply by Sept. 13, 2021. Click here for more information. 

    Save the Date for CSAE’s AGM

    CSAE members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, at 12 pm EDT. Once again, this year’s AGM will be held on a virtual platform. Watch your inbox in September for the details, including materials and instructions. We look forward to your participation!

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    Early Bird Rate Extended to Sept. 10

    Harness the power of community at our upcoming virtual conference. Share stories and expertise that will enrich your organization and your professional development. Enjoy cohort-based learning, expert speakers and valuable networking. Click here and register at the early bird rate by Sept. 10. Click here to register at the early bird rate by Sep. 10.

    Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

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


    CAE® Fall Term – Get Started on Monday!

    Sept. 6 – Nov. 29
    The back-to-school countdown is on! The fall term of the Certified Association Executive® program starts this Monday, Sept. 6. Invest in your professional development and work towards Canada’s only fully online professional designation in not-for-profit leadership.

    Register here or contact eve@csae.com for information or a free trial. 

    Talk Tuesdays Begin Again

    Sept. 7 – 2 pm ET
    After a summer hiatus, 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.

    Ottawa-Gatineau CEO Roundtable Series

    Sept. 15 – 12 pm EDT
    Connect with association and nonprofit leadership peers at this online event, and learn how our sector is managing the risks involved with a return to in-person events. Association leaders must assess liability and consider things like waivers, vaccine requirements and more. Tap into your community’s expertise at this free virtual roundtable for executive members only! Participants are welcome from across Canada. Find out more and register here.

    What’s Brewing Ottawa-Gatineau!

    Sept. 21 – 8 am EDT
    In times of crisis and business disruption, work-life boundaries can blur, and finding time to recharge can seem like an impossible task. Discover strategies to manage your energy, focus on happiness and integrate all aspects of your life at this free session with resiliency expert Beverly Beuermann-King. Learn how to examine your personal Wheel of Life and how to apply Beverly’s S-O-S Principle to renew your sense of balance, engagement and health – now and for the future. Free and open to members and non-members across Canada. Register here.

    CSAE Governance Forum

    Sept. 23 – 10:30 am EDT

    “When the senior leadership and the board get it right, it’s a wonderful partnership that can really advance an association.” – Dr. David S. Weiss

    Bring your board and senior leadership team together – at one group price – to do the work essential to powerful governance and association success at the 2021 CSAE Governance Forum on Sept. 23. Expertly facilitated by Dr. David S. Weiss, it’s like a board retreat without all the associated costs and complicated logistics.

    Hear more from Dr. Weiss about the passion and talent of boards of directors and how the Governance Forum can transform this potential into a powerful engine that will drive your association forward.

    Find more information and register here.

    CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau September (Virtual) Kick-off

    Sept. 28 – 4 pm EDT
    Learn how to create a traditional Makatew medicine bag in this fascinating workshop hosted by CSAE OG’s own Marc Forgette. Hear stories about the origins of the materials and the cultural significance of the bag, as you discover how non-Indigenous allies can support Indigenous artisans, entrepreneurs and knowledge-keepers. Plus, find out what’s on the horizon for the network, including plans for Tête-à-Tête 2022. All are welcome from across Canada. This event requires materials to be shipped in advance, so please register no later than Sept. 17. CSAE member price $35 and non-members $45.

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    New Member Orientation

    Oct. 6 – 1:00 pm EDT
    Welcome to CSAE! Get the lay of the land at this free session, where you’ll learn about the benefits of being a member while you connect with other newcomers. 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.

    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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    Explore CSAE’s Latest Blog Posts

    How Associations Can Repurpose Recorded Zoom Sessions
    Every one of your recorded Zoom sessions represents an opportunity for your association to provide timely and educational information to your members, while also creating new streams of non-dues revenue. By Dr. Laurelle Jno Baptiste

    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.


    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.


    Lindsay Murray, Central Coastal Tourism Partnership (CCTP)


    I am the executive director of the Central Coastal Tourism Partnership (CCTP). The CCTP is a PEI association that was formed to promote partnerships and tourism growth within the central coastal area, allowing tourism operators to earn a greater return on investment. I am a CSAE business member turned executive member, an avid volunteer and a CAE® student – so as you can tell, I’ve had a lot of opportunities through CSAE! With each networking event, professional development workshop, volunteer opportunity, etc., I have had the chance to make a friend or learn something new. With CSAE’s support, I can navigate the association industry with more ease and help grow my career.   

    Email Lindsay at lindsay@centralcoastalpei.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.


    Develop a Volunteer Corps That’s Built to Last

    Source: Associations Now
    Keeping association volunteers engaged and fulfilled helps them grow and develop with the organization. Staff can help them do that. Read More…

    6 Key Work-From-Home Statistics — And What You Should Do About Them

    Source: Sidecar
    While remote working was initially an unwanted change for many, it has become something that workers request and even negotiate for. With more and more professionals desiring permanent work-from-home status, associations can learn lessons from last year’s abrupt shift to a remote workspace. Read More…

    Groups Continue to Explore New Hybrid Conference Formats

    Source: Associations Now

    As COVID-19 remains a concern, associations continue to experiment with alternative meeting formats. Hear from two associations on why they chose virtual and in-person components of their events. Read More…


    Best Practices and Tools for Not-for-Profit Boards


    Ensure organizational success with this no-nonsense approach to exploring key governance-related questions, including how to define the real role of a board and the liability of its members, how to set priorities and how to implement and uphold policies.

    Visit the CSAE Bookstore for more information and to purchase.



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