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CSAE News & Updates

Join Dr. David Weiss in Vancouver next week on October 22nd for a full-day exploration around the most effective approach for a board in developing an association’s strategy. How can you work together to build a strategy that delivers sustainable competitive or comparative advantage? How can you track strategic progress and your investment in innovation?

Discover how to contribute greater value to the future of your organization and master the tools to get there with this outstanding day of learning and discussion led by one of the industry’s best. 

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Associations: Decoded, CSAE’s 2019 Conference & Showcase, is almost here! Held in Vancouver on October 22-25, it is designed to help you gain clarity, resolve your associations most pressing issues, and achieve optimal results.

Explore the full conference program and discover what’s in it for you and your organization.

You still have time to register, click here!

Questions? Contact emma@csae.com.

CSAE is thrilled to introduce CSAE Insurance Services — a new suite of products curated to meet your association’s unique insurance needs as an exclusive benefit of CSAE membership.

CSAE members get savings on several leading-edge insurance products including event insurance, directors’ and officers’ liability, and employee benefits through a convenient platform that delivers online quoting and binding capability and group discounts through its insurance company partners. CSAE’s insurance products can also be offered by member associations to their own respective membership!

For more information about CSAE Insurance Services, visit our website or contact edward@csae.com or kimberly@csaeinsurance.com.

Ottawa Tourism
Ottawa Tourism is applying Winter Meeting ICEntives to meetings held in Ottawa between December 1 and March 31. Ottawa is a true winter wonderland! Home to the world’s largest skating rink and Winterlude, the world-renowned winter festival, the Nation’s Capital offers countless ways to enjoy the most Canadian of seasons. Ottawa can put your event on an international stage without breaking your budget!
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 As CSAE continues to evolve to be a member-driven organization, it is the voice and participation of our members that enable renewal and growth. The new 2018/19 Annual Report: Laying the foundations, puts the spotlight on the people and initiatives at the heart of this change.

To access this report, log into Associations Connect with your member login information and go to the Annual General Meeting documents.



On November 13-15, CSAE’s director of membership and business development, Edwards Byers, will facilitate a panel organized by the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. Titled Ignite Your Membership, this plenary is designed to offer valuable ideas to help you serve your members!  

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Sector News
Source: CSAE Blog
Every successful organization is built upon a strong foundation. On the employment law front, this means implementing carefully drafted employee handbooks and employment agreements at the beginning of your employees’ lifecycles. Not only will this ensure that you are not opening yourself up to indefinite liability, but these valuable documents also help introduce employees to the organization’s culture, mission and values and help drive consistent customer service, work habits, and company objectives...
Source: CSAE Blog
At the end of a normal day, I am tired and my clothes are rumpled. But, sometimes stuff happens and the day is anything but normal. And it is invariably on a day when I least expect it. What makes the days when stuff happens work for me is that I am prepared for the predictable.
Source: Associations Now
Climate change impacts are causing many associations to push harder on sustainability. At this year’s IMEX America in Las Vegas, sustainability was a focal point for attendee education and engagement.
Source: Canadian Forest Industries
The Alberta Forest Products Association has announced the launch of its Love Alberta Forests campaign. The campaign details the love, thoughtfulness, and commitment that goes into forestry practices.
Source: Estevan Mercury Publications
The SMA is a professional membership organization and is the trusted voice of Saskatchewan’s more than 2,400 practising physicians. It negotiates for and on behalf of Saskatchewan doctors; supports the educational, professional, economic and personal well-being of physicians; and advocates for a high-quality and patient-centred health care system.
Source: Manitoba Co-Operation
Business risk management, trade, labour, and climate change mitigation are some of the top issues farmers want candidates to address during the current federal election campaign.
Source: Daily Commercial News
The pool of construction workers in Canada is shrinking and contractors aren’t using technologies to fill the shortages and augment the productivity of their workforce, according to a new report on key trends impacting the industry released by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).
Source: UA/AU University Affairs
Given recent evidence that fewer than 20 percent of Canada’s PhDs are employed as full-time professors, efforts to support graduate student professional development to ease the academia to industry transition need to address barriers around a lack of industry contacts and experience.
Membership Spotlight

New Member

I've enjoyed a career in human resources winning a few industry awards like Rising Star, HR Award of Excellence and an Innovation award. However, I began looking for a new challenge, something very different. Fortunately, I found an exciting executive director role that allowed me to stay close to the HR profession. Seven months ago, I accepted the position of CEO of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia. We represent, influence and advance the profession to make Nova Scotia the workplace of choice.

My board introduced me to CSAE as they had positive experiences with the association. I became a member right away, and it wasn't long before I started to see the benefits. I gained an excellent foundation in governance and association strategy by completing the CAE® 100 course as I work towards the CAE® designation. I'm also feeling fortunate to be able to volunteer as a speaker in the CSAE 2019 Conference.

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Member since 2016

I’m the managing director of AMC NPO Solutions and we’ve been helping not-for-profits with governance and strategic planning since 1987. I joined CSAE after my father, Tom Abbott Sr, B.Comm., CGA, CAE passed away. He is the founder of the company, the architect of the Complementary Model of Board Governance, and a winner of  the Dalton N. Murphy Award by the CSAE BC Network. With over 25 years experience as CEO, president and board director for several not-for-profit organisations, I’ve spoken in over 20 countries. I’m also set to speak at the CSAE 2019 Conference in Vancouver. I’m passionately committed to building effective partnerships between volunteer boards and staff, and helping to set the strategic direction of not-for-profit organisations.

Connect with Tom on LinkedIn.

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CSAE Events
Oct 2019
Toronto, ON
Network event – CSAE Trillium
In-person event
Oct 2019
October 22-25
Conference and Showcase
Venue: Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
Price: Early Bird Full Conference Pass – Members: $815.00 / Early Bird Full Conference Pass – Non Members: $1,065.00
Oct 2019
Vancouver, BC
Workshop, in -person
Speaker: Dr. David Weiss
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Nov 2019
Toronto, ON
Workshop, in-person event
Network event – CSAE Trillium
Facilitated by Fay Booker, FCPA-FCA, CIA, C.Dir., Acc.Dir., FCIS
Panel moderated by Korinne Collins
Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dec 2019
Toronto, ON
Network event – CSAE Trillium
Networking event
Time: 4:45 PM – 9 PM
Featured Publications

By Jacqui d’Eon

CSAE’s newest publication!

Reputations take years to establish and can be damaged in mere moments. Organizations can mitigate and repair damage by preparing. Tailored for associations and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and types, this book guides the reader through all stages of crisis preparation with a straightforward approach.

Excerpt: “There is an old saying, “Not planning is planning to fail.” That applies as much to preparing to manage an issue as it does to achieving more positive goals. Associations that ignore the possibility of something going wrong are deluding themselves. A little bit of preparation and forethought can be that extra ounce of protection to mitigate damage and speed recovery after a disaster. The reality is that for many executives, crisis preparation only makes the top of the priority list after they have lived through a disaster that caused them and/or their association harm.

Order at a 10% discount through October 31, 2019.


By Huw Williams

Because Canada’s complex lobbying and government relations landscape is always changing, this popular CSAE publication is a must-have for any association professional looking to develop their GR skills.

Excerpt: “Historically, many associations were formed to deal primarily with advocacy issues. Today, even more associations have taken on government relations responsibilities as the ever-increasing reach of government affects the concerns of individuals and not-for-profit organizations. Whether the purpose of the association is to represent individuals, professionals, or business-based concerns, a formal government relations approach is more necessary than ever.”

Order at a 10% discount through October 31, 2019.

Do you have a recommended great read? Send your suggestion to nicolas@csae.com.

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