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CSAE News & Updates

CSAE is partnering with The Portage Group to create an up-to-date, comprehensive profile of financial operations in Canada’s not-for-profit sector. The benchmarking report will provide decision makers with essential information including operating ratios, financial practices and so much more from across the sector to help inform excellence in financial operations.

To receive a complimentary copy of the CSAE 2020 Canadian Association Financial Operations Report's executive summary and a 50 per cent discount off the standard member price, we invite you to take some time to complete the survey before December 4, 2019. Your participation is critical to this initiative, thank you for helping to shape the future excellence of the sector. 

You can also pre-purchase the Financial Operations Report on our bookstore at a special pre-sale price.

Questions or concerns about the survey? Contact Geoffrey Thacker or Penny Tantakis.

Are you ready to kick off 2020 with fresh skills and advance your career? The Certified Association Executive (CAE®) program’s winter term is now open for registration.

Offered online, it is a very flexible program that can be earned through five, 12-week courses and one certifying exam, or through a Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) pathway.

Join Canada’s 600+ CAE® professionals who stand out in the sector today.

Questions? Phone Eve at 1.800.461.3608 x 242, or email cae@csae.com.

Check our website to learn more and register.

The Association Trends Report is a research series published with CSAE’s research partner, The Portage Group. It summarizes and provides a current understanding of the critical trends, issues and challenges shaping the association landscape. It offers valuable insights into what associations are doing to position themselves for continued sustainability and long-term success.

Click here to access!

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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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Get price breaks when you add more members to your bundle: AMCs can now purchase a group membership that includes both Executive and Business memberships at discounted rates.

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Thank you for sharing the typical, outrageous or relatable challenges of working in this sector! Congratulations to Cindy Gonsalves, Jonathan Roberts, Rebecca Harris and Frances LeBlanc, you’ve each won a Visa® $100 Gift Card! 

Membership Spotlight

Member since 2018

I have been the CEO at the Medical Society of PEI since January 2014, when I was hired to modernize the organization. I joined CSAE after attending the Annual Symposium for Chief Elected and Staff Officers. This is now an annual rite of passage for me to attend with our president-elect. The symposium has changed the way I think about association governance, and how a healthy relationship between the senior elected officer and its CEO can drive organizational performance.

The symposium has contributed to the organizational transformation that has occurred under my leadership and the new ventures we are pursuing in service of our physician members, which includs developing a master’s program in leadership, working with government to overhaul physician recruitment, and adopting interest-based bargaining.

Connect with Lea on LinkedIn.

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Sector News
Source: CSAE Blog
80 per cent of strategy plans do not get implemented. This failure rate applies to both Fortune 500 companies and small non-profit organizations. There are many reasons why organizations fail in implementing, rather than formulating, the greatest and the most ambitious strategic visions of all time. I have three lessons to share from my experience working with clients and executives to showcase that failure to implement comes not from bad intentions but a lack of focus on things that matter.
Source: The Globe and Mail
The launch of the Financial Planning Association of Canada (FPAC) on Nov. 19 is another positive step in the continued evolution of turning financial planning into a recognized profession.
Source: Associations Now
Whether it’s content from your prior events or old blog posts that can be given new life, content repurposing can be a major opportunity for associations to increase reach and build on prior efforts. Here’s how.
Source: UM News Today
Two UM researchers in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences have been named as Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2019 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN).
Source: Financial Post
British Columbia passed a law that will give indigenous people more sway in matters affecting them, becoming the first Canadian province to formally adopt U.N. standards on the issue.
CSAE Events
Dec 2019
Location: Kanata, ON
Network: Ottawa-Gatineau
Type: In-person Event
Dec 2019
Location: Ottawa, ON
Network: Ottawa-Gatineau
Type: Networking Session
Jan 2020
Location: Ottawa, ON
Network: Ottawa-Gatineau
Type: Tradeshow
Feb 2020
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Network: Manitoba
Type: Networking and presentation
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Featured Publications

By Harrison Coerver, Mary Byers

Race for Relevance provides a no-nonsense look at today's realities and how associations operate and what they need to do to remain relevant in the future. Based on more than 40 years of combined experience working with more than 1,000 organizations, the authors examine 5 key areas where the traditional approach that organizations have taken in the past needs to be altered.

Excerpt: “This is a book about change. Radical change. Whether you are a paid association professional or a volunteer leader, you probably have noticed that today’s association model, which was created more than 100 years ago, isn’t nearly as effective as it once was. You’ve likely experienced the challenges firsthand: loss of market share, increased competition for members’ time, shrinking revenue sources. And you’ve seen the irreversible trends that are making the traditional model and accepted practices obsolete: rapid advances in technology, higher member expectations, increased competition, and diverse member market.” 

Order at a 10% discount through December 09, 2019.

By Watson Advisors

 In this publication’s fourth edition, Watson Advisors provides requisite information on the roles, duties, liabilities and protection of directors as well as updates resulting from recent legislative changes of federal and Ontario legislation governing not-for-profit corporations

Excerpt: “Governance is high on the agenda in all sectors—public, private, and not-for-profit. Voluntary organizations driven by community values and working for public benefit are increasingly expected to demonstrate how well they are governed. Aside from what is expected by members and stakeholders such as donors, government, and the public, there is growing recognition that good governance leads to better organizational performance. For these reasons, and due to the increasingly complex environment in which not-for-profit corporations operate, governance is high on the agenda of most boards. Directors are seeking guidance on their roles, responsibilities, and emerging governance practices.”

Order at a 10% discount through December 09, 2019. 

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


Career Resources
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