Honours and Awards

CSAE Honours and Awards 2017

The CSAE Honours and Awards Program recognizes the best and brightest in Canadian association management, from outstanding teams to individual luminaries. Whether your association is large, small, long-established or just starting up, CSAE Honours and Awards celebrate your successes on the national scale. Awards recipients will be feted during the CSAE National Conference and Showcase in St-John's, Newfoundland! Show your staff how much you value their work, creativity and success; submit to the CSAE Honours and Awards programs!

Submissions are accepted until July 24th, 2017. An information webinar detailing the judging guidelines and criteria will be held on Friday, May 26 at 2PM EST so book your calendar today!

2017 CSAE Awards of Distinction

The CSAE Awards of Distinction are based upon the core competencies of the CAE® program and honour outstanding achievement in association leadership, structure and governance; and/or the planning and execution of internal, external and integrated programs that serve your members and/or engage external stakeholders and volunteers.

2016 Leadership Awards (for individuals)

Each year, CSAE is proud to recognize and honour those individuals and organizations who have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Canada's association community. We invite you to join us in celebrating the contributions made by your associates and fellow professionals.

To be considered for an award in this category, you must be nominated. Choose an award below to review nomination requirements and download required forms.

Pinnacle Award (Executive Member)

Pinnacle Award is designed to recognize exceptional and outstanding leadership and represents a very significant milestone in an executive member's career. Recipients have achieved prominence for the credit they bring to association leadership and the association community.

Griner Award (Business Member)

This award recognizes the significant contributions that business members make to CSAE and association management. These contributions reflect the enhancement of association management and/or CSAE's profile and organizational effectiveness. Named in honour of the late John Griner, CAE, who was an exemplary association executive, this award is bestowed on outstanding business members.

Honorary Award of Excellence

The CSAE Honorary Award of Excellence is designed to recognize a member's sustained commitment and outstanding contribution to CSAE for a minimum of 10 years on a national and/or for contributions to a local chapter for a minimum of 10 years based with a demonstrated and effective involvement at that level. The ten-year contribution may also be a combination of service at both levels. Nominees have achieved prominence through their sustained commitment to CSAE.

Donna Mary Shaw Award

The Donna Mary Shaw Award assists young professionals wishing to pursue careers in the not-for-profit sector. Up to six individuals may win in any given year: one each from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan/Manitoba, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada. Recipients receive two prizes from a selection of CSAE products or services and also benefit from a mentoring commitment from their nominating employer.

Individual Awards - By Application Only

Long-Term Service Award

The Canadian Society of Association Executives recognizes those individuals who have been members of the Society for a period of twenty (20) years or more. Recipients receive a pin and certificate noting their years of support. (This Award was presented for the first time at the 2002 CSAE National Conference & Showcase.)

2015 Leadership Awards

Congratulations to these CSAE members on earning the following awards, presented in Calgary, Alberta at the CSAE 2015 National Conference & Showcase.

  • Pinnacle Award - Colleen MacDougall, CAE
  • Honorary Award of Excellence - Robert J. A. Ramsay, CAE
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Public Information/Education - Dietitians of Canada
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Public Affairs/Government Relations - Tourism Vancouver
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Professional Development & Education - Ontario Bar Association
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Ethical, Technical or Professional Standards - Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario
  • Communications Awards of Excellence Best Website Award - Inside Education
  • Communications Awards of Excellence Best Publications Award (Print or Electronic) - Ontario Library Association
  • Communications Awards of Excellence Best E-News/E-Blast Award - Interior Designers of Canada
  • Communications F10 Video Contest Association Journey - Rosemary Chapman 
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