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Learner's Digest July 2019: Is your board ready for Innovation?

Learner's Digest July 2019: Is your board ready for Innovation?

Much like staff leaders, volunteer leaders are responsible for nurturing a culture of innovation within the organization. Board members can play a bigger role in ensuring that the organization remains nimble in the face of evolving technology and changing member needs. But, what does this look like in reality? 

Organizations constantly struggle in defining the board's role in strategy and innovation. With a "nose in, hands out" principle, boards may be wary of getting too involved. But they can make important contributions by collaborating with senior management to:

  • explore major emerging issues and technological advances that can impact the organization,
  • engage in empathy mapping of member pain points
  • identify key innovations by competitors/comparators, and
  • discover innovations in the 'margins'
CSAE is pleased to offer association leaders and their board the opportunity to work through and explore this collaborative terrain in depth with a full-day Governance Forum in Vancouver, on October 22nd . Scheduled at the same venue as the conference, which kicks off later that same day, the Forum will set CEOs and their board chairs on the right strategic path. Facilitated by Dr. David Weiss.

It comes to Vancouver, BC, on October 22nd as a precursor to the annual CSAE Conference which kicks off that evening. (Another Forum will be scheduled in central Canada in November - details TBD.) We hope to see you there!

 Associations Decoded: CSAE 2019 Conference & Showcase
Thought leaders: there's still an opportunity for you to speak at our conference! We are accepting submissions for Lightning Talks! Lightning Talks are either 15-minute sessions or 20x20 talks (20 slides at 20 seconds each), to be incorporated into the concurrent sessions schedule. These short format talks give presenters the freedom to introduce new ideas or solutions without preparing a full 60 or 90 minute talk. To submit and learn more, click here.  

We are excited to see our educational program evolving by the day. Stay tuned to the conference website for updates.

 CSAE 2019 Honours & Awards 
CSAE Honours & Awards recognize the best and brightest in Canadian association management — from outstanding teams to individual luminaries. Submit before July 19, 2019 for a chance to be recognized with a 2019 award. Winners will be honoured at CSAE’s 2019 Conference & Showcase in October.

An invitation from CSAE president and CEO Tracy Folkes Hanson.
An invitation from CSAE president and CEO Tracy Folkes Hanson.

For information on the awards, click here.

 All About CAE® Certification
The CAE® program is built to enhance your knowledge and skills as a well-rounded association and not-for-profit leader. Kelly Banks, School Zone Coordinator at the Ottawa Safety Council says:

"I found the CAE® course to be relevant, challenging and worthwhile. The course content really fleshed out my understanding of strategy, board governance, risk analysis, research skills and report writing. I recommend it to anyone that-wishes to build a career in the not-for profit world."

The fall 2019 term is open for registration. Sign up today to get a head start on your readings.

Not sure if the CAE® program is for you? Get a free trial! 
For more information, contact Eve Mechici at eve@csae.com.

 Upcoming Events
 In-person Events  

Governance Forum  
with Dr. David Weiss

This one-day session, based on Dr. Weiss' best selling books, including Innovative Intelligence, clarifies how board members can contribute better to the organization's future direction, build organizational resilience and ensure high performance.  



  1. The board's accountability in the development of a strategy in collaboration with senior management.
  2. How boards can contribute value by identifying potential areas that require innovation and help in developing an innovation plan.
  3. How senior management should track the achievement of the strategic plan (and course correct as appropriate) and meaningfully engage the board in this process.
  4. How the board and senior management  can assess themselves in their responsibilities towards strategy and innovation.
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Dr. David Weiss FCTDP, ICD.D,
President & CEO,
Weiss International
October 22, 2019 
Vancouver, BC
Register (scroll down to the Governance Forum tabs)
Tickets are sold separately from conference passes
November 19, 2019
Central Canada - Location TBA
Learn More 
The 2020 Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers
with Glenn Tecker & Donna French Dunn

This 2-day symposium empowers CEOs and their board leaders to build a strong working partnership and lead their organization forward. 

• Contemporary association leadership
• The board's role in oversight
• Knowledge-based decision-making
• Leading culture change
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Glenn Tecker,
Chairman & Co-CEO, 
Tecker International LLC
February 24 - 25, 2020 
Toronto, ON 
February 27 - 28, 2020 
Calgary, AB

 Network Events
Industry Screw-Ups: A Panel Discussion & YP Networking Event
July 15, 2019
Toronto, ON

Join your young professional non-profit peers at this vibrant panel discussion featuring some of the association sector’s most successful community members talking about their own screw-ups and how they’ve helped shaped them into the leaders they are today.

Learn More and Register for free
 Other Trillium Events
Courageous Governance: A PDX Workshop
November 13, 2019
Toronto, ON
Annual Holiday Season Reception and Dinner
December 2, 2019
Toronto, ON
Boost Your Career with the Psychology of Networking
September 27, 2019
Edmonton, AB

Are you capturing the full potential value of your own social and professional networks? Join us for the psychological science of networking and learn tips and tricks from clinical psychologist Dr Judi L Malone and your peers – while enjoying a networking luncheon!

Learn More and Register

Tête-à-Tête Tradeshow 2020
January 29, 2020
Ottawa, ON


Selected Articles
Winning a professional award can catapult your career and stud your network with other luminaries. Read about other benefits of applying for and winning one.
Associations and non-profits are always looking to achieve more with limited resources — and simplifying workflows can work wonders. Look at seven quick wins to achieve this with the help of a few, handy interactive tools.


Introducing CSAE’s new publication! 

Stuff Happens... But You Can Sleep at Night by Making Your Association Reputation Resilient

Reputations take years to establish and can be damaged in mere moments. The good news is that organizations can mitigate and repair damage by preparing before a crisis hits. Tailored for associations and not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and types, Stuff Happens guides the reader through all stages of crisis preparation with a straightforward approach.

• Why you need a crisis plan before an issue arises
• How to get started on your crisis planning
• Six steps to building reputation resiliency

Suitable for anyone leading or managing an organization, this book includes user-friendly charts and templates to help you ensure that your organization is ready when “stuff happens.”

Contents include:
• The importance of values
• Making your association reputation resilient
• Your Risk Inventory
• Using the Heat Map to set priorities
• Using the Risk Tactical Plan to mitigate risks
• Selecting the crisis management team
• Crisis communications

This feature publication is available at a 10% discount till July 14th!

Buy The Book

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