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Learner's Digest August 2019: Choose Your Own Adventure

Learner's Digest August 2019: Choose Your Own Adventure

Summer is a great time for reconnecting with friends and family, or kicking back for some "me" time. A sunny vacation, an adventurous camping trip, a cocktail shared with friends on a patio — this is August at its best! Sipping that sparkling water or berry-filled prosecco can also allow for some reflection on your future career enrichment plans. Every fall, CSAE offers an abundance of learning opportunities to fit any challenge or ambition: 

  • Get started on your path to a professional designation with the CAE® fall term starting on September 9th!
  • Set yourself and your board on course for successful governance with the Vancouver Governance Forum on October 22nd — consider it your board retreat with all the planning and logistics taken care of for you!
  • Dig deeply into a variety of subjects and expand your professional network at the CSAE 2019 Conference from October 22-25th.
  • Or, explore a specific subject through a host of workshops, webinars, and in-person CSAE Network events, some of which are listed below.

A life of continuous learning awaits when you choose your own adventure!
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Danielle Lamothe
Vice President, Learning and Innovation

 All About CAE® Certification  
The CAE® program is an exceptional learning opportunity – even for seasoned leaders in the association sector, like Dr. Judi Malone of Psychologists' Association of Alberta. Read about her experience:

"My CAE® training was invaluable, personally and professionally, particularly in my current role. I was able to not just learn more about effective association leadership, but about myself, my needs, and ways to evolve professionally as an association executive and beyond. As a bonus, we’ve embraced change as a provincial professional association and are well on our way to be a high-performance organization."

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.

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Associations Decoded: CSAE 2019 Conference & Showcase
Want to dive deep into a specific topic? Or want to establish a wide range of knowledge? Use our sessions tracks to build your schedule and optimally meet your learning goals.  

For example, interested in learning about member engagement? Attend these sessions: 
  With Jeff Horne and Jessica Bedford 
  With Baijul Shukla and Christine Saunders
  With John Hooley

Check out all the tracks and sessions here.

Haven't registered yet? Click here.

 New Member Benefits - Learn at your convenience 

Past Insights Webinars and Recorded conference sessions are now available on Associations Connect! 

CSAE’s Insights Webinars are free learning opportunities offered to CSAE members on a wide range of topics – from leadership, to HR, communications and more. They’re always free to members! To access the past sessions, click here.

Associations: Future Proof, last year's conference, was jam-packed with sessions designed to help your association stay resilient and relevant. If you missed the conference, or couldn’t catch all the sessions of interest, you’re in luck! Check them out at your convenience. 

 Upcoming Events
 In-person Events
August 16th - Toronto:

All Shook Up: Rethinking a Long-Standing Association Conference
In partnership with Canadian Meetings + Events Expo (CMEE)

with Danielle Lamothe, CAE, CTDP and Stephanie Lockhart, CMP  

Meeting and events professionals: learn from the people behind CSAE's annual conference!
In this session:

  • Explore how the speakers build their education program using a competency framework and introducing a mix of learning formats
  • Delve into how they are rethinking sponsorship and exhibit opportunities
  • Get an insider look at their planning and execution strategies
  • Gain insight from their mistakes and successes and share some of yours!

When & Where
August 16, 2019
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
Toronto ON

Danielle Lamothe, CAE, CTDP
Vice President 
Learning and Innovation

Stephanie Lockhart, CMP
Executive Director
Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association

October 22nd - Vancouver:

Governance Forum

with Dr. David Weiss

This one-day session for CEOs and boards is like your own board retreat without all the planning! Dr. Weiss leads this full-day intensive session to help chief staff officers and their board set themselves up for success. Help your board clarify their roles in contributing to the organization's strategic direction and high performance. You'll leave the session with tools and knowledge you can put into place right away.



  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 
February 24-25 - Toronto:

The 2020 Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers

with Glenn Tecker & Donna French Dunn

This focused 2-day symposium sets you and your new board leaders on the path to a productive working relationship. You’ll help set priorities for your organization and establish some common ground for joint leadership. Join us to find out why so many association leaders make this an annual commitment to success!

• 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
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
 British Columbia
2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon
September 27, 2019
Edmonton, AB

CSAE BC invites you, your friends and colleagues to come dressed in your best holiday attire and enjoy a festive networking reception, delicious lunch, wonderful entertainment and amazing live and silent auction items to bid on.

Learn More and Register
2019 Annual Awards Recognition Dinner and Annual Update Meeting
October 2, 2019
Toronto, ON

Annual Holiday Season Reception and Dinner
December 2, 2019
Toronto, ON
Courageous Governance: A PDX Workshop
November 13, 2019
Toronto, ON

CSAE Trillium Winter Summit
February 6 - 7, 2020
Alliston, ON

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


Selected Articles

There's a lot riding on a great membership renewal letter; make it count by following these tips.  
The easier financial reports are to parse, the quicker it is take decisions based on them. Here are some quick tips to enhance your next financial report.


Media Relations for Canadian Associations: How to Be the Voice of Your Members in the Media by Huw Williams

Excerpt: Dealing with the media is a risky and high-pressure business for association staff and board members. Answering a journalist’s questions incorrectly or mishandling a media enquiry can be like a high wire act gone awry with immediate negative career implications. In my experience, association members have high expectations that the media will be handled professionally by their leaders. Too often, media missteps are a short path to an association member revolt. A disastrous interview can lead to a virtual lynching."

This feature publication is available at a 10% discount till August 31st!

Buy The Book

Succession Planning: Succeeding at Succession Planning


Excerpt: "Succession planning is not about trying to guarantee future jobs for current employees. The process must first look to the organization’s future vision and strategic plan, and define what competencies the organization will require to meet its mandate. At this point the employer can set about cultivating the careers of the best employees by looking at staff who perform well, want to excel, and who have the potential to grow."

This feature publication is available at a 10% discount till August 31st!

Buy The Book

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