Building a Government Relations Program

By Brendan Hawley

You will know when you are that asset when you are called upon to comment on government activities before they see the light of day.

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The Need for Focus in Advocacy

By Ryan Clarke, LL.B.

Ask a decision-maker for the one thing you need them to do, not a list of what you want from them.

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Understanding an Employer's Obligation to Accommodate the Family-Related Needs of Employees

By Raquel Chisholm, CAE
The types of parental obligations that must be accommodated are those that are essential and engage the individual’s legal responsibility. Read More..

Are Your By-Laws Impeding Efficiency?

By Senior Consultants at Association Management, Consulting & Evaluation Services

A majority of association and not-for-profit by-laws contain provisions that hamper effective and responsive governance, and efficient management.

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Ottawa’s New Reminder to Canadian Associations: Demonstrate Competition Act Compliance

By Paulette Vinette, CAE
The Competition Bureau of Canada has always had an interest in associations both from enforcement and compliance perspectives. Read More..

Ethical Decision-Making Framework and Guidelines

By Jim Pealow, CAE and Sandi Humphrey, CAE
Making good and ethical decisions requires sensitivity and a structured method. Having a method for ethical decision-making is essential. When practiced regularly, the method becomes so familiar that it is worked through automatically without consulting the specific steps. Read More..

Preparing for the Point of Job Termination

By Jack Shand, CMC, CAE

When boards of directors fire, they don’t always do it well. Donald Trump’s showmanship as he points his finger across the boardroom table and decisively pronounces “you’re fired!” isn’t the best visual training program for employee termination. To his credit, at least he’s scripted and clear.

To be prepared for termination, board leaders should consider what to do before, during, and after firing their CEO.

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How Safe Is your Data?

By Annette Balgord
Access to critical member data enables association managers to craft more effective communication, deliver a better member experience, and provide easy-to-use portals for collecting dues and selling products. But what if this data were to fall into the wrong hands? Read More..

Sidestepping political pink slips

By Roma Ihnatowycz
It starts with a nagging feeling that something is just not right. You find you are regularly being sidelined by board members and senior volunteers, and that key decisions are being made without your input. Eventually, you’re called into a meeting and given the dreaded news. Your employment at the association is being terminated. Read More..

Not-for-profits As Businesses Owners: A Strategy for Sustainability?

By Tim Plumptre
Not-for-profits are facing financially difficult times in the 21st century. This article examines one strategy for revenue enhancement, namely the establishment of a for-profit subsidiary. It discusses the experience of several Canadian organizations that have taken this step. It also discusses a project of the Canada Revenue Agency that could have a bearing on business ownership by not-for-profits in this country. The article concludes by discussing the merits of ownership and suggests questions that should be addressed if an organization is contemplating going down this road.



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