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MLA Panel Event - January 30, 2017 

Symposium for Chief Staff and CEOs (CSAE National) - March 2-3, 2017

Associations 2025 (CSAE National) - April 3, 2017

Lunch and Learn - May 4th, 2017

Golf Tournament - June 15, 2017

CSAE BC MLA Panel - Building Community

Monday, January 30, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver 

Space is limited, so register today!

Come experience a unique opportunity for CSAE-BC members to connect with BC’s political parties. This panel discussion provides the chance for 2017 BC provincial election political parties to participate in a balanced and thoughtful forum with the CSAE-BC members. 

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The Symposium for Chief Staff and Chief Elected Officers

Two Leaders. One Vision.

Strengthening the Strategic Partnership between Chief Staff and Elected Officials
On Thursday, March 2nd and Friday March 3, 2017, leadership experts at Tecker International, will present a powerful, updated program to help CEO’s and their Board Chairs achieve a clear understanding of their unique roles and responsibilities as well as their shared objectives. When you and your current or incoming Chair attend the CEO Symposium, you’ll achieve a common understanding and commitment to the key components of successful governance, strategy and organization. 


The CSAE-BC MLA Panel on Building Community is a few days away...

Hosting the MLA Panel is one way CSAE-BC gives a voice to associations. MLAs will be speaking to questions generated by CSAE-BC members. It’s an opportunity for BC associations to hear from and to be heard by BC’s major political parties.

This very popular event is supported by several sponsors including the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, the Fairmont Waterfront, Carol Metz Murray Leadership Int. Inc., and Tourism Whistler.

“The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is a long-time member of CSAE and we benefit immensely from the professional development and networking opportunities that are made available,” DVBIA President and CEO Charles Gauthier explained. “We understand that making these opportunities available and affordable to all our colleagues requires organizations like ours to step up as a sponsor. For this particular event, providing CSAE members who lead and manage non-profit and charitable associations in this province the opportunity to meet and interact with MLAs from all political parties leading up to the provincial election was our primary motivation to become a sponsor.” 

Sponsorship Opportunities 2017

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1951, that serves the information, advocacy, education and networking needs of association professionals and the business members who provide vital products and services to support the sector. CSAE is Canada’s only national organization with a primary focus on serving the needs of association professionals and the business members who provide vital products and services to support the sector.



4 Tips for Working With Elected Officials
By John Devitt

As Jerry Maguire famously once said, “Help me, help you.”

It is a simple lesson; the best relationships are built on mutual support and reciprocation. Sometimes we might see our politicians as real world Santa Clauses. If we sit on their laps and tell them our policy resolutions, then magic will happen, and they will deliver us the advocacy gifts that we adore demonstrating to our memberships. 

But what if we turn this standard relationship on its side, and build from the other direction?  What if we focus more on providing access and gifts to our politicians? Instead of asking for action, what if we were to offer support? That’s when we can truly build a strong relationship for successful advocacy. Here are four tips to help along the way.


Member Profile: Rick Nickelchok

rickN.jpgMy experience in organization leadership comes from working in the not for profit environment for over 20 years while employed in health, amateur sport and academic sectors.  Furthermore, I have been fortunate to be intimately engaged in association leadership positions at the international, national, provincial and local levels, in both staff and volunteer capacities. Most recently, I was the Executive Director for the British Columbia Chiropractic Association before venturing out in my own consulting business. 



Member Affinity Program

In addition to the association management resources provided by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), members of the British Columbia Network are eligible for a number of affiliate discounts on products and services. 

CSAE-BC members will have access to exclusive savings on CSAE-BC endorsed programs. Product and service endorsement serves both the member and the CSAE-BC. 

  • For the member, CSAE-BC endorsement promotes engagement between Business and Executive members. 
  • For the CSAE-BC, product and service endorsements provide potential and existing members with additional reasons to join as well as remain as members. 

Before buying “off the rack,” be sure to check out exclusive CSAE-BC Chapter Membership Affinity Program discounts and value-adds, available on a wide range of products, services, and experiences.


Welcome to our new members!

Chris Atchison - British Columbia Construction Association
Renea Koppen - Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia

Share Your Stories, Ideas, and Images  

BC associations are active and innovative. CSAE-BC plans to share more of your stories, ideas, and images within the network, allowing you to connect with colleagues from other associations and businesses and see and hear what’s happening in our region. If you or your association or business has produced an interesting article, graphic, or image or if you have a story about associations that you’d like to tell or an idea for a story you’d like some assistance telling, please send a note to CSAE-BC Content Committee Chair Paul Reniers at If you’re a CAE program graduate or student and have a course assignment that you think would be interesting to others, pass it along and we’ll see if we can help you find format and an audience for your ideas and experiences.

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9 Little Ways to Propel Your Association Forward in 2017

The beginning of the year is when you hear a lot about goals and resolutions. And those are exciting! They provide your association with hope and accountability, both of which are necessary for organizational success. 


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Strategic Planning vs. Quick Wins: A Difficult Choice

Conceptually, it is easier to appease management by providing them with a series of “quick wins” than it is to make them wait to see the results of a more complicated, longer-term strategic planning effort. But the organization will build its future on the foundation of the strategic plan — not on an aggregation of quick wins and temporary fixes. 


How to Decide Which Conferences Are Worth Your Time

In a world where we’re bombarded with email, it’s disproportionately effective to connect with people face to face. Conferences, if you choose them wisely, can be one of the best ways to accelerate this process, since you can meet large numbers of people in just a few days.   


Associations Can Take the Guesswork Out of Membership Forecasting

You don’t need a crystal ball to see what the future may hold for membership recruitment and retention in your association. Here are a few strategies that membership pros have used to prepare for 2017.  


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