CSAE – Summer Summit Featured Education Sessions – July 12-14, 2017!

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 Full Education Description and Schedule

July 12-14, 2017

Nottawasaga Inn Resort
Alliston, ON

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The Trillium Chapter of the CSAE presents the 12th Annual Summer Summit at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston, Ontario on July 12-14, 2017. Join your peers for two days of intensive professional development, networking and fun. This conference is created by association executives FOR association executives.

The Summer Summit is the must attend event for association leaders looking for valuable education and networking in a relaxed atmosphere. It is an ideal learning opportunity for senior association and emerging leaders to strengthen and develop their leadership and management skills. The agenda is relevant to those who are looking for new ways of thinking and new ideas to sustain and grow their associations.

Here is a little sample of the quality education your team will experience.

Featured Concurrent Session


How to Recognize Cultural Bias & Achieve Cultural Awareness in the Everyday Workplace by Sandhya Kohli, Lawyer, Guide Mediation

Our cultural baggage defines and shapes us, and it is often what fuels differences. Cultural differences that are not identified can fuel conflict, and when not addressed, may threaten resolution of a conflict. Arguably, no matter the skill and experience of an executive or manager, lacking awareness of his/her own and anothers worldview obstructs his/her ability to help the parties find resolution when there is a dispute. This session will show managers and workplace leaders to practice self-awareness, and to recognize cultural bias, both in themselves and in their employees, and to be comfortable admitting ignorance of cultural differences, and ultimately gain an understanding of how to both navigate cultural bias, and bridge differences so as to ensure a productive and happy workplace.

Featured Concurrent Session


Governance – a Panel Discussion
by Jack Shand, CAE, Executive Partner, The Portage Group

What’s new in governance better practice and what’s working (or not) in boardrooms? There is no more important relationship than the governing board and the CEO. And governance quality makes or breaks organizations and careers! Whether your organization faces recurring governance issues about operational focus and strategy-setting including who-does-what, or is seeking ways to improve both the quality of governing and the governance experience for volunteers, this panel with extensive not-for-profit governance depth will share valuable insights, seek your experiences, and challenge thinking about what governance excellence looks like in practical terms and actions.

Panel Members:

Jim Brown, Strive Consulting, and author of ‘The Imperfect Board Member’
Christian Buhagiar, CEO, Supply Chain Management Association; former VP, Institute of Corporate Directors, and current board director of The Scarborough/Rouge Hospital
Alison Dantas, CEO, Canadian Chiropractic Association, and a chartered director (The Director’s College)
Jane Garthson, Garthson Leadership Centre

Featured Concurrent Session

Continuous Integration: How To Avoid Integration Hell When Investing in New Technologies 
by Julie King, CEO, bizZone Inc.

We have all seen an organization make a substantial investment in new technology, only to discover that the standard software does not meet their needs and that customizations are either not possible or too expensive – with associations being particularly at risk. This session will explain how new software development paradigms, in particular Continuous Integration (CI) and APIs, can make customizations easier and more cost effective. Participants will learn, in layman terms, what to look for when purchasing technology to ensure that it will work well with external systems and be scalable as the needs of the association evolve.

 Featured Concurrent Session

Trusting Your Messenger in an Increasingly Noisy World
by Maureen Shuell, Founder and President, RendezVous Communications

In a world where trust is down and we are inundated with “fake news” and (alternative) “alt facts” your organization’s influence as an industry thought leader is under more scrutiny than ever before. We will take a look at current research by an international public relations firm and other research on the trust ratings of our institutions – including non-profits, government, media and private business – and look at ways this is influencing the communications we share, and how stakeholders are receiving our news. Come prepared to think about your organization’s authentic voice and brand, who owns your messages, and what channels you use to build your brand to get your message out directly to members, government, media, and all your stakeholders.

Featured Concurrent Session


Social Media and Privacy Pitfalls Involving NPOs and Charities
by Terry Carter, LLB, TEP, Trade-mark Agent, Carters Professional Corporation

Participants will receive an array of practical information tools to use that CEOs and senior management need to know about in operating NPOs and charities, such as:

  • What is Social Media?
  • Privacy Issues in Using Social Media
  • Social Media and Privacy Risk Management
  • The Various Policies and Breaches of the Policies
  • Tips for Ensuring Compliance with Relevant Policies
  • Other Ways to Minimize Risk on Social Media

July 12, 2017

10:30 a.m. Golf (shotgun) (separate registration required)
4:00 p.m. – Education Session (TBD)
8:00p.m.  – 10:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception

July 13, 2017
8:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – Opening Keynote Speaker
11:00 – Concurrent Sessions
12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Concurrent Sessions
3:00 – Concurrent Sessions
6:00 – Summit Signature Networking Reception

July 14, 2017 
8:00 – Breakfast
8:45 – Morning Keynote Speaker
10:15 – Concurrent Sessions
12:00 – Concurrent Sessions
12:45 – Lunch and Closing Keynote Speaker
2:30 – Happy Trails (conference ends)


Early Bird Registration (register by May 26, 2017)
CSAE Association Executive Member – $220
Non-Member Association Executive – $275
Business Member – $375

Regular Registration (register after May 26, 2017)
CSAE Association Executive Member – $264
Non-Member Association Executive – $330
Business Member – $450

ACCOMMODATION  $139 – $149

The CSAE Trillium Chapter room rate is for July 12-14.  The CSAE TC rate is offered 3 days pre- and 3 days post-event based on availability.  Book early if you plan to extend your stay.

Cut-off date for the preferred rate is May 11, 2017. 

Please call:  1-800-669-5501 OR complete one of these forms and submit it to the Nottawasaga Resort.  Group Name:  CSAE Summer Summit
Association Executive Accommodation Form
Business Member Accommodation Form


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Phone : 647.346.2723