Honours and Awards

CSAE Honours and Awards 2018

The CSAE Honours and Awards Program recognizes the best and brightest in Canadian association management, from outstanding teams to individual luminaries. Whether your association is large, small, long-established or just starting up, CSAE Honours and Awards celebrate your successes on the national scale. Awards recipients will be feted during the CSAE National Conference and Showcase in Ottawa! Show your staff how much you value their work, creativity and success; submit to the CSAE Honours and Awards programs!

Submissions are accepted until July 16th, 2018. 

2018 CSAE Awards of Distinction

The CSAE Awards of Distinction are based upon the core competencies of the CAE® program and honour outstanding achievement in association leadership, structure and governance; and/or the planning and execution of internal, external and integrated programs that serve your members and/or engage external stakeholders and volunteers.

2018 Leadership Awards (for individuals)

Each year, CSAE is proud to recognize and honour those individuals and organizations who have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to Canada's association community. We invite you to join us in celebrating the contributions made by your associates and fellow professionals.

Honorary Award of Excellence


The Honorary Award of Excellence is CSAE’s most significant award and recognizes a member's sustained commitment and outstanding volunteer contribution to CSAE and thus to the association sector at large.

Pinnacle Award (Executive Member)


The Pinnacle Award recognizes exceptional and outstanding leadership in the association sector. This award honours those who have contributed to their own associations and to the not-for-profit sector at large.

Griner Award (Business Member)


The Griner Award recognizes the exceptional and outstanding contributions that CSAE business members make to CSAE and to the association management profession at large.

Donna Mary Shaw Award


The Donna Mary Shaw Award recognizes emerging not-for-profit professionals. This award helps to develop tomorrow’s association leaders by providing resources, education, and mentorship. 

Individual Awards - By Application Only

Long-Term Service Award

The Canadian Society of Association Executives recognizes those individuals who have been members of the Society for a period of twenty (20) years or more. Recipients receive a pin and certificate noting their years of support. (This Award was presented for the first time at the 2002 CSAE National Conference & Showcase.)

2015 Leadership Awards

Congratulations to these CSAE members on earning the following awards, presented in Calgary, Alberta at the CSAE 2015 National Conference & Showcase.

  • Pinnacle Award - Colleen MacDougall, CAE
  • Honorary Award of Excellence - Robert J. A. Ramsay, CAE
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Public Information/Education - Dietitians of Canada
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Public Affairs/Government Relations - Tourism Vancouver
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Professional Development & Education - Ontario Bar Association
  • Associations Make a Better Canada Ethical, Technical or Professional Standards - Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario
  • Communications Awards of Excellence Best Website Award - Inside Education
  • Communications Awards of Excellence Best Publications Award (Print or Electronic) - Ontario Library Association
  • Communications Awards of Excellence Best E-News/E-Blast Award - Interior Designers of Canada
  • Communications F10 Video Contest Association Journey - Rosemary Chapman 
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