2016 CSAE Honours and Award Winners

News Release

CSAE Recognizes 2016 Honours and Awards Recipients

October 28, 2016

TORONTO, ON - The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) has honoured Edward (Ed) Barisa, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association, with its Honorary Award of Excellence and Jack Davidson, CAE, President of the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, with its Pinnacle Award.

Both awards, together with additional individual and organizational awards, were formally presented during CSAE’s National Conference & Showcase held October 26 - 28 in Toronto, Ontario.

Honorary Award of Excellence – Edward (Ed) Barisa, CAE

Edward (Ed) Barisa, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association, is the 2016 recipient of the Honorary Award of Excellence that recognizes a member’s sustained commitment and outstanding contribution to CSAE for a minimum of 10 years at either the national or local level.

Ed has consistently earned the respect of CSAE members through his role as CSAE Board Chair and his selfless contributions to CSAE Committees, Task Forces and Chapters. He is a trusted advisor, passionate advocate and skilled facilitator whose experience and perspective have helped groom many volunteers for bigger roles at the Board tables of their associations.

The Ontario Real Estate Association has also had the privilege of his vision and leadership for almost 16 years, and during that time he fostered a culture of service that has positively impacted OREA members, industry stakeholders, volunteers, future leaders and staff in many ways and on many different levels.

Pinnacle Award – Jack Davidson, CAE

Guy Legault and Jack W. Davidson

Pinnacle Award recipients are accomplished leaders who have demonstrated leadership qualities within their own organizations, contributed to other voluntary organizations and the community-at-large, and to CSAE at both the national and local levels.

Jack Davidson, CAE, has served as President of the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association since 1999. During that time Jack has successfully steered the organization through effective strategic planning, strong government relations and educational programs and effective media and public relations campaigns with a relentless focus on driving value to his members. He also helped develop a safety training organization for the construction industry and spearheaded other programs that promoted and developed job opportunities in related industries.

He has served as a director on numerous Boards over the years and is widely known for his dedication to his volunteer work. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to the community and to Canada in 2013.

Ed and Jack are quintessential association leaders and both have been incredibly supportive of CSAE and the entire association community. They understand the vital role associations perform in our society and have eagerly accepted every opportunity to be engaged. We welcome the opportunity to recognize them for their professionalism, their willingness to mentor so many in the profession, and their commitment to the community-at-large,” said CSAE President & CEO, Michael Anderson, CAE.

Donna Mary Shaw Award

Thomas Kriens and Courtney Thack

This Award encourages deserving individuals to pursue careers in the not-for-profit sector by providing them with the resources, education and counseling opportunities needed to advance within their own organizations or other not-for-profits. This year’s winners were Courtney Thack, Essentient Association Management and Julie Semenchenko of Engineers Canada.

CSAE Awards of Distinction

CSAE’s Awards of Distinction, introduced this year, are based upon the core competencies of the Certified Association Executive (CAE®) program and recognize outstanding achievement in association leadership, structure and governance and the planning and execution of internal, external and integrated programs that serve members and/or engage external stakeholders and volunteers.

The following organizations received Awards of Excellence:

Awards of Excellence and Lia Daborn
  • Canadian Franchise Association for Franchise Awareness Day on Parliament Hill;
  • Canadian Housing and Renewal Association for the Housing for All campaign;
  • Electricity Distributors Association for the Fraud Prevention campaign; and
  • Nova Scotia Association of Realtors for its Government Relations Program

The following organizations received Awards of Merit:

Awards of Merit and Lia Daborn
  • Association of Ontario Midwives for its government relations program to expand funding for Aboriginal Midwifery;
  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta for the redevelopment of its website;
  • Canadian Chiropractors Association for BACK Matters magazine;
  • Canadian Physiotherapy Association for its Career Path initiative;
  • Ontario Community Support Association for its Quality Advantage program;
  • Ontario Road Builders’ Association for the Site Unseen campaign;
  • Supply Chain Management Association for its national live Student Case competition;
  • Supply Chain Management Association for the successful transition to a competency-based Board of Directors;
  • Tea Association of Canada for the TEA SOMMELIER certification program;
  • Nova Scotia Association of Realtors for its social media plan;
  • Nova Scotia Association of Realtors for the Trusted Guide Campaign; and
  • Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon for building the business case for greater government investment in tourism marketing

These awards represent associations best efforts to support their industries, professions and society and illustrate the important role associations play in everyday Canadian life, said Barbette Ishii, CAE, Executive Director of the BC Electrical Association and Chair of CSAE's Honours & Awards Committee.

In addition, Kelley Morgan, the Redstone Agency, was named winner of the F10 Video Contest for "The Struggle is Real.";

Thomas Kriens and Kelley Morgan

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) provides the environment, knowledge and resources its members need to develop excellence in not-for-profit leadership through education, networking, advocacy, information and research. The focus is to create member value and benefits that in turn contribute to creating a stronger society for Canadians.


Tracy Folkes Hanson
President & CEO
Canadian Society of Association Executives
416.363.3555 x234 or 1.800.461.3608 x234

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