CAE® Program Testimonials

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Vice President

Executive Director

Chief Executive Officer

Manager, Marketing/Corporate Messaging

"My CSAE experience provided a great perspective about the successes and challenges of other association professionals also working for 'the cause.' My passion for fishing and hunting is what brought me to the head office of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Through CSAE, it's great to share notes and experiences with those who are both personally and professionally driven to make a difference for the cause they represent as well. The CAE designation is just another example of the 'above and beyond the call of duty' mindset of association professionals. It's easy to be dedicated when you believe in your work."

Robert J. Pye, CAE, Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters

Director, Marketing & Communications

"The CAE® Program is a very smart investment and one that I highly recommend that association leaders make in themselves. Why? It reinforced what I already knew, it helped me articulate what I instinctively knew but couldn't put into words, and it expanded and deepened my thinking. It built my confidence, extended my networks, and increased my knowledge about association management. I was fortunate enough that my employer paid for the course and even before I completed the entire course, I was able to provide a return on their investment by contributing new ideas, concepts and approaches to issues. Being an association leader is a proud and honourable profession; being an association leader with a CAE enhances your professional status."

Rozalyn Werner-Arcé, CAE, Community Living Ontario

Vice President, Client Services

"The CAE® Program challenged me to expand my knowledge base, question my thinking and enhance my understanding of the association community. For the associations I work with, the assignments that were completed as part of the CAE® Program provided valuable information and ideas that they were able to put into action. Professionally, achieving the CAE designation has enhanced my reputation and credibility -- in addition, my employer recognizes the value of the designation and has increased my compensation as a result. Earning the CAE designation is an important milestone in my association career."

Nicola Wright, CAE, Fletcher Wright Associates Inc.

Executive Director

"Regardless of your background or education, everyone can benefit from the CAE® Program. If you have been leading an association for ten years, or have just started navigating the waters of an association, the CAE® Program has something for you! The colleagues you 'meet' bring a very mixed bag of experience and education, and everyone is willing to share. I have worked in the not-for-profit sector for over ten years, five in a professional association, and the CAE® Program provided me with immediate, tangible information and strategies throughout the course. This program is unique, in that is helps you understand good governance, Best Practices, is research-based and expands your network. Problem solving and collaboration are built in to the program; making for a unique, rewarding experience. I have learned how to create reports for my association that are well-researched, effectively resourced and written in a way that gets results. This program is definitely worth the investment!"

Christine Nielsen, CAE, BHA, MLT, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

Chief Executive Officer

"I was delighted to have the opportunity to be one of the first Australians to undertake the CAE® Program. While I already had an MBA and many years of experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, I chose to undertake the complete CAE® Program by coursework in order to gauge my own compliance with the competencies addressed by the program. I found it to be an excellent format, providing stimulation and self assessment on a weekly basis throughout. The program is very professional in its development and in the way it is supervised, with every sense that those who oversee the program are themselves steeped in the competencies being promoted. Being a long way from Canada was no disadvantage at all."

Richard Gerner, CAE, Professional Association Management Services

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