Committees and Volunteers

Volunteer Organization

CSAE Trillium is a volunteer-based network of CSAE. CSAE Trillium operates programs for its members by its members. The Council, through its various committees, is responsible for achieving and completing the objectives as outlined in the strategic plan. The Council and volunteers are expected to be active participants in the affairs of the Network.  Executive Director Tracy Blyth, CAE  provides strategic, governance and management support to complete the activities of the Council and Committees.

If you would like to volunteer, please download the Volunteer Guide and the Volunteer Application Form.

2017 CSAE Trillium Award Winners


The recipients of CSAE Trillium's 2017 Awards were announced in October. These 5 individuals are all outstanding in their commitment to the CSAE Trillium Network and we invite you to join us in celebrating their awards.

Chapter Service Excellence Award - Executive Member
Christine Charnock, CAE,  Canadian Rheumatology Association

Christine Charnock, CAE has been an avid volunteer for Trillium over the years – always willing and able to roll up her sleeves at the Summits, Holiday Dinner and Awards Dinner, as well a two year commitment to the Trillium Board of Directors – she is never one to shy away from tirelessly giving back and setting an example for other members.  In addition to a wonderful sense of humour, is her ability to very directly, but eloquently strike at the heart of the matter and ask the important questions which leads to discussion, which leads to innovative change that serves a purpose.  Congratulations Christine.



Chapter Service Excellence Award - Business Member
Kathy Tavares, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

There are very few people in the industry as well-known as Kathy Tavares.  As Chair of the 2016 Summer Summit, Kathy was instrumental in ensuring a successful and engaging event.  She is articulate, innovative and members gravitate to her leadership, direction and can-do attitude. She is well recognized by Trillium members and is always helpful and a team member to new members.  She executes tasks brilliantly with a kind, compassionate disposition.  Her calm demeanor and friendliness, together with her award-winning smile, inspire Committee members and encourages them to create new ideas in order to deliver more value to the event.  Congratulations Kathy.



Chapter Emerging Talent Award - Business Member
Ammar Balika,  Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's

Ammar was encouraged to volunteer by other Trillium volunteers because they found their volunteer experience so fulfilling.  And now, he is paying it forward.  Said one of his nominators, “As a new member he educated me on the valuable networks and relationships that can be made with the CSAE Trillium Chapter and encouraged me to get involved with volunteering.”  Ammar’s strength is relationship management. As a dedicated professional he works tirelessly to support and ensure that his clients deliver a premium experience, not just an event. Trillium was fortunate enough to experience this first hand when he constructed and delivered a classy, elegant, innovating and creative networking reception at the 2017 Winter Summit in Hamilton.  Congratulations Ammar.


Presidents' Award
Steve Carroll, CAE, The Portage Group

Steve has been a member of the Holiday Dinner committee, Vice Chair and Chair of the PDX Committee, Chair of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Nominating Committee.  He has also been Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President and Past President of the Trillium Chapter Board.  He knows Trillium inside out and contributed to every aspect of it.  He also has dressed up in rock star clothing and danced to a tune at the podium.  He is a lot of fun.  He has stated that, for him, the most rewarding aspects of volunteering with Trillium are the  friendships  made with so many dedicated and enthusiastic association management colleagues and awesome association supplier friends, and contributing to the Trillium Chapter success story.  Steve has been instrumental as a member of the CSAE Transition Team, looking for ways to establish an operational foundation on which we can continue to grow Trillium’s success here at home, while improving the experience of CSAE members across the country.  Steve is one of the most generous professionals many of us know – generous with his time, his experience, and his very deep knowledge of association management. Congratulations Steve.


Circle of Distinction Award
Paulette Vinette, CAE, Solution Studio Inc.

Paulette has helped countless numbers of associations become the best that they can be; she mentors those entering the sector as well as seasoned association executives who need a push; and she takes no prisoners when it comes to doing the right thing.  She is a plethora of knowledge and support and is eager and willing to share her knowledge with those around her.  On the membership committee she is a member ambassador, calling and welcoming new members throughout the year as well as at the Summit conferences. She is a relentless Trillium cheerleader!  Paulette has been a CSAE member since 1975; Past President and CEO of CSAE; Past President of the Ottawa Chapter of CSAE; Past Executive Director of CSAE Trillium Chapter; and Membership, Winter Summit, and Summer Summit committee member. She counts creating long term relationships and friendships as the most rewarding aspect of volunteering with Trillium.  Many, CSAE members count her as a friend.  Congratulations Paulette.





Chapter Service Excellence Award
The Chapter Service Excellence Award recognizes a colleague or volunteer who, throughout their career, has demonstrated significant contribution and commitment to CSAE and the profession of Association Management or has made significant contributions in support of Association Management. Recipients of this award are those who have provided leadership, great ideas and inspiration.

Chapter Emerging Talent Award
The Chapter Emerging Talent Award recognizes one Executive Member and one Business Member, who, within the first five years of the members’ careers in the association sector, or within the first five years of CSAE membership, has demonstrated remarkable promise as future leaders in the association sector.

President’s Award
The President’s Award is granted at the discretion of the Chapter President to recognize and celebrate a Trillium Chapter Member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Circle of Distinction Award
The Circle of Distinction Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who has provided exceptional leadership and exemplary service to the Trillium Chapter over a sustained period of time. The award recipient is chosen by the Trillium Chapter Board of Directors