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Government Relations for Canadian Associations: How to Be the Voice of your Members with Government

By Huw Williams




This new edition of CSAE's popular monograph Guide to Government Relations for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations has been substantially updated and expanded for today's complex lobbying landscape in Canada. New features include tips from the trenches and expanded case studies. Sections relevant to the new Lobbying Act have been updated.

From the Preface

The predominant viewpoint of this book is that a proactive and well thought-out government relations strategy best serves the needs of association members. A fundamental principle for any association to be successful in dealing with government is to develop relationships with policymakers before a crisis takes place.[...] This is a book of action, not a civics guide to government. It is a tactical guide for achieving association lobby goals—at all levels of Canadian government relations.

From the Authors

Huw Williams is the President of Impact Public Affairs and is a nationally recognized expert on advocacy and strategic communications for not-for-profit associations and industry trade groups. He is a trusted advisor to scores of leading national and provincial associations, helping them achieve their government relations and public affairs objectives. In 2010, Williams received CSAE’s Griner Award for business excellence in the association sector.

Contents of the New Edition

  1. Preparing Your Association
    • Chapter 1. Lobbying Rules and Registration
    • Chapter 2. Developing an Advocacy Strategy

  2. Delivering Your Message to Government
    • Chapter 3. Federal and Provincial Governments
    • Chapter 4. Meeting with Public Servants
    • Chapter 5. Appearing Before Legislative Committees
    • Chapter 6. Ministers and Their Offices
    • Chapter 7. Lobbying Municipal Governments

  3. Completing the Advocacy Picture
    • Chapter 8. Media
    • Chapter 9. Grassroots Lobbying
    • Chapter 10. More Key Ingredients to Consider
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