Small Associations Achieving Big Results

 Start Date - End Date

June 05, 2019

Early Bird Discount Deadline

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Registration Deadline

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Small Associations Achieving Big Results

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Location: Radisson Admiral Hotel - Toronto Harbourfront
249 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2N5

Small associations face unique challenges, and due to their size and structure they cannot always incorporate the same solutions as their larger counterparts. The sessions at this event have been specifically tailored with the small association in mind. If you work for an association with an approximate staff size of 5 or less, and a not so robust budget – then this is the event for you!

How to Operate Your Small Association Effectively and Strategically

Panel moderated by Meredith Low, Principal, Meredith Low Consulting

When you're small, you run the risk of being - and feeling - inefficient, because you just don't have scale and yet still face increasingly complex demands on your organization. Finding time to be strategic and innovative can seem next to impossible when you’re focused on just keeping the wheels in motion. Attend this session to learn how some of your peers have risen to the occasion to operate effectively and strategically.

Areas of exploration will explore:

  • Picking your strategic areas of focus - and the importance of saying no
  • Where can you be just "good enough" - to free up resources elsewhere?
  • How do you design an organization that's efficient and responsive?

Navigating HR Challenges Within a Small Association

Presented by: Laura Williams, Principal, Williams HR Law Professional Corporation

It has become challenging for employers across all industries to stay current with the many changes that have occurred recently in HR law. A lack of effectiveness in managing HR issues can result in unnecessary cost and reputational issues. Small associations are particularly impacted as they often don’t have access to legal or HR resources to support them, and because of their size HR-related issues can significantly derail organizational objectives. This session will assist small associations by identifying key areas of focus, exploring how to minimize risks and determining strategies to streamline HR practices. Topics covered will include:

  • Key areas of HR law compliance to focus on to manage employment-related risks
  • The importance and benefits of effectively communicating expectations, obligations and entitlements through agreements and policies
  • The difference between hiring a contractor vs. contracting staff
  • The importance of “fit” in your workplace culture, and considerations when dealing with workplace issues in a small staff

Small Associations Producing Big Results

Presented by: Erin Roberts, Partner, Zzeem

This session will feature case studies of small associations that are achieving big results with a focus on marketing, member recruitment, and non-members dues.

8:00am - Breakfast
9:00am - Workshop Begins
1:00pm - Workshop Ends with a Box Lunch

CSAE Member - $145
Non-CSAE Member - $185


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Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
CSAE Member $145.00
CSAE Member Early Registration $110.00
Non CSAE Member $185.00
Non CSAE Member Early Registration $150.00


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Location Information

Radisson Admiral Hotel - Toronto Harbour
249 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2N5

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