Our Story & Features

5 years of creativity, innovation and change... celebrate with us! No “same-old, same-old” topics; No talking heads flogging their services. “Association executives deserve to have a place where they can air their concerns in a safe, collaborative space, among peers.”

Peer-to-Peer Exchance

We help you go beyond networking by facilitating exchanges with other professionals like you.

Thought Leadership

Our speakers don’t just talk high-level, they provide valuable information that is actionable when you return to the office.

Innovative Education

We believe that maximizing the knowledge sharing of our participants is just as important as choosing great speakers.

Networking Fun

Ample time to connect, and network – meeting new people can help create change!

Engaging Meeting Design

Lectures are SO yesterday… Be ready to problem-solve, share ideas and contribute your opinion.

Healthy Food

We feed your body and your soul with fuel so you can maximize your engagement!


Check out our AMAZING 2018 Partners!

Request our Partnership Menu

The Engaging Associations Forum is open to Partnering Suppliers ONLY, with no exceptions. We would love to chat with you about our partnership options. Please give us your details below, and we will forward you a copy for review!

Our Speakers

Our 2018 Engaging Associations Forum Speakers will be announced soon! In the meantime, here are a few speakers that joined us in 2017:

Julie Begbie
Chief Facilitator, Coherent Solutions

After more than 12 years working within organizations to effect change, improve systems, and develop sustainable tools, Julie Begbie founded Coherent Solutions, a consulting firm devoted to helping nonprofits manage transitions, succession and onboarding in order to reduce organizational vulnerability. Coherent Solutions helps organizations better manage vital operational knowledge by supporting them in taking the mystery out of knowledge management projects and making it an integral part of a sustainable future. Based just outside of Ottawa in the small community of Pakenham, Julie lives with her husband and four children in the woods.

Julie Begbie
Chief Facilitator, Coherent Solutions
Jesse Brown
Digital Media Expert | Disruptive Journalist | Futurist

Jesse Brown runs Canadaland, the crowd-funded news site that has disrupted the way the Canadian media works. He pioneered a new business model for news while uncovering scandals at the CBC, The Globe and Mail, and in government. His hit podcast has become a destination for guests like Margaret Atwood, Jay Baruchel, and Chantal Hébert.

Jesse launched his career at CBC Radio, creating and hosting two national programs. He has contributed to such publications as The Guardian, The Toronto Star, and Vice, and his commentary has been broadcast on the BBC and on NPR. He has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting.

Jesse Brown
Digital Media Expert | Disruptive Journalist | Futurist
David Coletto
Chief Insight Officer of Abacus Data

Dr. David Coletto leads Abacus Data’s team of research consultants and strategists, delivering strategic advice and research design expertise to some of Canada’s leading corporations, advocacy groups, and political leaders. Coletto has over seven years of experience working in the marketing research industry.

David Coletto
Chief Insight Officer of Abacus Data

Event Schedule

The 2018 Program will be announced soon.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Pre-Event Reception

Hosted by Greenfield Services

Come meet our speakers, partners and fellow association colleagues and start engaging early!

Enjoy a hearty first meal of the day, including gluten-free and vegan options.

8:30 AM - 12:15 PM

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Get Your Fuel Breakfast

More healthy, tasty food to start the day.

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Calling ALL Association & NFP Executives

Association suppliers: Please note, the Engaging Associations Forum is for Association and NFP executives only. If the not-for-profit sector is one that you sell to, you may be able to attend as a Partner. Please contact us for details.

The Keener
Our Early Bird Registration Fee
What it includes:
Pre-Forum Reception
Education Sessions July 18-20, 2018
All Scheduled Meals and Breaks
Time to Collaborate, Network & Create Change
Birds of a Feather Dinner Ticket Extra ($69)
The Stakeholder
Regular Registration Fee
What it includes:
Pre-Forum Reception
Education Sessions July 18-20, 2018
All Scheduled Meals and Breaks
Time to Collaborate, Network & Create Change
Birds of a Feather Dinner Ticket Extra ($69)


What you need to know about the Engaging Associations Forum!

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs to find the answers to common questions. Can't find your question answered here? Contact us.

When will the conference take place?

The 2018 Engaging Associations Forum will take place July 18-20, 2018.

On July 18, 2018, participants are invited to a pre-Forum Event Reception, where you can meet and start networking with fellow participants, speakers and partners!

July 19, 2018 features a full day of innovative education and meeting design.  We will close out the day with our traditional reception, but this year we will raise the bar to celebrate our 5th anniversary!

For the evening, association executives may join us for the Birds of a Feather Dinner, for an extra fee, or by invitation.

Returning for our final day, July 20, 2018 we will have another full day of innovative education & meeting design, and close out with our wrap up session and our prize draws!

What are the registration rates?

Registration rates are simple and are listed in the pricing section of the website.  Starting at $185 (depending on when you register) participants will have access to all in-person events, with the exception of the Birds of a Feather Dinner, at an additional cost ($69).

Are suppliers allowed to attend?

Suppliers may attend the Engaging Associations Forum, provided they become a partner of the event.  Please contact us for partnership details.

What can I expect?

It’s simple – a unique experience.  We believe in:

  • Creating an event that enables maximum interaction between participants; because hearing about experiences, regardless of whether they are successes or failures, offer valuable lessons.
  • Securing speakers and facilitators who are forward-thinking and challenge us to do better.
  • Delivering meetings in well-designed, aesthetically pleasing environments. Meeting design is a great facilitator of human relationships. People will learn, connect, and interact more genuinely when their environment allows them to be at ease.
  • Making learning, exchanging and co-creating FUN.

How can I reserve a hotel room?

Hotel details will be provided soon!

Event location

Here, you will find directions to the conference venue. More space to meet and network!


Location will be announced soon!