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!

Sponsors

Check out our AMAZING 2018 Partners!

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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

Keep returning to have a look at the speakers being added for the 2018 roster. Here is the current list:

Meagan Rockett
CEO & Association Ambassador, Greenfield Services

As the Association Ambassador, I have the pleasure of working closely with Professional and Trade Associations to help them grow and prosper, through consultation and execution of programs relating to engaging current members, and their community.

Meagan Rockett
CEO & Association Ambassador, Greenfield Services
Mark Thompson
President and Chief Engagement Officer, McKinley Solutions Exchange

Mark is a nationally recognized speaker in leadership, teambuilding, motivation and human capital. Mark is also a sought after lead trainer for groups of all sizes from small leadership retreats to large groups of 500 plus, known for his high energy engaging passion style.

Mark leads active hands-on teams involved in training and development, project management and business development. His expertise is in the areas of team and leadership development, program facilitation, and innovative instructional design.

Mark Thompson
President and Chief Engagement Officer, McKinley Solutions Exchange
David Coletto
CEO & Founding Partner, Abacus Data

David Coletto is CEO and a founding partner of Abacus Data, a full-service market research and public opinion research firm based in Ottawa. With almost a decade of experience in the industry, David and his partners founded Abacus 7 years ago, and since then it has grown into one of Canada's most respected market research firms.
David is also the lead researcher for Abacus Data's Canadian Millennials Practice and has advised organizations and corporations on how to engage and manage generational change. He spoken to groups all over North America on how his generation is disrupting work, politics, and the consumer market.

David Coletto
CEO & Founding Partner, Abacus Data
Meredith Low
Principal Consultant, Meredith Low Consulting

Meredith Low (BA, MBA, CAE) provides guidance for the strategic choices and actions that helps forward-thinking associations create value. She conducts quantitative and qualitative research and uses sophisticated analysis, working with association leadership to develop evidence-based strategies – and the robust tactical plans that make them real. Her background includes strategy consulting across levels and sectors, from Fortune 500 companies to grassroots organizations. Meredith can be found at meredithlow.com and @lowmeredith.

Meredith Low
Principal Consultant, Meredith Low Consulting
Heather Reid
Founder & CEO, Planner Protect

Heather Reid is the Founder and CEO of Planner Protect Incorporated. Planner Protect brings together Heather’s 24+ years of expertise as an entrepreneurial event and conference planner, and her unique zeal for digging deep into the language and intricacies of venue contracts! With more than 300 venue contracts reviewed and over $8 million savings in avoided risks recorded for clients - Planner Protect has quickly become the Canadian go-to resource for venue contract education and negotiation support in the events industry.

Heather Reid
Founder & CEO, Planner Protect
Perry Tsergas
President + CEO, spark*advocacy

Perry Tsergas
President + CEO, spark*advocacy
Ryan Young
Associate Director of Sales, Brookstreet Hotel

Ryan Young is one of the brain child’s behind ‘the EVENT’, a joint MPI Chapter education initiative that focuses on new technology, event design, and fun learning formats. He also sits on the MPI Ottawa Chapter Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. His interest in creative events goes back to his days with the Banff Centre, an Art Institute and Conference Centre in Banff Alberta, where he was first introduced to the concept of Meeting Architecture. If you ever want to talk disruption or innovation in the meeting industry, he’s all ears.

Ryan Young
Associate Director of Sales, Brookstreet Hotel

Event Schedule

The Preliminary Program is NOW Here! Check back often for updates.

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 - 9:00 AM

Get oriented and up to speed about the Forum's ``rules of engagement`` and new engagement features such as the Ah-Ha! Wall. Get clear about your intentions and jump right into the conversation!

Meredith Low
Principal Consultant, Meredith Low Consulting

Does everyone in your association understand your strategy?

Does everyone – staff and volunteers – know how their work connects to the overall strategy?

Do you adapt your strategic plan based on what you learn as you work with it?

Strategy isn’t a document, or a single event. It isn’t just for the board and the senior management. In this session, we will share ways for associations to weave their strategies into the everyday life of an association.

You can choose to continue the strategy conversation, take a well-deserved break or join us for a short Coffee Klatch Chat!

October 2019 is coming faster than you think. Is your association ready for what happens next?

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Healthy food & lively conversation!

How does technology, the design of a room and a venue engage attendees? Join us for a panel and find out!

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Participants have told us they want to MORE ``real-life`` solutions from their peers. We continue to be happy to oblige.

In this session we have two association executives step into the ``heart seat`` and tell us about their challenges.

Through a ``clarity council`` approach, as a group we'll help each volunteer to explore different strategies and brainstorm solutions. It's peer-to-peer learning in action!

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Grab a quick refreshment and join us for the final session of the day!

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Get Your Fuel Breakfast

More healthy, tasty food to start the day.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

What were your big takeaways from Day 1?

A follow-up on issues and key discussion points.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Back by popular demand, this ``TED-Style`` format lets you try before you buy...

Hear from five speakers who will give the ``bird's eye view`` of their topic and how it relates to engagement. Each topic will either be led by a subject-matter expert or an association-executive-with-an-expert team.

Topics include:

-- Costly Case Studies: Venue Contract Clauses You Need to Know!
-- Managing Inter-Association Drama
-- Membership Models
-- Sponsorship
-- Modern Performance Appraisals

During the break, be prepared to pick two of the five sessions for deeper dives before lunch!

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

On your way to the next session grab a snack & go!

Heather Reid
Founder & CEO, Planner Protect

Can you imagine owing $92,000 for a conference that was never held? Could you sustain a $10,000+ hit because your conference venue cancelled your contract and you weren’t protected? Would you be surprised to receive a $13,000 invoice for attrition when the hotel was sold out? Join in the conversation of this presentation as Heather Reid presents Canadian case studies of associations’ distressing and costly oversights when negotiating their conference and/or meeting venue contracts. This presentation will identify the key contract clauses involving logistical and financial risks to your association – as well as identify new Canadian resources available to association professionals.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Keep that energy up!

Heather Reid
Founder & CEO, Planner Protect

Can you imagine owing $92,000 for a conference that was never held? Could you sustain a $10,000+ hit because your conference venue cancelled your contract and you weren’t protected? Would you be surprised to receive a $13,000 invoice for attrition when the hotel was sold out? Join in the conversation of this presentation as Heather Reid presents Canadian case studies of associations’ distressing and costly oversights when negotiating their conference and/or meeting venue contracts. This presentation will identify the key contract clauses involving logistical and financial risks to your association – as well as identify new Canadian resources available to association professionals.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

You've worked hard this morning and deserve more yummy food!

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Building on the peer-to-peer format of the Heart Seat Session, the IDEA LAB is where edgecrafting meets round table discussions.

Conversations will be captured by scribes and participants will be able to add ideas.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Announcement coming soon!

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Time to wrap-up, share lessons learned and key takeaways.

Plan to stay till the end to get the BEST takeaways...and win prizes!

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
$269
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
$369
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)

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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?

Guests of the Engaging Associations Forum can reserve a room at the Brookstreet Hotel by using the following booking link: https://book.passkey.com/gt/216252839?gtid=a5d21e93f6875bcf7383196bd00f2f76

If you have questions or challenges, please do not hesitate to reach out.

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