The Strauss Blog

Finding New Association Board Directors

An association’s annual general meeting (AGM) is for the membership to approve the financial statements of the previous year, elect or re-elect board members, hear reports from the board, approve motions on any changes to the by-laws, and bring forth any other business. Preparing for an AGM starts months before the actual meeting. This article […]

GST/HST and QST on Registration Fees for Virtual Meetings and Trade Shows

Many associations have been forced to cancel in-person professional development meetings and/or trade shows because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as described in my colleagues’ recent article Association Trade Shows Gone Virtual. The cancellation of these events both reduces the value of association membership and threatens some association’s financial sustainability. Virtual meetings and trade shows can and […]

Association Trade Shows Gone Virtual

Face-to-face events continue to take a back seat due to the COVID-19 outbreak, leaving associations to find unique alternatives for members to stay connected and engaged. Many associations are using technology to bring members together, but how do you standout? One unique format is a virtual trade show. As technology and online platforms are becoming […]

Hosting Association Golf Tournaments in a COVID-19 World

Association members are missing their face-to-face networking opportunities used to catch up with fellow members or to have those deep conversations with fellow members on issues affecting their industry. When the pandemic hit its peak earlier this year, associations had no choice but to cancel association in-person member events and gatherings. Now that provinces are […]

“Zoom Fatigue”: Is it affecting your Association? Tips on How to Manage it.

Over the past few months with so many of us now working from home there has been an increase in video conferencing through Zoom, Microsoft Teams, many other platforms. The demand to keep association members engaged and involved through the pandemic has certainly increased meetings, remote learning, and social/networking events. The term “Zoom Fatigue” has […]

Board/Senior Staff Optimal Levels of Engagement: How Do You Assess Them?

Engagement is such a crucial factor in managing the new world where the COVID-19 pandemic exists. There are lots of discussions taking place regarding your association members’ financial health and how the pandemic will affect this year’s results and next year’s projections. Before the world paused due to the pandemic, I attended the 2020 Symposium […]

Virtual Meetings for your Association Board

With many people currently working from home, the need for association staff and volunteer leaders to work online is necessary in today’s environment. Association meetings, whether they are board or committee meetings, and the need to hold in-person meetings weekly, monthly, or quarterly has not changed; the way in which we hold these meetings has. […]

Board Succession Planning During a Pandemic: How is Your Association Adapting?

Due to the changing times as a response to COVID-19, many associations have been adapting operations and seeking new solutions. Member communications, continuing education and networking opportunities have been recreated with the purpose of providing a good return on investment for association members. With annual general meetings, conferences, and board meetings being held virtually, associations […]

Navigating the Pandemic as a Board Chair: An Interview

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Strauss’ association clients continue to work with volunteers, board members, and association staff to navigate their next steps. This article features interviews with board chairs Alex Jovetic (A), Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC), and Victor Duarte (V), Physician and Clinical Assistants of Manitoba (PCAM), to gain insight on how […]