The Strauss Blog

Is it time your Association Hosts an Indigenous Sharing Circle?

Our society is currently adapting to the restrictions and guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic while confronting the systematic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Our associations are not unaffected by present events, and issues affecting members cannot be ignored. It is difficult to invoke instant change across a nation, but if every […]

Association Ethics for Staff and Volunteers

Ethical behaviour means acting in ways that are consistent with behaviours that society, individuals, and businesses have deemed to be “proper” or “correct.” Good values involve demonstrating respect for key moral principles that include honesty, fairness, equality, dignity, diversity, and individual rights[1]. The most important influence on ethical values in an association is its overall […]

How Association Leaders Can Boost Morale During a Pandemic

As we continue to live and work through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for association leaders to actively listen to members’ needs. During this difficult time, associations must keep an open line of communication with members to gauge the overall morale of the association. Members are an association’s greatest asset. Without […]

Hosting Association Events Amidst a Global Pandemic: Adapting to New Health and Safety Standards

Since social distancing protocols were set in place, 2020 has seen association events cancelled left, right, and centre. As social gatherings are now restricted to small groups, we have seen hotels, convention centres and other venues prepare and publish new health and safety guidelines with the pandemic in mind. In August, I hosted an online […]

Maintaining Association Member Engagement in a Socially Distant World: An Interview

In this interview, Sandra Harssar, an executive member of the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), discusses her journey as a board member and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected association member engagement and involvement. Q: What prompted you to run for a position on the board? Sandra: I was always interested in trade shows […]

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 […]