The Strauss Blog

Finding the Right Person to Grow Your Association Membership

In the late 1970’s Dr. Robert Means identified four basic sales environments and the corresponding sales person motivational profiles most suited to each. It’s no surprise that he then determined that the success of a sales person was driven by correctly matching the sales person with the most appropriate motivational profile to the unique sales […]

Considering Engaging an ‘Independent’ Contractor? A Few Things Your Association Should Know

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Todd Andres and Nicole Smith, lawyers with Pitblado Law in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Associations often contract out work for a variety of services including event management, accounting, graphic design or other specific […]

What’s in a name?

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Kelsey Desjardine, a lawyer with Pitblado Law in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Many associations recognize, as they grow, that they’d like to secure their brand by obtaining a registered trademark or certification mark. […]

Associations and the RFP Trap

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Cal Harrison. Associations often need to find and hire professional services firms such as consultants, lawyers, engineers, photographers, architects, and graphic designers and quite often an RFP is the methodology used […]

Key Timing Milestones under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Andrew Buck, a lawyer with Pitblado Law in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Annual returns. AGMs. Financial statements. The new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) was intended to introduce sorely needed corporate governance reform […]

Transforming Members into PR Ambassadors

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company, we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Cathy Cowan, President of Cowan & Company Communications (C&C) ~ a Toronto-based PR boutique for first-class consumer brands. Everyone these days is looking for ways to stretch their marketing dollars as […]

Breathing Life into your Association’s Annual Report

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company, we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Stu Slayen, an independent communications consultant specializing in publication planning, writing, and business communications. A former colleague, noticing that I had started to work on my first annual report for our […]

Exposures facing Directors and Officers of Non-Profit Organizations

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Jonathan Bracamonte, Account Executive, Non-Profit Insurance Solutions with LMS PROLINK Ltd. Serving on a board of directors of a non-profit organization takes a significant amount of your time, knowledge, and patience. […]

Tips and Traps for Continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act – Part II

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Andrew Buck, a lawyer with Pitblado Law in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Continuing a not-for-profit corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) doesn’t have to be painful. With a little planning and […]

Tips and Traps for Continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act – Part 1

As Canada’s most connected event and association management company we are pleased to publish guest blogs by our partners. This post is written by Andrew Buck, a lawyer with Pitblado Law in Winnipeg, Manitoba. So you want to continue under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act OK, let’s back up.  First of all, it’s not really […]