Tentative Program, Infinity Convention Centre
2901 Gibford Dr, Gloucester, ON K1V 2L9 (This schedule and topic lineup is subject to change without notice. The final program and speaker assignment will be announced March 31, 2017)
Wednesday, July 19th
|5:30-7:30 PM||Pre-Event Reception
This was such a success last year that we're doing it again, just with more fun and surprises. Come & meet our speakers, partners and fellow association colleagues and start engaging!
Thursday , July 20th
|7:30-8:30 AM||Wake-Up! Registration & Welcome Breakfast
Enjoy a hearty first meal of the day, including gluten-free options.
Get oriented and up to speed about the Forum’s “rules of engagement” and new engagement features. Get clear about your intentions and jump right into the conversation!
Association Management and Leadership in a Trump World – A Town HallThis isn’t about politics (though political figures inevitably are part of the story).
It’s about CHANGE: the speed of change and the magnitude of which can knock even the best of us down.
In this Town Hall format we’ll hear from YOU. What you’ve experienced, what you should be aware of. We’ll talk about negative engagement – from social media bullying and protests to fake news – and discuss real life strategies with which associations and the non-profit sector can promote sharp but respectful debate, affect change and yes, maybe even turn a negative into a positive...
|10:15-11:00 AM||Time Out #1
After a big Town Hall topic, you can choose to continue the conversation or just c-h-i-l-l…
|11:00-12:15 PM||Engagement for Time & Resource-Starved Association Executives
You WANT to engage your stakeholders, but you lack time and money. Or both. In this session you’ll hear from two association staff teams who managed to create impressive public engagement and member engagement campaigns, on a shoestring, and while doing their regular day job.
Healthy food and lively conversation… in a completely NEW format with optional table discussion topics!
|1:30-3:00 PM||In the Heart Seat about Membership
In the 2016 Forum evaluations many commented how you wanted to hear MORE “real-life” solutions from your peers. In this session we’ll invite two associations – one trade and one professional association – to be in the “heart seat” (vs. HOT seat!) and tell us about their unique membership recruitment or retention.
Through a “clarity council” approach, as a group we’ll help each volunteer to explore different strategies and brainstorm solutions!
Wanna be IN the Heart Seat? Sign up to volunteer here!
|3:00-3:30 PM||Time Out #2
Stay in and enjoy cool and tasty refreshments or join us outside for some summertime treats!
|3:30-5:00 PM||Idea Lab
Last year we had a Hack-a-Thon. Building on this peer-to-peer format, this year we’re trying something slightly different: an IDEA LAB is a where hack-a-thon meets round table discussions.
Led by an association executive/expert facilitator, each round table will tackle a different problem area and brainstorm solutions. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from 10 different topics and sit at 3 different tables for 25-minute each.
All conversations will be captured by professional scribes so we can produce the 2017 Engaging Associations Idea Book!
Based on survey input, we’ve come up with the following table topics:
1. Creating profitable fundraising events & programs
2. Succession planning for your association staff
3. Succession planning for your association board
4. Recruiting and managing Millennial volunteers
5. Increasing event engagement with social media
6. Increasing advocacy with social media
7. Demonstrating the value of certification programs
8. Creating engagement in a regulated industry
9. Collaborating with like-minded organizations
10. Managing an association with a staff of ONE
11. Risk management and mitigation for association events
12. Keeping your board out of operations
13. Alternative revenue streams
14. Running webinars and virtual events for your association
15. When to hire, when to outsource?
You get to VOTE on your top 10 or suggest a wildcard topic by clicking here.
|5:00-6:30 PM||Day One Celebration!
You know we love to have fun… Join your peeps for a cold one and yummy hors d’oeuvres!
|7:00-9:00 PM||Birds of a Feather Dinners
You can continue the conversation with fellow Forum participants during a gourmet dining experience. Choose which “flock” you wish to join: the small association table, the large association table, the single-manager association table or the “anything goes” table. An additional fee applies.