One of Essentient’s own awarded CSAE Trillium scholarship

Burlington, ON (May 4, 2017)   Recipients have been revealed for the Trillium Gives Back (TGB) scholarship program and one of our own has been named among the list of award winners. Brynne Wrigley, Association Manager at Essentient was part of a select group of executive and business chapter members to be given news last month.

The TGB scholarship was designed as an opportunity for the Trillium Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) to provide recognition and financial support to members of the chapter who are highly engaged and who exhibit leadership as well as motivational and inspirational qualities that exemplify the best of those working in the association sector.

Brynne Wrigley has recently been named a recipient of a Trillium Gives Back scholarship

“Brynne has quickly become an integral part of the Essentient team and has proven herself to be a very thoughtful and creative association professional,” said Constance Wrigley-Thomas CAE and CEO of Essentient Association Management. “Her value to our clients and to the work we do on their behalf cannot be understated. Using the TGB scholarship funds to further her professional development will only serve to increase that value as well as increase her confidence and capabilities as an association professional.”

Before joining the staff at Essentient in late 2015, Ms. Wrigley worked for over four years at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), first as Membership Services Specialist and then as Education Coordinator. Her previous work experience also includes managerial positions with two high-profile Canadian retailers.

In the spirit of the scholarship, Ms. Wrigley is a firm believer in giving back to the community and has dedicated time over the last three years as a volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Assocation (CMHA). In 2016, she became a volunteer coordinator and active committee member for the CMHA Halton Region’s annual Ride Don’t Hide event which raises critical funds as well as awareness in an effort to help break the stigma surrounding issues of mental health.

An avid cyclist herself, Ms. Wrigley can often be found on local trails and bike lanes. She has recently moved into a loft apartment where she shares space with a cat named Bunny.

Congratulations Brynne!

Essentient welcomes Doug Duke as new VP, Business Development

Doug Duke has joined the Essentient team as Vice President, Business Development

Toronto, ON (May 1, 2017) – In the midst of a busy spring season, Essentient Association Management has significantly increased its bench strength with the addition of Doug Duke to its roster of association professionals. Today, the Burlington-based company announced Mr. Duke as its new Vice President, Business Development effective immediately.

An alumnus of the journalism program at Humber College, Mr. Duke began his career in the field of communications and print media before entering the world of association management in 2004. Since that time, he has worked as Executive Officer of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association and as Executive Director of both the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association and the Toronto and Area Road Builders Association. Mr. Duke has also served as chair of the Executive Officers’ Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and has been active on various boards and committees including the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, the Council of Ontario Construction Associations, the Ontario Construction Careers Alliance, and Aggregate Recycling Ontario.

“We are thrilled to have Doug join our dedicated team of association managers and support staff,” said Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE and CEO of Essentient Association Management. “Ours is a relatively small, but highly respected AMC. With his many years of association and not-for-profit experience however, Essentient is poised for some exciting future growth and an enhancement of its full-service offerings to our existing clients. I am extremely happy to have Doug join the Essentient family.”

In the role of Vice President, Business Development, Mr. Duke will oversee some of Essentient’s existing clients including the Canadian Chapter of CoreNet Global and the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology. He will also lend valuable support to other significant clients like the Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP, an association which represents the interests of developers, owners and related professionals in the area of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.

A native of the City of Hamilton, Mr. Duke recently relocated to Burlington. Apart from spending time with his 12-year-old daughter Rebecca, he enjoys cycling, indoor and beach volleyball, and the occasional round of golf. A staunch proponent of community engagement, Mr. Duke is looking forward to giving some of his spare time and energy as a volunteer to local causes and not-for-profit organizations, including those promoting the welfare of pets and wildlife.

Mr. Duke can be reached by phone at Essentient’s Burlington offices at 905-315-3166 (ext. 2373) and toll-free at 1-877-331-9668. He can be contacted electronically at doug@essentient.ca.

Essentient Association Management is a full-service AMC and event company that provides strategic and operational support to not-for-profit enterprises regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Essentient’s Courtney Thack Recognized With CSAE Award

Toronto, Ontario – October 27, 2016

3d96c3aEssentient Association Management is pleased to announce that Courtney Thack, Association Manager, was honoured by the Canadian Society of Association Executives with the prestigious Donna Mary Shaw Award. This award was presented at the CSAE Annual Conference held in Toronto.

The Donna Mary Shaw Award assists young professionals wishing to pursue careers in the not-for-profit sector.

A graduate of Sheridan College (in Advertising) Courtney began her not-for-profit career with the Ontario Community Newspaper Association in 2009. Prior to beginning her employment with Essentient in 2012, Courtney had spent several months in South Africa working with underprivileged children.

Because Essentient is a relatively small (but full service) AMC, in working with all of our clients Courtney has been able to gain a wide range of experience in a number of areas as well as hone her skills in membership development, governance and event management. Courtney has a particular affinity for event and volunteer management and is committed to expanding her knowledge of governance and association best practices.

In her current capacity Courtney provides oversight and expertise to the 85 events that Essentient
manages annually and in 2015 was named one of 20 Millennials to Watch by Meetings and Conventions Magazine.

Courtney has the potential to become an association leader and driver in the AMC space because of her exceptional organizational capabilities, razor sharp critical thinking and her insatiable desire to learn, grow and make a difference.

Essentient Association Magazine congratulates Courtney Thack for being recognized by the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) is Canada’s premiere association advocate. It provides tools, resources, and education to help association professionals and volunteers succeed. From this success, Canadian associations will continue to grow and excel in pursuit of their goals.

Essentient Association Management is a full service AMC and event company that provides strategic and operational support to not-for-profit enterprises regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

AMC First

Essentient Association Management is a leader in the AMC sector with nearly 12 years
as a full service company that is focuses on managing associations. While some of our
competitors are event/secretariat companies first and AMCs second, we are proud to be an AMC first.

What does this mean for our association clients? Essentient has the capacity and know how to work with volunteer leadership to grow the association and help them to achieve organizational excellence.

After nearly a dozen years in the association management business, Essentient
Association Management has helped a number of organizations reach their potential
through the implementation of systems, well-regarded governance tools, strategies and
tactics. These include:

– Policies and procedures
– Board orientation/training
– Board roles and responsibilities
– Consent agenda
– Organizational review
– Strategic planning
– Business planning

And while we are indeed very good at running events (85 events per year at last count) our clients value us for our ability to help them up their game and be successful.

Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE Inducted Into M+IT Hall of Fame

14055093_10157258246070317_2228802781220247145_nToronto, Ontario – On August 16, 2016 Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) announced its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees in a special, live presentation at IncentiveWorks 2016, Canada’s leading meeting, events and incentive travel trade show and conference.

It was announced that Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE, Owner and CEO of Essentient Association Management was an honouree in the Industry Mentor category. This is the first time in the Hall of Fame’s history that a Certified Association Executive (CAE) has been inducted.

“We are delighted to welcome this year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame family,” says Robin Paisley, managing director, M+IT and IncentiveWorks. “Each of them has made, and continues to make, a significant contribution to the meetings and incentive travel industry. They are truly inspiring.”

Reflecting upon her award Ms. Wrigley-Thomas noted “Mentoring is important because it creates continuity and connectivity between the generations. The lessons that I have learned during my career may help someone cut through the clutter of decision-making to arrive at a solution. In addition to sharing my experiences of ‘what to do’, I am equally, if not more happy, to share ‘what not to do.’ As a mentor I can provide the “hand up” that a mentee may need to realize their potential as an employee, volunteer and perhaps, as a future mentor. ”

She went on to say “I have observed from my role as a member of 5 industry associations, as a volunteer with 2 and as an AMC of multiple associations, that mentorship programs are not just needed, they are expected by members at both ends of the generational spectrum.

Constance Wrigley-Thomas is also the recipient of CSAE Trillium Chapter’s 2009 President’s Award  and was recognized by NAIOP – Commercial Real  Estate Association, for Outstanding Contributions by a Chapter Executive in 2011. She sits on the Board of Directors for CSAE Trillium Chapter and is also the co-founder and Secretary/Treasurer of the AMC Institute Canadian Chapter.

M+IT is the owner of Canada’s premier events, meetings and incentive travel industry magazine and website as well as IncentiveWorks. It launched its Hall of Fame in 2009 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in the Canadian meetings and incentive travel industry.

Essentient Association Management & Events is a Canadian full service association and events management company. They are a leader and innovator in the association management company (AMC) space.

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New AMC Institute Canadian Chapter Appoints Board of Directors

Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE and CEO of Essentient Association Management & Events, was recently appointed to the new AMC Institute Canadian Chapter Board of Directors. Ms. Wrigley-Thomas was also appointed Secretary/Treasurer of the organization at its first Board meeting on June 9, 2016.

The AMCI Canadian Chapter evolved from the AMC Forum which was co-founded by Constance Wrigley-Thomas and Serge Micheli of Association and Events Management in early 2014. They established the AMC Forum with the purpose of providing association management companies from across Canada with a platform to share best practices, promote the AMC model, access professional development and establish standards of practice for the AMC sector.

No such group existed before for association management companies in Canada so it was a natural evolution for the AMC Forum to become the first international chapter of AMCI. The Canadian Chapter was incorporated on April 11, 2016.

The new Board of Directors for AMC Institute Canadian Chapter is as follows:

Chair: Serge Micheli, CAE CEM – President, Association and Events Management
Vice-Chair: Jonathan Strauss – President, Strauss Event & Association Management
Secretary/Treasurer: Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE – Owner/CEO, Essentient Association Management

Directors:
Ruth Abrahamson – CEO, Base Consulting & Management Inc.
Jenny Faucher – President, Managing Matters
Seamus Gearin – Senior Association Manager, Becker Associates
Anthony Laycock – President, Funnel Communications

M+IT Magazine Names 2016 Hall of Fame Finalists

Constance Wrigley-Thomas

Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE and CEO of Essentient Association Management was recently announced as a double finalist in Meeting + Incentive Travel’s 2016 Hall of Fame Awards Program.

Ms. Wrigley-Thomas, a leader and innovator in the Association Management Company sector is a finalist in two categories:

– Industry Volunteer
– Industry Mentor

M+IT’s Hall of Fame program was launched eight years ago with the mandate of celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of meeting and incentive travel industry professionals. This year the program received a record number of nominations. Winners will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a special live ceremony on the opening day of IncentiveWorks 2016, which is being held August 16-17, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto.

Essentient Association Management & Events (Essentient A.M.C. Inc.) was launched in January 2005 to assist volunteer directed associations in meeting their objectives by providing strategic leadership, administrative support and freeing up associations’ otherwise valuable resources to concentrate on tasks fundamental to their organization’s mission.