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.

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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Essentient Association Manager Recognized as one of 22 Millennials to Watch

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February 4, 2016, Toronto, Ontario – Essentient Association Management & Events, a leader and innovator in the association management space, is proud to announce that Association Manager Courtney Thack was recently announced as one of 22 up and coming Millennials to watch by Meetings and Conventions magazine.  Courtney has the distinction of being the only Canadian on this list of select meeting planners from around the world.

Courtney began her association management career at the Ontario Community Newspaper Association as a Membership Services Coordinator. Courtney joined Essentient in 2011, initially as a Membership and Events Coordinator but was promoted into an account manager role. Courtney is currently the Association Manager for CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter, a professional association for corporate real estate executives. Courtney also provides oversight and expertise to the 85 events that Essentient manage annually.

Courtney is a graduate of Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and has volunteered worldwide including South Africa and Australia.

Essentient Owner/CEO Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE, stated, “Despite being only 26, Courtney Thack displays a maturity and work ethic that belies her youth. I have seen her grow as a professional in the 4 years that she has worked for Essentient and am not surprised that she was recognized for her accomplishments.”

For further Information Contact: Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE, Essentient Association Management & Events, Tel: 905-331-9668 or (cell) 289-259-9623, constance@essentient.ca

 

 

 

Doing the right thing…

As as Association Management Company we are often faced with professional dilemmas where there are no simple answers or solutions.

As association executives, we are committed to always doing the right thing, even when “doing the right thing” might sometimes seem counter-intuitive to running a for-profit business – i.e. turning down freebies from a supplier. But that’s just the way we roll. High ethical principles are one of the pillars on which our company has been built.

One of our roles is to help our client associations understand what to do if a conflict of interest situation arises or make recommendations for a policy that will enable them to stick handle a difficult situation in the future. We see ourselves of stewards of the organization’s reputation and we want to make sure that clients avoid perceived or real conflicts.

According to the Institute for Global Ethics there are five values that are accepted by people around the world. They are:

  • Honesty
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Compassion

We face challenges every day in our work through interactions with members, volunteers, suppliers and competitors. By viewing every dilemma through the lens of “doing the right thing” we can feel good about our company, our people and the great service we offer to our clients.

Essentient Association Management subscribes to  professional codes of conduct promoted by the professional associations to which we belong including:

Canadian Society of Association Executives – Code of Conduct

AMC Institute – Code of Ethics

American Society of Association Executives – Standards of Conduct

And we think that doing the right thing is a good thing.

Never Under-estimate the Importance of a Name Tag

Over the past several years we have created tens of thousands of name tags for our meetings and events. And if there is one t524720_515002911886881_1211081280_nhing we have taken to heart, it is, if you don’t think that a name tag is important, just wait until your delegate/guest discovers that their name tag contains a spelling error or it is missing.

So what do we do that makes our name tags stand out?

First of all, we make sure that name tags can be read from several paces away. There is nothing worse than having to squint to read the person’s name. And keeping in mind that not everyone has 20/20 vision, we follow a very simple formula:

FIRST NAME – Sans serif, 54 pt.

First Lastname – Sans serif – 24 pt

Company – Sans serif 18 pt

The second thing we do is purchase a supply of name tags that a) have a simple elastic lanyard; but b) not the kind of lanyard that can twist. All of our name tags lay flat on the centre portion of the wearer’s chest. We also don’t use the pin on type of name tags as they can damage clothing.

Once the name tags have been printed, the staff responsible for the event check and double check to make sure that names and companies are accurate and that we can match every name to the registration list. We make it a priority to get it right the first time, ultimately avoiding awkward moments later at the registration desk.

Finally, while we may recycle the plastic badge holders, we never reuse the printed name tags for future events as names and companies change frequently. Every time we print a name tag it is based on current information in our database.

Still unsure about proper name tag etiquette? Here is a website that we found that provides lots of practical info.