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’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.

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.

Going above and beyond…

December 15, 2015 – The staff at Essentient Association Management sets the bar high, not just for their clients, but also for themselves. In addition to being hard working and very competent professionals, they are also fine human beings because they care about others and contribute in a meaningful way in their own communities.

Earlier today two members of the Essentient team staffed an event at a venue attached to the Union Pearson Express station. Delicious boxed lunches were pre-ordered and the 60 or so registrants were going to be taking a round trip on the new Union Pearson Express. As with all events there were some no-shows.

At the end of the event there were approximately 12 bought and paid for boxed lunches left over.  But, rather than leave them behind to be thrown away, our staff collected them and then walked outside around Union Station, handing the boxed lunches to some local denizens.

Over the years we have relied upon organizations such as Second Harvest to pick up and distribute our surplus event food, but this was a kinder, gentler way of helping a dozen people on a damp Toronto street have a better day. We couldn’t be prouder of our staff.