The 2015 Annual General Meeting in Toronto was a tremendous success and attracted the chapter leadership and members from across Canada. After the election process, the National Board of Directors welcomed Jean-Marc Nadeau as National Vice-President of Strategic Projects and Robert Fisher as National Vice-President of Membership. Doug Komadowski was re-elected and will continue is his role as National Vice-President of Technology and Vice-Chair of the Board. I was also re-elected to the National Board and pleased to accept their nomination and endorsement to remain as Chair of the Board and your National President. Betty Smith was appointed as PastChair, Past-President and will continue her role as National Secretary of the Institute.
A special thanks to our outgoing directors, Bob Beitz as National Vice-President of Governance Processes, By-Laws and Procedures and Peter Boos as National Vice-President of Chapter Development; their contributions were very welcome during their term. The remaining directors will continue in their positions and continue their work in their portfolios. I would also like to thank all of the members that ran for a position on the National Board of Directors. The CIM is strong because of active volunteer engagement and passionate individuals that want to make a difference in the management profession in Canada.
Several themes came out of the AGM and meetings of the National Board of Directors that will align more closely the strategy of the Institute moving forward with the needs of our members. The last year has seen the board look closely at what is most important to the membership and what the Institute can do to advance their interests in the management profession. The message is clear: recognition of our professional designations, professional development and career advancement. The CIM will be sending out various surveys to members in the coming months that will ask some direct questions regarding the branding and alignment of our designations with your needs as members. We also recognize that we have many C.I.M. designation holders that have developed professionally and academically since obtaining their first management designation, but have chosen not to apply for P.Mgr. or C.Mgr. certification. We strongly believe that professional development is progressive and follows a path; and we will be looking to ensure that members are aware of the certification opportunities that exist.
On the academic side of our Institute,...