Nomination Period For 2006-07 Board of Directors Extended Until January 27
By Brendan Wycks, Executive Director
At a recent MRIA Nominating Committee meeting, concern
was expressed that the December 23 deadline for nominations for the 2006-07
MRIA Board of Directors fell inconveniently close to Christmas and the Holiday
Season period when many businesses are closed.
In the interests of ensuring as full a slate of nominees
as possible for all member constituencies represented on the Board, the
Nominating Committee has therefore decided to extend the nomination deadline
until Friday, January 27, and to encourage those interested in serving on
the National Board to submit their nomination by that final deadline.
During the Nomination Period extension, the Nominating
Committee will be accepting nominations for each of the Board positions
outlined on the MRIA
web site, where a Board Nomination Form is also available. Each nominee's
form must be (i) signed by three other members-in-good-standing of the Association
who are not members of the Nominating Committee; and (ii) signed by the
nominee, to indicate acceptance of the nomination. The deadline for submission
of completed Nomination Forms is Friday, January 27, 2006 at 5 p.m. Eastern
In accordance with MRIA's Bylaws, an election for the Association's
2006-07 National Board of Directors will then take place via an electronic
or regular mail secret ballot process, from January 31 to February 17, 2006.
The new Board of Directors will take office in conjunction with the Association's
Annual General Meeting on March 31, 2006 in Toronto.
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INSURANCE NEEDS OF MRIA MEMBERS IN QUEBEC
The new MRIA Member Insurance Programs launched in late
2005 are proving to be very popular among members, judging by the volume
of inquiry calls and the number of quotes and insurance policies already
issued by LMS PROLINK, the Association's insurance broker.
The comprehensive coverage and value-for-money offered
by the Member Insurance Programs are perceived as very valuable by our members.
In many cases, the annual premium savings available through our group program,
as compared to coverage and pricing available in the non-group marketplace,
can more than pay for the cost of membership in the Association.
And in order to better serve our Quebec-based members in
both official languages, LMS PROLINK has partnered with Dale Parizeau LM.,
a Montreal-based full service financial services firm. Over the past 20
years, Dale Parizeau LM has developed expertise in designing insurance programs
for Associations and other groups in Quebec.
Be assured that both LMS PROLINK (all parts of Canada except
Quebec) and Dale Parizeau LM (if you reside in Quebec) are both committed
to delivering first-rate customer service, and to providing you with comprehensive
coverage, which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of market
and survey research industry participants, at sharply reduced premium levels.
Professional Liability/Errors & Omissions, Comprehensive General Liability/Office
Package, Group Benefits Plan, and Home and Automobile insurance are available
under the MRIA Member Insurance Programs.
For more information:
REMINDER -- 2006 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31
By Ellie Sykes, VP, Membership
The deadline for the renewing your MRIA membership for
2006 is coming up soon: January 31.
(However, due to the recent MRIA Member Insurance Program
negotiations that have led to the addition of a Quebec-based insurance broker,
Dale Parizeau LM, as a service provider for our Quebec-based members, the
mailing of membership renewal notices to members with a French language
preference was delayed somewhat, but has been completed this week. The renewal
deadline for French language-preferred members has therefore been adjusted,
as specified in the cover letter included to their renewal packages.)
To avoid interruption of member services and benefits,
please do not wait until the last minute to complete and return your Membership
Renewal Form and dues payment.
In renewing your MRIA membership, you will continue to
be eligible for a comprehensive portfolio of member benefits, including
- Deep premium savings via the MRIA Member Insurance Programs
which, in many cases, will more than cover the cost of your membership
- Eligibility to maintain or pursue the coveted Certified
Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation;
- Savings on Education and Professional Development courses
through MRIA's School of Marketing Research;
- Career and business development support through the Members
Only section of the MRIA Web site (job postings and RFPs);
- Eligibility to advertise/list in the prized Research
Buyer's Guide and to be included in the 2006 Membership Directory (Corporate
members only); and
- Preferred rates for the Ascent 2006 Conference and Tradeshow
in Calgary in May 2006, and for local education and networking events through
MRIA's Chapters across Canada.
And if your company has or will have more than one member
of our Association, be sure to take advantage of our sliding scale discounts
for multiple members from the same organization. Visit the on-line membership
dues calculator at www.mria-arim.ca/grouprenewals
before January 31, to access the multiple member discounts available
if all members of the same organization are renewed on-line at the same
time, in one single session, via the MRIA Web site.
MRIA is committed to delivering even more value for your
membership dues in 2006. We thank you for your support and participation
in helping to make our Association a strong and vital force as a voluntary,
self-regulatory industry and professional Association, and the single authoritative
voice of the marketing, survey and public opinion research and business
intelligence industry in Canada.
Advanced Half Day Seminars:
Based on member feedback, we are excited to offer our new line of
Seminars that are intended for members who may already hold the CMRP
designation, or the otherwise more advanced research and intelligence
professional, as continuing education opportunities. These seminars presume familiarity with all of the basic techniques of marketing research and are not intended for the beginner.
We have two more of these Seminars planned:
|Registration deadlines are fast approaching for upcoming courses and advanced Seminars. Register today to avoid disappointment.|
||Measuring Customer Satisfaction, Loyalty & Retention (Toronto, Jan. 24)|
||Measuring Customer Satisfaction: Advanced Analytical Techniques (Toronto, Jan. 25)|
||Product Usability Research (Ottawa, Jan. 27)|
||Ethical Issues and Privacy in Marketing Research (Toronto, Jan. 30)|
||Fundamentals of Marketing Research (Toronto, Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10)|
|Book these courses now and save $50!|
||Qualitative Marketing Research (Toronto, Feb. 13)|
||Getting Beneath the Surface in Qualitative Research (Toronto, Feb. 14)|
||Questionnaire Design (Toronto, Feb. 17)|
||Marketing Research on the Internet (Toronto, Feb. 21)|
||Applying Social Values Research for Marketing and Communications (Ottawa, Feb. 24)|
||Marketing Research Design: An Applied Course (Toronto, Feb. 27)|
|For the complete 2005-2006 Course Program, visit the Education website.|
B2B TRENDANALYSIS 2006
TOP 10 B2B MARKETING TRENDS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR B2B RESEARCH, January 24, 2006
In 2005, B2B marketers focused on growth and customer acquisition;
in 2006 they are expected to be more "tactical" than "strategic" with ROI (Return On Investment) dominating the
B2B marketing AND research agenda. This seminar will:
- Review current B2B marketing and research trends.
- Discuss key issues raised by a pre-eminent B2B world market research organization.
- Provide a sneak preview of what could lie ahead in 2007.
Full details on this upcoming Learning Series, TRENDANALYSIS: TOP 10
B2B MARKETING TRENDS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR B2B RESEARCH on January 24,
On February 15, the MRIA B2B Learning Series welcomes Susan Abbott to discuss the use of various Internet techniques for qualitative research,
in her presentation entitled, GOING DEEP WITH ONLINE QUALITATIVE RESEARCH.
For details on cost and pre-registration, please visit us at the B2B website
Nominating Committee Seeks Portfolio Chair Candidate Recommendations
By Brendan Wycks, Executive Director
The MRIA Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations
of candidates, who must be members-in-good-standing, for the Association's
2006 -07 Portfolio Chair leadership positions.
Portfolio Chairs are not elected by the membership-at-large,
but rather will be either (i) elected by the Board of their respective Council
or Affinity Division of the Association; or (ii) appointed by the 2006-07
MRIA Board of Directors at its first meeting, having the benefit of the
Nominating Committee's recommendations.
The Portfolio leaders to be elected by their respective
Boards are the Chairs of the Research Agency Council, the Research User
Council, the Chapter Council, the Qualitative Research Division, and the
The Portfolio leaders to be appointed by the MRIA Board
of Directors are the Chairs of the Communications, Education, Industry &
Government Relations, Membership, Publications, and Standards Committees.
here to view MRIA Portfolio Chair Position Descriptions
and to access a Portfolio Chair Recommendation Form.
The deadline for submission of completed Portfolio Chair
Recommendation Forms is Friday, February 10, 2006 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard
For further information, contact MRIA Executive Director
Brendan Wycks at (905) 337-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all knowledge workers!
By Cam Davis, Editor-in-Chief, CJMR
The editorial board debated whether to continue to call
the CJMR a "journal" because such a descriptor might intimidate
potential authors. Journals serve ivory tower institutions very well and
there has to be a vehicle in which professors have to publish.
Notwithstanding, the Canadian "Journal"
of Marketing Research is mandated to serve practitioners first and foremost.
To that end, I am inviting research practitioners to submit articles by
February 28, 2006. If you want to submit an outline beforehand, I would
be pleased to respond. If you have recently given a PowerPoint presentation
at a conference and would like to write an article based on the slides,
send me the slides for feedback. Cam Davis, editor, email@example.com.
Share the knowledge!
By Stuart Hemerling, Editor-in-Chief, Vue Magazine
We encourage all VUE readers to submit articles, letters
and ideas. Please e-mail VUE Editor Stuart Hemerling
at firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating
the topic on which you are interested in sharing your views or experience.
Submissions should be between 600 and 1,200 words in length and should focus
on topics relevant to the market research and intelligence industry in Canada.
Share your expertise and knowledge... VUE is considering
articles on a wide range of topics for our March 2006 edition. The article submission deadline is January 20th, 2006.
Advertising space is always filling up fast. Don't miss
your opportunity and book your ad today! DEADLINES TO BOOK YOUR AD:
January 25 for the March 2006 issue
February 24 for the April 2006 issue
For more information about ad sizes, rates and how to book
your ad, please visit the MRIA website.
|2006 Research Buyer's Guide|
Purchase your listing today!
Beginning with the 2006 edition, only Corporate Members of the MRIA may
list in the Research Buyer's Guide. As a Corporate Member who has listed
before, sign in now with your Corporate ID. All the tools you're
familiar with remain the same. For new Corporate Members, take
advantage of this membership benefit to become part of the most
comprehensive directory to the Canadian Marketing Research Industry.
This important tool for Buyers of research includes detailed listings of
research companies published in hard copy (provided on a complimentary
basis to our more than 1800 members), and free access to all buyers
from our website.
Click here for
further details about the Buyer's Guide and to become a Corporate Member.
|Toronto Chapter News|
Please join us on January 25, 2006 for our Toronto Chapter Speaker Event: Research in the Drivers Seat: The Role of Market Research in Building Marketing Dashboards, with
Special Guest Speaker: Alan C. Middleton, PhD., Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), Assistant Professor of Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University.
Location: Toronto - Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. East
For complete details and to register, visit the Toronto Chapter website.
Toronto Chapter announces 2006 Board of Directors. For details click here.
2006 MRIA WALLYBALL TOURNAMENT
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Location: Balmy Beach Club
More details coming soon.
|Prairie Chapter News|
Prairie Chapter AGM & Social Event - Eat, Drink and Be Merry:
Please join the Prairie Chapter of the MRIA for its annual Social Gathering on Thursday, January 26, from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
at Sydney's restaurant at The Forks. We have quite a lot going on at this event.
The event will feature Dave Wilson of GENUMARK, one of Canada's leading companies in promotional marketing.
Dave will provide some insight into the power of promotional products and how they impact our business. However, we are also holding an Annual General Meeting for the Prairie Chapter of the MRIA.
We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this opportunity to
network and socialize with friends, while savouring excellent food and
For more information and to register, please visit the Prairie Chapter website.
The Prairie Chapter continues its commitment to education in market research by offering a course on Customer Satisfaction Measurement, on February 23rd.
The course will be taught by Dr. Ed Bruning, a Professor at the Asper School of Business (University of Manitoba) and an expert in customer satisfaction measurement.
The course also includes a luncheon seminar. More details on this event will be available soon!
Time to Hit the Books... and Win: The Prairie Chapter of the MRIA is organizing a marketing research competition for
undergraduate students at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. The competition provides students with an opportunity to plan, undertake,
and report on a research topic, with the ultimate goal of developing research skills in students and fostering interest in the discipline from a career perspective.
The winning entry will be awarded $1,000. For more information , please visit the Prairie Chapter website.
|Alberta Chapter News|
Please join us on January 31, 2006 for our Alberta Chapter Education Workshop: B2B vs B2C Vive la Difference, with
Bob Inglis, President of Technalysis Inc. and Co-Chair of the MRIA Business-to-Business Research Division.
Many clients require business-to business research. The B2B vs B2C Vive la Difference workshop details how to adjust quantitative and qualitative techniques from
business-to-consumer to business-to-business research.
Location: estyle Research, 520 - 1011 1st St SW Calgary
For complete details and to register, visit the Alberta Chapter website.
|Québec Chapter News|
The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) would like to invite you to a training workshop entitled: MEASURING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION:
ADVANCED ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES, to be held February 1, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Delta Hotel in Montreal.
This workshop will be conducted by Chuck Chakrapani. The workshop will be conducted in English. For complete details and to register, visit the Quebec Chapter website.
|Ottawa Chapter News|
Join us at our next Lunch Meeting on February 23, 2006, for a presentation by Anil Arora, Director General, Census Program Branch,
Statistics Canada for a behind-the-scenes look at changes
to the upcoming Census that have been six years in the making, and will put
a new face on census taking in Canada. For more details visit the Ottawa Chapter website.
|BC Chapter News|
The BC Chapter announces its 2006 Board of Directors. For details click here.
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