NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the first Annual General Meeting of Members of the Marketing
Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) will be held Thursday, March 30, 2006 at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor Street East,
Toronto, Ontario beginning at 6:00 p.m. local time. All members-in-good-standing of the Association are encouraged to attend.
For more details, click here.
AGM TO INCLUDE PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENT RESOLUTION
By Brendan Wycks, Executive Director
MRIA's Annual General Meeting on March 30 will include
member voting on a proposed amendment to the Association's Constitution
and General Bylaw. The proposed amendment would create one additional volunteer
Officer position called "Vice-President", and change the nomenclature
of the Officer positions by calling the incoming President position "Vice-President/President-Elect"
rather than "First Vice-President/President-Elect."
During the Nominating Committee's recent oversight of the
Board election process, it was identified that the Association would be
well-served by the creation of an additional volunteer Officer position,
that of Vice-President, to augment the current Officer roles of President,
Vice-President/President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer. The addition of
this position would provide leadership succession benefits. In particular,
it would extend the MRIA Officer "ladder" by one year and allow
for a more adequate two years of preparatory experience at the Officer level
(as Vice-President; and then as Vice-President/President-Elect) before one
assumes the Office of President. (The position of Secretary-Treasurer,
while an Officer of the Association, is not a "ladder" position
that carries the expectation of succession to the Office of President.)
Having at least three positions on the Officer succession ladder is commonplace
and considered a best practice among leading professional and industry Associations.
These changes, approved by the Board of Directors on March
15, will be brought forward for membership ratification at the MRIA Annual
General Meeting on March 30, 2006. The Association's Constitution and General
Bylaw requires 10 days' notice to members of an Annual or Special General
Meeting, and of any bylaw amendments to be voted on. To read more, including
the specifics of the proposed Bylaw Amendment Resolution, click here.
Introducing MRIA's 2006-07 Board of Directors
by Brendan Wycks, Executive Director
MRIA members have elected an experienced group of industry
leaders as their 2006-07 National Board of Directors. The new Board will
take office and hold its first meeting on March 30 in Toronto, in conjunction
with MRIA's first Annual General Meeting.
On behalf of all members of the Association, the MRIA Nominating
Committee, which oversaw the Board election process, extends sincere thanks
to all candidates who stepped forward and demonstrated leadership by running
for the 2006-07 Board of Directors, and congratulates those who were elected
by their fellow members.
The following are the 15 members of
MRIA's 2006-07 Board of Directors:
- Nikita James Nanos, CMRP, MRIA President (one-year term)
- John Ball, CMRP, Research Agency Council Director (two-year
- Barry Watson, PhD, CMRP, Research Agency Council Director
- Tim Wingrove, CMRP, Research User Council Director (two-year
- Gerry Keane, Research User Council Director (one-year
- Catherine Kelly, CMRP, Chapter Council Director (two-year
- Ed Gibson, CMRP, Chapter Council Director (one-year
- Jennifer Camelford, CMRP, Qualitative Research Division
Director (two-year term)
- Bob Inglis, CMRP, Business-to-Business Research Division
Director (two-year term)
- Tracy Bowman, Western Canada Region Director (two-year
- John Tabone, Ontario Region Director (two-year term)
- Alain Choinière, CMRP, Quebec/Atlantic Canada
Region Director (two-year term)
- David McVetty, CMRP, At-Large Director (one-year term)
- David W. Stark, At-Large Director (one-year term)
- Ellie Sykes, At-Large Director (one-year term)
A fuller introduction to the 2006-07 Board, including biographical
profiles of the Directors, will be published in the April issue of Vue.
Feedback on Board Election Process Invited
The MRIA Nominating Committee, which oversaw the recently
completed election process for the 2006-07 Board of Directors, invites member
feedback on that process, in particular on what can be done to increase
member voting participation.
Voting participation statistics in this year's Board election
are as follows:
While the 28.43% participation rate is viewed as disappointing
-- given the new, convenient electronic voting process and the readily accessible
(click through) Candidate Statements that were introduced with this Board
election - that rate is on par with recent PMRS elections, which recorded
participation of just under 30%.
If you have any views on what could be done to encourage
and inspire a higher level of member voting in MRIA elections, please e-mail
your thoughts to Don Mills, MRIA President and Nominating Committee Chair,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Brendan Wycks,
Executive Director, at email@example.com.
Register Now Online for ASCENT2006
Our conference Website: www.ascent2006.ca.
The program for ASCENT 2006, this year's MRIA annual conference,
is now available on-line with an integrated registration engine. Click on
the "Conference Program" to browse the concurrent sessions, education
courses, keynote speakers, plus social activities and a Banff sightseeing
The program has twenty-eight (28) sessions, including three
panels and a full French stream. We have an excellent and enlightening
line-up of keynote speakers, as well as a top-notch Banquet and Awards ceremony.
We look forward to your attendance and benefiting from and enjoying our
integrated professional development, networking and social programs.
Early Bird registration ends March 31. Discount hotel and airfare rates are also available.
|Registration deadlines are fast approaching for upcoming courses and advanced Seminars. Register today to avoid disappointment.|
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|For the complete 2005-2006 Course Program, visit the Education website.|
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 May 2006 edition. The article submission deadline is March 20th, 2006.
Advertising space is always filling up fast. Don't miss
your opportunity and book your ad today! DEADLINES TO BOOK YOUR AD:
March 25 for the May 2006 issue
April 24 for the June 2006 issue
For more information about ad sizes, rates and how to book
your ad, please visit the MRIA website.
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!
|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 of 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.
THE DEADLINE TO RENEW YOUR LISTINGS IS APRIL 12, 5:00 PM
|2006 Membership Directory|
HOW YOU WILL BE LISTED IN OUR 2006 MEMBERSHIP
By Sylvie Corbeil-Peloquin, Manager, Member Services
We are currently preparing the printing of the 2006 Edition of the MRIA Membership Directory.
You can revise and update your Membership Record until April 12, 2006. After that date, we will print in the 2006 MRIA Membership Directory the information that appears in your Membership Record.
You can verify and update your Membership Record on-line following the links below:
Individual members: click here.
Corporate members (note: the update must be completed by the corporate representative): click here.
You need only your last name and password to update your membership record on-line. If you have forgotten your password, enter your email address where indicated and your password will be immediately sent to you by e-mail.
|Toronto Chapter News|
Join us at our April 12, 2006, Speaker Event, Helping clients capture the value of research: The role of marketing and sales in their business. Dr. Ajay Sirsi, Ph.D.,
will discuss how marketing plans get implemented by the marketing function, the sales function and other functions as well.
Without involving other functions in research design and data collection, marketing efforts have a higher chance of failure due to lack of ownership by other functions.
Find out how to avoid that in order to get maximum impact from your research. Dr. Sirsi's concept is rapidly becoming a benchmark for corporations world-wide.
For more information and to register, please visit the Toronto Chapter website.
|Alberta Chapter News|
On January 31, the Alberta Chapter hosted a B2B workshop led by Bob Inglis, President of Technalysis Inc. and
the first member of the MRIA Board of Directors to represent the new Business-to-Business Division.
The "B2B vs B2C Vive la Difference" seminar was an informative and enjoyable half-day, with lots of discussion between
the course leader and the Alberta Chapter members present at the workshop. Bob provided the benefit of his 24 years of specializing in
B2B research and also valuable insights from many other members of the B2B Division. The participants were universally positive about the seminar.
For a complete review of the B2B workshop, visit the Alberta Chapter website.
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