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Volume 3, Issue 6

April 3, 2007

MRIA Board Elects Officers For 2007-08
MRIA’s 2007-08 National Board of Directors took office on March 26 and, at its first meeting, elected the following Board members as the Association’s Officers:

  • President: Barry Watson, CMRP, President and CEO, Environics Research Group Ltd., Toronto;
  • President-Elect: John Ball, CMRP, Chief Operating Officer, Ifop North America, Toronto;
  • Vice-President: David Stark, Vice-President, TNS Canadian Facts, Toronto; and
  • Secretary-Treasurer: John Tabone, Manager, New Member Services, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Toronto.

MRIA Board Appoints 2007-08 Portfolio Chairs
At its first meeting on March 26, MRIA’s 2007-08 Board of Directors appointed 23 members-in-good-standing as Chairs of the Association’s Council, Division, and functional Portfolios.  To read more, click here.

President’s Report on MRIA’s 2006-07 Year
At MRIA’s Annual General Meeting on March 26, outgoing President Nik Nanos presented his President’s Report on MRIA’s 2006-07 year, highlighting the issues and challenges that the Association faced along with its initiatives, accomplishments, and successes.  To read Nik Nanos’ President’s Report to the membership, click here.

MRIA’s 2006 Audited Financial Statements Presented
At MRIA’s Annual General Meeting on March 26, Executive Director Brendan Wycks presented the 2006 Audited Financial Statements on behalf of Secretary-Treasurer Dave McVetty, who was unable to attend.

To view MRIA’s 2006 Audited Financial Statements, click here.  To read the Management Discussion & Analysis, explaining and elaborating upon the Audited Financial Statements, click here.

A Tribute To MRIA’s 2006-07 President
At MRIA’s 2007 Annual General Meeting on March 26, incoming President Barry Watson paid tribute to 2006-07 MRIA President Nik Nanos on behalf of all members of the Association, and presented him with the MRIA Retiring President’s Award.

To read, Barry Watson’s tribute to outgoing President Nik Nanos, click here.

New MRIA President’s Remarks On The Year Ahead
As part of MRIA’s Annual General Meeting program on March 26, incoming President Barry Watson presented his perspective on the challenges and issues ahead for the marketing and survey research and business intelligence industry, and the priorities he has for the Association in his 2007-08 Presidential year.

To read Barry Watson’s President’s Remarks On The Year Ahead, click here.

MRIA Awards Presented At Annual General Meeting
MRIA’s Annual General Meeting on March 26 provided the occasion for the presentation of the Association’s four annual academic/scholarly awards. 

To find out who won the Chris Commins Award, the A.B. Blankenship Award, the Joseph Doyle Award, and the John F. Graydon Award for 2006, click here.

MRIA Renewal Notice - New Deadline: April 13, 2007 - Do Not Let Your Corporate and/or Individual Membership Expire
With the launch of MRIA's new Portal, our 2007 membership renewal process is nearing completion. Membership renewal, both Individual and Corporate, will now be processed online via our Portal. The deadline to renew for 2007 has been extended to APRIL 13, 2007, to offset administrative delays in launching the French version of the Portal.

For more information on MRIA's 2007 Dues and Fees, click here for Individual members and here for Corporate members. A French version of the Portal will be launched shortly.

2007 MRIA National Conference - Early Bird Registration Deadline is fast approaching - Friday, April 20!
Register today for 2007 MRIA Conference to take advantage of the reduced “early bird” rates and be entered into the draw for an Olympus FE-210 Digital Camera (with 7.1 Megapixels and the latest in image stabilizer) to record your trip to Blue!

Watch For Attractive New MRIA-Branded Certificate
MRIA’s attractive new bilingual Certificates, emblazoned with the Corporate Seal of the Association, were mailed the week of March 26 to Gold Seal Corporate Research Agency, Basic Corporate Research Agency, CMRP, and Fellow members of the Association.  These members are encouraged to frame their Certificate, and display it with pride in a prominent place.

These MRIA-branded Certificates are intended to be permanent, rather than issued annually.  On an ongoing basis, membership-in-good-standing in these classes of membership will be verified via the Association’s web site.

Also enclosed in the Certificate package was a ready-to-frame copy of the MRIA Charter of Respondent Rights.  The Charter is printed in English on one side of the page and in French on the other, so that members may choose which language to display.  Additional copies of the Charter may be ordered by contacting Nora Hollands at the MRIA Office at nhollands@mria-arim.ca or (905) 602-6854 or 1-888-602-6742, ext. 8721.

2007 CMRE Application Deadline Approaching
MRIA offers one sitting of the Comprehensive Marketing Research Exam (CMRE), the gateway to the Association’s coveted Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation, each year.

The deadline to apply for the June 21, 2007 sitting of the CMRE is May 24.

To find out more, download the CMRE Application Form from the MRIA website or contact education@mria-arim.ca.

Excellence in Research Awards - Submissions are due on or before May 4, 2007.
Celebrate excellence in marketing research and intelligence, communications and advertising research, public opinion research, competitive intelligence and data mining! Receive the recognition that you and your company's great work deserve. by submitting an entry for MRIA’s 2007 Excellence in Research Awards.
Submissions are being accepted, until May 4, 2007

For find out more and to download a copy of the Nomination Form, click here.

TTRA Canada Chapter Conference (Oct 18-20) and Student Research Symposium (Oct 17)
The 2007 "Call for Participation" to submit your paper, presentation, or professional development session can be viewed here. Location: Charlottetown, PE. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2007.

Data Mining Techniques - MRIA School of Marketing Research Elective Course to be offered in Winnipeg
Date: May 2, 2007
Location : Winnipeg, Manitoba
Instructor: Danny Heuman

Make the most of your untapped data. In this course you will learn from an experienced “data miner” how to

  • Uncover hidden relationships in your data
  • Gain deeper insights into your customer’s behavior
  • Learn more about predictive modeling
  • Use your information to make better data-based decisions.
Click here for more information and to register for the course.

Business-to-Business Marketing Trends and Best Practices... Insights and Implications for Research
APRIL 25, 2007 1 PM EDT
A "live" webinar featuring Ralph Oliva, Director of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets, who will update us on the latest B2B marketing trends -- and what these mean for the market research community. He will specifically address the effectiveness of market research tools in "understanding the business customer -- the #1 trend". For details and to register, visit the B2B Division website.

Vue Magazine
A special thanks to our newest advertisers in Vue - Advitek Inc., Angus Reid Strategies, Canada Post, and thank you to Uthink / Studentawards Inc. for sponsoring "People and Companies in the News" for the remainder of 2007. Look for promotions and special advertising offers on the MRIA website.

Only 3 weeks left to
take advantage of
Early Bird Savings.

Register TODAY!

Last chance to register for these courses:

Registration deadline:
April 3
Fundamentals of Marketing Research

Instructor: Ajay Sirsi
Course date: April 12-13 & 19-20 in Toronto

Benefit from the Early Bird Discount for these courses:

Early Bird deadline:
April 5
The Future is Tomorrow - Understanding the Power of Demographics in Market Research
Instructor: Cam Davis, CMRP
Course date: May 3 in Toronto

Early Bird deadline:
April 11
Data Mining Techniques
Instructor: Danny Heuman
Course date: May 2 in Winnipeg

Click here for the complete course calendar.

To learn more about local events and networking opportunities organized by MRIA's seven local Chapters, visit their websites:
  • Alberta
  • Atlantic
  • B.C.
  • Ottawa
  • Prairies
  • Quebec
  • Toronto
  • Share your expertise and knowledge... VUE is considering articles on a wide range of topics for our June 2007 issue. The article submission deadline is April 20, 2007. Contact Stuart Hemerling, VUE editor at 604.721.0480 or shemerling@prophis.com.

    Advertising space is always filling up fast. Don't miss your opportunity and book your ad today! DEADLINES TO BOOK YOUR AD:
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    For more information about ad sizes, rates and how to book your ad, please visit the MRIA website.

    Request for Proposal (RFP)

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    Whether you are looking for qualified researchers to expand your staff, or are trying to advance your career... the right place to start your search is our Career Section: There are currently 12(!) exciting career openings available for members to view online.

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