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Volume 5, Issue 2

June 1, 2009

MRIA Privacy Officers Forum
Chaired by MRIA President David W. Stark, CIPP

The MRIA’s first Privacy Officers Forum will be held June 17th in Toronto, from 12 noon to 2.30 EDT. It is designed for privacy officers, general/corporate counsel, online panel managers and anyone working on the agency or client side who has an interest in privacy topics. The Forum is intended to be a place where attendees can learn about proposed legislation, recent findings of federal and provincial privacy commissioners, new technologies, and the impact of each on the conduct of market, opinion and social research in Canada. For more information and to register, Click here.

MRIA 2009 Conference – it’s a wrap !

We return from Montreal, having experienced a highly successful national conference. Over 330 delegates participated, 28 sponsors supported, 27 exhibitors promoted and 25 presentations enlightened. Delegates will have access to speaker presentations online by mid month and will be advised of password via email at that time.  Very special thanks go to Maxime Bourbonnais of MBA Recherche who mastered the art of conference chair with good humor and record speed in decision making (and delegating!). A preliminary batch of photographs is now available on the Conference 2009 website. More photos will be added as they become available.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 50th anniversary national conference, taking place in Toronto on May 30 – June 2, 2010.

2009 Excellence in Research Awards – winners announced

At the 2009 National Conference, we celebrated the industry’s finest with a gala dinner on Tuesday, May 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Montréal. This year, 8 recipients went home with the excellence crystals, stunning conversation pieces often exhibited in winners’ reception areas. Special thanks go to John Ball who chaired this year’s judging panel – and to the judges – Jordan Levitin, Don Williams and Keith Neuman. For a complete list of excellence winners, new CMRPs, new Fellows and student winners, click here.

American Marketing Research Event in Canada - this month in Whistler BC !

The American Marketing Association is holding its 20th Anniversary Advanced Research Techniques Forum in Whistler, BC on June 14-17 2009. For more info, click here.


NOW is the time to join as new Individual or Corporate members

Effective now, MRIA introduces pro-rated membership dues and fees for first-time members of the Association, which will be available from May 6 to December 31, 2008 at the following discounted rates:

  • New Individual members can join for eight months at the reduced rate of $235 (plus $65 Activation Fee plus GST). Please inform your friends and colleagues in the industry, and enroll your new employees so they can start receiving the benefits of MRIA membership.
  • New Corporate representatives can join for eight months, at the reduced rate of $235 (plus GST), which includes an Individual membership for the Corporate representative (a $65 Initiation Fee still applies). Preferred Research Registration fees have also been pro-rated for this eight-month period.

To join MRIA as a new Individual Member or as a new Corporate Member, click here for a link to the MRIA Portal, where you will be able to join the Association online, simply and efficiently. Join NOW and your contact information will be listed in the 2009 Edition of MRIA’s Membership Directory. For more information, contact us at membership@mria-arim.ca or at 905-602-6854, ext. 8727.


Devenez un nouveau membre individuel ou corporatif dès aujourd’hui, à tarif réduit!

L’ARIM offre une cotisation réduite pour les nouveaux membres de l’Association, pour une adhésion se terminant le 31 décembre 2009, aux tarifs suivants:

  • Les nouveaux membres individuels peuvent adhérer au tarif réduit de 235$ (frais d’activation de 65$ en sus, plus TPS). Veuillez informer vos amis et collègues de l’industrie et adhérer vos nouveaux employés afin qu’ils puissent bénéficier des avantages d’une adhésion à l’ARIM.
  • Les nouveaux membres corporatifs peuvent adhérer au tarif réduit de 235$ (plus TPS), incluant une adhésion de membre individuel pour le représentant corporatif (frais d’activation de 65$ en sus). Les tarifs préférentiels pour l’enregistrement des sondages ont aussi été réduits au prorata.

Si vous désirez adhérer à l’ARIM à titre de nouveau membre individuel ou de nouveau membre corporatif, cliquez ici, où vous pourrez compléter votre transaction en ligne, simplement et efficacement. Adhérez dès maintenant et vos coordonnées seront incluses dans le Répertoire 2009 des membres. Pour plus d’information, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter à membership@mria-arim.ca ou au 905-602-6854, poste 8726.

Introducing 2009-10 MRIA National Board of Directors
... Board Appoints New Officers of the Association

MRIA members and the Councils and Divisions of the Association have elected or acclaimed seven experienced industry leaders to the Association's National Board of Directors for a two-year term, 2009-10 and 2010-11. These newly elected/acclaimed Board members join eight Directors who are continuing on the Board for the second year of a two-year term.

Click here for complete details.

Advertising Opportunities
Vue Magazine - Will you be vue’d in 2009? MRIA’s vue magazine is coming of age with am insightful editorial team, monthly themes, great articles, and effective advertising! Be counted among the successful advertisers who depend on vue to get their marketing messages across. August 2009 is the Online Issue, covering topics of interest to online research providers and users alike – advertising space is still available – contact Anne Marie Gabriel at amgabriel@mria-arim.ca. For more info and special offers click here.

Call for Papers for Survey Practice Special Issue on Non-probability Sampling - EXTENDED DEADLINE
AAPOR is currently seeking articles for a special edition of its publication Survey Practice on Non-probability Sampling. The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15, 2009. For complete details, click here.

The Advisory Panel on Online Public Opinion Survey Quality - Final Report
The Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) required a panel composed of practitioners, methodologists and scholars with a high degree of expertise in the field from the private sector, the academic sector, Statistics Canada and Government of Canada departments and agencies that conduct public opinion research to advise on standards and guidelines for public opinion surveys conducted online. The Marketing Research Industry was represented by MRIA members Doug Church and Cam Davis. Click the appropriate link to read the Final Report: ENG | FRE

Guidebook Provides Marketing Research Buyers with Metrics and Recommendations to Improve Online Survey Data Quality
Chicago, IL (October 8, 2008) – Thousands of marketing research buyers at top U.S. and international corporations received a free new guidebook this week with metrics and recommendations designed to help them assess the strengths and weaknesses of the online survey research data they rely on to make business decisions, and improve the overall quality of outcomes. Click here for more details.

The State of the Economy and How It Will Impact on B2B Markets and Research

When: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 1:00 PM EST
Speaker: David Skelsey, Director of Strictly Financial

A “live” webinar featuring Dave Skelsey Director of Strictly Financial. a qualitative agency specializing in the financial services sector. David will reprise the talk he recently gave to the Business Intelligence Group (BIG) in the U.K. He will try to forecast what 2009 will bring and the impact on b2B research buyers, research budgets and what demands this is likely to place on as B2B research practitioners. Click here for complete details and to register.

Ottawa Chapter Half Day Conference
Meeting the Challenges Ahead

Marketing and public opinion research as a discipline and an industry faces important challenges. Hear from leading marketing researchers how the field is changing and how we can meet these challenges over the next decade. Conference participants can ask questions, discuss solutions and network at this half-day conference organized by MRIA’s Ottawa chapter.

Date: June 11, 2009
Time: 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm followed by a networking wine and cheese
Place: Sheraton Hotel, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON

  • Early bird rates until June 7, 2009: $50 for members and $125 for non-members
  • Regular rates after June 7, 2009: $100 for members and $175 for non-members

For complete details and to register, click here.

Share your expertise and knowledge... VUE is considering articles on a wide range of topics for our July 2009 issue. The article submission deadline is May 10, 2009.

June 22 for the July 2009 issue.
July 22 for the August 2009 issue.

August 21 for the September 2009 issue.

For more information about ad sizes, rates and how to book your ad, please visit the MRIA website.

Last chance to register for this course:

Registration deadline: June 4
403-Advanced Qualitative Marketing Research Techniques
Instructor: Tim Mills, CMRP
Course date: June 12 in Ottawa

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
  • Career Opportunities

    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 6(!) exciting career openings available for members to view online.

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    Mark Your Calendars

    AMA Advanced Research Techniques Forum in Whistler, BC - June 14-17 2009

    MRIA Privacy Officers Forum in Toronto - June 17, 2009

    2010 MRIA National Conference & Awards Gala in Montreal
    - May 30 - June 2, 2010

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