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Volume 4, Issue 5

June 27 , 2008


Happy Canada Day
Our office will be closed on Monday, June 30th for Canada Day, reopening on Tuesday July 1st.


CALLING ALL ASPIRING MEMBERS!!!

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

Effective today, MRIA introduces pro-rated membership dues and fees for first-time members of the Association, which will be available from June 26 to December 31, 2008 at the following discounted rates:

  • New Individual members can join for six months at the reduced rate of $189 (plus $60 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 six months, at the reduced rate of $189 (plus GST), which includes an Individual membership for the Corporate representative (a $60 Initiation Fee still applies). Preferred Research Registration fees have also been pro-rated for this six-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 before July 4 and your contact information will be listed in the 2008 Edition of MRIA’s Membership Directory. For more information, contact us at membership@mria-arim.ca or at 905-602-6854, ext. 8727.


School of Marketing Research Renamed;
And Other Key Education and CMRP Changes Approved

The MRIA Board of Directors has approved a name change for the School of Marketing Research.  This vitally important area in the Association’s suite of member services and benefits is now called the Institute of Professional Development.

Another Board-approved change in the Education Portfolio area is an initiative to make all 12 “core courses” – necessary to earn the CMRP designation – available online by the Fall of 2009, so that members pursuing professional certification can take these courses on a convenient, self-paced basis from wherever they can access the internet.

Also beginning in 2009, an online exam will be made available for each MRIA course.  A modest additional fee will be charged to write these online exams, but a student who takes a course will not be required to write the exam.  However, to receive credit for having “successfully completed” a course (particularly if pursuing the CMRP) a student will have to take the online exam and achieve a prescribed minimum pass mark.

Students will be permitted to “challenge” the online exam for any course, without having to pay for and take the course itself, but the same modest exam fee and the minimum pass mark will apply.

Finally, the Board of Directors has improved the implementation of a Maintenance of Certification policy – also known as Mandatory Continuing Education or Continuing Professional Development – for CMRP designation holders.  This policy, which will require CMRPs to obtain a prescribed number of Maintenance of Certification credits over a two-year period, will be phased in gradually, beginning in 2009.

Democracy Online: Pushing the limits or creating new frontiers
If you missed the ESOMAR Roundtable entitled "Democracy Online: Pushing the limits or creating new frontiers"  held in Montreal on June 10, it is now available on CPAC (www.CPAC.ca) as a podcast. Canadian speakers include Jean Marc Leger and Nik Nanos. The discussion centres on the impact of online technologies on opinion polling voter trends and the future of democracy.


2008 Research Buyer's Guide
Production of print edition is now in second proof and signoff stage.

Thank you to everyone who renewed or added new listings, especially the many new corporate members of MRIA. We are in the final layout stages, with proofs that were sent on June 23, 2008 to be signed off by July 3, 2008. Print production will follow, to ensure delivery to all members with the September issue of Vue.

Limited Advertising Space still Available
Reserve now and seize the opportunity – artwork is due on July 15, 2008.

2008 Research Buyer's Guide – Can You Afford
Not To Be In It?


2008 MRIA Awards Gala - And the winner is...

At the very successful 2008 MRIA National Conference in Winnipeg, May 25-27, 2008, MRIA honoured some of the industry's finest, in a first ever gala, black tie, red carpeted event. In addition to five newly-elected Fellows, four Excellence in Research Award winners and several student and writing award winners were honoured - to view the list of winners, CLICK HERE. To view the photos, CLICK HERE. Congratulations to all!


New MRIA Code of Conduct Now In Force: Learn How It Affects You, Your Business, and How To Comply

The MRIA’s new Code of Conduct and Good Practice is now in effect. David Stark, CIPP, MRIA’s President-Elect and Immediate Past Standards Portfolio Chair, has visited all MRIA Chapters, where he presented "Decoding the New Code: How the revisions to the MRIA Code of Conduct and Good Practice affect your business and what you need to do to comply." To learn more, click here.


Advertising Opportunities

Vue Magazine - Will you be vue’d in 2008? MRIA’s Vue magazine has come of age with a new editorial team, monthly themes, great articles, interviews, impactful advertising and yes, a fresh new look! June was delivered with a complimentary copy of CJMR Volume 24.1 and July will arrive after the long weekend. August is in production and September will be a blockbuster issue, with lots of advertisers bringing their message to the ESOMAR Congress, taking place in Montréal from September 22-25, 2008. MRIA will have a booth at the event and copies of Vue will be made available to the international delegates – this is the issue you want your company to be in! Be counted among the successful advertisers who depend on Vue to get their marketing messages across. For more info and special offers, click here.

THE B2B DIVISION TORONTO LEARNING SERIES:
What Doctors Want... From Market Research

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2008, 6 PM EDT

McWhirter & Associates conducts many research projects every year with physicians. Because of the company’s specialty in this type of research it was interested in learning a little more about why – and why not – physicians agree to participate in market research projects. In addition, given the variety of methodologies available for conducting research, the company was interested in obtaining some sense of doctors’ preferences and experiences with each of the main market research methodologies. For details, and to register, visit the MRIA B2B website.

Mark your Calendars

On Wednesday, July 23, 2008 please join your fellow researchers for a fun and exciting tennis event at the Rogers Cup at York University. For complete details, click here.

ESOMAR Congress 2008 in Montreal – Sept. 22-25, 2008

2009 MRIA National Conference & Awards Gala in Montreal - May 24-26, 2009


Share your expertise and knowledge... VUE is considering articles on a wide range of topics for our September 2008 issue. The article submission deadline is July 10, 2008.

ADVERTISING DEADLINE:
July 22 for September 2008 issue

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

OUR 2008-2009 COURSE CALENDAR WILL BE AVAILABLE MID-AUGUST!

For more information on the MRIA Institute of Professional Development Program leading to the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation, click here.

LOCAL CHAPTER WEBSITES
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
  • Request for Proposal (RFP)

    The Request for Proposal section is a service to MRIA members. If your organization is seeking a qualified marketing research company to look after your research project, this is the perfect vehicle to invite proposals. For more information, click here.

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

    Advertisers: Place your Job Posting online.

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