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Volume 1, Issue 10

August 16, 2005


SECOND NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

Toronto, Ontario, August 15, 2005

MRIA members are hereby reminded that a Special General Meeting of members of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA) will be held in the High Park Ballroom of the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. (local time) for the purpose of considering and passing amendments to certain governance provisions of the Association's Constitution and General Bylaw.

The four Bylaw Amendment Resolutions to be voted on at the Special General Meeting are available on the Association's web site at www.mria-arim.ca/Events/PDF/BylawAmendment.pdf.

Also available on the web site is a Proxy Ballot, for members who will not be able to attend the Special General Meeting in person, which enables you to appoint another member-in-good-standing as your proxy, and specify how to vote on the four Resolutions on your behalf.

The purpose of the proposed governance changes is to make MRIA a stronger Association, which can attract the highest calibre volunteer leaders and be exemplary in the efficiency and effectiveness of its governance and management. A Summary of and Rationale for Proposed MRIA Bylaw Amendments; and the Proposed New MRIA Board Governance Structure are available on the Association's web site at www.mria-arim.ca/Events/SGM-02.asp.

A Special General Meeting is required at this time to allow the proposed changes, if passed, to take effect with the nomination and election process for MRIA's 2006-07 Board of Directors.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tim Wingrove
Secretary-Treasurer


Innovative Perspectives
September 16, 2005
Toronto, Ontario

MRIA's Qualitative Research Division and the Qualitative Research Consultants Association are pleased to announce their upcoming joint conference in Toronto.

This full-day event has been designed to appeal to all qualitative research professionals; including planners, clients, facilitators, facility managers, co-ordinators and recruiters. It will cover the latest industry trends and issues.

Register before August 24th to be entered in a draw for one free conference registration. Visit the MRIA QRD Website for details.


MRIA's First Business Intelligence Conference

December 1 & 2, 2005
Vancouver, BC

Expand opportunities to survive and thrive in your business - through better Business Intelligence!

Whether you're looking for new markets, to develop and launch new products or services, or to win business from your competitors, success in today's intensely competitive marketplace demands in-depth knowledge of the business environment you operate in, and actionable insights!

Business intelligence combines all the tools we know, along with ongoing innovation in information resourcefulness and analysis, to deliver penetrating insights into competitors, the markets you compete in, and the customers for whom you compete. Insights into current reality and emerging and future trends.

Join industry leaders at MRIA's First Business Intelligence Conference, where we will define and mine the "I" in MRIA by learning a great deal about the latest developments in this new and evolving field.

For more information, visit the MRIA website.

Watch For New MRIA Course Calendar

by Tracy Bowman, VP, Education

Fundamentals of Marketing Research course now available! The first Fundamentals of Marketing Research course of the School of Marketing Research Calendar year is scheduled for Sept. 29 & 30, Oct. 6 & 7, 2005. Registration for this course is now available on the MRIA website and a registration form will also be mailed to all members in the September issue of Vue. For details, click here.

The MRIA School of Marketing Research year begins in September. Our full line-up for the 2005-2006 year will be published on the MRIA website in late August, as well as distributed with the October issue of Vue. We'll let you know of any further updates via the MRIA website throughout the coming weeks.


MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

by Elly Sykes, VP, Membership

Directory - the first MRIA membership directory will be coming in the Fall! Your membership listing will appear in the directory as it is recorded on the database as of August 12, 2005. While waiting for the hard-copy edition, please check out our searchable on-line version (not to be confused with the Research Buyer's Guide, which is also available online).

Membership Renewal - Thanks to everyone for renewing your membership in 2005 and making MRIA a success! Both Corporate and Individual memberships are up for renewal for the 2006 year in a few months. Please watch for your renewal forms in the mail come fall.


Write articles for Vue Magazine

By Nikita James Nanos, VP, Publications and President-Elect

We encourage all VUE readers to submit articles, letters and ideas. Please e-mail VUE Editor Nikita James Nanos at nnanos@sesresearch.com, 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 October edition. The article submission deadline is August 20th, 2005.

Advertising space is always filling up fast. Don't miss your opportunity and book your ad today! DEADLINES TO BOOK YOUR AD:
August 25 for the October 2005 issue
September 25 for the November 2005 issue

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

Research Buyer's Guide
Canada's most comprehensive list of Marketing Research and Intelligence Suppliers.

The much-anticipated 2005 edition of the Research Buyer's Guide was included with your July issue of Vue. Additional copies of the Research Buyer's Guide can be purchased from the MRIA Bookstore. The on-line Research Buyer's Guide, also up and running and available to the general public at no charge, will be updated throughout the year by the listing companies as information changes - listing companies make these changes instantaneously by logging on to the site. Other research providers who aren't in the 2005 edition have the option of being added to the on-line version.



Chapter Boards

Visit the MRIA website for updated Chapter Board Rosters!

Ottawa Chapter News

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2005-2006 launch of the Ottawa Chapter Speaker Series on September 15, 2005:

Reversing the Democratic Deficit

presented by Richard Jenkins, Vice President and Corporate Director of Public Opinion Research, TNS Canadian Facts

Not since Confederation has turnout in a Canadian federal election been as low as it was in 2004. Clearly, the Canadian public is not invested in the current electoral process and are not voting. Non-voters could be an important force in the pending Federal election, but can they be influenced to vote?

Find out where our political process may be headed at this thought-provoking presentation.

For details and to register, please visit the Ottawa Chapter website.

BC Chapter News

Mark your calendars!
A half-day seminar hosted in conjunction with QRCA will be offered in September. Please visit the BC Chapter site in the coming days for details.

2004-2005 MRIA Student Marketing Research Competition
The MRIA BC Chapter is now inviting submissions for the 2004-2005 MRIA Student Marketing Research Competition. The submission deadline is January 15, 2006. For more details and submission guidelines, please visit the BC Chapter website.

Career Opportunities

Need a Career Change?
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 29(!) exciting career openings available for members to view online.

Advertisers: Place your Job Posting online.

MRIA WEBSITE

Have you visited the MRIA website lately?

The MRIA website offers a broad range of services that make us all better market researchers:

  • For upcoming events, check out the MRIA Calendar.
  • Order your books online in the MRIA Bookstore! We're open for business! And, we have made it easier and cheaper for you to order publications relevant to the theory and practice of marketing research.
  • Renew, check or update your record online
  • The "ONE CLICK UPGRADE" to Corporate Membership for Research Users. All research users who are still individual members of the RUC can upgrade their membership to corporate. There is no incremental cost or original signature required.

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