Message from Membership and Administration Director

Dear ,


The holiday season has arrived! Amidst the hustle and bustle we take a moment to reflect on 2011 and look to 2012.


Thanks to our members, sponsors, partners and friends of CSCS, 2011 was a very successful year for CSCS. We were able to exceed our goals and expand our outlook because of your commitment.


Among many successes, this year we welcomed more than 100 new members, hosted our largest conference ever in Quebec City and gathered key participants representing major stakeholders, for a first ever event of its kind - the Shareholders Democracy Summit in Toronto (October 24 - 25).


Work has already begun on the 14th Annual Corporate Governance Conference (August 19 - 22 in Vancouver, BC) and we are moving ahead with the second instalment of the Summit. As 2012 progresses you will see and hear these and other exciting initiatives. Stay tuned!


We hope you will continue to be a part of this exciting time for CSCS. If you haven't paid your dues yet, you can pay online or use the form that was included with the email containing your invoice. If you haven't received your invoice, let us know (


If you haven't joined CSCS yet, now is the time. As a member of CSCS, you will have access to a variety of resources, networking and benefits including:

  • Local networking opportunities and events

  • Access to our Requests-for-Assistance to members

  • Online job postings

  • Our discussion forum

  • Online resources with definitions, precedents, templates and key documents to support you in your role

  • A voice that represents your views to regulatory bodies

  • Our monthly e-newsletter, Governance Matters at CSCS - keeping you informed of upcoming events and regulatory updates

Check out our website for more benefits, information and an online membership application.

On behalf of the CSCS staff, happy and healthy holiday greetings to you and yours!




Pamela Smith
Director, Membership and Administration


Season's Greetings from CSCS
The board of directors and staff of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries would like to wish everyone a very blessed holiday season. We are looking forward to working with you and for you in 2012.
The hours of operation during the Holiday Season will be reduced and staff will be taking vacation days during this period. The CSCS office will close at 1:00pm ET on Friday, December 23 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00am

callforspeakerCSCS 2012 Annual Conference - Call for Speakers


In 2011 more than 300 corporate secretaries and governance professionals, from across Canada and elsewhere, gathered in Qu´┐Żbec City for three days of dynamic conference sessions, keynote addresses, workshops and exhibits.

In preparation for the 14th Annual CSCS Corporate Governance Conference in Vancouver we are looking for individuals to bring the industry's key topics to life at the event. Our Call for Speakers is now open!

The conference features streamed sessions for issuers, not-for-profit organizations and crown corporations. At this time, CSCS is seeking proposals for keynote addresses, plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops and roundtables.

All submissions are due by Tuesday, January 03, 2012.

For more information or to submit a proposal please click here.


Lynn Beauregard, President
Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries


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Membership is at two levels: Individual Members and Corporate Members.

Annual Membership Fees for the year 2012:

  • Individuals: $475 (+ tax) per year
  • Corporate:  $1350 (+ tax) per year for up to 5 individuals within an organization. Additional membership can be added to the bundle at a rate of $300 (+ tax) (per person per year)

How do CSCS Members Participate and Benefit?

  • Advocacy: CSCS serves as a consultative body for businesses, regulatory and government agencies. A strong voice to the stock exchanges and securities commissions nationally.
  • Strategic Alliances: CSCS is allied with international bodies and positioned to provide members with a global perspective on corporate governance.
  • Information Resources: Being effective means being informed. Members receive relevant and timely information.
  • Networking: Members have many opportunities to meet and exchange ideas and experiences with their colleagues. CSCS Membership Directory is an invaluable resource and networking tool.
  • Professional Development: Enhance your skills at seminars, meetings and conferences designed to keep you informed. Continuing education provides you with the tools to advance your career.
  • Corporate Secretary's Guide: Provides information corporate secretaries need daily. Members receive a substantial discount.


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About CSCS 

The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) is the voice of Corporate Secretaries and governance professionals in Canada.  Its members deal with disclosure and matters affecting corporate governance, including the structure and meetings of the board of directors and its committees, the proxy process and annual meetings.  As such, CSCS strives to provide valuable and timely information on recent changes and developments which affect our members, via our website ( and our monthly e-newsletter.  
Our members include professionals with titles such as Corporate Secretary, Manager Corporate Governance, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, VP Regulatory Affairs, Associate Corporate Secretary, and Board Administrator. 


Mission Statement

The promotion and advancement of effective governance and corporate secretarial practice in organizations in the private, public, not-for-profit and other sectors through the continued development and application of governance and corporate secretaryship best practices.

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