Events
 
Jan 27/28 Red River Career Fair
May 3/4 Rotary Career Fair
May 10 AGM

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Fallis Trophy Found!

It is amazing what you can find in your basement when you are cleaning out old boxes! Requesting anonymity, this former Chapter President and curler (whose name you just might see in the pictures at the link - just sayin') found the trophy in a bout of fall cleaning.
                             
Volunteer OPPORTUNITY 

The Manitoba Chapter is looking for new board members. Whether you want to be a Director at Large or hold a specific portfolio, we can use your help!

Please let us know!



Refer a Member
Whenever you refer someone to the CIC and they become a member or a student, you get $50!


Thank You to 
Our Sponsors
Thank You Monsanto!
The Manitoba Chapter would like to thank Monsanto Canada Inc. for providing us with space for our monthly meetings. Their support helps our Chapter grow and promotes the CCP in Winnipeg.
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Newsletter Info
Editor: Peter Smith, CA, CCP
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We want your articles! Email us here!

The opinions and articles in this newsletter are solely those of the author. Readers should obtain professional advice before acting on any comments in this newsletter.


CCIEF Scholarship

If you know a student who could use some financial help, then click on the link below, or forward that student this link.

You may just help a student complete their education!

Knowledge Centre

National Office has a resource for credit professionals, called the Knowledge Centre.

The Knowledge Centre is an accumulation of important information, articles and advice for credit professionals.

You can also renew your membership and update your PD on that page. You just need your CIC log in credentials and you are off to the races!

 

Thank You to 
Our Sponsors
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December 2015
Merry
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Skeptical. Doubting. Negative. Adjectives that are typically used (perhaps by sales staff) describe so many of us who work in credit, accounting and finance. In fact on my first week on the job I was described as part of the "Revenue Prevention Department".

How do you combat that? Well, being merry helps. well, OK, no one actually describes anyone as "merry" any more - how about being "fun", "friendly", "approachable"? I find it has been very effective in combatting the old stereotypes about us financial peeps. Most people are just trying to cope with their day. Adding just a little bit of joy helps and is appreciated. 

Our Spotlight  today focuses on our Grad 2015 celebrations, and in News from the Profession we present a video on the updated standards for PCI compliance.

On behalf of the board, I wish you all joy and merriment this Christmas season.
 
President
 
PS - "winter is coming"...have you thought about committing to the Chapter and serving on our board? We need you!

 
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Well, we thought we would try out a different format, but we are moving slowly - click here to check out the revised and more interactive format of our newsletter.

 

If you like, tell us! If you have trouble opening it, tell us!  manitoba@creditedu.org



SPOTLIGHT Spotlight
  Grad 2015!
 
On November 12th our Chapter held the grad dinner & celebration. Great company, great food and a wonderful celebration of professional achievement!



A Social Media Moment

The CIC is all over social media. Click & follow!
CHAPTER REPORTS
Seminar
On Thursday, October 29, 2015, members and friends came out and attended our free dinner meeting.  Jay Myshkowsky, Managing Director of Accountants Now (a Pinnacle company), provided us with new ideas on Hiring Strategies.  A way to look beyond the resume and find those hidden gems, if you will.  
 
We learned that the workplace is always evolving and they way we need to advertise job positions, submit resumes need to change as well.  It was a fantastic session!
 
If you have any suggestions for seminars, please let us know!
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National offers webinars from time to time, and you can always check their  webinar schedule  for current and archived webinars.

Your Seminar Chair is Debbie Baines, CCP

Membership
Staff turnover at the National Office has delayed more recent membership reports, but the report for the period ended September 2015 is linked below. Overall the Manitoba Chapter has 91 members at the end of September (compared to 99 last year).

The change is really a reduction of students. National has reviewed the database and removed students who were not active. Overall we are up 7 paying members and down 14 unpaid members (13 students and 1 honourary member).

Please click  here to see the report.

Your Membership Chair is Kim Misko, CCP

Social
We are always looking for great ideas for getting together with Chapter members. If you have a thought why not share it? Drop me an email by clicking on my name!

Your Social Chair is Karla Cullen, CCP

National
After a lengthy discussion the reorganization of the National Board was approved at the 2015 AGM. National had found that the structure of the National Board was cumbersome and was facing increasing difficulty in finding qualified volunteers.  

The National Board will be made up of 8 National Directors (in addition to the position of Chair, President & Dean) representing regions and not individual chapters. The regions and number of Directors are as follows: BC (1); Prairies (2); Ontario (3); Quebec (1) and Atlantic (1). 

The Western Forum, National Forum and the Education Foundation will now be considered part of their respective regions and participate in the election of one of the 8 National Directors. 

Directors will be elected for a two-year term and be allowed to sit for three consecutive terms. The three-person Executive Committee (Chair, Vice President and Treasurer) is elected annually by the National Directors. 

Changes will be effective as of the elections at the 2017 AGM.

Your National Chair is Barb Harris, CCP

Financial
Our financial health continues to perform as expected. In the last couple of months we have received $1,400 in sponsorship dollars (Gold Sponsors, National Leasing and D&B and Grad Sponsors Equifax and TransUnion - thank you!).

As you know we hold approximately $30,000 in investments (GICs), and two renewed this past November. Our investments are structured such that $10,000 matures every year to allow us predictable cash availability if needed.

You can always see our past audited financial statements on our website under Board and Governance.

Your Treasurer is Peter Smith, CA, CCP

NEWS FROM THE PROFESSION Opinion
Are you up to date with PCI compliance rules?

PCI (Payment Card Industry) rules have been recently updated. Have you caught up yet? 
 
Click the link below to see the latest PCI standards update.
 

Do you have an opinion or observation you want to share? Email us at manitoba@creditedu.org!


Volunteer Opportunities

Do you want to give back to your profession and your community? There are volunteer opportunities in the Manitoba Chapter!

Treasurer
Reporting to the board, the Treasurer is responsible for recording all transactions; preparing monthly and quarterly reports, and annual financial statements for the Chapter. 

The Treasurer must be comfortable with bookkeeping, organized and proficient in MS Excel.

Communications
The Communications Chair is responsible for drafting routine correspondence for the board and President; responding to member queries; and preparing job opportunity emails and contributing to/preparing the bi-monthly newsletter.

Directorships
Directors are board members without portfolio, and comprise the majority of the board. They work within the board to help ensure the success of board plans and activities.

See the terms of reference of these and other positions HERE


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