I have completed my first year as President and it has been a very busy one for Council. There have been - and are continuing to be - changes that will put CES on a stronger foundation moving forward into the future. Through their hard work, National Executive and Council Chapter Representatives have dealt with a number of challenges successfully.

CES – Strengthening Connections

Over the past year National Council has worked towards engaging the general membership through their involvement in working groups. This trend will continue in the coming year so please watch the weekly blast for calls to members to serve/volunteer. During the past year, the IT/IM Working Group, Diversity Working Group and the International Working Group were comprised of individuals from the general membership. Furthermore, the PD Forum was re-launched and is now known as the CES Professional Learning Advisory Committee (PLAC). I also had the pleasure of participating in the President's Forum through conference calls and in an in-person meeting during the Toronto Conference.

During the past year, I have had the opportunity to visit a number of Chapters as an attempt to strengthen National's connections with Chapters. In my first year I have had the opportunity to attend AGMs, and/or facilitate half-day workshops in Alberta/Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. So far, in the coming year it looks as if I will have the opportunity to visit with Nova Scotia members and facilitate a half-day session.

Ottawa 2014 is the first instance in which the new conference policy is being implemented. It will be interesting to see how the revised policy works and what we can learn from its implementation. Please mark your calendar as June 13 to 18, 2014 promises to be a great follow-up to the Toronto Conference 2013.

In terms of transparency, I posted Action Plans on the web site, as part of the President's Message. I fell behind on doing this, given a number of other demands, but will attempt to keep it updated starting in the Fall. In addition, I will attempt to post more tweets and Facebook updates in the coming year to keep members better informed.

CES National – The Organization

Since November 30th 2012 Megram has taken over as CES's secretariat. This has had an impact on most aspects of our operation. The membership database has been moved to Megram and is now stored in Canada. We have changed our financial reporting so it is easier to understand and more timely. The transition was an interesting and challenging experience but thanks to Megram's flexibility and 'go-for-it' attitude we are moving forward in a positive direction.

We are currently reviewing and re-writing the CES National By-Laws in order to conform with Federal Not-For-Profit legislation, as required, by October 2014. As part of this process, we have retained legal expertise and have requested the required elements of the By-Laws be identified so we can send them to the Chapters. This will help to ensure these elements are included in each the Chapters' By-Laws. The intent is to send these By-Laws to Chapters in October/November 2013.

A revision to other aspects of the By-Laws - the non-required elements – will be drafted to reflect the importance of Chapters in our organization as well as the organizational re-structuring which is in process. These elements will be shared with members for feedback later in 2013.

CES National – PDP

As part of this move forward, we are in the process of transitioning the administration of the Professional Designation Program from Pamela Wilson to Megram.

I would like to thank Pamela for all her work in keeping the PDP program on track during her tenure. Benoît Gauthier has become the Transitional VP for PDP replacing Keiko Kuji-Shikatani. We all would like to express our gratitude to Keiko for the work she has done in the development and implementation of PDP. Thank you Keiko!

National is aware of the challenge with technology currently facing individuals attempting to document and upload their professional activities. I apologize for this inconvenience and assure you we are in the process of dealing with these situations.

CES National – The Journal

During the course of the year University of Calgary Press notified us they will no longer be publishing 'hard copies' of our journal. Consequently, we are in the process of signing a contract with the University of Toronto which will become the publisher of The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

These are a few of the challenges and opportunities we as Council faced during my first year as President; challenges which would not have been dealt with as effectively without a strong, hard working Council. I am fortunate to be part of this team and I am extremely grateful for their hard work, insights and support.

It has been an exciting year for National Executive and Council. I look forward to the coming year and to the possibility of meeting you either in your home Chapter or at the Ottawa Conference 2014.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and watch for updates and exciting developments as National Council works to make CES an even stronger organization.

Larry

National Council

Executive
Vice-President: Mary Kay Lamarche, Vice-President-PDP: Benoît Gauthier, Treasurer: Tracy Fiander Trask, Governance and Process: Janet Ivory (NS), Professional Development: Karen Rodrigue-Gervais (QC), Member Services: John Marshall (SK), Past President: Martha McGuire

Council Members
Brenda Wedge (PEI), Reanne Meuse (NFL), Brenda Stead (NB), Kathy Gerber (NCC), Amy Richmond (MB), Kate Woodman (AB&NWT) Myra Kandemiri (BC&Y) and Robert Schwartz (Journal Editor).

The Ontario Chapter is in process of appointing a new Chapter Representative to Council.