Changement de nom proposé

L'Association canadienne des foires et expositions (ACFE) envisage de proposer à l'Assemblée générale annuelle de 2020 de changer le nom légal et commercial de l'organisation en Association canadienne des foires et événements .

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Après des conversations préliminaires lors du congrès annuel et via un sondage en ligne, CAFE a préparé les informations ci-dessous pour répondre à vos questions et préoccupations. Nous vous demandons de prendre le temps de l'examiner et de nous contacter pour toute autre question. Nous vous demandons également de remplir le sondage à la fin de cette page pour vos commentaires sur la proposition.

 

Il est important de reconnaître que ce sont des changements proposés et nous sommes actuellement en phase de consultation. Le conseil d'administration de CAFE est à la recherche des commentaires des membres pour s'assurer que la proposition répondra aux besoins et répondra aux préoccupations de nos membres actuels. Chaque composant de cette proposition est susceptible d'être modifié en fonction de vos commentaires.

 

Ce changement est proposé, d'abord et avant tout, pour soutenir ceux qui peuvent actuellement devenir membres de CAFE mais qui n'ont pas de foire ou d'exposition. Par exemple, de nombreuses sociétés agricoles organisent un rodéo ou organisent des événements dans leur club de curling, mais n'ont pas de foire ou d'exposition. De plus, nos règlements administratifs actuels permettent déjà aux festivals de devenir membres de l'organisation. En utilisant le mot «événements», nous sommes plus inclusifs pour les membres potentiels actuels tout en nous ouvrant à d'autres organisations ayant des intérêts similaires.

 

C'est aussi l'occasion de regarder vers l'avenir. De plus en plus de nos membres proposent plusieurs événements tout au long de l'année et cette tendance se poursuivra pour la viabilité de leur organisation. De même, en ajoutant des événements, CAFE pourra étendre votre réseau, vos ressources et votre capacité à être le meilleur possible.

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PRÉSERVER L'ADHÉSION ACTUELLE

Le CAFE continuerait de représenter les intérêts des sociétés agricoles, des foires et des expositions comme une priorité absolue. Nous veillerons à ce que les intérêts agricoles continuent d'être respectés par:

  • Veiller à ce que la majorité des postes au conseil soient réservés aux membres du salon

  • Continuer d'avoir un comité des associations provinciales représentant les intérêts de leurs membres

  • Mener des sondages d'évaluation des membres réguliers liés aux besoins de nos membres

  • Continuer de chercher des possibilités de financement fédéral par l'entremise d'Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada

  • Utilisez la segmentation du marché, offrant un ensemble de programmes et de services aux sociétés agricoles à but non lucratif et un autre ensemble de programmes et de services aux événements à but lucratif. En cas de chevauchement, CAFE facilitera les programmes et services pertinents pour les deux parties. Cela nous permet également de garantir la tradition et l'histoire de notre organisation et de nos membres actuels.

  • S'engager pour un développement professionnel continu axé sur les besoins uniques des sociétés agricoles

  • Maintenir notre statut d'organisme de bienfaisance afin de continuer à offrir des services ciblés aux membres à but non lucratif

Chaque membre sera responsable du paiement d'une cotisation conformément aux pratiques standard, en fonction de la participation à son plus grand événement annuel. Tous les membres (actuels et nouveaux) qui organisent plusieurs événements pourront désormais voir chaque événement répertorié dans nos différents outils promotionnels, et les équipes impliquées dans des événements en dehors des foires et expositions seront invitées à participer aux événements et activités de CAFE.

 

Les frais d'adhésion seraient structurés de la même manière pour les foires, expositions, sociétés agricoles et événements.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will our representation or voice be diluted or marginalized?


Not at all. It will give CAFE, and subsequently, your organization’s voice a strength when speaking with other national institutions. The voices of fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies will be preserved with measurable actions such as:

  • A guaranteed number of seats on the board, with the ability to fill “event member” seats if there are no available event members
  • Continuing to have a Provincial Associations committee representing the interests of their members
  • Conducting regular member assessment surveys related to the needs of our members
  • Continuing to seek federal funding opportunities through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Committing to continued professional development focused on the unique needs of agricultural societies




Will agricultural initiatives become less important?


As a member organization, by definition, CAFE is here to address the needs of our members, as broken down by segment. For example, livestock traceability is a significant issue for the fair segment, and we are working with provincial associations to address this. Likewise, temporary foreign worker legislation was a concern for service members, and CAFE subsequently addressed it. Agricultural initiatives will continue to play an important role for the fair member segment, and so will continue to play an important role for CAFE. The intention is with this name change, CAFE will be able to offer improved programs of importance to members.




Will our vote be diluted or have less impact/weight?


No. Every member will be entitled to one (1) vote.




What is the benefit to us?


There is a lot of overlap between events and what fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies do and the professional development they seek. This will therefore expand your network of allies and colleagues, build your knowledge with new and innovative thinking, and allow you to get more “bang for your buck” in improved programs and services offered by CAFE.




Does this change the mission of CAFE?


No. This reinforces our mission and with more networking it strengthens as a national body.




Will our fees change?


Fees will not be impacted because of this name change and direction. Fees may go up due to inflation and rising costs but that is separate from this initiative.




Does this change the vision and direction of CAFE?


No, it merely enables us to look at emerging trends in the industry.




Will we have less access to programs, education that are pertinent to us as small rural fairs?


As a member organization, by definition, CAFE is here to address the needs of our members, as broken down by segment. The “fair member” segment will continue to receive the same, if not improved access to programs and education pertinent to them, particularly for small fairs.




Will the size and makeup of the board change to reflect the new “events” members?


Yes, the board is proposing that seven (7) positions, instead of nine (9) be reserved for fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies, so that two (2) may be reserved for “event members.” In the event that there is no one to fill the “event member” positions, they will be filled by “fair members.” As well, we are recommending there be two (2) provincial association representatives rather than one (1).




How many new members will we get? And does that warrant the legal and professional costs as well as the cost of redesigning web page and all collateral materials?


We cannot guarantee how many new members will join, although we have reached out to several organizations who have expressed interest. If those organizations join, that will represent a surplus over the expenses related to the name change in the first year.




Don’t they already have their own or other associations?


We have researched this. There are other associations, but are limited in scope and program and service offerings.




Will the governmental programs and initiatives change to focus on more festival type funding as opposed to agricultural?


No, CAFE will continue to focus on the needs of the membership.




Will agricultural societies have to change their names?


No. It’s up to them to decide their own mission and visions.




If CAFE is already having trouble getting members from current demographics, who’s to say they’ll have any luck in broadening the scope?


Under normal circumstances, CAFE is confident we will see success in bringing new members in because: a) the scope is more inclusive of our current demographics and b) we have already had several preliminary conversations with potential members who have expressed an interest in joining the association.

As 2020 was an extraordinary year we do not anticipate a significant increase in membership sign up due to circumstances beyond our control as it relates to COVID-19.




The majority of members are currently non-profit, but most of these “events” are for-profit. This means there are some inherent differences, how will this work?


Where there are common interests, CAFE will facilitate these discussions through professional development opportunities. Likewise, where the interests vary, CAFE is committed to offering programs and services that meet the needs of each member category.




It seems like CAFE is bringing our competition, namely festivals, to the table. What is your response to that?


There is a lot that both parties can learn from one another and CAFE would like to help facilitate that knowledge transfer. As well, several members already run their own festivals as subsidiary events throughout the year.




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