DDA Board Update for September 2019

A Board of Directors Meeting was held on September 12, by conference call. The following is a summary of that meeting:

Membership: There were 12 new members since our last meeting – 5 Accredited, 6 Student, 1 Affiliate. They came from across the country – 2 from Alberta, 1 from Nova Scotia, 1 from National Capital, and the rest from Toronto. The Membership Committee is also reviewing a proposal from Canadian Federation of Independent Business regarding CFIB membership as a DDA member benefit.  If you are a CFIB member and would like to provide feedback to the committee, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer’s Report: A new finance policy was adopted on Chapter Budget Responsibility. It has been reviewed by the Chapters and will take effect for the budget cycle for 2020-21. If Chapters have any questions on it, they may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The office is continuing to work on collecting old Accounts Receivable from members, so please be sure to respond to calls or emails from Emily.

Marketing Committee: Work is progressing on a new DDA website. The goal is to have a new website up and running by February 1, 2020. Feedback has been solicited from all Chapters and Committees, to ensure that the new site meets the needs of all DDA members. 

Affiliate Committee: The Passport program that was to be rolled out with Affiliates this Fall, has been postponed to coincide with the rollout of a new DDA website in the new year. It was felt that this would enable Accredited members to more easily connect with Affiliates as they engage in the Passport program.

Legislative Committee: The board has approved the hiring of Michelle Mackenzie Consulting Inc., to consult on government relations. She will specifically be helping to develop a strategy to ensure DDA members in Ontario are not inhibited from practicing their profession to the full extent of their education and training. This is work that will benefit all members across the country, should there be legislative challenges in other provinces. MMCI will begin to work immediately.

Ongoing: All Committee chairs have been tasked with reviewing and updating the policies and procedures associated with their committees. This is to be completed by September 30, 2019.

All Chapter Presidents have been given access to SARC training on not-for-profit organizations. This training had previously been made available only to Directors.