On May 1st I will be leaving CMC-Canada to take on the role of Chief Administration Officer for the National Police Federation. The Board of Directors has appointed Donna Ringrose, our current Director of Corporate Partnerships, as Interim Executive Director while they undertake the search for a new Executive Director. Donna brings several years of leadership experience with similar sized organizations in the National Capital Area. She and the rest of the National Office staff make up a highly capable team that will keep our progress going through this difficult time.
When I came to CMC-Canada 18 months ago I found an organization with the right principles in place, but that needed some administrative care and a re-adjustment of priorities. With the support of the Board we set about hiring new staff members, reducing other administration costs and improving our relationship with the Certifying Institutes. We made the move to a virtual office in April 2019 to save money and improve responsiveness across the country. (Today that change seems prescient, but I assure you that was not the case.). We made improvements to the certification process. We overhauled our I.T. infrastructure.
Many of these improvements are ongoing, but overall I am proud of what the National Office team has accomplished in a short time. Eva, Jason, Janine, Marsha, Donna and Ron demonstrate their commitment to CMC-Canada members day in and day out. I know they will continue to work hard for you. I particularly want to thank Jordan Sandler for welcoming me, guiding me through times of turbulent change, and maintaining grace, kindness and patience throughout.
Along with administrative changes we established a new set of strategic objectives: promote the CMC designation, evolve the profession of management consulting and grow the association. These are supported by our commitment to being inclusive, innovative, productive and focused. I believe these values are essential to accomplishing our objectives. We must look outside our traditional membership for new members who reflect Canada’s diversity. We must cast aside the narcism of small differences that have hampered our innovation and efficiency. We must focus on the success of members rather than that of the organization, and we must make a compelling offer of value to those considering membership. These are all within CMC-Canada’s grasp if everyone commits to getting the job done and stays the course.
I wish you all the very best through this challenging time. Good times will return soon!