CSMPS AGM + Summer Social

CSMPS will be hosting our Annual General Meeting for Members, followed by our annual Summer Social for all on Wednesday, June 26!
AGM: 4:30-5pm
Summer Social: 5-7pm

Come join CSMPS for our Summer Cocktail Reception following the Annual General Meeting. This is where we celebrate our incredible members, sponsors and board members by throwing one of the best industry social events of the year.
Please review the AGM Package prior to the meeting. The AGM Package is circulated by email. If you are a Member and didn't receive the package, please contact us at info@csmps.com.
It is important that all members attend the meeting as we will be voting to approve revised bylaws. You will find a copy of the board recommended bylaws in your AGM package.

Are you a CSMPS Member who isn't able to attend the AGM and would like to vote?

Contact us at info@csmps.com for your Proxy Form. All Proxy forms must be provided by end of day Monday, June 24. Note: a CSMPS Member can hold a maximum of one (1) proxy vote.
We look forward to seeing you on June 26!

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: AGM: 4:30-5pm
Summer Social:5-7pm
Location: Prost Haus
 904 Granville Street
 Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2
Tickets: Register here

Capital Development: Municipal Panel Discussion

Join The Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services to hear from Municipal Representatives about upcoming capital projects in the following communities:

• City of Coquitlam: Andreea Toma, General Manager of Strategic Initiatives
• City of Surrey: Jeff Arason, Manager Design & Construction
• City of New Westminster: Don Driedger, Manager Major Projects

Get the chance to ask questions in an open Q&A format, following their panel discussion.

About City of Coquitlam

A welcoming and diverse community, Coquitlam is home to over 141,000 people and sets a high standard of living in the Lower Mainland. As a community they are positioned to experience significant growth over the next 25 years, with the population expected to reach over 220,000 by 2041. The Strategic Initiatives Department is responsible for providing vision, leadership and strategic direction in managing the City’s land portfolio, facilities and projects of cross-departmental and corporate interest. This department plays a key role in facilitating community growth by managing the City’s greenfield land development activities, maintaining civic facilities adequate for the current and future needs of the organization and the community and becoming a centralized project management hub for delivering new civic infrastructure.

Join us to hear about some of their upcoming projects and initiatives.

About City of Surrey

As one of the fastest growing communities in the Fraser Valley, the City of Surrey has a population of over 560,000 residents. The City’s Engineering Department is pivotal in ensuring the needs of the Official Community Plan and Neighbourhood Concept Plans are met. The City has an annual budget of approximately $100 million in engineering capital construction projects for transportation, drainage, sanitary sewer and water.

Join us to hear about their plans for servicing their projected growth and development.

About City of New Westminster:

The City of New Westminster, beyond being the first city in Western Canada, is also known as being the vibrant head of the Metro Vancouver region. With a growing population of 71,000 people, the City operates its own Electrical Utility and police force, in addition to the standard service and facility offerings of a typical municipality. Its recreational facilities are some of the oldest and well-used in the region; the Canada Games Pool opened its doors in 1973, and the Centennial Community Centre opened its doors in 1967. The City is now embarking on a major $100M project to replace and combine those two facilities to support its active population in sport and play.

This presentation will highlight this and other projects the City is planning.

Who should attend?
• Firm principals responsible for growth
• Business development leads
• Marketing professionals
• Proposal leads/coordinators

Our panelists:

Andreea Toma

General Manager of Strategic Initiatives, City of Coquitlam

Andreea is a Professional Engineer with 15 years’ experience working in Municipal government, including extensive experience in policy and program management, construction and land development, and managing complex projects. Her role with the City of Coquitlam includes providing strategic insight to a broad range of initiatives such as land development and acquisitions, sales and marketing, major-park and civic-facility construction, vertical asset management and facility operations. She regularly contributes to business development through policy support and advice to City Council and the organization with regards to large complex projects of significant strategic importance. Further, she is involved in developing a long-term vision for the City's land holdings with notable focus in the City Centre area and Burke Mountain.

Jeff Arason

Manager Design & Construction, City of Surrey

Jeff is a Professional Engineer with 20-years’ experience working in the consulting industry and with the City of Surrey. Jeff is responsible for leading, including establishing the goals and priorities for, the Design and Construction Division in the Engineering Department. The Design and Construction Division is responsible for the development of the City’s 10-Year $1B Infrastructure Servicing Plan, and the delivery of approximately $100M in transportation, drainage, sanitary sewer, water and district energy investments each year.

Don Driedger

Manager Major Projects, City of New Westminster

Having recently joined the City of New Westminster as the Manager of Major Projects, Don brings a wealth of experience to the role. A Civil engineer by training, he has spent over 25 years at Metro Vancouver Regional District in the areas of Major Projects, Solid Waste, Liquid Waste and Affordable Housing. He is currently part of the project team responsible for delivering the City’s new aquatic and community centre – replacing the ageing Canada Games Pool and Centennial Community Centre, as well as overseeing the replacement of the Queen’s Park collapsed Arenex, Massey Theatre renovation review, City Hall renovations, and strategic planning for future civic facilities.

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Time: 7:30am: Registration and Breakfast
 8:00am Panel Discussion
Location: The Vancouver Club
 915 West Hastings Street
 Vancouver, BC V6C 1C6
Tickets: Register here
Thank you to our Event Sponsor:

Sold Out | Creating Winning Proposals

Joanna Cockerline, B.A., M.A. - Writer, Editor, and Technical Writing Instructor

Proposals are key to winning new work in the professional services industry. Competition is fierce – and strategic proposal and technical writing is essential for differentiating your team and delivering a compelling message so the client knows why you are the best choice. This half-day presentation and workshop will provide you with skills to develop proposals from start to finish. From RFP analysis, creating a winning strategy, to delivering your story, participants will learn strategies and practical tips from a professional writer and editor who brings proven success winning proposals of all scales, including those with multi-billion-dollar capital values.


Joanna Cockerline is a nationally-acclaimed writer with two decades of experience writing, editing, and designing customized writing programs for corporations and universities.
Joanna brings a strong record of success creating proposals and technical writing in diverse contexts, including engineering, infrastructure, construction, transportation, international airports, architecture, real estate, and urban planning, both nationally and internationally.
Joanna has provided customized technical writing instruction to hundreds of industry professionals who consistently value the individualized attention and insight she bring to their unique writing objectives. Clients include WSP, the former MMM Group, Hatch Mott MacDonald (now Hatch and Mott MacDonald), and leading companies and joint ventures overseas.
Beyond her achievements as a CBC Literary Awards prizewinner, writer, and writing consultant, Joanna teaches Engineering Communications, Technical Communications, and Management Communications at the University of British Columbia, where she has been nominated for a Teaching Award of Excellence.
Joanna Cockerline's clients consistently emphasize the insights and motivation she brings to her writing, editing, and teaching – and, ultimately, how it produces optimal results.

For more, you are welcome to visit Joanna Cockerline’s Professional Bio at: www.linkedin.com/in/joannacockerline


• Winning Proposals: Why Effective Strategy and Communication Style Matters
• Analyzing the RFP: How Close Reading Can Give You the Edge
• Establishing Priorities for a Proposal
• Assessing Audience, Purpose, and Tone – Including Diverse, Multi-Level Audiences
• Storytelling Strategies
• Writing with Organization, Clarity, and Style
• Optimizing Executive Summaries
• Representing Your Team’s Professional Expertise
• Delivering Effective Messages and Methodologies: You Know What You Mean... But Does Your Reader?
• Reducing Jargon while Heightening Specificity: Strategies for Concise, Accessible Language – Without “Dumbing Down” Your Message
• Achieving Concision and Avoiding Wordy Phrases
• Resolving Common Mistakes Professional Engineers, Architects, and Project Managers Make
• Providing Constructive, Efficient Feedback to Project Members to Maximize Results
• Ensuring Consistency Across All Proposal Sections
• Integrating Visual and Numerical Elements
• Producing Cohesive Collaborative Writing
• Professionalizing Style: Taking Your Writing to the Next Level

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 7:30-8am Registration & Breakfast
 8-10am Presentation
 10-10:15am Coffee break
 10:15am-12pm Presentation
 Discussion of Applied Industry Examples
 Networking Opportunities
Location: The Vancouver Club
 915 West Hastings Street
 Vancouver, BC V6C 1C6
Waitlist: Register here

Peer Group Social: The Importance of Client Relationships

The Importance of Client Relationships: How to foster positive relationships and show appreciation with your future, past and present clients. Join us to learn more about ways to enhance your connection with your clients, whether it be through events, gifts, thoughtful touch points, and more.
Learn from industry experts and get a chance to ask them questions in this interactive, open dialogue session.

Presented By:

Saul Brown, Founder of Saul Good Gift Co, knows the key to making any relationship last is in making people feel truly appreciated - and for the past 12 years, he’s worked to create gift programs that do just that. Saul Good Gift Co’s handmade and locally-sourced gifts have helped hundreds of companies create a culture of recognition within their organization, and build meaningful partnerships in their communities. 

Saul is also passionate about business models that create positive social and environmental change, and his company is an example of how a business can scale while retaining the value it creates for the communities in which it operates.

Matt Coyne is the COO and VP Marketing at Cantrav, a destination management and events company. They are industry leaders in creating and managing business events that allow the clients’ message to be delivered in a stimulating and impactful environment.

Matt is a strategic leader with over 18 years of destination marketing and management experience, including a focus on event execution. He is responsible for general organizational leadership in addition to leading the Sales and Marketing activities for all the destinations Cantrav represents including Vancouver, Whistler, the Okanagan, the Rockies, Montreal and Toronto. He’s an active contributor to BC and Canada’s tourism industry, serving on a variety of boards and committees including Business Events Canada’s Advisory Committee.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 5:30pm: Registration & Networking, 6pm – 7pm: Presentation, 7pm: Networking
Location:Central City Brew Pub, 871 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2M6
Tickets: Register Here

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Michael Oldewening Allnorth

Thanks for making my trip out of the office a great use of my time. [Infographics for Proposals]

Barbara Good Kasian Architecture

Your presentation on Infographics at today’s CSMPS event was fabulous...it was very informative, reinforcing the value of visuals. [Infographics for Proposals]

Kathleen Dixon Iredale

Great presentation this morning. In architecture we are not allowed to draw or provide “free” architectural sketches in our RFP submissions, but you made me re-think how we can deliver information to our readers using pictograms.

Yvonne Harfiel WSP Group

CSMPS has helped me tremendously! Without CSMPS, I would not be where I am today. It is an amazing network.

James Y. P. Lee Stantec

Thank you for arranging this seminar. It was extremely practical, valuable and informative.

Karen Lawrence MMM Group Limited

I thought the panel event was awesome. I attended the previous one as well and they are, in my eyes, the best type of event that CSMPS offers.

Graeme Silvera Ivanhoe Cambridge

This is the first panel I’ve ever sat on where I've actually learned something new. It was a great experience. [Panelist, CSMPS Developer RFP Evaluators Panel Event: Oct 22, 2014]

Carlee Groves Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

I thought the event was fantastic. I can’t believe the value and information I was able to extract from it. Can’t wait for the next one!

Rahki Jethi AMEC Environment & Infrastructure

It’s always good to hear what people who read proposals are actually thinking! I went to the last event with RFP evaluators (it was a school district, health authority, and Translink) and found that very helpful as well.

Ben Garfinkel Industrial Brand

It's one of the few organizations that really spends time getting into activities that are of interest to marketers in the AEC and professional marketing services world.

Tamineh Saadat Buckland & Taylor

Every time I leave an event I get ideas of how I can do my job better. I get more passionate and inspired by what other people are doing in the industry.

Stephanie Zuke HCMA

CSMPS plays an important role for professional service marketers to grow and learn. Their relevant, fresh topics draw staff from across AEC firms.

Chris Chernoff F4 Creative

CSMPS brings together real people talking about real issues; it’s a breath of fresh air.

Yvonne Hartfield Genivar

CSMPS has helped me tremendously! Without CSMPS, I would not be where I am today. It is an amazing network.

Ralph Kison Kison Associates

Belonging to CSMPS is a must if you want to connect with, and market to, the professional services community in Vancouver.


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