Message from the

Executive Director

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August 2018


Hello to all CTF members—

I recently shared with you some of the work undertaken in relation to our strategic plan—specifically, the conference programming and attendance trends—and mentioned that we would be soliciting your views in order to inform our decision making about future programming.
 

The first in a series of short questionnaires on this topic was recently sent to members, and the response rate to date has been very encouraging. Your feedback is very important to us, both as an indicator of member engagement and as an assurance that the “member voice” is being heard and incorporated into our approach. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to share your thoughts, I encourage you to do so, using either the link to the English version or the link to the French version. Completion of the survey—which will remain open until Friday, September 7, 2018—takes less than five minutes. Everyone who completes it will be entered in a draw to win a complimentary registration at any Foundation conference offered between now and July 2019. I will share the results with you in a future message, once the survey has closed.

On the subject of members’ input, we have incorporated significant user feedback into the next generation of TaxFind, which has been under development since early this year. It has been a busy summer for our TaxFind team, and we are on track to launch in late September. The constructive insights, criticisms, and suggestions from the many Foundation members who agreed to participate in the process have influenced both the design of the platform and its substantive aspects as we have moved from concept to execution. We are confident that the new platform will deliver the high-quality search results that our members have come to rely on, with new customization options and time-saving features that will better support busy professionals. Look for more exciting details in the coming weeks.

The conference papers that eventually make their way to TaxFind begin as excellent presentations from authors. Most of our major events are now either videotaped or livestreamed, and those presentations are posted on our website and available for subsequent viewing. We have pulled together some selected highlights from 2018, available at this link in case you would like to check out content that you may have missed the first time around.

With Labour Day just around the corner, I will close this message with two thoughts.  First, I hope that you have been able to take some time this summer to relax with friends and family.  Second, I look forward to reconnecting with many of you at our upcoming conferences during the busy fall season.

See you next month.

Heather L. Evans,
Executive Director and CEO


9/24/2018 10:49:10 PM