CSAE 2019 Award Winners – Congratulations

Congratulations to the following CSAE Trillium Network members who recently won CSAE awards.


2019 Honorary Award of Excellence

Catherine Cummings, CAE, Executive Director, International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations

The Honorary Award of Excellence is the highest award granted by CSAE. It recognizes exceptional service not only to our association but to the sector at large over a period of at least 10 years. This year’s recipient has contributed in so many ways to the association sector.  She excels at connecting the right people with each other and is extremely generous at doing so. If you’ve met her at an event and talked about something you were working on, she likely responded with, “have you met?” and then promptly introduced you to exactly the person you needed to meet. She is generous with her time, having volunteered on various task forces, committees and boards at CSAE and throughout the not-for-profit sector.  She’s been an active volunteer with CSAE since the mid-1990s contributing in a wide variety of ways including on the CAE Task Force, the CSAE Board of Directors where I had the privilege of working with her, the nominating committee in 2018 and is currently serving on the CSAE’s Trillium network council.

With a huge smile, she is always ready to lend an ear, share a story, and pay it forward.


2019 Bedford Award for Emerging Leaders

Svitlana Nechyporenko, Account Executive, Base Consulting and Management, Inc.

Congratulations to Svitlana for winning the Bedford Award for Emerging Leaders in honour of Donna Mary Shaw.  This award recognizes and encourages leadership potential in young professionals.


The CSAE Awards of Distinction and Awards of Merit are based upon the newly revised Competencies for Association Executives and honour outstanding achievement in one of the following categories:

  • Optimizing governance,
  • Establishing organizational direction,
  • Managing people
  • Managing operations
  • Delivering value to members and stakeholders

Congratulations to the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science for the success of Formalization and Scaling-Up of the Research and Special Initiatives Department.

To the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science for the success of the “We Are Lab” documentary series.

The Long-Term Member Award is given to those who have maintained an active CSAE membership for a period of 20 years.  Congratulations to Cindy Gonsalves on achieving this milestone.