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Canadian Golf Superintendents Association Report



Dear MGSA Members,

The past year has been extremely busy for the CGSA and its Board of Directors. The input and involvement provided by Manitoba superintendents and over 400 individual stakeholders across Canada has been instrumental in identifying the core activities where members expect the CGSA to be a leader, and the program/service areas where members expect to see change.

Prior to the 2015 CITCTS in Calgary, the CGSA announced a disappointing financial result for the 2014 fiscal year. Realizing a deficit of over $100,000 for the October 31st, 2014 year end, the CGSA Board of Directors deliberated in an exhaustive (over 40 hours) series of meetings to determine the best course of action to ensure the future sustainability of our national association. The first step was to conduct a review of its 2015 budget allocations. That review resulted in nearly $100,000 being cut from the operating budget in an effort to improve the outcome for the current fiscal year. The 2015 year end result was a deficit of just over $18,000, a sustainable improvement but not enough. More work is needed and the development of a viable financial model for the CGSA is at the forefront of the redesign work that was done in 2015.

The insights realized from our consultations this past summer provided a sound foundation for making decisions to reinforce what the CGSA is noted for and for redeveloping areas that need work. The core of the CGSA value proposition is those activities that members receive because there is an organization that has established credibility and integrity at the national level. The core activities provide representation for the profession and ensure that the voice of superintendents is an integral part of the golf industry. These core activities include:

These were identified and supported by all stakeholder groups as the reasons for the profession and industry to financially support and champion the CGSA.

Based on your input, the Board realizes the need for the following areas to change to better serve the needs of the profession and the industry keeping them unique and sustainable and therefore of value. Areas where decisions have been made to implement change include membership, education, the conference and trade show, accreditation and provincial relations. These changes will be rolled out over the next 12 months as time and resources permit. Provincial support of these initiatives will be critical to their successful implementation. It is clearly recognized that the CGSA needs a financial model that can support its activities and evolve as the association changes. The changes outlined above will have financial implications and the Board is committed to developing a viable business model to support the organizational changes proposed.

This year also celebrates 50 years of the CGSA! It's important to remember and recognize our forefathers from Manitoba as well as abroad who elevated the public perception of the superintendent profession in Canada. We should never lose sight of the fact that we are highly respected professionals provincially, nationally and internationally because of the representation of the CGSA and continued involvement and support by our members over the past 50 years.

Respectfully submitted,

Darren Kalyniuk,

Manitoba Director, CGSA