CAPS celebrates its 20th anniversary on July 8th!
Canadian Association of Professional Speakers
Associations for professional speakers have global reach and membership. While many Canadians belonged to National Speakers Association (NSA) in the United States, and many continue to participate in the networking and learning with their colleagues there, 20 years ago a few visionary folks decided it was time to form a uniquely Canadian association as part of the Global Speakers Federation.
To establish CAPS, each benefactor endowed $4,000 of seed capital. This generous group included Donald Cooper, CSP, HoF, Brian Dalzell, Jeff Mowatt, CSP, HoF, Harold Taylor and the late Peter Urs Bender, CSP, HoF, and Warren Evans, ,CSP, HoF, Global Speaking Fellow. CAPS launch to stardom would not have been complete without the CAPS founding National board members comprised of Dave Kemp, Maggie Chicoine, Ross McKay, and Patricia Katz, HoF and the founding four presidents.
We’d like to recognize the trailblazers who created what we now call Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) as a national association with chapters across the country in Vancouver & BC, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Toronto, South Western Ontario, Ottawa, Montreal and Atlantic. These visionaries established a community of individuals dedicated to sharing their expertise with local and global audiences, while supporting members in their quest to further develop skills and knowledge in their business.
Many members have since contributed to the association at the national and local chapter level. We’d also like to recognize the CAPS National Presidents during those years of growth.
CAPS National Presidents
2017 – Suzanne Stevens, CSP
2016 – Deri Latimer, CSP
2015 – Toni Newman, HoF
2014 – Bob Parker, CSP
2013 – Nabil Doss
2012 – David Gouthro, CSP
2011 – Ravi Tangri, CSP
2010 – Peri Shawn
2009 – Shelle Rose Charvet, CSP
2008 – Colleen Francis, HoF
2007 – Sid Ridgley, CSP
2006 – Cheryl Cran, HoF
2005 – Joe Sherren, CSP, HoF, Global Speaking Fellow
2004 – Rhonda Scharf, CSP
2003 – Linda Tarrant, HoF
2002 – Valerie Cade
2001 – Jim Beaubien, HoF
2000 – Patricia Katz, HoF
1999 – Jeff Mowatt, CSP, HoF
1998 – Warren Evans, CSP, HoF, Global Speaking Fellow
1997 – Brian Dalzell
1996 – David Sweet
On July 8, 2017 we will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers!