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The President's Blog

posted on 10:51 AM, February 8, 2013
Norberts J. Muncs, CITT President
Dear members, 

This past weekend, February 1-3, 2013, the CITT board of directors held its yearly face to face meeting in Calgary.  

It was a busy and fruitful couple of days.

The Venue Tour

On Friday February 1st, we visited three potential locations for the upcoming conference: The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts (EPCOR) and the Calgary Telus Convention Centre (CTCC), downtown. Then we took the C-train to the University of Calgary, where we visited the Sou

th Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (SAJA). Having visited the three sites, we then had a discussion regarding the various venues and their suitability. The decision was made to select the Jubilee Auditorium. I believe that all of you should be thrilled with this choice. Apart from the fact that the venue boasts multiple spaces, potential break-out rooms a great stage and three levels of lobbies, all of which we need for our conference, it is a theatre and its proximity to the University provides us with the opportunity to remember that the CITT has its origins at the University of Calgary and the roots of our crafts and professions are planted in the world of theatre. 

The board members visits the SAJA backstage with
Mark Belkie, Technical Coordinator
     View of the SAGA stage
The Board Meetings
Saturday was divided in two parts. The first being in the style of a board retreat, where we continued to work on our Strategic planning for the vision and future of the CITT, with our moderator Cheryl Ewing. On that note, I am happy to report that we received one hundred and thirty-five answers to our survey regarding the vision and mandate of the CITT and we used the survey and your answers at our meeting to help us decide and determine the various steps that we need to take to implement the suggestions and requests of our varied membership. We were also able to take concrete steps on creating a Regional sections toolbox document in order to help the sections in their communications with the members, the national board and national office. We have outlined the steps we need to take to create new marketing tools and strategies as well as the possibilities for new revenue sources to help stabilize our finances. 
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The second part of the day was our board meeting at which amongst other items, we reviewed and revised the conference schedule including the pre-conference workshops and conference sessions, trade show requirements, the meet and greet/junk challenge events, swag bingo and the awards banquet. It is looking like this will be an exciting conference.
The various section reports were presented and I would like to congratulate the sections on the quality of the events and workshops that have been taking place across the country.
We reviewed the various budgets and discussed the implications of our decisions and the needs of the organization with respect to our fundraising abilities. Presently the CITT is in a stable financial situation and we are projecting a surplus for this fiscal year.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this update, it was a very good meeting which helped the CITT move forward on many strategic issues as well as more practical ones.
I would like to thank the National Office for the support and organizational skills given to the CITT, the board members as well as the section chairs and their respective board members for giving their time to participate in all aspects of our organization.
I would also like to thank all of our members for your participation and support and I look forward to seeing many of you in Calgary this summer.


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