ACMP Toronto June 2016 Newsletter

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June 2016 Newsletter

President's Message


What a busy month May has been. It was definitely conference season and ACMP Toronto was well represented at the amazing global conference – Change Management 2016 – in Dallas Texas. Some great insights from presentations and awesome keynote speakers. I still have the words resonating in my mind from Brene Brown’s closing piece. It was also great to be in a place where you don’t have to explain what you do to everyone else! With around 1100 attendees, I was amazed at the diversity of attendees representing our global change management community! It was also the official launch of the Certified Change Management Profession – CCMP™ as we close the loop on defining the profession!

Just the week before Texas, closer to home we had our booth at Project World Toronto, where many conversations took place with attendees keen to learn more about change management and the discipline. It was great to see so many attendees come by and hear a range of interesting speakers, just on our doorstep.
Of course we will be doing the very same thing in October, but this time it is the ACMP Regional Conference Canada that will be taking place on October 17 and 18. Check out the information at and sign up now to take advantage of the best rates! I hope to see you there.

Finally, I close with gratitude to our outgoing board members in Toronto. Sapna Malhotra, Rod Barrass and Nancy Mendez had tirelessly worked to deliver a great experience for Toronto Chapter members during their terms in office. We would not be where we are without their support and I appreciate their commitment, energy and insight in supporting me and the rest of the board through the past year. Thank you!

I welcome new members to the board from June 1, and I hope you will join us at the Member Appreciation event and AGM to welcome them to their chapter leadership roles.

Best Regards


Rich Batchelor
President, ACMP Toronto Chapter
ACMP Toronto AGM and Member Appreciation Event 

You have a dinner date!
The ACMP Toronto Chapter cordially invites you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Membership Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday June 22, 2016.
The ACMP Board of Directors wants to say ‘thank you’ to each and every one of you and hopes that you are able to join us for an appreciation dinner in your honour. Your engagement with our local change management community has made us one of the largest chapters in North America and that’s something to celebrate!
Following dinner, we will welcome our guest speaker Jackie Lauer, of Heart of Culture Change, to join us and share her experiences in advancing organizational culture.  We will then host our AGM where we will introduce our new Board of Directors, discuss our local accomplishments and engage all of you in a world café exercise to inform our plans for the year ahead.
It’s sure to be an event not to be missed and we hope to see you there.
To learn more and register for the event please visit the following link:

My Experience - ACMP Global Conference 2016
Rob Mencel                                                                                                                                

Last month I had the opportunity to attend the ACMP Global Conference in Dallas.  As many attendees commented, it was wonderful to spend 3 days with a group of people who actually understood what I do for a living.  Sometimes as change management professionals we can feel like we’re on a bit of an island within our organizations, so I found it incredibly energizing to talk shop with many others who are facing similar professional challenges.  For me, attending ACMP events like this feels a bit like coming up to take a big gulp of fresh air before diving back into the deep end of my projects.
Three key elements of the conference made for a complete learning experience: educational workshop sessions and thought-provoking keynote speakers, a chance to connect with a wide variety of vendors, and of course, networking opportunities.
The workshops offered a wide variety of topics, so attendees could pick and choose the sessions that were most relevant to them.  Each session also provided high-quality handouts and access to the slide decks, making it easy to retain the information after each session.  This has also made it much easier for me to share my learnings with my own team here in Toronto. 
Having a wide variety of vendors under one roof was a great way to see the different possibilities out there in terms of tools and support for our profession.  There are a ton of companies out there offering some really neat solutions to add to our professional toolkits.  I personally came away with a few different ideas on how new technology tools could support my current project, along with connections to some really innovative vendors, so I’m looking forward to exploring these opportunities further.
That said, the best part of these events for me is always the chance to connect with other change management professionals.  I’m always surprised by how similar our challenges are, regardless of the industry we work in or the size of the company we work for.  There’s so much we can all learn from one another as our profession continues to evolve, so it’s important to keep the dialogue open and share our own experiences.  We all have different points of view and a wide variety of backgrounds, so connecting and sharing our knowledge is invaluable in advancing our professional development.  Structured workshops are always great, but I find that I learn just as much (if not more) through informal conversations.  Assumptions are challenged, ideas are generated, and a sense of camaraderie provides an energy boost.  That’s why I’d encourage all of our members to come out and participate in any local chapter events we put on.  All of us know more than any one of us, so we all stand to benefit from our collective participation. 

I hope to see you all at our upcoming events, and particularly at our Regional Conference here in Toronto this October! 

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Connect with your Fellow Change Professionals    

ACMP Toronto Chapter is excited to offer connectivity for local Change Professionals through the new Spark Collaboration Tool. Click on the link below to sign up with the tool and then wait to be connected with other professionals for conversations, coffee or whatever you want to do together! We are suggesting a focus on the upcoming CCMP designation, but we know these conversations will go further...

Spark Collaboration Tool       

Articles Wanted!    

Have your ideas heard by hundreds of Change Management professionals across the GTA! We're looking for new, original content to share in this newsletter. #AcmpTOArticles

Submit your article (400 words or less) by the 15th of each month to for a chance to be featured!  

Job Board and Opportunities

As a reminder, we recently launched our job board on the ACMP Toronto website. One of the key pieces of feedback that we received, was that in addition networking opportunities, our members wanted the ability to progress within the industry.  We are happy to support our members desire to grow professionally. These jobs will be posted on the ACMP Toronto website and shared via LinkedIn and Twitter under the hashtag #TorontoChangeJobs. 

Just email to  to get your job posted & reach over 1000+ specialists across the change management ecosystem and for those seeking their next opportunity, this will be the first place to start your journey.

Looking for Sponsorship

We are always looking for generous sponsors to help us put on events and reach over 1000+ Change Management professionals, in the 2nd largest chapter globally!  

Email us at for more info of how we can help increase your company’s brand and visibility. Sponsors can donate multiple different things from $$ to time, research, or logistics to host events. 


Best Advice I've Ever Received… 

"Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen.  It's tough to do that when we're terrified about what people might see or think." 
 -Brené Brown

Toronto Chapter Upcoming Events


June 22 
Toronto Chapter Annual General Meeting

October 17-18
Change Management 2016 Regional Conference

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