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Membership Questions

Member Benefits: Why should I join?
Qualifications: Who can join?
What are members responsibilities?
What are some of the open classifications?
Where are meetings held?
What does membership cost?
How do I become a member?
How do I obtain more information?

Member Benefits: Why should I join?

The CEA is comprised of some of Calgary’s leading companies committed to promoting and referring YOUR business. As a member of the CEA, you will benefit from exposure to a network of member firms that could:

  • Purchase your products or services directly
  • Provide you with valuable insight into other industries and local business developments that may impact your business
  • Refer you to other businesses or customers in need of your products or services
  • Promote your business to their business network
  • Offer you products or services
  • Provide valuable information or assistance to you when you need it.

The CEA allows you to:

  • Generate new business potential
  • Learn first hand information on new developments in products and services
  • Enjoy "additional" executive salespeople to help market your business
  • Attend active, regular forums discussing business and financial problems with peers
  • Develop new business friends and contacts
  • Generate contacts through affiliated associations in over 100 cities


Qualifications: Who can join?

Membership is open to all types of businesses ranging from manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to retailers, service contractors and professional business consultants. All membership applications are circulated through the membership and are subject to final board approval.

In order to qualify for membership, the following must apply:

  • Open Classification:  The main activity of your business can not be in direct competition with the main activity of an existing members business.
  • 3 years in business.
  • Owner/Manager.
  • Minimum 3 employees.
  • Minimum $500,000 Gross Revenue.

What are members responsibilities?

All CEA members are expected to:

  • Attend regularly schedule meetings (at least 70% of meetings).
  • Maintain a minimum operating efficiency (attendance and participation through furnishing leads and doing business with other members) as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Familiarize themselves with the various businesses represented by their fellow members.
  • Provide information and assistance to other member firms when requested.
  • Encourage, solicit and receive business from other members' firms.
  • Act promptly on all business leads received.
  • Handle all referred business in such a manner as to reflect credit upon the referring member and the association.
  • Give fellow members the preference and opportunity in business transactions.
  • Recommend member firms to your associations, employees, and other contacts.
  • Furnish quality merchandise and service.

What are some of the open classifications?

The following represents just a sampling of some of the open classifications available in the CEA.  For additional open classifications and to verify availability of a particular category, please contact the CEA office at 403-541-0911.

  • Alarm Company
  • Chiropractor
  • Florist
  • HVAC Company
  • Newspaper/Magazine
  • Physiotherapist
  • Plumber
  • Restaurant
  • Travel Agent
  • TV/Radio Station

Where are meetings held?

Weekly CEA general meetings are held at The Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club. Meetings are held Wednesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Meetings include breakfast, networking, sharing business leads, and a corporate profile from one of our members.

In order to attend a meeting as a guest, you must first be approved by the Executive Director.

What does membership cost?

Initiation Fee (upon joining): $300
Annual Fee (billed on the 1st of October): $200
Quarterly Dues (billed on October 1, January 1, April 1 & July 1): $375 (includes meals)

How do I become a member?

Membership is by invitation only and limited to one firm in each business or professional classification.  Exclusive membership not only ensures a non-competitive networking environment for all CEA members, it allows the CEA to uphold its standards for business practices and professionalism.

To become a CEA member:

  • A prospective member is proposed by a member to the Executive Director who will ascertain that no classification conflict exists.
  • Upon approval of the Executive Director, the prospective member is invited to a weekly general meeting as a guest.
  • Once the prospective member has attended a general meeting as a guest, an application for membership may be filled out and submitted to the Executive Director.
  • The Board of Directors and/or Membership Committee is advised of the application.
  • The application is circulated through the general membership for two consecutive meetings.
  • The Membership Committee arranges an interview with the applicant at their business location where member obligations are reviewed and questions about membership can be answered.
  • The Membership Committee then makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors who then make the final approval and acceptance of the application.
  • Upon approval, the applicant must pay their initiation fee, annual dues and quarterly dues.
  • Once payment of their dues is made, the applicant may begin attending the weekly general meetings as a new member.

Membership applications can take 3-4 weeks to be processed.

How do I obtain more information?

Contact the CEA's Executive Director

Calgary Executives Association
200, 6 Crowfoot Circle N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T3G 2T3

Ph: (403) 541-0911
Fax: (403) 541-0915
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