April 2018

Happy Spring CALA Customer and Members,

The spring season brings a rejuvenation of activity outdoors and here at CALA too.  My hope is that this newsletter will bring you up-to-date on all things new and changing, including updates from our Accreditation program and its focus on the transition to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.  Exciting news from our Training group, who are now able to deliver select on-site courses in French for our Francophone community.  As well, you'll find updates on our PT program, our AMS initiative and the upcoming AGM.  Please see below for highlights and links to the articles for full information.    

Preparing for CALA's annual general meeting and our annual report has given me an opportunity to reflect on the past year, and my first year with CALA.  I'd like to share those thoughts and highlights with you by inviting you to read my contribution to the newsletter here.

And finally, some sad news to share with our community.  Many of you will know Erinn Knight (Cummins), a long-time employee of CALA.  Erinn recently passed away on April 10, 2018 after an arduous battle with breast cancer.  Although I never had the opportunity to work with Erinn, her colleagues often spoke very highly and affectionately of her.  On behalf of all of us at CALA we send our sincere condolences to Erinn's family and friends.  Through this link you will find a memoriam to Erinn.

Best regards,


Andrew Adams

(aadams@cala.ca)

President & CEO


CALA's Annual General Meeting is just around the corner.  

All CALA members are encouraged to attend the 2018 AGM.  Find out the details here.


Continued support for the transition to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Standard

CALA is committed to supporting our customers in their transition to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.  This newsletter has the most recent information on the process to transition as well as the support CALA is offering for this undertaking.  Read more here.  


Training Update

CALA is excited to announce select courses are now being offered in French.  For details and our most recent schedule, link here.  


Proficiency Testing Updates

CALA continues the process of reviewing and updating the PT acceptance criteria to better reflect analytical capabilities and regulatory requirements. Read more here.


Documentation Updates

For a list of the most recently updated documentation, please link here.  


Association Management System (AMS)

Interested in the latest update on the CALA's Association Management System (AMS)?  Learn about the most recent milestones and available training videos by linking here.  


CALA Biennial Training

CALA is looking forward to welcoming all Assessors at the upcoming Biennial training.  More details here.


Nominate a Student!

CALA annually awards 2 student scholarships.  Find out more details and how to nominate  a student here.   


Next Board Meeting

The next CALA board meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn International Toronto Airport on Wednesday, April 25th.  


CALA Membership Benefits

Consider becoming a CALA Member.  Find out the benefits of membership.  


In Memoriam

In this issue of the newsletter, CALA pays tribute to long-time employee Erinn Knight (nee Cummins).  Erinn passed away earlier this month after a long struggle with breast cancer.  

Looking for Insurance?

CALA has partnered with Rhodes & Williams (Insurance Brokerage) and Berkley Canada (Commercial Insurance Company) to offer solutions that can reduce your total cost of risk.  Find out more.


Travelling?  Need to rent a car?

Consider using CALA's preferred car rental companies.  Both National and Enterprise offer solutions for CALA members.  


Looking for survey software?

Are you in the market for survey software and analytics.  QuestionPro is offer a 50% savings to CALA clients.