The Canadian AIDS Society’s Annual Meeting (AM) is an opportunity for member organizations to collectively shape the future of the HIV movement in this country. Specifically, attending members will be able to:
- network with colleagues from among the Canadian AIDS Society’s member and associate organizations;
- set priorities for the community-based AIDS movement; and,
- participate in the general business of the Canadian AIDS Society.
In 2016, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) was pleased to host its Annual Meeting as an ancillary event following the 25th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2016) – held in Winnipeg between May 16-18, 2016.
While both the CAS PLWHIV Forum and Annual Meeting have in the past traditionally been hosted in Ottawa, we hope to institute a new practice of hosting our annual conferences in various cities across Canada – aligning ourselves whenever possible each year with other major conferences connecting the HIV movement.
There are several advantages to hosting our conferences in various locations across Canada – and we intend to increase the total number of CAS scholarships to offer financial assistance to PLWHIV, with or without ASO affiliation, and member organization representatives as a way to encourage attendance to these important meetings.
If you are a member of CAS, make plans to join us and other member organizations to share information, discuss new ideas, contribute to policy development and renew acquaintances.
Latest news about the Annual Meeting:
General Description of a CAS Board Member The responsibility of providing a high standard of service to the membership of CAS is not one to be accepted casually. Prospective candidates should be familiar with CAS, its relationship to Member Groups, its mandate and operating structure. All Board members are expected to assist in the mentorship and support of the PLWHIV Youth Director. Some preferred qualities of a Director would include: knowledge of CAS activities and the commitment to keep current with developments regarding AIDS commitment to community consultation political astuteness reliability good people skills, works well in a team, communication ...Read More
This document explains the process for electing your Board of Directors. As elections are a serious issue for the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), we wish to ensure that all delegates fully understand the election process. This document clearly outlines how candidates for various Board positions are nominated; who retains the right to vote; the role of the Regional Caucuses; and, the actual voting process. Important changes to the elections process were approved in 2011 and are in effect at the 2017 Forum and AM. Please review this document carefully before the meetings. General Structure The Canadian AIDS Society is a ...Read More
While the CAS PLWHIV Forum and Annual Meeting have traditionally been held consecutively in the past, with the Annual Meeting held immediately after the Forum, the format changed this year due to financial constraints. This year, our Annual Meeting will be a business meeting in a webinar format. Though the in-person meetings have benefits which we will certainly miss, the technology of the webinar format also offers us unique advantages including the ability to participate directly from wherever we are located in the country without the cost of travelling and related inconveniences. We hope the use of webinars will increase ...Read More
First, our sincere apologies for the delay in following up about the Forum/Annual Meeting. For reasons beyond our control, namely the timing of the disbursement of funds required for this year’s events, we were unable to proceed within our original timelines. The events had previously been announced for May with a specific venue in mind. With this delay, we are now obliged to change both the location and the dates for the PLWHIV Forum. However, for the Annual Meeting, please note that our usual funder will not finance the Annual Meeting, so we will be looking for other opportunities to ...Read More
This form is also available to submit online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017ScholarshipCASAnnualMtg The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) scholarship program offers financial assistance to individuals with or without ASO affiliation and member organization representatives as a way to encourage attendance to the PLWHIV Forum (Forum) and Annual Meeting (AM). Depending on available funding, scholarships may or may not cover all costs associated with attendance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek additional sources of funding. Scholarship awards will be determined by the Canadian AIDS Society, based on a fully completed scholarship application form. All answers in each application will be assessed objectively. The number ...Read More
The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) scholarship program offers financial assistance to individuals with or without ASO affiliation and member organization representatives as a way to encourage attendance to the PLWHIV Forum (Forum) and Annual Meeting (AM). Depending on available funding, scholarships may or may not cover all costs associated with attendance. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek additional sources of funding. Please read the following to ensure you are eligible and aware of the requirements and deadlines. Who can apply for a scholarship? All people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV) (ASO affiliation not required) CAS member group representatives as AM delegates ...Read More
Dear CAS members, The past year was a tumultuous period for the Canadian AIDS Society and for the HIV/AIDS movement as a whole – in fact, the word crisis is not too strong a term to describe it. Let’s not kid ourselves: there have been significant costs associated with this period of turmoil – both monetary and emotional costs as CAS strived to both manage the crisis and simultaneously begin a period of renewal. From what several member organizations have been telling us, there have been various facets of discontent for some time; so it makes sense that things cannot ...Read More