Professional Organizations & Associations in Business

Professional organizations and associations are an excellent way to learn more about a career of interest, professional designations, and networking opportunities (e.g. memberships, conferences). For additional professional associations please visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) and search under the "Other Resources" tab.

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA): represents Canada's CA profession both nationally and internationally. This site provides information about the Chartered Accountant profession, an online job site for members, details about what CAs do, how to become a CA and what skills and competencies are required.

Advertising Club of Toronto: a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to organize events that will present the newest ideas and developments in the advertising industry and to create social and business networking events for ad industry colleagues.

American Marketing Association Toronto: provides opportunities for marketing professionals to meet and share knowledge and experiences through its networking events, learn more about emerging industry trends and challenges, and increase professional skills.

Association for Financial Professionals of Canada (AFP): serves a network of more than 16,000 treasury and finance professionals. Provides members with breaking news, economic research and data on the evolving world of treasury and finance.

Association for Operations Management: a resource for professionals working in supply chain and operations management. The site links to a Jobs Forum for job seekers and details about professional development and networking opportunities.

Canadian Association of Financial Institutions in Insurance (CAFII): provides a voice for financial institutions involved in selling insurance through a variety of distribution methods.

Canadian Marketing Association: The CMA's programs are aimed at helping to shape the future of marketing in Canada by building talented marketers and exceptional business leaders and by demonstrating marketing's strategic role as a key driver of business success.

Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA): the largest HR association in Canada. HRPA regulates the HR profession and issues the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for excellence in human resources management. HRPA has more than 19,000 members in 28 chapters and hosts the largest annual HR conference in Canada.

Investment Funds Institute of Canada: provides a forum where all industry participants — Dealers and Advisors, Fund Managers, supporting services, Regulators and other interested parties — meet to discuss issues of common interest and concern with the shared objective of creating a competitive industry and promoting investor confidence in the mutual fund product.

Investment Industry Association of Canada: a member-based professional association that advances the growth and development of the Canadian investment industry, representing the interests of its members and the investing public.

Ontario Securities Commission (OSC): the regulatory body responsible for overseeing Ontario's capital markets, which include the equities, fixed-income and derivatives markets. This site provides information on the latest rules and policies affecting securities in Ontario, events, publications and investor resources.

Project Management Association of Canada (PMAC-AGPC): Canada's leading association for supply chain management, and grants the SCMP designation. This site contains resources related to project management including job listings of Canadian opportunities, information about certification programs, publications and professional events.

Toronto CFA Society: supports the professional development and advancement of CFA® charterholders. The society provides member services including educational programs, sponsored events, employment postings and networking opportunities. Its members are comprised of Portfolio Managers, Investment Analysts, Corporate Finance Executives, academics and other investment professionals.

Toronto Insurance Women's Association: a not-for-profit association of members of the insurance industry who meet in a social atmosphere to educate members and help them reach their potential both professionally and personally.

Please Note: Descriptions of many of these online resources are taken from language used on external websites. Claims and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Career Centre or York University.