My first year on the CSEG executive has been a very rewarding and exciting experience. Until being on the executive I never really understood how many volunteers there were, nor the amount of time these individuals commit to the society. The CSEG is extremely lucky to have such a strong volunteer community. It is truly what makes the CSEG a great organization to be a part of. I always considered the CSEG to be a close-knit community, but never really understood to what extent this was true and I am truly honored to be a part of it. I would like to thank past-president Larry Herd for nominating me for the position of Assistant Director of Communications, as it has been a great experience so far.
Working with Jason Noble (outgoing Director of Communications) over the last year has been a lot of fun. He carried the CSEG branding to completion with its unveiling at the 2013 AGM (with the help of the website committee). I would personally like to thank him for all his hard work in making this happen, as well as all his other contributions to the executive over the previous 2 years.
As I take over the responsibilities of Director of Communications, I would like to welcome Meghan Brown who is now taking over the role of Assistant Director of Communications. I look forward to working with her, as well as the RECORDER and website committees, in the upcoming year. It is bound to be another exciting year of changes-.
The society’s rebranding was announced and new website was launched at the 2013 AGM. The brand was also visible at the 2013 GeoConvention, with 3 coloured roll up banners at the entrance to the convention floor. Each banner colour represents one aspect of the society. Blue represents the professional side of our society, red represents the social, and yellow represents the educational portion of the society. These 3 colours are also clearly shown within the new maple leaf logo.
Over the next several months you will see the CSEG branding showing it presence into the various social, education, and professional events. It will take time, but hopefully by the 2014 AGM our old logo will only be seen in historical documents. If you have any questions regarding the implementation of the branding, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Meghan.
A few highlights to look for in the coming months in communications:
- A revamped RECORDER cover in the September 2013 issue.
- A new online RECORDER website which you can access via the CSEG website http://cseg.ca/resources/recorder , or directly www.csegrecorder.com – (still in a beta testing phase). a. A separate website that will allow for easier searching of archived RECORDER articles. b. You will have 4 methods to read your favorite RECORDER articles: print, PDF, digital magazine, and the new searchable website.
- 3. A ‘LinkedIn’ site for the CSEG.
On the note of social media, one item that has come up in the executive over the last year is the value of social media within the CSEG. It is an interesting topic that could lead to increased student interaction through our website. If done correctly, I could see this adding value to our society. I guess we will see where that takes us.