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    Professional speaking is challenging and exciting but can also be isolating. Membership in CAPS offers you a forum, a connection, friendships and colleagues.

Welcome to CAPS BC

Message from Our President, JoAnne Marlow

JoAnne Marlow

Board Members Wanted • Leadership Team • Speakers’ Academy • Membership

Autumn came roaring into the west coast with a major downpour and now, the trees are showing off their colours, the grass is greener than ever, and the sun is showering us with its grace.  Same with CAPS BC.  We are shining and celebrating the new fiscal year of our Chapter, members and guests! 

 Leadership Summit:  Last month, Robin Levesque (President Elect for 2020) and I attended the Leadership Summit in Toronto, where the National Board and all Chapter presidents met to learn and confer about the upcoming year for CAPS.  It was an inspiring time and we all left with renewed energy for the upcoming year of events, conference and leadership.

We no sooner arrived home, when CAPS BC hosted a sold-out Retreat on Vancouver Island, where five incredible speakers lifted us up with their knowledge and we got even closer to our members and guests.  Read more here.  Thanks to all who organized and took part in this wonderful event!

 What’s New for CAPS BC and National?

BOARD MEMBERS: CAPS BC is holding its AGM on November 2, and we are seeking nominations for our Board of Directors. Specifically, Membership and Finance are wide open for new leaders, and we are seeking nominations for our other positions as well. Members will be receiving details of these positions, and I can honestly tell you that it is an honor to be on the Board and to help move us forward to be an outstanding Chapter. Register here.

  • LEADERSHIP TEAM: Perhaps you’d like to take a smaller role, but still be part of our growth and leadership? We are seeking some members who would like to participate occasionally for “Client Services” – meeting and making our guest speakers comfortable or welcoming our new guests to our events; “Marketing” – help to spread our Brand to other parts of BC, other speaking groups, and related organizations, or “At Large” – helping a Board member when and where needed.
  • SPEAKERS ACADEMY: I am thrilled to announce that our National CAPS has developed an online program of dozens of modules (and lessons within) to take you from the very beginning of your speaking career to the max. Right now, you can register for an “early bird” price, which in my opinion, is a great deal! The benefits that you will receive, along with our CAPS experts’ knowledge and advice is immense.  For example, Non-CAPS members can attend all our chapter events for a year at our membership price (That’s more than 50% off), and you will receive a discount to our National Convention.  CAPS BC is considering offering a Master Class after our events to answer your questions, and discuss the content that you have learned.  The price for the Speakers’ Academy is nothing compared to the value you will receive as a new speaker who wants to build their business or a seasoned speaker who needs to fine-tune their success.  Members receive a substantial discount to join. Consider registering – here.
  • MEMBERSHIP CAPS is, without a doubt, an organization for people who use their voice to earn a living. We welcome people who are trainers, instructors, teachers, coaches, singers, actors, motivators, facilitators, key note speakers, and break out conference speakers. In fact, I was a university professor when I first learned about CAPS and after attending my first CAPS convention, I was hooked.  Hooked on the people — who give of their time, their knowledge, and their friendship so that we can truly experience the Advantage of CAPS “Learn, Share, Grow and Belong”. To become a member, you must be earning at least $50,000 through speaking (using your voice).  At CAPS BC, we invite you to our events to meet us, grow with us and share your knowledge.  We have fun together and whether you qualify for membership yet, or not, you are welcome to learn and grow your business so that you can become a member of our Chapter and CAPS. You can learn more about becoming a member here.

I know we will have an outstanding turnout at our November 2nd event.  Join us for networking, a light refreshment and a valuable presentation on Branding!  Our AGM follows and everyone is welcome to stay for the 30 to 45-minute AGM meeting for our future.  Register here.

Warmest wishes,
JoAnne Marlow
President, CAPS BC

November 2, 2019 – Branding + AGM

Azadeh Yaraghi
“Branding is no longer your logo – it’s how people experience your business” – Zoom option

CAPS BC is fortunate to have Azadeh Yaraghi, the Founder and Creative Director of Gogo Telugo Creatives, a boutique Communication Design agency in Vancouver present at our meeting..

Why is branding the element that sets up your business for great success, better than arguably any other single business factor? To find out, first you would need to answer this question: What is branding?  Read more and register HERE

CAPS BC Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting for members. We are seeking leaders in good CAPS standing to fill some Board positions.  Please contact me if you have questions or nominations you would like to put forward.

Our current Board leadership speaks to the successes our our association and the growth of our membership. Register HERE.

December 9-12, 2019
CAPS National Conference
London, Ontario

Big and bold and fun!  This is our annual conference and you will want to be sure to keep this on your list of learning experiences!

 The Early-bird deadline for tickets sales is September 15th. We already have a sizeable  BC representation attending and speaking.  Read more/register HERE.

With my best wishes,

JoAnne Marlow
CAPS President, BC Chapter


Entrepreneurs looking for a centre stage business opportunity to engage an audience, tell their story, promote their brand and market their products and services are invited to sponsor a CAPS event.

More than just your Company name and logo in the CAPS newsletter, sponsorship includes dedicated commercial time with a captive audience of renowned professional speakers.

The speaking business is open – open to hearing how you can help them improve their businesses and make a difference in their professional lives.

“I sponsored a CAPS event and had an immediate registration to my event that lead to follow-up business a few months later. I got back my investment ten times! It was fun and a good ROI.”
Petra Mayer, Petra Mayer Consulting

“Sponsoring a CAPS event is absolutely worth it! In April 2018, I sponsored an event and met some amazing professional speakers. It’s now a few months later, and I am getting business from it. I was recommended to supply all the printing for the National Convention in Vancouver in December and was awarded the contract. I definitely recommend sponsoring a CAPS event.”
Sussan Toub, Print Broker, Perfect Impression Ltd. 604-812-5220

Interested?  Download more information here.


Membership renewal – HERE

CAPS BC seeks to enrich experts who speak professionally. Every one of our events is designed to provide you with inspiration and skills to acquire more expertise, develop greater eloquence, learn new tools for your enterprise, and/or practice CAPS ethics more professionally.

All of this happens within the remarkably generous and welcoming community of practice that is the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.