Portrait Photo - Meredith LowMeredith Low, MBA, CAE is a highly experienced management consultant, focusing on helping organizations and companies understand how, when, and where to grow in the context of fast-changing environments. Her career spans engagements with small to large companies (including the Fortune 500), professional associations and other not-for-profits, and government.

Capabilities include strategic and tactical planningmember and prospect research (including member needs assessment), conference assessment, and other strategic projects.

Recent consulting projects include clients in health care, natural resources, skilled trades, planning, financial services, education, risk management, and others.

Meredith holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, and a BA with High Honours in political science and history from Carleton University in Ottawa. She has also earned a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation (through the Canadian Society of Association Executives), and a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a collaboration between McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada). She was the 2019 recipient of the Gil Bennett Award, presented annually to a Directors College graduate who demonstrates dedication to raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through his or her progress in the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program.

Meredith has served on the Board and as a senior volunteer for Crossroads International, the United Way of Greater TorontoOrde Daycare, and Rotman Nexus Consulting. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives.

She has worked in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and speaks fluent French, along with minimal/basic Indonesian and Spanish.

Contact information:

Email: meredith@meredithlow.com

Twitter: @lowmeredith

LinkedIn: Meredith Low

Telephone: 416-737-3935

Speaking engagements:

UPCOMING: Tuesday, May 19th, at the CSAE Small Associations virtual  professional development day, titled Meeting Complex Expectations for Small Associations – The Bar is Set High. I’m presenting Setting the Strategic Direction – How do you make difficult strategic choices? When can you say no? When can you say yes? Register here

Thursday, March 26, 2020: moderated a CSAE webinar, titled WTF?! Where to Focus: Your Business Continuity Planning. Register here.

February 7, 2020: The Strategically Skilled Association, at the CSAE Trillium Winter Summit, Nottawasaga, ON.

October 25, 2019: Redesigning Strategy, at the CSAE National Conference & Showcase, Vancouver, BC.

July 19, 2019: Question Authority, Even Your Own, co-presenting with Christine Nielsen, CEO, CSMLS, at the Engaging Associations Forum, Ottawa, ON.

October 24, 2018: Mock Strategic Planning Session, at the CSAE National Conference & Showcase, Ottawa, ON.

June 5, 2019: How to Operate Your Small Association Effectively and Strategically, panel moderation, at CSAE Trillium Small Associations Achieving Big Results, Toronto, ON.

September 27, 2018: Making Decisions That Stick, at the Ontario Medical Group Management Association Conference, Niagara Falls, ON.

July 19, 2018: Everyday, Everyone Strategy, at the Engaging Associations Forum, Ottawa, ON.

July 12, 2018: Real World Strategic Planning, at the CSAE Trillium Summer Summit, London, ON.

August 14, 2017: Act on your tactical planning (co-presenting with Nancy Barrett of AMCES), at the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Toronto, Ontario.

October 26, 2016: The Strategically Skilled Association at the CSAE National Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

February 5, 2016: Getting Down to Reality: Turning High-Level Strategies Into Something You Can Actually Accomplish at the CSAE Trillium Winter Summit, Burlington, Ontario.

December 8th, 2015 – Strategy: Stop Talking, Start Doing, for the Ottawa-Gatineau chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, Ottawa.

July 23-24, 2015 – Strategy Fast and Slow, a conversation with two association leaders with distinctive approaches to organizational change, at the Engaging Associations Forum, Ottawa.

April 8, 2015 – From Strategic Planning to Implementation, for the CEO Roundtable, a meeting of leaders of specialty physicians’ organizations, Ottawa.

September 23, 2014 – Making Membership Meaningful, for the Canadian Construction Association Chief Operating Officers’ Conference, Mont Tremblant.

August 1, 2014 – Hiding In Plain Sight: Ensuring Conferences Get the Attention They Deserve to Deliver Maximum Value for the Association for the National Council of Forestry Association Executives Conference, The Art of Association Management, Halifax.

July 24-25, 2014 – Be Strategic About Your Strategic Planning, for the Greenfield Services Engaging Association Summit, Ottawa.

CSAE Trillium Chapter 2014 Winter Summit – Who are you up against? How to analyze and understand your competition – for members, sponsors, delegates, attention, and anything else of value; in London, ON.

Canadian Innovation Conference put on by the PCMA Canada East Chapter – presenting Why Does This Meeting Exist?  And Other Pressing Strategic Questions;  in Niagara Falls, 2013.

CSAE National Conference – presenting Hiding In Plain Sight: Ensuring Conferences Get the Attention They Deserve to Deliver Maximum Value for the Association and moderating the panel discussion Blurring the boundaries – Member Engagement and Non- Member Marketing (or is it the other way around?); in Winnipeg, 2013.

CSAE Trillium Chapter Summer Summit – two sessions: Do You Have a Strategy or Just a Strategic Plan?; and Hiding In Plain Sight: Ensuring Conferences Get the Attention They Deserve to Deliver Maximum Value for the Association, 2013.

Be Strategic About Your Strategic Planning, for ARMA International Canada Conference, Saskatoon, 2013.

Be Strategic About Your Strategic Planning, for the CSAE Manitoba Chapter, Winnipeg, 2013.