Welcome to the world of associations

Associations exist because people recognize more value can be achieved when people come together and work toward a common goal or purpose. One of the world's most respected teachers of management, Peter Drucker, said that business can learn from associations because non-profit groups are more “mission-focused” than “bottom-line-focused.”

Volunteers in associations benefit in two ways — (1) they contribute their knowledge and experience to better their industry, and (2) they learn about mission-centered leadership.


The Canadian Gift Association

The Canadian Gift Association (CanGift) was founded in 1976 because business people in the gift trade had a vision to work together to strengthen the industry. The association exists:

To improve our members' competitive capability and business effectiveness by enhancing global opportunities for retailer/supplier interaction, offering services that contribute to bottom-line success, and supporting personal and corporate growth through quality educational programs and events.

Each of the CanGift's founders was a volunteer. Today the association has grown to become one of Canada's most successful trade associations and continues to depend upon volunteers to ensure our members’ needs are being serviced effectively.

CanGift is a larger business than many of the companies it exists to serve in the gift and home industry, and therefore needs a strong board, effective committees and professional managers to achieve its goals. The Association owns two trade shows (the Toronto and Alberta Gift + Home Markets), educates vendors and retailers, serves as the industry's information resource, and provides money-saving services.

To express your interest in volunteering, please contact CanGift directly at choshooley@cangift.org.