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New TEI leaders convene in Old Quebec City for timeless leadership seminar.

The legendary Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Quebec, played host to TEI's 2009 Leadership Seminar in June. Built in 1893 on the banks of the St. Lawrence, the hotel has been the site of numerous meetings and conferences, including the 1943 Quebec Conference, where Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt discussed strategy for the Second World War.

In June 2009, the subjects were not war and peace but the continuing operations of Tax Executives Institute, whose founding three years after the Churchill-Roosevelt summit gave birth to the rising professionalism of in-house tax professionals. Participants in tile 2009 Leadership Seminar--chapter presidents, regional vice presidents, and members of the Executive Committee--were welcomed by outgoing TEI President Vincent Alicandri of the Toronto Chapter, who introduced his successor, Neil Traubenberg of the Denver Chapter. With a theme of "Maintaining Preeminence in an Evolving Economy: Yes We Can!," Mr. Traubenberg noted the critical role chapters play in member recruitment and retention, education, and networking.

During the two-day meeting, the Institute's officers, Executive Committee, regional vice presidents, and chapter presidents for the 2009-2010 term discussed a range of topics, from TEI's goals and objectives for the coming year to myriad aspects of running educational events, implementing a scholarship program, and other management issues.


The topic of nurturing membership growth continued in one of the breakout sessions, where attendees shared best practices and discussed the need for continuous, year-round attention to membership recruitment. Noting that TEI has developed a new Chapter Membership Guide, which includes tips for expanding member participation in chapter activities, Mr. Alicandri urged the chapters to make recruitment an ongoing goal ...

Attendees and their guests were treated to a dinner cruise on the good ship Le Coudrier de l'Anse, which endured much rain and some rough waters but could not dampen the spirits of TEI group as they continued the more formal discussions earlier in the day and enjoyed a trip up the St. Lawrence River to the famous Montmorency Falls.

Photo highlights of the seminar are included in this issue, beginning on page 302.
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Date:Jul 1, 2009
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