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Learn the stories behind some of our clients by using the links to the left.

International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE)

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A world-wide organization promoting program evaluation

When we assumed management of IOCE in 2013, only the inaugural meeting had been held in 2011 and the organization had a budget of less than $5,000.

Since that time, Megram staff have worked with the board of directors who have applied for grants from the United Nations, the Government of Finland, DFID, UNICEF and various US funding agencies to develop initiatives, fund meetings and to grow the organization.

We have organized and been on-site to manage IOCE annual meetings in Dublin, Cairo, Kathmandu and Bishkek where attendance exceeded 150 delegates and Parliamentarians.  As well as on-site management, arrangements included delegate advances and travel arrangements, accommodation, special dietary requirements for international attendees, on-site third-party contractor supervision, final reporting and all financial accounting.

Megram is currently managing annual budgets for IOCE in excess of $1 million US.EvalPartners Logo

We also manage EvalPartners, a joint IOCE-United Nations initiative to help worldwide civil society organizations enhance their capacities in program evaluation. This includes management of their website and e-learning program.

Ontario Society of Nutritional Management (OSNM)

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The Ontario association of those in the nutritional management field

Megram assumed responsibility for OSNM in March of 2017 and by May, they had approved a new logo that we had designed, a new website and a new layout for their Trillium Newsletter.

In early 2019, we took over responsibility for their financial management and accounting, previously being done by a volunteer.

Canadian Evaluation Society (CES)

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Canada’s national professional certification body for evaluators      

When we took over management of CES, membership management was essentially a hands-on process using spreadsheets and flat databases leading to errors, member frustration and excessive work.

Since the Society wished to develop their online application process for their professional designation program, our Programmer built a new custom utility, expanded the functionality and integrated it into a new relational member database.  Reviews, approvals and renewals are now online and members have one portal for membership renewal, profile changes, and annual conference registration.  A second portal allows members to apply for their credentials, renew their designation and up-date their documentation with reviewers having password access.  All payments are online with automatic receipting and deposit to the CES bank account.

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC)

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A national association of vocational rehabilitation professionals

On two days’ notice in 2015, Megram took over the 1,700-member Association, their professional designation program and membership renewal process, all accounting functions, conference planning and board support.  We immediately made recommendations to the board for changes to their designation approval system by applying proper processes and new procedures to ensure that the process was accurate and met higher standards.  We transferred 100 boxes of paper records into digital format for ease of retrieval and reference.

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Megram also manages the British Columbia Society of VRA Canada.

Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF)

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Canada’s national charity offering scholarships to women in engineering

Hired in 2002 to wind-down the Foundation as it was losing support, operating costs were excessive, and the scholarship selection process was in disarray, Megram took the initiate to make an effort to save the organization given its national importance.

After reviewing all of the issues, we recommended that CEMF continue to operate.  We started by securing new scholarships, initiating new projects and implementing new funding initiatives.  Over the course of the next five years, we were successful in:

  • Implementing the first-ever budget for CEMF in 2002/3 and designing their first website
  • Establishing proper receipting and accounting processes in accordance with CRA rules
  • Initiating an annual national donor campaign
  • Revamping the annual scholarship awards event
  • Tripling the number of annual scholarships
  • Starting a Partner Program, financially supported by Faculties and corporations
  • Streamlining the scholarship application, review and selection process.
  • Promoting the program from coast to coast.

Armed Forces Pensioners’/Annuitants’ Association of Canada (AFP/AAC)

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A 4000-member strong association of Veterans

AFP/AAC hired Megram in 2008 to resuscitate the then 2,100-member organization by updating membership records and developing a membership retention and recruitment plan.  We increased member benefits such as a newsletter and website and we provide personal client services in both official languages.

In 2018, we built a new flat database to manage a membership, which now exceeds 4,000.

Chartered Institute of Housing CANADA (CIH)

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CIH Canada, a constituent member of the influential international Chartered Institute of Housing, is a relatively new arrival on the housing scene in Canada, offering two internationally recognized designation programs in Canada for professionals working in the affordable and social housing sector.  Because of our experience and expertise working with clients offering professional designation and accreditation programs and our history of managing international ones, Megram was hand-picked from a pool of other association management firms in 2019 to assume responsibility for this fledgling association and charged with expanding its membership nationally.

With our senior management, bilingual staff, and our expertise in membership management, board support, and strategic planning, Megram is in the unique position to make CIH Canada the national voice of social housing professionals in the country.