About AMC Institute Canadian Chapter

The Canadian Chapter is the first, and currently only chapter of the AMC Institute. Encompassing association management companies in most provinces the organization was incorporated in April of 2016. The first board was established in June that same year.

A trade association, the Canadian Chapter currently has 20 members from coast to coast to coast.

The AMC Institute was founded in 1963. Since then, the association has continued to grow and has undergone several name changes, including the the Multiple Association Management Institute (MAMI), Institute of Association Management Companies (IAMC) in 1976, and then the International Association of Association Management Companies (IAAMC) in 1996. In the early 2000’s, AMCs from ASAE and IAAMC joined together to form the AMC Institute, a marketing arm to support the promotion of the AMC model. AMCs could purchase a partnership with the AMC Institute, regardless of their membership in IAAMC or ASAE. Then in 2005, IAAMC changed its name to AMC Institute, assumed the AMC marketing responsibilities and ultimately, in August 2006, the organization as a whole assumed the AMC Institute name to more clearly brand the AMC concept.

In May 2007 in order to provide clearer direction to associations interested in being managed by association management companies (AMCs), the AMC Institute and ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership agreed to support a single AMC accreditation program.

Association Management Companies Fact Sheet

Association management companies, or AMCs, are for-profit businesses that manage associations to help them grow and prosper. They offer the expertise, staffing and resources that allow professional societies, trade groups, not-for-profits and philanthropic organizations to effectively manage day-to-day operations and advance their long-term goals. AMCs deliver high levels of expertise and accountability so that associations can continue to increase their value and relevance to members.

AMCs provide their clients with unparalleled flexibility, agility and financial advantages, which makes the AMC model a good alternative for managing many nonprofit organizations.

There are two primary models for working with Association Management Companies:

Full Service: Delivery of turnkey management for all operating disciplines (ranging from membership, marketing and policy development to legal and risk management) and daily operations (including staffing, office space, equipment, contracts, technologies and member services).

Outsourced Services: Delivery of extra support in one or more areas of operations, including: membership services; strategic planning; meetings, conventions, expositions and trade shows; financial management and administration; legal counsel; education and certification; public relations and marketing; web communications and social media; public policy and lobbying; publications; research; and international services.


AMCs offer a wide array of benefits and advantages, including:

Operational and Staffing Benefits:

  • Customized staff and services
  • Broad spectrum of expertise
  • Day-to-day and ongoing staff management
  • Improved staffing and resource allocation
  • Proven best management practices and best-of-class resources and technologies

Financial/Business Benefits:

  • Efficiencies derived from leveraging shared resources
  • Improved buying power
  • Reduced business risks

Long-Term Benefits:

  • Greater member satisfaction resulting from the professionalism and responsiveness of staff
  • Freedom from daily operations that allows Boards to maintain their focus on mission and strategy
  • Integration of innovative strategies and ideas
  • Scalability to accommodate organization growth or contraction over time

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About AMC Institute

AMC Institute advances professionalism and high industry standards for association management companies. We provide expert support and resources to drive new business to our members and keep them in the forefront of emerging trends and knowledge. We champion accreditation to promote industry best practices. We also create educational and networking opportunities for AMCs to engage and learn from each other.

The AMC Institute represents over 180 association management companies that manage over 1,800 associations. The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is more than $1.5 billion.

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