Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does a KWSQA season operate?

A. Membership and meetings typically run from September of each year into August of the following year. The following are a list of key KWality Talks events:

SEPTEMBER
Typically there is a KWSQA Conference. Click here for details on the conference

OCTOBER
The first membership meeting of the season is held in October

DECEMBER
Typically there is no membership meeting held in December

MARCH
Call for nominations for the upcoming season’s board is done at this meeting

APRIL
The nomination list for the election is finalized

MAY
Elections (including voting) occur at the beginning of the May meeting

JUNE
The new board is introduced at the beginning of the June meeting

Q. How can I become a KWSQA member?

A. Becoming a KWSQA member is easy. We offer several ways to become a member:

  1. Online:
  • Pay for a KWSQA membership online. Click here to pay online now.

2. At the beginning of a KWality Talks event:

  • Come to one of our KWality Talks to register and pay at the door. Cash or cheque is accepted at the door.
  • Optionally, you have the opportunity to pre-register as long as you send us pre-registration information by 5:00pm the day prior to the day of the next KWSQA meeting you attend. Pre-registration allows you to send us your membership information in advance so that you can save time when signing in at the door. To pre-register, please send an email to rsvp@kwsqa.org with the following information:
    • First and last name of the individual to be assigned a membership
    • Membership type (Seasonal, Single Attendance, Student Seasonal, Student Single Attendance)
    • Company (optional)
    • School (for student membership)
    • Email for KWSQA updates (optional)
    • Whether a receipt is required. If a receipt is required, please provide who the receipt should be made out to. If you are purchasing a student membership you will be asked to provide valid student ID.

Q. How much does a KWSQA membership cost?

A. Our Fee Schedule is as follows:

  • Seasonal Membership: $70.80 + HST = $80.00 (*)
  • Student Seasonal Membership: $26.55 + HST = $30.00 (*) (**)
  • Single Attendance: $17.70 + HST = $20.00
  • Student Single Attendance: $8.85 + HST = $10.00 (**)

Cash or cheque is accepted at the door. For payments made at the door, receipts are available upon request. Online payment is available. Click here to pay online now.

* Seasonal Memberships will only be available for purchase until it is cheaper to purchase an individual attendance for each of the remaining meetings

** For students of an accredited college or university

Q. How can I get on the meeting notification list?

A. Please visit the main KWSQA page to register for all email notifications.

Q. What does a seasonal membership get me?

A. A seasonal membership gets you access to all of our meetings for the season (September to August). There are typically 8 KWality Talks in a season. KWality Talks consist of a speaker, panel or discussion and lunch is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Seasonal members may be eligible for discounted rates for conferences and other offerings of KWSQA.

Q. Are seasonal memberships transferrable?

A. Seasonal memberships are assigned to individuals. Seasonal memberships are non-transferrable.

Q. What is the KWSQA meeting format?

A. Doors open at approximately 11:30 am on the day of the meeting. At this time new members can be registered, one time attendance payment then member networking and lunch. At approximately 11:50 am the chair will open the meeting with any announcements. The speaker, panel or discussion will continue until approximately 12:50pm. Time permitting there will be a Q&A session. At 1:00 pm the official meeting ends and members can continue networking if desired.

Q. Why isn’t all presentation material from the meetings available on the KWSQA website?

A. The KWSQA can only post presentation material that meeting speakers have authorized and provided. As the presentation material is made available to the KWSQA, they make the material available to members on the website.

Q. Does KWSQA post jobs on the KWSQA website?

A. KWSQA does not post job notices on their website, nor does it announce job openings during KWality Talks. Many companies purchase memberships at KWSQA for their employees. It is a conflict to encourage local companies to sponsor membership, then open an avenue for members to change companies. For this reason, KWSQA removed the job board in early in 2004.

Q. What if I need to mail something to the KWSQA?

A. Please visit our About page for mailing address and contact details.

Q. I’m interested in being a speaker. What are the KWSQA guidelines?

A. KWSQA works with its speakers to ensure your presentation is well received by our members. We only have a couple guidelines to ensure a successful presentation. For information on our guidelines, please visit our About page to get in touch with us for more information.