CAPPA Answers Your FAQ
- Why did we move the venue from a downtown hotel to the U of C downtown campus?
- The previous pricing model was not sustainable. The hotel venues, while lovely, were at a relatively high cost. Even though the room was booked for a short 90 minute time, the mid-day use prevents the hotel from otherwise renting the room for a day function so a short time booking is higher than one would think. As well, each piece of AV was at a premium charge-out rate (screen, projector, microphone). Because the previous model recovered the food costs only, CAPPA was absorbing the full venue facilities and AV charges placing us in a negative position each luncheon regardless of the number of people who registered.
- Why are the CPD Luncheon costs so high at $63 per member?
- The previous pricing model was not sustainable. The cost of the [then] 3-course meal plus food and beverage service fees (18% – 20%) plus GST was higher than what was being charged to the registrant. CAPPA was in a position of subsidizing each attendee each luncheon. We are now charging a rate that will cover basic costs.
- Will we continue to have the CPD Luncheons at this new venue?
- In the short-term the answer is yes. Longer term will be revisited once the economy has improved. Sponsorship of our events would be helpful. The new facilities are at a much more reasonable cost, and we will work with the approved caterers to provide a nice meal.
- What is the focus of the CPD Luncheons?
- Our focus is on providing continuing professional development that will enhance your current and future careers as well as an opportunity to connect with your colleagues.
- Why did we move the venue from MRU to the U of C downtown campus?
- CAPPA ended our contract with MRU to provide CAPPA Seminars. Previously this was a revenue share arrangement. CAPPA will now host our existing and new Seminars and keep the net proceeds. The U of C downtown campus provides very nice classroom space and is a couple of blocks from the LRT stations. We feel a downtown location will be well received by our members.
- Why are the CPD Seminar costs so high at $398 per member?
- The Seminar fees have been reduced from the early 2015 and earlier rates of $448 per member. The Seminars are priced so that with a lower registration number we are assured of breaking even and with a higher registration number we can make a profit while offering quality professional development. CAPPA has three primary sources of revenue: 1. Student fees from our certificate program; 2. Member dues; and 3. Continuing Professional Development fees.
- I have feedback to provide to CAPPA. How do I do that?
- CAPPA welcomes your feedback at all times and encourages you to contact our CEO Sheila McFadyen at firstname.lastname@example.org.