In 1982, marketers associated with Algonquin College met in Ottawa to establish a marketing institute modeled after the Chartered Institute of Marketing—UK. The Institute was launched to promote and develop the practice of marketing in Canada by encouraging the adoption of professional Standards and qualifications by practitioners and employees, and to become the recognized body for professional marketers in Canada.
In 1984, the Institute’s by-laws were approved and James Jarrett, MCInst.M., FCInst.M was confirmed as the Institute’s National Chairman.
In 1992, the Institute changed its focus on educational standards and decided to accredit educational institutions whose programs matched the Institute’s education requirements for membership.
At the 2001-2002 Annual General Meeting, Grant Lee became the Institute’s first paid general manager to run the day-to-day operations of the Institute and activate committees chaired by members of the Board of Directors.
The Institute enhanced its online presence through 2005 by refreshing its Website and e-marketing activities. For the first time, readers of Marketing Canada could subscribe to the journal online.
In 2007, a new classification of membership was introduced. Members holding the designation MCInst.M could apply for a Certificate of Registration to practice as a Registered Professional Marketer (RPM).
Strategic alliances became the focus of the Institute from 2012 through 2015 and continue to influence the growth of the Institute.
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