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Learn about IIBA's Annual General Meeting. Participation, voting rights, proxy, quorum and 2019 AGM results.

2019 AGM FAQs


Q: When will more details about the strategic plan be made available to members?

A: In the fall we will share more information about IIBA’s strategic plan and core focus. Over the next few months the senior leadership team will be posting video updates on discussing our focus and key initiatives underway.

Q: Is the CBDA exam available to take now?

A: Yes, the CBDA exam launched on May 29th. Early adopters are eligible for a 20% rebate if the exam is written by July 31, 2019.

Q: Are the new Certification references available free to Chapters to start their new study groups?

A:  References are being added to our online book library. At this time there is no study group material for the chapters but that is a reasonable suggestion, and we will look into what can be done. 

Q: What additional certifications is IIBA building?

A: Based on market opportunities and the community’s appetite for new specialized certifications, IIBA will work to introduce relevant certifications to support your career path and the market needs. We recently introduced the Certification in Business Data Analytics and are currently working on finalizing cyber security.  There are others in the incubation stage, but we will not release information until we are closer to having a defined launch date.  As just a hint – agile product ownership and digital Business Analysis are high on our list.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

Q: When will the BABOK digital version be available?

A: We will be introducing a digital version of BABOK® Guide v3 that will include examples, templates and user stories to help users apply the techniques and practices in your day to day work. We will launch the digital version in sections starting in Q3 as a pilot for member review.

Q: Are there plans to update the content of the BABOK? Is 3.0 here to stay for a while?

A: We will be enhancing the information to make it easier to apply in practice and reference content you need easily online. This will be an ongoing initiative over the next few months to move to a digital format for IIBA members.  Additional content will be added incrementally.  For the next 12-18 months version 3.0 will remain the basis of our certification program, and core practice standard.

Q: Are there plans to update BABOK 3 content? Will there be a version 4?

A: At this time, we are looking at offering more tools to support the BABOK® Guide v3. We’re looking at adding iterative updates to content as the practice continues to evolve with the advance of digital and agile approaches.  BABOK® V4 will be more evolutionary, than a single release event.  Please look for us to explain more this fall, as we will share our approach to the evolution of the BABOK®.

Q: Will the BABOK updates prompt updates to the exam?

A: At this time there are no changes to the exams.  The ECBA™ and CBAP® exams are planned to be stable for at least 12-18 months.  We will re-evaluate CCBA® based on community needs and will likely be making some modifications to better align this level to current market needs. 

Q: With a phased rollout of the BABOK, how will people know what to study if they are interested in taking the CBAP exam?

A: The exam content will not change. We are just enhancing the BABOK® Guide with additional resources.  Please recognize that the CBAP® exam is based on the BABOK but is a competency based not a knowledge-based exam.  The CBAP does not rely on the BABOK directly for the ‘right answers’ but is based on applying the BABOK principles to a case study type scenario to assure we are testing the competency to apply the knowledge areas to realistic situations.

Q: How can members get involved in online BABOK and other digital content?

A: You can send an email to and indicate your interest in the subject line and we’ll be in touch to get more information about your background and experience, and interests and we’ll provide details on the volunteer opportunities.

Q: Where can we get more explanation of the ECBA+ vs ECBA?

A: Check our website for information. The ECBA+ is a hands-on, in-person scenario-based training course that uses a case study situation and then has the student apply the major tools and techniques to solve and demonstrate the application of the technique or tool to the situation correctly.

Q: Is it also possible to change the way we do the CDU Reporting? I am thinking a simple web form.

A: That is a great suggestion and we will share your suggestion with our Certifications team.  We are looking to modify the CDU reporting process beyond just a change in form structure and are looking to also include a broader range of activity that reflects the expanded scope of the BA practice.

Q: What are some of the topics Thought Leadership will be publishing next?

A: Our current whitepaper series focuses on digital transformation including AI, customer experience and more. Our co-published whitepapers will focus on digital in vertical markets. We will also be looking to publish content to support our new certifications including data analytics, cyber security and product ownership.

Q: How does IIBA ensure people working with IIBA do not have a conflict of interest? Many persons affiliated with IIBA have related businesses that benefit from their IIBA involvement. How does IIBA ensure there are no conflicts of interests, especially on its Board of Directors?

A: Board members and partners declare any conflict of interest and may excuse themselves from participating in a particular initiative if there is a perceived conflict. Every board and committee meeting begins with a question about any new areas of conflict of interest to report. This is something we monitor closely and apply due diligence to ensure we do not face any conflict of interest. In terms of affiliated persons, we are reviewing our code of conduct to clarify the conflict of interest and code of professional conduct for every member and it will be reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors in an upcoming meeting.  We are committed to the highest level of professionalism, and in minimizing real and perceived conflicts of interest

Q: When will the volunteering website be active? And what is the scope and plan of volunteering for this year?

A: We’re still working on the integration of our volunteer module for the new system. Once in place, the vision for the new module would be to match volunteer opportunities with members that meet specific criteria based on their profile settings. It is something we are passionate about and we hope to have more details very soon.

Q: With so many available members and chapters, is there a place we can go to see any volume discounts related to software programs?

A: Membership, Finance and IT are currently exploring an affinity program and will share details over the next few months.

Q: What is IIBA doing to ensure Chapters activities are appropriate?

A: We have a governing body for the Chapters in what we refer to as the Global Chapter Council (GCC). They meet regularly to discuss issues and concerns at the Regional level. Each Region meets with their Chapter Leaders on a regular basis and reports into the GCC. 

Q: There is a lot of interest from the Community on the new Data Analytics certification. Where can IIBA Chapters get a lesson plan to host study sessions for the new certification?

A: There are plans to work with the Data Analytics Special Interest Group to provide some collateral for Chapters to run study groups.

Q: Where can IIBA Chapters find a list of tickets and/or defects logged for the new International Website. Want to ensure we do not duplicate efforts and submit issues that have already been logged?

A:   We thank everyone who has taken the time to provide feedback on our new systems. We currently track all requests and feedback internally and the lists are not shared externally. However, we do have a process in place for handling any duplicate requests/feedback received.

Q: Financial statement - Cash assets decreased 1M from 2017 to 2018. Was the 1M assigned to other payments, short term deposits?

A:   In 2018 IIBA invested $1M in new platforms, including a Content Management System, digital Marketing HUB, and a new Association Management System. With the investment, we modernized our platforms, significantly improving security, stability and scalability of the platform.  These systems went live in December 2018/January 2019 and we have continued to improve these systems since ‘Go Live’. We are currently actively engaged on improvements which will improve our certification/recertification processes, our Corporate member renewal and seat assignment process, and the overall user experience.  

AGM Voting Results


The 16th 2019 Annual General Meeting voting process is now closed. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 20198 IIBA AGM and to all of the Members who took the time to vote. It is an exciting future ahead as IIBA continues to reshape the organization and the business analysis profession. 

Below are the results of the resolutions, which were voted on by IIBA Membership: 

Resolution 2019-01:

2019-01 - The Board requests confirmation that the Members have received the Audited Financial Results for fiscal year 2018. This resolution was passed by a Membership vote 87.4%

Resolution 2019-02:

2019-02 – The Board recommends the selection of Grant Thornton as Auditors for the fiscal year 2019. This resolution was passed by a Membership vote of 92.09%.

Thank you to our sponsors: Top Team Analyst, Capsifi, BOARD International and IDERA


Below are the results of the 15th 2018 Annual General Meeting resolutions and Board of Directors Election, which were voted on by IIBA Membership: 

Resolution 2018-01:

2018-01 - The Board requests confirmation that the Members have received the Audited Financial Results for fiscal year 2017. This resolution was passed by a Membership vote 96%.  

Resolution 2018-02:

2018-02 – The Board recommends the selection of Grant Thornton as Auditors for the fiscal year 2018. This resolution was passed by a Membership vote of 95%.

Resolution 2018-03:

2018-03 – The following candidates* were elected by the Membership for the slate of 7 presented at the AGM:

  • Jon Buttriss
  • Keith Ellis
  • Katie Himmelman
  • Esther Mui
  • Shantha Maheswari
  • Judy Munro

*The current Board of Directors is comprised of eleven members with alternating four-year terms. 

Thank you to our sponsors: Top Team Analyst & Red Hat



What are the Voting Requirements?

An IIBA member in good standing on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 is eligible to vote. If you are unable to attend the webcast you may still cast your vote through our online polling site, which is available for 48 hours following the close of the AGM. 

Poll Opens: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm (EDT)

Poll Closes: Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 12:45 pm (EDT)

Results Posted: Results of the AGM poll are posted on by 12 pm (EDT) on Friday, June 7, 2019

Email notification of the AGM is sent to active IIBA members on May 3, 2019.

What is the role of the AGM?

The AGM provides IIBA the opportunity to report back to the Members with an update of the key activities of the association. As well, during the AGM we will ask for ratification of resolutions requiring Membership support and present the previous years' audited financial statements.

To ensure quorum is achieved, IIBA encourages all active members to attend the AGM webcast.

What is the Voting Process?

Voting will be conducted on a secure voting platform managed by IIBA. You will receive a voting email with a link on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm (EDT).

Voting will be open for 48 hours after the close of the AGM. If you do not receive an email to vote and are a Member in good standing, please contact

You are only permitted one vote for each resolution on the ballot. 

What are this years' Resolutions?

Following the AGM, a membership vote is held for 48 hour period. In 2019, members will be asked to vote on the following two resolutions:

Confirmation that Audited Financial Results have been received; and

Selection of Auditor

How do I submit my Vote by Proxy?

Members who wish to appoint a proxyholder are requested to date, digitally sign and return the proxy form (coming soon).

If you are an eligible member and wish to provide your vote by proxy, please send your name, Member ID and proxy form to

Proxies must be submitted by 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.