The Institute in London merged with the (British) Corporation of Secretaries in 1970 and resulted in the Division accepting 80 new Members. While some interim financing had been provided by London in the past (and subsequently forgiven), the Division was now required to contribute an annual per capita “tax” to the U. K. Relying on volunteers, a new syllabus was developed in 1974 and approved by Council in December of that year. Council also approved a scheme to allow Affiliates to become Associates upon completing four ICSA examinations or upon presenting and defending a Master’s level thesis on a pre-approved subject relative to the Institute’s objectives and the candidate’s experience.
Very few of the 200 Affiliates enrolled so far had attempted to achieve Associate status. All seemed anxious to have an outward sign of their connection with the Institute in Canada. This was strenuously supported by the six Branches then in operation but opposed by the Council.
In September, The Financial Post featured an article entitled “Endangered Species: Corporate Secretary,” resulting from interviews in Toronto with the Institute’s Secretary and Canadian Division’s Chairman. This evoked a number of inquiries from corporate secretaries not previously aware of the Institute.
To overcome the impasse regarding Council’s opposition to the Division’s desire to accommodate Affiliates’ wish for recognition, and to avoid the possibility of a “breakaway” from the Institute, the Board of Directors approved the concept of a “P Adm.” (Professional Administrator) designation for Affiliates. This would be given also to all Chartered Secretaries with at least three years’ experience in Canada. Exclusivity was assured by legislative amendments and federal trademarks and certification marks.