About Us


The Society’s roots go back to the 1930s when a small band of Scottish enthusiasts formed the Scottish Canadian Study Circle. After the Second World War in 1946 the Circle re-launched itself under our present name. The aims of the Society include the promotion and study of all aspects of British North American philately. Membership is worldwide and there is, naturally, a strong representation in Canada and the USA.

Whilst we encourage the more serious side of British North America (BNA) philately, we are very much aware of the social aspects and, to this end, our annual convention provides not only a philatelic programme, but also a social programme, with members’ partners firmly in mind.

Practicality dictates that our Society’s officers are drawn mostly from its UK members. Outstanding service may lead to the award of Fellowship. A full list of the past Presidents of the Society can be found here.

The wider membership is also eligible for a Fellowship nomination in recognition of published research that furthers the understanding and enjoyment of the BNA philately. Fellowship is not, as with some societies awarded on a time serving basis: it is an honour to be earned. In the 50 years since re-launch in 1946 less than 70 members have received the coveted award. A full list of all CPSGB Fellows can be found here.

On rare occasions, the Society has awarded Honorary Life Membership to individuals who have made major contributions to the study of BNA philately. A list of these Honorary Life Members can be found here.

Each year, the Society awards a number of trophies to competition winners and for the best article published in Maple Leaves etc. Lists of the winners of these trophies can be found by following the links here.

The Constitution and Rules of the Society can be found here. The Society Privacy Policy which outlines what data we hold relating to members and how it is used can be found here.


Last updated on 2 January, 2024  
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