Board Governance Basics

Boards function most effectively when everyone on the board knows what their responsibilities are and what is expected of them. Join us for an interactive session where we identify ways to make board members’ lives easier and boards more productive! This session will be of special interest to new board members who wish to better understand their role.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Speakers: Kelly McKean
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Measuring Success: The Board’s Role in Evaluation

Board evaluation is a key part of the board governance structure and is different from an evaluation of programs and services. Boards need to take ownership and control over their evaluation. What is our role in evaluating our success as a board and the success of our organization? This workshop will provide board members with basic tips, guidelines and assessment tools that they can use to better evaluate the outcomes and results they hope to achieve.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Speakers: Lisa Talvia-Spencer
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Getting Your Board to SOAR

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an unapologetic search for the best in people and organizations. It is a proven, powerful tool for boosting morale and creating positive organizational change. One Appreciative Inquiry process is SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results), and it can be activated whenever someone says, "The problem is..." This active learning session covers the SOAR model and how boards can apply it to re-frame problems and engage in building a positive, results-oriented culture.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Speakers: Jason Openo
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Financial Responsibilities for Boards of Non-Profits

What should boards be thinking about and doing to support a healthy finance function in their organization? This workshop will explore the essentials of non-profit finance and discuss “good governance” and how it relates to financial management. Participants will be given the opportunity to relate the topics presented to their own organizations and experiences. Further resources, tips and links will also be provided to explore after the workshop.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Speakers: Sean Blewett
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Recruiting and Engaging Board Members

In today’s world it is increasingly difficult to recruit and maintain a “good” board. To be effective, recruitment must be a part of an annual cycle that also involves orienting, training and evaluation. Participants will have the opportunity to identify strategies to recruit and engage board members. Discussion about the benefits of building a strong board will be complemented with some practical tools that boards can take with them.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Kelly McKean
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Making Meetings Meaningful: What does it take?

Have you ever left a meeting and thought to yourself “Why did we meet, anyway?” This workshop will provide information, resources, and an opportunity to learn from each other on what makes a happy and productive meeting! Join us to learn more about how to structure and run a meeting where the agenda is managed in a timely fashion, decisions are made effectively, and everyone understands their roles and expectations.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Lisa Talvia-Spencer
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Boards with Staff: Roles and Relationships

Governing boards carry the ultimate responsibility and direction for the organization’s purpose, continuity, progress, and identity, and carry out this function by establishing, directing, and influencing the implementation of policy. The senior staff person in the organization, often an Executive Director, is the employee of the board and is responsible for managing and implementing the policy direction established by the board. It is not unusual for roles to become less than clear, or for board-staff relationships to lack the clarity and understanding necessary for an effective board/staff partnership. This session will include learning, discussion, and exploration of these critical roles and relationships. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in some hands-on discussions to stretch their thinking.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Julie Friesen
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Understanding Financial Statements

For current or prospective board members with limited experience in reading and understanding financial statements, this workshop will step you through the fundamental of non-profit board financial reporting including how to read a balance sheet, profit and loss and cash flow statement. Other financial and accounting terminology will be explored to give board members the confidence they need to better navigate their organization’s financial well-being.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Coreen Dolan
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Bylaws and Policies: What’s the Difference?

Written guidelines for the governance of your organization can save you and your board time and energy, but sometimes it is hard to know what information should go in which documents. What are the differences between policies and bylaws? What about objects, and procedures? How do you ensure that what you have on file is adequate and useful? This session will provide practical tips to help your board function more smoothly.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speakers: Karen Blewett
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Demystifying Recording Minutes

Have you ever wondered…’Should this be recorded in our minutes?’ Join us for a practical and engaging workshop to explore some of methods, tips and tricks of the trade. Areas covered in the workshop include:

  • Hand written or word-processed? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  • Beginning with a template: what should be in it?
  • What is important to include?
  • How much detail is it necessary to record?

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speakers: Angie Lesko
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Engaging Youth on Boards: Get them involved!

The increased voices of youth in various levels of decision-making can help develop important social and leadership skills beneficial to an organization and society as a whole. Youth bring energy, ideas, and unique perspectives to the groups they work with. How do we engage youth in our non-profit boards and programs? This workshop will explore the basics of youth engagement and how we can be better equipped to recruit and involve youth in a more meaningful way.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speakers: Justin Solimallo
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.

Liability and Risk Management for Boards

Boards of non-profit organizations are responsible and potentially liable for the actions and activities of the organization and virtually every organization undertakes activities with inherent risks and liabilities. As a board member you should understand your organization’s risks and liabilities and how they are being reduced or eliminated through risk management policies and strategies as well as insurance coverage. This session will provide an overview of the key concepts board members need to understand including risk, liability, due diligence, duty of care, negligence, and risk management.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speakers: Julie Friesen
Location: TBD
No resources available for this session.