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: Julie Friesen
Location: Crowfoot

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: F-1007
No resources available for this session.

Exploring Social Enterprise (Panel)

Social Enterprise is all the buzz! Join this panel-style session to learn more about the experience of three local non-profit organizations who are successfully managing a social enterprise. What are the considerations for success and readiness? What challenges do non-profits need to be mindful of? Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions and share in dialogue about the panel members’ experiences.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Speakers: Karen Gingras Barry Finkelman Jason Thunberg
Location: F-1008

Financial Responsibilities for Boards of Non-Profits

This workshop will provide a practical overview of what board’s should be thinking about and doing to support a healthy finance function in their organization. We will explore the meaning of non-profit finance, get clear on what financial responsibilities matter, and discuss “good governance” and how it relates to financial management. Most importantly, participants will be given the opportunity to relate the topics presented to their own organizations and experiences. Further resources, tips and links will be provided for participants to explore after the workshop.

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Speakers: Sean Blewett
Location: F-1009

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.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Julie Friesen
Location: Crowfoot

Generating Positive Change with Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is about the collective search for the best in people, and it is a powerful tool for re-framing problems and creating positive organizational change. This interactive session covers the philosophy, principles, and practices of AI, including the 4-D cycle, SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results), and practical tips for how to facilitate AI sessions with teams. Research on the success of Appreciative Inquiry to transform organizations will be shared, along with the first-hand strategic planning experience at Medicine Hat College, which is using AI to create a positive organizational culture.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Denise Henning Jason Openo
Location: F-1007

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: F-1009

Non-Profit Collaboration Models (Panel)

With an ever-changing landscape, many non-profits are evolving to better manage their operations and serve their clients. Join this panel-style session to learn more about the different ways that local non-profit organizations are collaborating for effectiveness and sustainability. When should a non-profit consider setting themselves up differently? What value and impact could this have? How could it be done? Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions and share in dialogue about the panel members’ experiences.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Speakers: Sean Blewett Syl Bellefeuille
Location: F-1008

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.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speakers: Lisa Talvia-Spencer
Location: F-1009

Collective Impact

Today’s economic climate has certainly increased the challenge and competition for the not-for-profit sector to secure and sustain ongoing funding. Collective Impact is an approach that offers and alternative approach for Boards to consider in planning for the future. This interactive workshop will introduce Collective Impact and provide attendees with the opportunity discuss with colleagues.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Speakers: Scott Richter Varley Weisman
Location: F-1008

Bylaws, Policies and Procedures: 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: Crowfoot