Services and information


The Board Development Program (BDP) focuses on improving the governance of non-profit organizations through:

  • curriculum-based training for individuals and groups on topics like board roles and responsibilities, policy development and effective use of committees
  • volunteer instructor opportunities
  • consultation and presentation services


The BDP offers multi-board training in the form of Open Workshops.

Open Workshops

Open Workshops are for individual board volunteers and non-profit staff from any non-profit organization as well as anyone generally interested in governance. They allow you to share proven successful ideas from other boards that have gone through similar situations. An Open Workshop is sponsored by any organization on behalf of the larger community anywhere in Alberta.

If you are interested in co-sponsoring an Open Workshop with the Board Development Program, please see our contact information below.

If you are interested in attending an Open Workshop, please check our current schedule below for a list of upcoming Open Workshops, their dates and locations. If you are interested in registering for one of the Open Workshops, please get in touch with the contact that is listed for that workshop so that they can provide you with the registration details.

Open Workshop schedule

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Drayton Valley, Alberta
Co-sponsor: Drayton Valley & District FCSS
Contact: Krystal Blake
Phone: 780-514-2206

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Jasper, Alberta
Co-sponsor: Jasper Employment & Education Centre
Contact: Zeb Trazo, Adult Education Coordinator
Phone: 780-852-4418

Saturday, January 26, 2019
Lac La Biche, Alberta
Co-sponsor: Lac La Biche County & Community Development
Contact: Lise Rouleau
Phone: 780-623-6726


The Board Development Program has many resources to help non-profits develop their governance boards.

Information Bulletins

Information Bulletins are professionally produced by the board development program staff and various expert consultants. Bulletins cover topics relevant to non-profit board members or senior staff seeking to improve skills and gain knowledge in governance. Information provided in each bulletin, including contact names and numbers, are reviewed regularly for accuracy and relevance.


The Board Development Program and the Muttart Foundation  produced a series of workbooks to help non-profits with challenges they may face. Workbooks are reviewed frequently and the latest edited versions including the Index feature are posted.

Developing Job Descriptions for Board Members of Non-profit Organizations

  • How to write effective job descriptions and clarify roles and responsibilities.

Drafting and Revising Bylaws

  • How to understand organizational bylaws, translate legalese into plain language and incorporate a non-profit in Alberta.

Board Building: Recruiting and Developing Effective Board Members for Nonprofit Organizations

  • How to recruit skilled volunteers and leaders, and keep them committed.

Hiring and Performance Appraisal of the Executive Director

  • A guide for board directors who are in the process of hiring a new Executive Director and/or providing a performance appraisal.

Financial Responsibilities of Non-profit Boards

  • A guide to financial responsibilities, budgets, bookkeeping and financial statements.

Roles and Responsibilities online course

The Board Roles and Responsibilities is an online course, offered in partnership with the Alberta Library Trustees Association, that is designed to help non-profit board members enhance their board’s effectiveness.

Take the online course



To access services from the Board Development Program, please email