Board Development Program

This program helps non-profit organizations improve the governance of their board through training, consultation and resources.

Services and information

Overview

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

Workshops

The BDP offers multi-board training in the form of Introduction to Board Governance Workshops.

These 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 Introduction to Board Governance Workshop is sponsored by any organization on behalf of the larger community anywhere in Alberta.

Co-sponsoring a workshop

If you are interested in co-sponsoring an Introduction to Board Governance Workshop with the Board Development Program, please email CommunityDevelopment@gov.ab.ca for more information.

Attending a workshop

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

Introduction to Board Governance Workshop schedule

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Hinton, Alberta
Host: Town of Hinton
Contact: Lisa Brett
Phone: 780-865-6036
Email: lbrett@hinton.ca

Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2019
Lloydminster, Alberta
Host: Richard Larsen Barr Colony Foundation Ltd. 
Contact: Cheryl Ross
Phone: 306-825-3734
Email: cherllynnross@mail.com

Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, 2019
Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Host: Sylvan Lake Seniors Association
Contact: Christina Lust
Phone: 403-391-6052
Email: lustchris2518@gmail.com

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Jasper, Alberta
Host: Jasper Employment and Education Centre
Contact: Zeb Trazo
Phone: 780-852-4418
Email: learn@jasperemployment.com

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Edmonton, Alberta
Host: Winnifred Stewart Association
Contact: Tracey Kelly
Phone: 780-453-6707 ext 221
Email: traceyk@wsaf.ca

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Grande Prairie, AB
Host: Community Recreation Development Unit, City of Grande Prairie 
Contact: Patricia Millward
Tel. 780-357-4999
Email: pmillward@cityofgp.com

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Wetaskiwin, Alberta
Host: Lone Ridge Community Hall Association
Contact: Leanna Bailey
Phone: 780-361-8377
Email: loneridgehall@gmail.com
Note: Workshop will be held at the Lone Ridge Community Hall located west of Wetaskiwin on Hwy 13 and Range Road 263

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Tawatinaw, Alberta (Westlock County)
Host: Tawatinaw Valley Ski Club
Contact: Heather Toporowski
Phone: 780-206-7072
Email: htoporowski@yahoo.ca
Note: Workshop will be held at the Tawatinaw Valley Ski Area Chalet (61411 Range Road 241)

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Cochrane, Alberta
Host: Town of Cochrane
Contact: Renita Bartlett
Phone: 403-851-2252
Email: renita.bartlett@cochrane.ca

If you can’t make any of these workshops and are still interested in board governance training check out the upcoming Board Leadership events.

Resources

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.

Workbooks

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.

Contact

To access services from the Board Development Program, please email CommunityDevelopment@gov.ab.ca.