Over two full days, Capacity Canada’s Board Governance BootCamps provide non-profit boards with the tools they need to be innovative decision-makers leading agile organizations that confidently try new ways of doing things.
Judy Nairn, Executive Director of Hospice Waterloo Region, had this to say about her organization’s BootCamp experience:
“Attending the Board Governance BootCamp has proven to be one of the best investments we could have made for board training. The learning from expert faculty was applied to a specific issue that we had identified from our own Board/CEO experience, making it immediately relevant to the board in a way that no generic training could provide. It also offered an opportunity for board members to meet and understand other non-profits in our area. This connection gave them an insight into issues that they shared in common and provided invaluable networking with other community leaders and board members who could then be available as resources for when resolutions to emerging issues were needed.”
Capacity Canada has carefully designed a program focused on governance processes, rich interactivity with participants and relevance of content. Each session has been designed for:
Each class is limited to 50 individuals; we encourage 25 organizations to enroll their Board Chair and CEO/Executive Director (or another senior leader) to ensure maximum benefit and impact. Past participants have included a dynamic mix of large, medium and small non-profit organizations.
Capacity Canada’s governance program design is intended to tackle those issues which have the greatest impact on overall board effectiveness and good governance.
Every topic is accompanied by insights into practical and relevant application through the use of a case study approach. Sessions are supplemented with break-out discussions to tackle issues and challenges participants are encountering in their organization. This format will help participants identify solutions and improve overall board performance.
Each participant leaves the program with a plan for tackling opportunities for governance improvement. A half-day follow-up session will occur approximately three months after the core program. This check-up will provide the opportunity for feedback on changes implemented and further governance coaching specific to individual organizational needs.
Capacity Canada’s BootCamp faculty are recognized as leading experts in their field, empowering boards and non-profit leaders to further social innovation. Faculty contains a mix of university researchers and governance professionals well known to the non-profit community.
Each session is led by a topic expert who combines leading-edge theory with first-hand knowledge and experience applying concepts that have direct and transformational impact on board performance. See below for biographies of these expert BootCamp faculty.
Capacity Canada has partnered with Axonify to build an innovative board governance knowledge platform that is well-beyond traditional e-learning and webinars. Based on the latest in cognitive research, it combines micro-learning with adaptable knowledge-on-demand to help learners follow their own unique path and retain access to information over long periods of time. The entire experience is gamified, driving high levels of engagement and participation in the knowledge-building process.
As an added value, all BootCamp alumni will be granted access to the platform (a $399 value) upon BootCamp completion. By combining the BootCamp experience, learning platform and follow-up session, it ensures real impact to Boards and tremendous value to the organizations they serve.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30 pm – BootCamp Registration, Keynote Address & Cocktail Reception
Friday, November 17, 2017
8:30 am – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am – Session 1
Noon – Lunch
1:00 pm – Session 2
4:30 pm – Cocktail Reception
Saturday, November 18, 2017
8:30 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Session 3
Noon – Lunch
1:00 pm – Session 4
4:00 pm – Conclusion
Follow-up Session – Thursday, March 8th, 2018 – 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Discussion-based session that will provide impactful feedback to participating Boards. Participants have the opportunity to discuss their governance project and learn how other local organizations are tackling similar issues. This part of the program ensures there is practical application of the theories presented within the two-day BootCamp.
Attending a Capacity Canada Board Governance BootCamp gives attendees access to leading-edge experts that empower boards and non-profit leaders to further social innovation. These faculty members include:
Don McCreesh is an active volunteer leader in Canada’s charitable/non-profit sector having served for over 45 years as a leader with a number of charities and non-profit organizations. He is a Past Chair of the Board of Imagine Canada and Chair of the Standards Council, a Canada-wide initiative to establish standards of excellence (including: ethical fundraising, financial accountability, transparency, governance and human resources) for all charities and non-profits in Canada.
Over the past 10 years since leaving full-time employment, Don has provided both consulting and volunteer guidance to many boards and management teams on governance, strategy and organizational issues. He is now known across Canada for his expertise and assistance in leading over 125 workshops and direct interventions to improve the governance and strategic leadership of charities and non-profits.
Don has an MBA and BA, Psychology from McMaster University and is certified as a Chartered Director by the Directors College. At the Chartered Director graduation ceremony 2006, Don was awarded the “Gilbert Bennett Gold Standard Award” as the top graduate of the Chartered Director Program.
Fred Galloway, a Kitchener native, is President of F. J. Galloway Associates Inc., of London, Ontario, a firm he founded in January 1989. The firm specializes in a wide range of assignments with non-profit and municipal organizations involving, feasibility and business plans, strategic planning, organizational development reviews, governance, executive search and a host of other services.
He has also been extensively involved in community volunteer work. Fred was a Governor and Chair of the Board of Fanshawe College, Vice President of Sport Services for the 2001 Canada Summer Games hosted in London and Vice Chair of Finance for the 2005 Memorial Cup and multiple Ontario Games. He is currently a member of the Boards of the London Community Foundation, the King’s College Foundation and the London Rowing Society.
Fred holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Recreation from the University of Waterloo, Masters of Science Degree in Planning from Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Diploma from Fanshawe College for Community Service.
Ruth Cruikshank is a renowned faculty member in the areas of strategy development and implementation, strategic management and organizational communication. She is the Acting Director of the MBA program at the Laziridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Ruth holds a BPHE (University of Toronto), BEd (University of Western Ontario), MBA (York University) and PhD (York University).