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Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations

  • 18 Feb 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • 20 Toronto Street Conferences and Events, 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8


  • ($375 + applicable taxes)
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CSCS’ Not-for-Profit Governance Boot Camp is designed to tackle the issues that have the greatest impact on overall board effectiveness and good governance that continue to evolve as Directors contend with shifting priorities, new risks and increased business complexity. Arguably these practices have failed to keep pace with the speed of marketplace change.

Rethinking your governance model to have your Board focus on its contribution is critical. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a new platform from which your Board can deliver greater value.

Each participant will have the opportunity to identify their own governance priorities and challenges prior to the Boot Camp and will leave having the opportunity to identify opportunities to address their own issues in practical and impactful ways.

Target Audience

All sessions are designed for and open to NFP Board leaders, Board members and Staff. The program is formatted to be volunteer-friendly and conducive to acquiring knowledge and tips that are immediately applicable in any organization.

Boot Camp Agenda

Participants will learn how to view the role and contribution of their boards differently from traditional models. The workshop will challenge conventional governance thinking and how the Board can play a more integral role in organizational success.

  1. Introduction
  2. Board Structure
  • Governance framework
  • Board accountabilities
  • Individual director responsibilities
  • Board make-up
  • Committees
  • Board leadership

3. Board Processes

  • Board member lifecycle
  • Board and Committee
  • Effectiveness Effective Meetings 
4. Board Culture / Dynamics
  • Teamwork, director independence and conduct
  • Board / Director relationship with Staff
  • Meeting effectiveness
5. Healthcare Governance Case Study
  • Application of session learnings
6. Re-cap of Issues /Adjournment 


John Dinner, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

John Dinner will highlight the latest governance developments and how they apply to not-for-profits. This workshop will also explore how NFP Boards can shift from a best practices posture to better leverage the collective abilities of Directors. From a traditional focus on board inputs, John will provide a roadmap that will enable NFPs to increase their Board’s contribution to organizational success.

John is a governance expert who combines leading-edge theory with first-hand knowledge and experience applying concepts that have direct and transformational impact on board performance. As a consultant for the past 12 years, John Dinner helps clients in the corporate, not-for-profit, and charitable sectors achieve their organizational objectives through excellence in board governance and communications. He uses his expertise in board effectiveness to equip and empower boards to deliver on their accountabilities to promote organizational strength, viability and effectiveness through critical governance processes.


  • 8:30 - 9:00 am - Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm - Presentation 
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch

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