BETTER BOARDS! Halifax
36 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Join us at Better Boards! LIVE in Halifax! Designed to provide nonprofit directors with a solid foundation in good governance, and the tools to rapidly improve board effectiveness. Attendees receive our Better Boards! Toolkit of planning tools, templates and workflows for free with registration!
Sept 21, 8:30 a.m. – Sept 22, 4:30 p.m.
Citadel Hill National Historic Site,
5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
 
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Introducing
BETTER BOARDS!

AN EXCITING NEW TRAINING EXPERIENCE

FOR NON-PROFIT DIRECTORS

BETTER BOARDS! LIVE is an intensive training program for non-profit board directors in Atlantic Canada. 

We get calls every day from non-profit boards that are working hard to make a difference, but feel they are missing foundational concepts and need support to get board work more streamlined. 

That's why we designed the BETTER BOARDS! program, and its accompanying toolkit of board planners, tools and templates -- everything you need for your dirctor education, to simplify board duties, and run meetings like clockwork!  

Join us in-person on Sept 21 and 22nd in Halifax, or another event in your community!

 
Passion Led Us Here

Meet Your Coaches

Bringing you Atlantic Canada's Leading Non-Profit Experts

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Kathryn Cosgrove MBA CMC

FOUNDER & GOVERNANCE EXPERT

We are thrilled to bring our founder and corporate governance expert, Kathryn Cosgrove, as your lead facilitator.

 

Kathryn has spent her entire career helping boards and senior teams get clear on their roles, align on priorities, and level up their collective impact. She spent eight years as the Chief of Staff and Partner for Firm Governance at Canada's largest professional services firm and has been a management consultant helping clients for over 20 years.

Her personal passion for good governance makes board work fun! 

If you want to learn more about Kathryn, you can check out her CV here.

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Who should attend?

BETTER BOARDS! LIVE is designed for new and experienced board members and Executive Directors. It's great for folks joining a board for the first time, as well as for experienced board members who feel they could use a refresher in the basics.

 

The program is designed to provide foundational governance concepts, take the guesswork out of board activities, and can be applied by boards at any level of sophistication. We provide you with a structured method that will help you get even more organized, simplify and focus on what matters -- and level up your board's effectiveness.

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Day 1 Overview

BETTER BOARDS! BASICS, FINANCE & LEGAL

Day 1

8:30 am

Coffee & Networking

9:00 am

Better Board Basics

10:45 am

Non-Profit Finance

12:15 pm

Light Lunch & Networking

1:15 pm

Legal Issues for Non-Profit Boards

3:00 pm

Dealing with Conflict

4:15 pm

Wrap-Up Day 1

Join us a few minutes early for a cup of coffee, and meet to your Better Boards! teammates.

Everything you always wanted to know about non-profit governance (and were afraid to ask)!
Attendees will learn more about the purpose of a non-profit board, how great boards carry out their duties, the relationship with the Executive Director, and the role / responsibilities that individual directors play on a non-profit board.

Attendees will learn basics concepts for non-accountants, how great non-profits manage their finances, and will learn ways to enhance the board's oversight of the organization's financial matters.

A light lunch will be available for participants.

Please make sure you let us now of any dietary needs or preferences.

Participants will learn about their obligations as non-profit directors, and the issue of conflicts of interest. They will also learn about the range of legal risks that often face non-profit organizations, and best practices for protecting the organization and its stakeholders.

Serious conflicts on the board can be a sign of things going very wrong - but disagreement can actually be a mark of good governance.
Attendees will learn why diversity of thought should be encouraged, and how to apply tools and techniques to manage conflict and achieve healthy debate.

We will wrap up with a quick Question & Answer session, and invite feedback from participants on Better Boards! Day 1 content.

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Day 2 Overview

BETTER BOARDS! ROUTINES & PERFORMANCE

Day 2

8:30 am

Coffee & Networking

Join us a few minutes early for a cup of coffee, and network with your Better Boards! teammates.

9:00 am

Good Governance As a 'System'

Attendees will learn how all the governance structures, roles, and reporting should fit together, how to design an efficient and effective board system, and how to use meeting agendas to get things done. We will also spend time on important reports that the board relies on for its information.

10:45 am

The Joy of Repeatable Routines

Attendees will learn ho to systematize the board and committee work to streamline, simplify and improve board oversight -- without adding administrative headaches.

A key features of this topic will be the Better Boards! Toolkit that contains a range of planners, tools and templates that boards can use to make meetings more efficient and effective.

12:15 pm

Light Lunch & Networking

A light lunch will be available for participants. Please make sure to advise of any dietary needs or preferences.

1:15 pm

Getting Culture Right

Participants will learn about about healthy board discussions, the role of the Board Chair is fostering positive interactions, and how to strengthen the relationship with the Executive Director.

3:00 pm

The Delicate Matter of Performance Reviews

Measuring performance can be a tricky subject for many people. Attendees will learn about the importance of measuring board effectiveness, Executive Director performance reviews - and how to make it a positive and productive experience for everyone.

4:15 pm

Wrap-Up & Close

We will close out our Better Boards! program with final thoughts and a summary of what participants learned.

Upcoming Events

  • Sept 21, 8:30 a.m. – Sept 22, 4:30 p.m.
    Citadel Hill National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Y3, Canada
    Join us at Better Boards! LIVE in Halifax! Designed to provide nonprofit directors with a solid foundation in good governance, and the tools to rapidly improve board effectiveness. Attendees receive our Better Boards! Toolkit of planning tools, templates and workflows for free with registration!
  • September 27 and 28, 2022 - TO BE CONFIRMED
    Location is TBD
    BETTER BOARDS! LIVE is a fun and practical training experience, specifically designed for Atlantic Canada's non-profit board members and executive directors. Attendees will receive hands-on governance training and the BETTER BOARDS! Toolkit of cool tools and templates to make board work easier.
  • Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Do you want to attend a Better Boards! director training program in St. John's NL? Join our waitlist and we'll let you know when a date has been set!
  • October 3 and 4, 2022 - TO BE CONFIRMED
    Location is TBD
    BETTER BOARDS! LIVE is a fun and practical training experience, specifically designed for Atlantic Canada's non-profit board members and executive directors. Attendees will receive hands-on governance training and the BETTER BOARDS! Toolkit of cool tools and templates to make board work easier.
  • Time is TBD
    Online training course
    Do you want to attend a virtual Better Boards! director training program? Join our waitlist and we'll let you know when an online course is available! Until then, please consider joining one of our live, in-person events.
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If you have questions about the Better Boards! LIVE training program, agenda, or general information, don’t hesitate to reach out.  We would love to hear from you!

BETTER BOARDS! LIVE is a product of Better Boards CIC a Nova Scotia registered community interest company.

Better Boards CIC
2526 Agricola Street, Suite 6
Halifax, NS B3K 6R3

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