Canadian Professional
Management Services

Board Governance

Board GovernanceMost public and private sector board members come to their positions with a strong vision and determination to make a difference. At the same time they are thrown into a new environment where they have many questions and few or no answers.

Typical questions include: What is my job description? What is my role in relation to the Chief Executive Officer? Who provides leadership, vision and direction for the organization? Should I meet privately with an employee, the union, senior management, the community, or even the media? How do we build effective relationships within the organization? Who evaluates me as an individual board member? How does the board evaluate its own performance?

New board members often have no recourse other than to identify what other board members have done in the past; thereby perpetuating the status quo. However, an effective board must employ a sound approach to governance, plan effectively, adopt rules of conduct, and be accountable for their activities. This program, Board Governance, is designed to provide new and existing board members with the skills required to make a strong contribution to their organization and to be an effective board member.

Program Content

Board Governance
  • The board-executive relationship
  • The value of a policy governance model
  • Developing effective policies
  • Self-evaluation for the board and its members
  • A performance appraisal process for the CEO
  • The orientation of new members
Rules of Conduct
  • Inter-board relationships
  • Board executive relationships
  • The importance of by-laws
  • Trust and ethics as cornerstones of an effective organization
  • How to deal with difficult issues
  • Effective communications for board members
  • Creating and ensuring effective meetings
Strategic Planning
  • Setting direction for the organization
  • Roles and responsibilities for development and implementation of the plan
  • Developing a vision
  • Setting objectives
  • Implementing strategies
  • Accountability for the outcome

General Information

Why should you attend?
  • Small interactive hands-on programs
  • Role-playing and simulation of real workplace situations
  • Group activities, open discussions and case studies
  • Experienced program presenters who are leaders in their field
  • Practical content and information that you can use in your everyday work environment
  • You will not be pressured to purchase books or videos as all program materials are provided at no additional cost
  • Program satisfaction guaranteed!
Who Should Attend?
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Human resources and Labour relations specialists
  • Directors and board members
  • Administrators
  • Members of the negotiations team
  • Future managers, supervisors and those in leadership positions
General Program Information
  • Program materials will be provided
  • Certificates will be presented upon completion of the program
  • Program is in session from 9am to 4 pm