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The success of your organization begins with your Executive Director - Board Chair team.

The Executive Director - Board Chair partnership is vital to the success of your organization. A strong partnership aligns your organization to your mission and supports the achievement of strategic goals.

Board Governance Academy is an innovative program designed for Executive Director and Board Chair teams to maximize their relationship and achieve best practices in areas like facilitating strategic discussions and managing board dynamics and conflict.

This five-week program offers a multi-faceted approach to building a high-functioning partnership through interactive virtual sessions and e-learning, peer interaction, and valuable expert facilitation.

Your Executive Director - Board Chair team and your organization benefit!

Integrating e-learning and self-assessments with interactive virtual training sessions, the cohort model of the program fosters the executive director and board chair to:

  • Strengthen your organizational culture. A high-performing Executive Director-Board Chair partnership sets your organizational tone and results in strengthened culture, increased productivity and improved program delivery.
  • Increase your board’s effectiveness. Lead your board as a team to align their work and focus on strategic goals.
  • Develop constructive conflict processes. With shared leadership and management, the Executive Director and Board Chair work collaboratively to manage conflict and apply it to increase your organizational outcomes.
  • Receive up to two hours of advisory support from a not-for-profit expert during or after the program.

Who Should Participate

Both your organization's board chair and executive director should complete each interactive virtual session.

Participant Responsibilities

Along with attending the interactive virtual sessions your team will:

  • Complete a leadership assessment
  • Review all eLearning courses
  • Schedule and complete assigned tasks/activities in between sessions

Program Details

City of Vancouver Bursary Application: May 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm PT

Spring Schedule

1. Governance Responsibilities | May 27, 2020 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Sharing Leadership | June 3, 2020 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Building a Strong Relationship | June 10, 2020 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Trust & Transparency | June 17, 2020 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Working Through Conflict | June 24, 2020 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Virtual / Online Learning via Zoom

Price: $1375 per team - executive director & board chair (or equivalent positions) 

Program Content

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Critical role of the board chair
  • Executive director role

Strengthening the Partnership

  • Shared decision making
  • Setting goals and expectations
  • Leading together towards mission
  • Increasing collaboration and shared decision-making
  • Regular communication and conversation starters

Trust and Transparency

  • Building trust and transparency
  • Embracing productive conflict
  • Enhancing shared leadership


  • Operating structures that support effective governance
  • Inspiring shared vision and mission alignment
  • Strategic discussions and the generative curve
  • Enhancing board engagement and board culture

Anchored in John Fulwider’s learnings, Better Together, this program is designed to:

  • Ensure clarity and consistency around the roles and responsibilities of the board chair and the executive in leading, governing and managing the organization
  • Improve team leadership by strengthening the working relationship between the chair and the executive - creating a stronger board and a mission-driven organization
  • Create continuity of leadership through a shared learning experience
  • Gain tactics and tools for transferring information to your organization 

Transform your organization. Move your Executive Director - Board Chair relationship from good to great!

Questions about Leadership Principles? Get in touch with us:

Niasha Drydgen
Education & Projects Coordinator
(604) 637-8293

City of Vancouver Grantee organizations can apply for a Board Governance Academy bursary via the program's application form. Candidates will be selected by a panel according to specific criteria.

Transform your organization.

Move your Executive Director - Board Chair relationship from good to great!

Spring Schedule 2020

Interactive Virtual Sessions

      May 27, 2020 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      June 3, 2020 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      June 10, 2020 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      June 17, 2020 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
      June 24, 2020 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Spring 2020 City of Vancouver Grantee Bursary Application Deadline
May 4, 2020 | 4:00pm




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