Board Chair Breakfast Series

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Event Details

Date & Time: February 28, 2019 | 7:30am – 9:00am.
Location: BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver (Room 280/282/284)
Who should attend: board chairs, board members, executive directors
Cost: $60.00

Build essential knowledge on the legal responsibilities of your not-for-profit board.

As a board chair, understanding the legalities of not-for-profit governance is a critical part of your role. You lead a team of board members, develop and nurture a strong relationship with senior leadership, and are a catalyst for critical board discussions.

Over the next three board chair breakfasts, learn how the law impacts your board & organization – and how to ensure your board understands their legal roles & responsibilities. We will cover these topics from the unique lens of the board chair, and how to successfully integrate legal best practices.

Each event we will cover a specific topic with a legal expert who is ready to share their insights and expertise.

Topic: A Conversation on Not-for-Profit Advocacy

Learn how to lead your board on advocacy discussions and decision making.

Advocacy is an important part of many not-for-profit organizations. This forum will build your understanding of when and how to be involved in advocacy work that your organization is pursuing.

Join us for a conversation between Mary Childs and Alison Brewin who will use Vantage Point as a case study to understand the legal implications of not-for-profit advocacy work. Also hear about the implications of the Canada Without Poverty case in Ontario.

Discover the answers to key questions including:

  • What do I need to know before pursuing advocacy work with my not-for-profit organization?
  • What is the legal responsibility of boards when it comes to advocacy?
  • Does the 10% rule still apply to not-for-profit organizations?

Event Hosts

Mary Childs
Associate Counsel, Miller Thomson
Board Chair, Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives

Alison Brewin
Executive Director, Vantage Point
Vice-Chair, Governance Board, UBC Board of Govenors 


This stimulating and interactive forum will: 

  • Elevate your awareness around legal challenges board chairs face
  • Promote the exchange of ideas and best practices on compliance with not-for-profit law
  • Build connections with board chairs from across the sector


  • 7:30 – 8:00 Registration and breakfast
  • 8:00 – 8:20 Advocacy: A conversation with Alison Brewin & Mary Childs
  • 8:20 – 8:40 RoundTable Discussions
  • 8:40 – 9:00 Q&A

Presenting Sponsor

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Miller Thomson LLP.


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Date: February 28, 2019 7:30 am to 9:00 am
BCIT Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street, (Room 280/282/284)
Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6
Not Available - City
of Vancouver Bursary
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Mary Childs

Mary is a lawyer in the Vancouver office of Miller Thomson LLP. She works with charities, not-for-profits, co-operatives, and social enterprises. Mary advises clients on everything from incorporation and applying for charitable status, to amalgamation and winding up. Many of her clients see advocacy as an important way of effecting positive social change. Mary has also served on the boards of several charities, including Hope in Shadows, Inc., the Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres, and the St. John Ambulance (BC and Yukon). She is currently the Chair of the BC Board of Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She is also a director of the BC Co-op Association, and has served on its Governmental Relations committee.

Alison Brewin

Alison Brewin is the Executive Director of Vantage Point, and current Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee of UBC’s Board of Governors. Her expertise lies in supporting small and medium-sized not-for-profits to build a shared understanding of effective organizational practices. Alison joined West Coast LEAF as their Interim Executive Director in 1999. As Legal Director and then Executive Director from 2001 to 2011, she led the organization’s work to advance women’s equality in BC. In that role, she facilitated community consultations and dialogue on complex social issues. Through her business Alison Brewin Consulting, she supported a broad range of organizations including, Vancity Community Foundation, BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Atira Women’s Resource Society, First United Church and many more. Alison designed and teaches “Canadian Approaches to Non-Profit Management” in SFU’s Non-Profit Management Certificate Program and is designing a new course on volunteerism and governance for that program.

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