Board Fundamentals: Tools for Effective Meetings

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Good governance starts in board meetings.

On average, board members spend less than 25 hours per year together at the board table. Make them matter.

Board meetings are a place of catalytic energy: they are where new ideas take shape, key strategic questions are explored, and governance springs into action. But, if meetings aren’t engaging or well-designed, the board table can become a place where talent is wasted, routine kills creativity, and board members become bored members.

Program Details:

Date & Time: December 6, 2016 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm 
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver 
Cost: Members- $95.00; Non-members- $110.00 


This workshop will provide concrete tools to focus your meetings on what matters:

  • Meeting structure & leadership
  • Designing agendas & reports
  • Critical Conversations and Decision-making
  • Best practices for meeting minutes

Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their existing board meeting agendas to review.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply tools required to restructure board meetings
  • Describe the benefits of strategic and generative board conversations
  • Identify the steps to building consensus and commitment
  • Organize meeting outcomes into actionable board priorities

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Date: December 6, 2016 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
1183 Melville St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5
City of Vancouver
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Julia Payson

Currently the Secretariat Director at Community Action Initiative, Julia Payson brings a diverse background in non-profit work to her role as a facilitator. She has sat on various boards as a director, including her role as President at Bantleman Court Housing Society. Her commitment to volunteerism has informed her work as a staff person in non-profits for the past 15 years. She has led diverse teams in 5 different countries and currently manages $5 million in programming with over 30 staff and more than 600 volunteers. Early in her career Julia realised her love for facilitation and training. Through the Humphrey Group, Sauder School of Business, and the Justice Institute of BC, Julia has complimented her experience with concrete skills in group management, presentation, conflict resolution, difficult conflict management, and leadership. Julia believes in trainings and facilitations that combine concrete tools and information, with open dialogue and peer learning. Staff and volunteers often bring unique perspectives to the table, and Julia believes that the key to effective facilitation and trainings is providing space for people to identify and share those ideas. She looks forward to working and learning with you.   

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1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5


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