Human Resources: Proactive Succession Planning

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Through this half-day workshop, develop a concrete understanding of the fundamentals of strategic planning.

Move from reactive to proactive management of people transitions in your organization.

Effective succession planning is rooted in a continuous process of building leaders at all levels of your organization. This workshop focuses on fostering a culture of succession planning and provides participants with specific approaches and tools aimed at all levels of the organization: board, executive director, salaried employees, and skilled volunteers. You will be equipped to identify your current and future leadership requirements to move your mission forward.

Workshop Details

Date & Time: May 28, 2019 l 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 1183 Melville Street, Downtown Vancouver
Cost: Member - 
$95, Non-Member - $110

Workshop Benefits

  • How to embed succession planning into core human resource practices such as recruitment and selection, onboarding, performance management and knowledge transfer will also be explored.
  • Move from reactive to proactive management of people transitions in your organization Minimize knowledge and productivity loss due to people transitions
  • Attract top talent through effective succession planning

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define attributes of an organizational-wide succession planning strategy
  • Analyze your strategic plan and organizational life cycle to identify the skills and expertise you require in the future
  • Integrate a succession planning lens to people processes related to recruitment and selection, onboarding, performance management and knowledge transfer – for all levels of the organization (board, executive director, salaried employees and volunteers)


  • Creating a culture of succession planning through an approach of abundance and continuity of leadership
  • How to identify what you require through strategic planning and understanding your organization’s life cycle
  • How to incorporate succession planning into your current human resource practices:
  • Recruitment and selection
    • Orientation
    • Performance management
    • Knowledge transfer

The Leadership Ladder

  • The big picture – these are all the levels involved in aligning people to mission
  • Examine which parts are board-led and which are staff-led
  • Some of these are part of the strategic plan, some part of the operational plan

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Date: May 28, 2019 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E2X5
City of Vancouver


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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1183 Melville Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 2X5


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