On-Demand Workshops

Board Development Training

The Fundamentals of Governance

$99.00
2.5

Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

Board governance, when done poorly, creates significant frustration for its members and can lead to organizational dysfunction. When they are run well, boards contribute to the vibrancy and success of the organization they govern. This training will enhance the effectiveness of your board of directors by building clarity and understanding of their roles and responsibilities, the relationship and authority between staff and the board, and the specific, supportive duties of individual board members. Participants will learn tools for effective board meetings and decision making. They will also come away with a deeper understanding of the policy, procedure, and processes essential to a well-functioning board.

Trainer: Mark Schinkel,

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define the differences between governance, management, and supporting roles
  • List roles and responsibilities of a board of directors
  • Demonstrate how to improve the orientation process for new board members
  • Describe effective board meetings
  • Define a fair and inclusive decision-making process at board meetings

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Legal Duties of Board Members
  • Board Responsibilities and Obligations
  • Governance vs. Management
  • Individual Board Member Responsibility
  • Bylaws and Board Level Policy
  • Characteristics of Healthy Boards
  • Board Member Orientation
  • Board Committees and Developing Terms of Reference
  • Strategies for Running Good Board Meetings
  • How to Make Decisions

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop.

Trainer: Mark Schinkel

For over 30 years, Mark Schinkel has served in public education as a Teacher, School Administrator, Executive Superintendent of Human Resource Services, and Senior Superintendent of Student Achievement and Well-Being with the Waterloo Region District School Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, as well as Bachelor of Education and Master of Religion degrees. Mark’s commitment to organizational excellence, building highly effective teams, and leadership development provides a wealth of practical experience in creating the conditions that allow employees to flourish in a safe, inclusive, healthy, purposeful, and productive work environment. He believes that effective leaders leverage and nurture the natural relationship between productivity, organizational goals, healthy work environments, and individual well-being. As an experienced and considerate facilitator, Mark places a high value on creating an engaging, practical, and fun learning experience that is focused on identified participant learning goals and outcomes. Read blogs written by Mark here.

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