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    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 27 Nov 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre 8330 82 Avenue NW)
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    Introducing HR 101 for the Non-HR Professional — the ultimate starter pack for organizational effectiveness.

    ECVO, in partnership with Juna Consulting is excited to continue our brand new human resources learning series with HR 101 for the Non-HR Professional. This series is a comprehensive beginner course for those wanting to grow their HR knowledge and skills or for those looking to reconnect with the fundamentals. As an added benefit, HR 101 is a great place to meet your HR peers in the non-profit community!

    This series is for:

    • Anyone who is handling the HR functions for their organization but has little to no HR background (“HR off the side of their desk”)
    • Managers and front-line supervisors who are responsible for managing employee performance
    • New HR professionals (0-3 years in HR) who want to get a head start on adding practical skills and current best practices to their repertoire
    • Anyone who would like to learn more about how to effectively manage “people resources” — including volunteers!
    • Small organization directors or business owners eager to mitigate risk by building a strong foundation of knowledge in human resources

    This series will be delivered in a Lunch & Learn format: bring your lunch and enjoy it in the company of other like-minded professionals and then dive into 90 minutes of fun and informative learning.

    Participants can register for the full suite of six sessions or for individual sessions as needed.


    Workshop 1: Interviewing & Selection Skills

    September 18, 2019 

    After the session you will: 

    • Know what to look for when screening a resume, and shortlist candidates efficiently
    • Design effective questions to ask during the pre-screening process
    • Develop effective interview questions and apply different interviewing techniques 
    • Conduct a professional interview meeting that “sells” candidates on the organization
    • Avoid asking inappropriate questions that should not be asked in an interview

    Workshop 2: Human Rights & Employment Standards

    October 2, 2019 

    After the session you'll know how to:

    • Ensure your organization’s programs comply with law (Employment Standards)
      • Hours of work, overtime, pay issue, leaves of absence, terminations, and more
    • Describe the provincial Human Rights protected grounds and how to prevent discrimination/harassment claims
    • Discuss case studies around Bona Fide Occupational Requirements (BFORs)
    • Assess whether an employment contract is complete and compliant

    Workshop 3: Progressive Discipline & Terminations

    October 16, 2019

    After the session you'll know how to:

    • Apply the steps of progressive discipline and document performance matters appropriately (including templates)
    • Distinguish between termination for cause and without cause
    • Terminate an employee effectively (when and how to have the difficult “firing” meeting)

    Workshop 4: Performance Reviews

    October 30, 2019

    After the session you'll know how to: 

    • Describe the performance management cycle and process
    • Explain the manager’s and the employee’s roles in performance management 
    • Know what to do before, during and after a performance review meeting
    • Apply best practices to the annual performance review process

    Workshop 4: Compensation & Benefits

    November 13, 2019

    At the end of the session you'll know how to: 

    • Determine if you are paying your employees competitively in the market (external equity)
    • Discover if you have internal pay equity issues (imbalances)
    • Identify employee benefits that will attract, retain, and engage the right staff to your organization 

    Workshop 5: Orientation & Onboarding

    November 27, 2019

    • Assess your current employee onboarding process (gap analysis)
    • Identify how you can improve your new employee orientation program (best practices for 0-3 months)
    • Discover how to continue to engage your staff (3-12 months)


    11:00 am – 11:30 am Lunch (bring your own!)

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Presentation (incl. Q&A)

    About the Presenters:

    Julianna Cantwell, CACE, CPHR is the President of JUNA Consulting Inc., a strategic human resources consulting practice that helps organizations improve individual and group performance. Specializing in learning & development for 20 years and communications for more than 15 years, Julianna logs over 100 days a year speaking and facilitating learning.

    Committed to lifelong learning, Julianna is a graduate from the University of Alberta, NAIT, and MacEwan University and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). She is also a Past President of the Human Resources Management Association of Edmonton (HRMAE), a former Director on the Board of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), and is currently Vice Chair of the Self-Regulation Policy Advisory Group for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources – Alberta (CPHR-AB). Julianna also served as a Director on the Board for Little Warriors.

    Barb Read, CPHR, RPR is a Human Resources Consultant with JUNA Consulting and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and a Registered Professional Recruiter with a generalist background that spans all functional areas of the human resources practice. She brings expertise in business and operational process, recruitment and selection, new employee orientation, policy and procedure development, compensation, performance management, workplace investigations and employee relations. Barb has experience across private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and has a strong operations background to complement her HR expertise.

    Barb is a certified member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and a member of the Institute of Professional Management. She completed a two-year term as Committee Chair for the HRIA Edmonton Chapter and served as Co-Chair for the 2014-2015 year.

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Almanac on Whyte (10351 82 Ave NW)
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    Edmonton Area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down those pesky silos that persist in the sector.

    Please note: This evening is exclusively for non-profit Executive Directors, CEOs, and equivalent positions.

    Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs and to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. Wine & Wisdom is built on the belief that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

    Don't miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues leaders face in the non-profit sector! 

    The Discussion: Chickens, Accidents, and Politics

    For the last Wine & Wisdom of 2019 and the first to be held with our next federal government, ECVO Executive Director Russ Dahms is taking the mic for one final discussion about the state of the sector locally, provincially, and nationallyRuss will speak on what he's learned about charity, capacity building, and collection action in more than a decade as ED and what he sees emerging in the next decade and beyond. He'll speak to recent developments, including the Senate Report on the Charitable Sector, and what opportunities they present for Executive Directors in the future.

    With Russ set to retire in early 2020, this Wine & Wisdom is one of the last remaining opportunities to connect with him. Don't miss it!

    The Details 

    Tickets are limited and this event regularly sells out, so don't hold off on registering for this and future Wine and Wisdom events! Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event. 

    Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.

    This event is sponsored by the ECVO's Moving to Action program as a part of building leadership capacity

    Refunding Policy: A full refund can be issued no later than 7 days prior to the event.

    "People talk about bike riding when they want to remind us that some things, once learned, are not forgotten. What they don't mention is how we learned. No one learns to ride a bike from a book, or even a video. You learn by doing it. Actually, by not doing it. You learn by doing it wrong, by falling off, by getting back on, by doing it again."

    - Seth Godin

    • 29 Oct 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Action Lab 10408 124 Street
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    Are you concerned about sustainability? Do you often wonder how your initiative or organization can be more sustainable and strategic?

    Join us October 29th for an evening social event centered around inspiring and embedding sustainable strategic thinking into non-profit organizations. 

    Participants will network, learn from other organizations and hear directly from sustainable strategy expert Bob Willard.

    Bob Willard is an expert on leadership, culture change, and organizational development, He is also a sustainability guru. In his talk '7 Habits of Highly Effective Sustainability Champions' Bob will outline a seven-step sustainability change process. Come and learn  how to frame the benefits for culture change; seven leadership practices to use throughout the change process; seven paradoxes that enable successful change strategies; and seven derailers to avoid. In this fast-paced workshop, Bob will distill the steps, practices, paradoxes and derailers into the most essential seven habits of highly effective sustainability champions. 

    This mixer is a complement to the NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop: a co-led workshop series for non-profits to: 

    • Build capacity of staff to develop and deliver a sustainability action plan, based on the award-winning Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development pioneers by The Natural Step.
    • Develop an action plan for participating non-profit organizations to improve their sustainability performance.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the NGO Sustainability Champions workshop and preview the upcoming 2020 workshop. 


    Bob Willard is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given over a thousand presentations to corporate, government, university, and NGO audiences. Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities by using smart environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies.

    He has authored six books and was one of five inaugural inductees into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) Hall of Fame in 2011, received Clean50 awards in 2015 and 2017, and earned “Best for the World – Overall” awards for certified B Corps in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018.

    Bob is an ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional and received a PhD in sustainability from the University of Toronto in 2005. 

    This opportunity is being offered as part of the NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series hosted by The Natural Step Canada in partnership with Edmonton Community of Voluntary Organizations and Edmonton Community Foundation.

    • 5 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • La Cite (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury, Edmonton, AB T6C 3N1)
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    Join us to celebrate the 20th Annual International Volunteer Managers Day!

    Note: This event is exclusive to Volunteer Managers/Engagement Specialists/Coordinators or equivalent from Edmonton non-profits and charities.

    This year’s theme is “Change the Tune!”, which reflects the frustration experienced in many volunteer management circles, where we continue to have the same struggles and discussions year after year. This year, let's take advantage of every chance to think differently about how volunteer leadership is positioned – in the hope that we can change the dialogue.

    As this networking social, be part of a growing push to build a community of practice for volunteer managers and discuss how we can work together to address many of the repeating issues we see in these challenging roles.

    A community of practice is a group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

    Join us to celebrate your role and successes and share in the dialogue on how we can create a strong and vibrant community around this role.

    • 19 Nov 2019
    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Tournament Room - Woodvale Community Facility 4540 - 50 Street Edmonton, AB, T6L 6B6
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    Introducing Basic Facilitation Skills: a hands on learning workshop to teach you the art of group facilitation run by the Government of Alberta.

    Are you a member, a volunteer or a staff representative for a not-for-profit or government organization?

    Do you and/or others within your organization or network plan, develop, organize, evaluate and make decisions for your organization as a team? Are you and others needed to plan and lead facilitated group discussions?

    Would you like your organization’s group meetings and working sessions to be carried out in a more “facilitative way”?

    If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, your organization or network needs to have someone skilled in the art and science of facilitation! 

    Basic Facilitation Skills For Not-For-Profit & Government Organizations is offered by professional facilitators from the Alberta Culture Community Development team. The three-day workshop provides hands-on ‘learn while doing’ and accessible instruction in the art of group facilitation. This is a practical workshop that provides learning through instruction, discussion, small and large group work, practice and feedback.

    The three day workshop will include information in the following areas:

    Core Concepts of Facilitation

    • Role of a Facilitator
    • Competencies of a Successful Facilitator 
    • Process versus Content
    • Outcomes
    • Flip Charting and other Recording Methods
    • Verbal and Non-verbal Communications

    Understanding Groups

    • Characteristics of Learners
    • Facilitating Challenging Group Situations

    Designing Facilitated Sessions

    • Preparing for Facilitated Sessions
    • Tools and Techniques
    • Using Icebreakers and Energizers

    Facilitation Practice and Feedback

    • Giving and Receiving Feedback
    • Small Group Facilitation Pretensions

    ***PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is strictly for not-for-profit and government organization representatives and is not for individuals who provide or intend to provide fee for service facilitation, training, and/or consultation. To register for this workshop you will need to identify the not-for profit/government organization you represent including obtaining a signature from the current designated signing authority of the same (ie Chairperson, Treasurer, Manager, Supervisor).  


    A full refund can be issued no later than 14 days prior to the event. 

    • 26 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre, 8330 82nd Ave NW)
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    In all good policy making the goal is to move your organization from being reactionary - dealing with each issue as they arise, to visionary - creating policies that help shape your organization into what it wishes to be in the future.

    This means that good policies are not just about templates, lists of topics, and directions. Instead, they take a deeper look at the culture you wish to have in your organization.

    No policy manual is perfect, but the goal is to create a manual that is right for your organization both in the present and for what you wish to become.

    By the end of this workshop, you will:

    • have a strong understanding of what makes a good policy
    • have a better sense of how to draft strong policies
    • know what presentation format makes the most sense for your organization.

    Want to know more before you register?

    Not all policies are created equal. The rules we live, work, and play under impact our behaviors and our organization’s state of health. When I talk about policy manuals and policy writing, I almost always, return to my training in appreciative inquiry (AI). One of the guiding beliefs in Appreciative Inquiry is that organizations move in the direction of what they study. The way we frame rules, decisions, and key documents shapes how we think about them.

    The types of rules we make influence how we evaluate our programs, staff, and volunteers. These rules shape behavior and the individuals involved tend to behave in a way that satisfies the policies requirements rather than build towards the organizations aspirations.

    Here is an example:

    Sick days – Why do we allow them and how many should we have?

    If the staff have too few they may choose to save them for a rainy day. As a result, they come in when they have a cold or flu, kindly sharing it with the office. Staff that are allowed to bank their unused time tend to have fewer sick days. 

    We try to address these ideas when we take part in appreciative policy writing.

    Refund Policy

    A full refund can be issued no later than 14 days prior to the event. 

    • 6 Jan 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 20 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre 8330 82 Avenue NW)
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    Your Brand. 

    Your Story. 

    And Why Anyone Should Care.

    Welcome to your six-month intensive on how to stay relevant, engage with more communities, and build new funding relationships.

    Communication Essentials is a custom-built program designed to drive meaningful change within your non-profit organization, while positioning you for stronger member engagement, as well as new funding sources and partners.

    Built in partnership with ECVO, McQueen Creative, a leading marketing and communications firm based in Edmonton, has taken the lead on developing this innovative and intensive program. Recognizing the increasing need for non-profits to diversify funding sources and increase engagement, this program is curated to the specific needs of your organization to help you meet the changing landscape and challenges you are facing.

    Public funding and dollars continue to be at risk. Without making meaningful connections with your supporter base and finding new ways to engage other funding sources, you're putting your organization at risk of increasing financial hardship for the future.

    If your organization is ready to take the next step and invest in your future, then this program is for you. Communication Essentials operates over a six month time frame, and limits the number of participating organizations per cohort to ensure you receive the individual focus and tailored support you need to be successful.


    • 4 Workshop Days - inspiring, classroom sessions, with peer-to-peer learning
    • 60+ hours per person of coaching and communications expertise
    • 6 months of incredible learning that will transform the way your organization operates and communicates.

    Four group sessions on the following dates:

    • January 15, 2019
    • February 12, 2019
    • March 11, 2019
    • April 8, 2019

    View the three program outcomes and course calendar here.

    The program's cost is $3250 per person. Price represents cost based on two people attending from each organization. Organizations must be willing to commit to sending two team members, as well as have the support from their Board and senior leadership.

    This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which can cover as much as 2/3 of your registration fee. In order to be eligible to receive a CAJG grant for this program, you must submit your CAJG application to the Government of Alberta no later than December 15, 2019, which is 30 days prior to the start of the program. 

    With the Government of Alberta's recent switch to an online application process through their Grants Portal , you are no longer able to submit a paper form. However, you can view the PDF below, which has all of the necessary information about the course that you will need to enter into your CAJG application.


    Click Here to Apply!


    A full refund can be issued no later than 14 days prior to the event. 

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