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    • 16 Jan 2019
    • 15 May 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre 8330 82 Avenue NW)
    • 48

    Introducing a brand new HR series: HR for the Non-HR Professional!


    ECVO in partnership with Juna Consulting is delighted to bring you a brand new HR learning series. This series is a comprehensive beginner pack for those wanting to grow their knowledge and skills.





    This series is for:

    • Someone who is doing the HR function for their organization but has no HR background (“HR off the side of their desk”)
    • Managers and frontline supervisors who are responsible for managing employee performance
    • A new HR professional (0-3 years in HR) who wants to add practical skills to their education
    • Anyone who would like to learn more about how to effectively manage “people resources”-including volunteers!
    • A small organization director or business owner who needs more knowledge around basic HR (to manage risk)

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

    The series includes five dynamic sessions. Register for individual sessions or for the entire series.


    The Workshops


    Workshop 1: How to Hire and Leverage Uniqueness: Diversity & Inclusion Wednesday, January 16 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Creating an inclusive workplace involves minimizing systemic barriers for diverse employees (age, gender, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, etc.). Organizational cultures that value diversity and inclusion use integration strategies and have a proven success rate for employee performance, engagement, retention and innovation.

    Participants will:

    • Re-evaluate their current job descriptions and recruitment efforts to expand their reach
    • Assess their working conditions/environments to broaden opportunities – accommodate different workers that add value
    • Select different hiring tools that determine best “fit” for applicable jobs

    Workshop 2: Managing Complex Performance Issues: Mental Health at Work
    Wednesday, February 13 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    1 in 5 Canadians are living with mental illness. At work, it often shows up as behavioural issues that require performance management. Because of the stigma associated with mental illness, most managers and business owners are unsure how to have an open conversation with employees about challenges happening in the workplace.

    Participants will:

    • Become aware of facts/stats about mental health issues
      • Commons issues and prevalence
      • Costs to organizations when not managed well
      • Interact effectively with individuals suffering with mental illness
        • Discuss this sensitive topic with employees
        • Use the ALPS method to open dialogue

    Workshop 3: Respectful Workplace Matters: Harassment & Bullying in the Workplace Overview
    Wednesday, March 13 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    The recent groundswell of harassment allegations in the media (#ME TOO) has caused many people to take notice of human resources (HR) issues. It’s hard to know exactly what IS considered acceptable behaviour in the workplace these days, especially when there has been a history of power imbalances and/or a track record of fraternizing between employees.

    Participants will:

    • Explore the spectrum of respect – from incivility to targeted bullying
    • Identify harassment and its negative workplace effects
    • Discuss impact, roles and responsibilities of bystanders
    • Explain rights and responsibilities of employers and employees under relevant legislation
    • List the protected grounds under Alberta Human Rights Act
    • Respond appropriately to allegations of bullying / harassment

    Workshop 4: Workplace Investigations - What You Need to Know When a Complaint is Made
    Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Human Resources professionals and managers need to conduct workplace investigations from time-to-time, yet many have never been shown how to properly lead one based on principles of natural justice. Whether it is following up on a harassment complaint, allegations of sexual misconduct, or bullying in the workplace, it is important to follow a fair process and make decisions that are organizationally sound.

    Participants will:

    • Respond to complaints/allegations in a timely way
      • Use templates to gather critical information
    • Follow a fair and transparent process
      • Inform parties of their rights & responsibilities without violating confidentiality or privacy
    • Sequence interviews that maximize information gathering
      • Complainant(s), respondent(s) and witness(es)
    • Examine parties effectively, using tailored question guides
      • Ask effective questions and listen for lies, etc.
    • Explain how to write a comprehensive and defensible report
      • Make sound decisions/judgments (weigh balance of probabilities)

    Workshop 5: Motivation at Work - Rewards & Recognition that Get Results
    Wednesday, May 15 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Managers don’t tend to focus on employee motivation until it’s lost, and most managers think money is the top motivator; but it’s not. Things that are most motivating to employees tend to be easy to do and cost effective. But, the hardest part of rewarding performance at work doesn’t follow the Golden Rule (treat other people the way you want to be treated).

    Participants will:

    • Assess employee motivation versus ability on tasks/assignments
      • Complete a motivation assessment tool
    • Apply different techniques that effectively reward and recognize team members
      • Use 5 strategies that provide both intrinsic and extrinsic rewards

    Program:

    11:30 am – 12:00 pm Lunch (bring your own!)

    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Presentation (incl. Q&A)


    About the Presenters:

    Julianna Cantwell, CACE, CPHR

    Julianna Cantwell 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

    Barb Read 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.

    • 27 Mar 2019
    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre - 8330 82 Avenue NW)
    • 11
    Register

    Combining in-person workshopping with direct professional coaching, Sustainability Champions has a unique approach to helping your organization walk the talk of sustainability. 

    Non-profit organizations create positive social, environmental and economic impacts for their communities. At the same time, they are expected to be role models whose own staff and operations “walk the talk” in terms of sustainability. This can be a challenge given limited time, support and funding.

    ECVO and The Natural Step Canada are excited to offer the 2019 NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series, supporting non-profits to build their strategic planning capacity and contribute to a sustainable future.

    Outcomes
    • Attendees will walk away with a huge boost to their strategic planning skills and armed with a world-class  planning framework based on the award-winning approach pioneered by The Natural Step
    • At the end of the workshop series, you will have developed a strong sustainability inspired strategic plan to boost your organization's long-term sustainability guided by expert facilitators from The Natural Step Canada. 

    What Does 'Sustainability' Mean?

    While this workshops series aims to empower non-profits to become champions of environmental sustainability, The Natural Step's framework is relevant in any scale and applies universally across numerous fields, including finances, staffing, and operations.

    Each Sustainability Champion comes to the series with their own unique opportunities and challenges, and will walk away with an action plan developed from within and tailored to your organization's needs. Sustainability Champions welcomes organizations of all shapes and sizes, and with any mandate.

    Are you a good fit to be a Sustainability Champion?

    Are you keen to build your knowledge and professional skills in strategic and sustainability planning?

    Are you eager to boost your organization's sustainability performance?

    Do you enjoy opportunities to connect with peers for forward-thinking dialogue in a co-learning environment?

    Anybody can be a Sustainability Champion. If you're eager to learn new techniques and gain insight into sustainability planning, then this workshop series is for you!

    The Process

    1. Workshop #1 (March 27-28) is a two-day workshop with the main objectives of building capacity on strategic sustainability planning based on experiential learning, dialogue education and adult learning principles.
    2. After Workshop #1, participants will be expected to apply the lessons to engage their peers to develop a draft strategic plan. Participants will be supported by one online webinar and a one-hour coaching call from seasoned practitioners. Attendance is required for both.
    3. Workshop #2 (June 13) is a one-day workshop that will focus on sharing learning and refining the draft plan with the input of peers, and building a forum for ongoing collaboration.

    Participants are provided a guidebook that they will apply to their organizations, as well as an eLearning course that they will complete before the first workshop.

    How to Apply

    There is no registration fee for the workshops, however, to maximize the learning experience there are three criteria for participation:

    • $1,000 commitment fee that is fully refunded based on full participation (i.e. workshops, webinar and coaching call), in addition to submitting a draft plan at the end of the series.
    • Two participants from each organization to participate in the workshop series.
    • A written letter of support for their participation from the Executive Director.

    To maximize learning, this workshop series will have a limit of 8 participating organizations (16 attendees total). Coffee and lunch are provided.

    Once you have registered, you will be contacted by Sharon Ruyter (sharon@ecvo.ca) who will provide you with further instructions regarding the refundable deposit, letter of support and other information required to complete the registration.

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • West Edmonton Mall
    • 27
    Register

    Book a table for your non-profit and connect with hundreds of local volunteer hopefuls at the 9th annual Edmonton Volunteer Fair! 


    ECVO is thrilled to host this tribute to volunteerism and cap off National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019) this year's theme: The Volunteer Factor: Lifting Communities.   

    This celebration of volunteerism will recognize volunteer's collective efforts and shine a light on the multitude of ways people make our community a better place. 

    The Edmonton Volunteer Fair is an opportunity to raise awareness for your organization and recruit new volunteers to use their passion and skills to impact community.

     Last year, hundreds of potential volunteers introduced themselves to organizations and researched new opportunities to volunteer.

    Stay tuned for more details on other events and activities for you and your volunteers to be involved in during National Volunteer Week! 

    • 29 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Almanac
    • 30
    Register

    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: ticket prices for this special edition of Wine & Wisdom reflect that we're requiring all attending Executive Directors to bring a guest in the form of a local emerging leader (in any capacity) who would benefit from connecting to other leaders. Please enter your guest's information during checkout.

    We're changing things up!

    This special edition of Wine & Wisdom will feature all the delicious wine and wisdom you've come to expect, but we're also turning our focus to welcoming the city's emerging non-profit leaders. We are asking all executive directors to bring an emerging leader along to this evening so they can benefit from connecting with other leaders and be a part of the conversation.

    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

    For the April edition, we're calling it Wine, Wisdom & Welcome: Emerging LeadersAs leaders in our sector we need to encourage the development of emerging leaders, while in every area of our organizations there are emerging leaders seeking opportunity. We urge you to bring an emerging leader who you think would benefit from the networking and knowledge sharing on display at this event. Speakers will be focusing on the role of Executive Directors supporting emerging leaders.

    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.

    The Speakers 

    Roxanne Felix-Mah has more than seventeen years of experience working in equity and inclusion in the fields of health promotion, community-based research, evaluation, settlement, and anti-racism in the private, public and non-profit sectors. These diverse experiences serve as a backdrop for her work in community capacity building, community development and mentorship. 

    Ashima Sumaru-Jurf has facilitated, coordinated and managed programs related to immigration and migration, intercultural competency, anti-racism, literacy, adult education, and organizational effectiveness in the not-for-profit and government sectors. She has worked with communities and organizations throughout Alberta to build inclusive and equitable spaces and to help find strengths-based solutions to the challenges we face. 

    Roxanne and Ashima have been working together for more than six years, starting out by collaborating on time-limited projects related to intercultural education and advocacy. As a result of these experiences, they discovered that their combined set of skills, anchored in the same values, could bring more to an organization than one person could alone. They found a strategic and operational leadership opportunity at the Multicultural Family Resource Society (MFRS), where they could continue working together, affording both career development and sustainable service to the community that aligned with their values of equity and community empowerment.

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

    "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

    • 3 Jun 2019
    • 6 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TBD
    • 20

    A 4-day skills development course for those brokering and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships…

    Partnerships and collective impact initiatives are multiplying in Alberta, as cross-sectorial collaborators come together to positively advance social issues. But partnering is highly challenging to those involved. They often fall short of expectations. The people involved in making partnerships happen are key to the partnering success.

    The Partnership Brokers Training is a highly sought after global training program from the Partnership Brokers Association. It builds knowledge and skills and provides those working in partnership with the tools and insights to deliver positive partnering results.

    From June 3rd – 6th, 2019 this unique and highly sought-after global program is being run in Edmonton. You’ll leave with:

    • Tools, techniques and skills development for brokering partnerships that get results
    • Enhanced confidence and competence as partnership practitioners
    • A framework and knowledge for robust, efficient and innovative partnerships
    • Understanding common principles, barriers and enablers of multi-stakeholder collaborations
    • Ways to overcome common partnership brokering challenges (both for those working internally and independently) and ways to overcome these
    • Personal and professional insights into the roles, skills and leadership competencies needed to build successful collaborations
    • Membership of a global professional association of partnership brokers offering support, research, networks and further development opportunities.

    Join this intensive program and you will be part of a diverse group from business, non-profit, community, government, education and philanthropy. The group will be limited to 24 participants with two facilitators to maximize potential for exchange and personal attention to individuals. Graduates of the course receive a certificate and membership in the global Partnership Broker Network.

    MORE INFORMATION

    View the course brochure and detailed agenda.

    Read and hear testimonials from past course participants.

    “I have enjoyed a number of wonderful professional development opportunities throughout my career, but the Partnership Broker Training is certainly at the top of that list! I believe the content, expert instruction, and inspiring colleagues form a magical product that is second to none!”

    Course graduate (Public Sector, Canada)

    TO APPLY

    Download the Application Form

    THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT!

    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 Partnership Brokers Training, you must submit your CAJG application to the Government of Alberta no later than May 2, 2019, which is 30 days prior to the start of the program. We've partially pre-filled out a CAJG form to make it faster and easier to apply. (Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader is required to open document. Right-click and select Download or Save Link As...). 

    Download CAJG Form

    (Please note that the Government of Alberta recently launched a Grants Portal and are moving towards online-only CAJG applications. However, they will still accept the above printable form by mail until March 31, 2019. Please visit the CAJG website for more details.) 

    • 12 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Almanac
    • 47
    Register

    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.

    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

    The topic at hand for June's edition is Board Relationships. How does one maintain a positive and productive relationship with their board through thick and thin?

    Speakers to be announced soon!

    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.

    "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

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

    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Action Lab at Skills Society (10408 124 Street NW)
    • 12
    Register

    A week-long deep dive into how to use multi-stakeholder collaboration as a major driving force for progressive, intentional system change.

    As a global civil society, we’re learning how to tackle entrenched social problems collaboratively – that is, by bringing together individuals from deeply different backgrounds, whose perspectives and interests are widely divergent, to wrestle with their competing needs, find common ground over time, and co-develop fresh, new, practical solutions that do indeed produce positive results.

    Yet, it’s also true that multi-stakeholder change initiatives are expensive, time-consuming and difficult to manage. And even worse, they often fall apart long before they achieve their stated objectives. Far too many initiatives are poorly organized, with fuzzy goals, awkward communication dynamics, sloppy governance, and sparse accountability.

    This September, Sam Kaner, PhD and Nelli Noakes, MBA, MPA from San Francisco's Community at Work are bringing their world-renowned workshop to – and Canada – for the first time.

    Sam & Nelli will leave participants with the knowledge and competence to design effective collaborative strategy – the aspirational goals and the strategic goals, the stages and milestones, the structures and processes, the human dimensions and the logic dimensions.

    Click here to view the Course Outline

    TO APPLY

    Please fill out the registration form by clicking REGISTER to the left. Katie Loutitt, Programs Manager at ECVO, will follow up with details about next steps, including payment arrangements.

    THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT!

    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 August 15, 2019, which is 30 days prior to the start of the program. 

    We've partially pre-filled out a CAJG form to make it faster and easier to apply. (Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader is required to open document. Right-click and select Download or Save Link As...)

    Download CAJG Form

    (Please note that the Government of Alberta recently launched an online Grants Portal and are moving towards online-only CAJG applications. However, they will still accept the above printable form by mail until March 31, 2019. As of April 1, you will need to apply for CAJG through the online Grants Portal. Please visit the CAJG website for more details.) 
    • 14 Oct 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Almanac
    • 50
    Register

    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.

    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

    The topic at hand for October's edition is Fund Development. How can organizations maximize their return through collaborative fund development, and what role does your board have in fund development? These and other questions will be up for discussion. Speakers will be announced soon.

    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

    "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

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