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    • 15 Jan 2020
    • 17 Jun 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre 8330 82 Avenue NW)
    • 18

    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:

    • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020: Wrap-up Group Session & Outcome Sharing

    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.


    Click Here to Apply!


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

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre)
    • 17

    Nobody wants to admit it, but it's inevitable. Sooner or later, your non-profit's bylaws are going to need a fresh coat of paint

    At Bylaws Refresher, learn the latest best practices and ask the experts how you can make your bylaws fresh and future-ready in an evolving non-profit sector.

    The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis to deliver a bylaws session for non-profits registered under the Societies Act. Representatives from non-profits will gather for one evening to explore bylaw requirements, recommendations, and proven practices.

    What to Expect

    This session will be an in-depth exploration of the areas that you need to cover, key questions your board and membership need to answer, and recommendations on how to structure your bylaws to support your organization in moving forward.

    Attendees of the session will be able to ask the experts present questions directly related to their organization. 

    What You'll Leave With

    You will walk out of the session with a deeper knowledge of bylaws, how they are structured, key clauses that you need to include and a series of questions that you will need to explore with your organization. This will provide you with the framework to update, change, or create your next set of bylaws. You will be provided with resources, templates, and a set of proven practices to help you modify, edit, or build your next set of bylaws.

    If you have any questions feel free to email David Feldman at governance@ecvo.ca

    Refund Policy

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

    • 30 Jan 2020
    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • ECVO Training Room
    • 14

    Are you a professional who works with volunteers? Meet your peers and contribute to our growing professional support network!

    inVESt invites those who recruit, train, orient and manage volunteers to a gathering where all in attendance will be encouraged to share their ideas and perspectives on a new theme or challenge related to volunteer engagement. 

    inVESt is a space for any individual in a professional volunteerism role, regardless of title—we like to use the catch-all term Volunteer Engagement Specialists—to regularly connect, co-learn, and co-create solutions to their most pressing challenges.

    inVESt uses innovative and collaborative approaches to tackle issues using the broad range of insight and experience from those around the table. This is a space to challenge your assumptions, think outside the box, and build strong relationships that span Edmonton’s diverse non-profit community.  

    inVESt in community. 
    inVESt in volunteers. 
    inVESt in yourself. 


    The inVESt community is meeting to set the path forward for 2020. Collaboration and collective action is fundamental to the network. We want to hear what you want to see inVESt tackle in 2020 and discuss the best approaches. The goal of this year is to continue to build a community in which everybody feels inspired and supported.

    Coffee and snacks will be provided!

    If you have any questions or concerns, or are not able to make either of the dates but are interested in the content, please email volunteerism@ecvo.ca.

    • 6 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre)
    • 17

    You are invited to a Partnership Brokers Community of Practice in Edmonton on February 6, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am

    Topic: Common Ground to Collaboration in Partnerships

    This session aims to build partnership skills, to share leading practices, engage in further hands-on learning and connect with others working in the partnership space. 

    Registration is free and is open to individuals from all sectors who work in partnerships and are partnership brokering as part of their regular work.

    As someone working in the partnership space, you know that creating common ground is complicated and often complex. It requires professional skills, practice, and dedication. The Partnership Brokers Community of Practice is a space to practice effective brokering with a focus on applying the partnership principles. It is a community intended to help further develop your partnership expertise in striving for diversity, equity, openness, mutual benefit, and courage in your partnerships. We welcome your ideas, experiences, and challenges in the room as a way to share and create leading practices and solutions to support you in your work.

    The morning will be facilitated by Carolyn Waye and Kate McIntosh, Accredited Partnership Brokers. 

    The event is being hosted by Edmonton Chamber of Volunteer Organizations, City of Edmonton, and Partnership Brokers Association (PBA)

    • 11 Feb 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • La Cité Francophone (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury)
    • 37

    Introducing The E.D. Room! The first Executive Director networking event of 2020 sheds light on how creative collaborations can help organizations reach common goals. 

    Please note: This event is exclusively for non-profit Executive Directors, CEOs, and equivalent positions. This networking event was formerly known as Wine & Wisdom, but in 2020 we'll be looking to increase accessibility with different venues and times, some of which are not so wine-friendly.

    Edmonton's non-profit leaders connect regularly at The E.D. Room, a space for casual conversation that generates ideas and inspires collective action. Each edition sees different leaders taking the stage to lead discussions on a variety of leadership topics, from managing boards and building team culture to creative fundraising and managing change.

    The E.D. Room is built on the belief that consistent networking and challenging conversation is essential to creating a strong and sustainable non-profit sector. 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: Collaborative Fundraising

    Executive Directors Amy MacKinnon (Paralympic Sports Association), Ashley Brosda (The Brain Care Centre), and Olle Lagerquist (Spinal Cord Injury Alberta) will share how they turned multiple competing galas into one successful collective fundraising event. The trio will discuss how the idea emerged, how they shared responsibility and accountability, how the partnership has grown, and why it's important for non-profit leaders to think differently about working together towards common goals.

    The Details 

    Tickets are limited and this event regularly sells out, so don't hold off on registering for this and future E.D. Room events! Lunch will be provided.

    The E.D. Room 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

    Refund 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

    • 20 Feb 2020
    • 21 Feb 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Woodvale Community Facility (Hillview Room) - 4540 50 Street, Edmonton AB, T6L 6B6
    • 35

    Hosted by the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and presented by the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women's Board Development Program.

    Introduction to Board Governance will take place February 20th from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and February 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Woodvale Community Facility on the Millwoods Golf Course.

    This workshop is for you if:

    • You’re a new board member wanting to learn more about your role.
    • You’re an experienced board member wishing to enhance your skills and work more effectively as a board team member.
    • You want to attend by yourself or with other member(s) of your board.
    • You are interested in working through case studies and practical activities to help you apply your learning.

    This workshop covers topics that concern all boards of incorporated non-profit societies including:

    • Understanding one’s legal landscape and legal responsibilities
    • Concepts of governance and understanding the roles and responsibilities of board members
    • Liability and risk management and the link to policy development
    • An overview of organizational planning and financial responsibilities
    • Building a strong team and effective relationships
    • Effective meetings and making the most of committees
    • Creating an effective structure to ensure work gets done

    Note: this workshop does NOT include strategic planning.


    Full refunds will be offered for cancellations made on or before 3:00 p.m. on February 13, 2020. After 3:00 p.m. on February 13, 2020, no refunds will be offered. To request a refund, please email training@ecvo.ca. 

    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 14 Mar 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • TBA
    • 25

    The Alberta Board Member Essentials Program (ABME) was built by Albertans for Albertans, and is designed to support the growth of new and developing board members.

    ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with in-person workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board. 

    Access to the three online modules starts February 12, 2020

    The two in-person workshops will be held: 

    • Friday March 13, 2020 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
    • Saturday March 14, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Check out our program guide!


    For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member.

    For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding nonprofits – not just from the lens of your organization, but also how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

    The full program is five weeks and consists of three online courses and two half-day in-person sessions. Online sessions take on average 3 hours each and are to be completed on the student's own time.

    Registration for the program will remain open until March 4, 2019, or until filled. Students will be responsible for completing the online modules prior to the in-person training.

    Please note: Space is limited. Register early.


    Online Part 1: Overview of the Alberta Non-profit Sector (Online Learning)

    Online Part 2: Board Member Fundamentals (Online Learning)

    Online Part 3: Understanding Financial Matters (Online Learning)

    • Online modules will be made available starting February 12, 2020
    • We strongly recommend that these model be completed before the in person session

    In Person Session 1: Working as a Sum of the Parts (In-Person Learning)

    • Friday March 13, 2020 from 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

    In Person Session 2: Strategic Board Leadership (In-Person Learning)

    • Saturday March 14, 2020 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Location: TBA




    A full refund can be issued no later than 21 days prior to the event. A partial refund can be issued no later than 14 days prior to the event. 

    • 2 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 18 Jun 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre - 8330 82 Avenue NW)
    • 14

    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 2020 NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series, supporting non-profits to build their strategic planning capacity and contribute to a sustainable future.

    • 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.

    Here's a short video that sums everything up nicely.

    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!

    Want to know more? Check the FAQs! 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Process

    1. Workshop #1 (April 2-3, 2020) 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 18) 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:

    • $200 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. Participating organizations must provide a cheque for the deposit amount in advance of the course. Upon completion, it will be destroyed or returned in full to the organization.
    • 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 Ilya Ushakov (ilya@ecvo.ca) who will provide you with further instructions regarding the refundable deposit, letter of support and other information required to complete the registration.

    • 7 May 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • ECVO Training Room (Suite 258, Bonnie Doon Professional Centre, 8330 82nd Ave NW)
    • 18

    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. 

Past events

26 Nov 2019 Introduction to Appreciative Policy Making
19 Nov 2019 Basic Facilitation Skills for Not-for-Profits & Government Organizations
5 Nov 2019 International Volunteer Managers Day
29 Oct 2019 Sustainability Champions Mixer
24 Oct 2019 ECVO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine & Wisdom
4 Oct 2019 Introduction to Board Governance: Understanding Your Roles and Responsibilities and Applying Your Learning
26 Sep 2019 Board to Board: Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector - Canadian Senate Report
18 Sep 2019 HR 101 for the Non-HR Professional
16 Sep 2019 Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives: The Building Blocks of Collaborative Architecture
12 Sep 2019 Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities
27 Aug 2019 Executive Director Mentorship Program
13 Aug 2019 Alberta Board Member Essentials - Summer 2019 Session
20 Jun 2019 Bylaws Refresher - A Society Bylaws Overview
17 Jun 2019 Board to Board Networking: What's Next for Boards Under a New Provincial Government
12 Jun 2019 EVCO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine & Wisdom
3 Jun 2019 Partnership Brokers Training
8 May 2019 2019 Annual General Meeting
29 Apr 2019 EVCO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine, Wisdom, & Welcome
13 Apr 2019 Edmonton Volunteer Fair
7 Mar 2019 Introduction to Appreciative Policy Making
21 Feb 2019 Brokering Better Partnerships: A Lunch & Learn
21 Feb 2019 Partnership Brokers: A Community of Practice
4 Feb 2019 Bylaws Refresher - A Society Bylaws Overview
31 Jan 2019 Financial Management for Faith-Based Communities
23 Jan 2019 EVCO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine & Wisdom
19 Jan 2019 Alberta Board Members Essentials - Board Member Training
16 Jan 2019 HR for the Non-HR Professional
15 Jan 2019 The Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition Program: An Information Session

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