Upcoming events

    • May 27, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • June 22, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Hosted via Zoom
    • 18

    Five sessions focused on building a healthy and respectful workplace for your team.

    The nature of work and the dynamics of the workplace have changed dramatically in the past year. Join Barb Read  of Juna Consulting for five 90-minute workshops focused on building a safe and respectful workplace for your team members. From instilling respectful practices and managing staff mental health to handling difficult conversations and accommodating work from home, this series will help boost your human resources capacity in a time when it's crucial to keep your team healthy and connected.

    This series is most appropriate for:

    • Someone who is doing the HR function for their company but does not have a professional HR background (“HR off the side of their desk”)
    • A non-profit Executive Director, manager, supervisor who needs more knowledge around basic HR (to manage risk)
    • 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
    Please note: registration is for the full series. Individual sessions are not available. These sessions will be recorded and made available to participants. Please indicate if you need additional accessibility support by contacting programs@ecvo.ca.

    ECVO & CPHR members enjoy exclusive early bird registration for this program until Tuesday, April 13. Registration for this program will close on Tuesday, May 25.


    View the full session breakdown, including learning outcomes.

    Session 1 – Respect in the Workplace – Thursday, May 27 @ 11:30am - 1:00pm

    It is difficult to know exactly what is considered acceptable behaviour in the workplace these days, especially when there has been a history of power imbalances and emerging diversity, equity and inclusion topics. Please join us to learn more about the spectrum of respect and when behaviours begin to “cross the line” into disrespectful and potentially harassing behaviours.

    Session 2 - Managing Mental Health – Tuesday, June 1 @ 11:30am - 1:00pm

    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.

    Session 3 - Managing Working from Home (or return to work hybrid approach) – Tuesday, June 8 @ 11:30am - 1:00pm

    A lot has changed over the past year and it's more important than ever that organizations are adapting to their employees’ needs regarding remote working and accommodation. This session will review HR fundamentals in the context of our ever-changing working environment.

    Session 4 - Managing Workplace Conversations – Tuesday, June 15 @ 11:30am - 1:00pm

    Organizations should consider the possibility that even after essential workplace rules are relaxed and employees are able to return to their workplace, some employees may not want to, or may even refuse. Employers’ responses to this will depend upon the facts of each case, as well as government orders. This mini-session is designed to provide you with tools (and interactive discussion) on how to have those conversations with your employees.

    Session 5 - Roundtable Q&A – Tuesday, June 22 @ 11:30am - 1:00pm

    Please join us for the final session to ask all your HR-related questions from the above sessions. Questions will be asked for in advance and we will walk though the answers to your questions in this 1-hour interactive group session!


    Barb Read, CPHR, SHRM-SCP, RPR

    Barb Read is a Human Resources Consultant with JUNA Consulting and is a Chartered Professional of Human Resources (CPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) 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 diverse experience across all industries, and has extensive experience working with clients in the healthcare industry, as well as not-for-profit organizations and regulated associations.

    Barb is a member of the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada, a certified member of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources – Alberta, a certified member of the Society for Human Resources Management and is an Alberta Licensed Investigator.

    Barb is passionate about her community as she serves as a Director with Alberta Adaptabilities, she volunteers with Disrupt HR Edmonton and she is actively involved with her community hockey club, most recently being her son’s team manager and parent liaison. She completed a two-year term as Committee Chair for the HRIA Edmonton Chapter and served as Co-Chair for the 2014-2015 year.


    • ECVO Members: $180
    • Non-members: $230


    Refund policy - A full refund can be issued no later than 14-days prior (May 13, 2021) to the first workshop in the series. A partial refund (50%) can be issued no later than seven days prior (May 20, 2021) to the start of the first workshop in the series. After May 20, 2021, no refunds will be offered. To request a cancellation, please email programs@ecvo.ca.

    • July 20, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • September 01, 2021
    • (MDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual Delivery
    • 18

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


    Alberta Board Member Essentials is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with live workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

    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 non-profits – not just from the lens of your organization but how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

    The full program consists of three on-demand courses and five live virtual sessions. On-demand sessions take, on average, three hours each and are to be completed on the participant’s own time leading up to the live sessions. Access to the on-demand sessions will be available immediately upon registration.

    Live sessions take place:

    • July 20, 2021 - 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    • August 30, 2021 - 6:30 - 9:30 pm
    • September 1, 2021 - 6:30 - 9:30 pm

    Please note, the live sessions are group-based and interactive, therefore they will not be recorded.

    View program details check out the bundled courses or the ABME Program Guide for details on each module.

    Though it is possible to attend with a phone and or a tablet it is strongly recommended that participants registering for ABME have access to login through a computer.

    The registration deadline is July 16, 2021.

    If you would like to arrange for offline payment or you are paying on behalf of someone else, email us at governance@ecvo.ca.




    Full refunds will be offered for cancellations made within 72 hours. A partial refund (50%) will be issued for cancellations made 14 days prior to the first live session. To request a refund, please email director@ecvo.ca. 

    ECVO reserves the right to cancel the event or registration. In the event of a cancellation, registrants will be notified and a full or partial refund will be issued.


    If you have any questions regarding this program, please email us at director@ecvo.ca. 

    Alberta Board Member Essentials was made possible with support from:

Past events

June 16, 2021 2021 Edmonton Volunteer Fair
June 11, 2021 A Conversation with Senator Ratna Omidvar
May 20, 2021 2021 Annual General Meeting
April 21, 2021 Answering Your Questions: Volunteerism & Insurance
April 19, 2021 The Ins and Outs of Recruiting Virtual Volunteers
March 16, 2021 Answering Your Questions: Governance Edition
March 05, 2021 The 2021 Provincial Budget & Alberta's Non-Profit Sector
February 09, 2021 Answering Your Questions: Governance Edition
January 21, 2021 Answering Your Questions: Governance Edition
December 09, 2020 Answering Your Questions: Governance Edition
December 02, 2020 Alberta Board Member Essentials
November 18, 2020 Answering Your Questions: Governance Edition
October 29, 2020 NGO Sustainability Champions Summit
October 27, 2020 Business Continuity for Non-profit Organizations
October 22, 2020 Executive Director Mentorship Program
October 21, 2020 Answering Your Questions: Resuming AGMs and Other Governance Questions
October 07, 2020 Answering Your Questions: Resuming AGMs and Other Governance Questions
September 30, 2020 Government Engagement Post-Pandemic
September 23, 2020 Answering Your Questions: Resuming AGMs and Other Governance Questions
September 23, 2020 2020 Annual General Meeting
September 09, 2020 Brokering Partnerships Remotely Online Course: Information Session
August 21, 2020 Answering Your Questions: Resuming AGM and Annual Return Requirements
June 10, 2020 VES Roundtable Series
May 26, 2020 ECVO Member Forum: Return to Work
May 21, 2020 VES Roundtable Series
May 12, 2020 ECVO Member Forum: Navigating the New Normal
April 28, 2020 Partnership Brokers - Reviewing Partnerships: An International Perspective
April 23, 2020 Exploring Volunteer Connector: A Webinar for Volunteer Engagement Specialists
April 20, 2020 2020 NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series
March 13, 2020 Alberta Board Member Essentials - Winter 2020
February 11, 2020 The E.D. Room: on Collaborative Fundraising
February 06, 2020 Partnership Brokers: A Community of Practice
January 30, 2020 inVESt: Framing the Collaborative
November 26, 2019 Introduction to Appreciative Policy Making
November 19, 2019 Basic Facilitation Skills for Not-for-Profits & Government Organizations
November 05, 2019 International Volunteer Managers Day
October 29, 2019 Sustainability Champions Mixer
October 24, 2019 ECVO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine & Wisdom
October 04, 2019 Introduction to Board Governance: Understanding Your Roles and Responsibilities and Applying Your Learning
September 26, 2019 Board to Board: Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector - Canadian Senate Report
September 18, 2019 HR 101 for the Non-HR Professional
September 16, 2019 Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives: The Building Blocks of Collaborative Architecture
September 12, 2019 Financial Management for Non-Profits and Charities
August 27, 2019 Executive Director Mentorship Program
August 13, 2019 Alberta Board Member Essentials - Summer 2019 Session
June 20, 2019 Bylaws Refresher - A Society Bylaws Overview
June 17, 2019 Board to Board Networking: What's Next for Boards Under a New Provincial Government
June 12, 2019 EVCO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine & Wisdom
June 03, 2019 Partnership Brokers Training
May 08, 2019 2019 Annual General Meeting
April 29, 2019 EVCO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine, Wisdom, & Welcome
April 13, 2019 Edmonton Volunteer Fair
March 07, 2019 Introduction to Appreciative Policy Making
February 21, 2019 Brokering Better Partnerships: A Lunch & Learn
February 21, 2019 Partnership Brokers: A Community of Practice
February 04, 2019 Bylaws Refresher - A Society Bylaws Overview
January 31, 2019 Financial Management for Faith-Based Communities
January 23, 2019 EVCO Leadership Series - Executive Director Wine & Wisdom
January 19, 2019 Alberta Board Members Essentials - Board Member Training
January 16, 2019 HR for the Non-HR Professional
January 15, 2019 The Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition Program: An Information Session