BOSS 2017 is now sold out. If we receive any cancelations you may purchase a ticket over the phone. Please call Nav Nagra at 604.637.8297 to inquire about ticket availability.
Registration includes the cost of conference, light refreshments, lunch and entry to the social networking event following the conference program.
|Regular Price (July 24 - October 10, 2017)||$250.00
BOSS is BC's Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference
October 13, 2017 | Marriott Pinnacle Downtown | Vancouver
BOSS is back for its third year...bigger, better, BOSS-IER! Vantage Point's innovative
one-day not-for-profit leadership conference will once again convene seasoned and emerging leaders, board members and volunteers in a shared space to develop competencies, skills and tools.
BOSS 2017 is a space for dialogue and game-changing tactics on how not-for-profits approach leadership. Over 250 sector leaders will connect and tackle sector challenges like shared-leadership and communicating impact while levelling up their skills.
This year's theme is: Level Up! Join not-for-profit leaders to tackle questions on how your organization can reach new heights. This one-day conference will provide you with key leadership skills and tools to take back to your organization. Register today!
Marriott Pinnacle Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5
There will be secure bike storage available at the venue. Please bring your bike into the lobby and notify a staff member that you are here for the conference. There are also several Mobi Shaw Go bike stations near by, (the closest station is near Pender & Burrard).
Hotel parking is available and accessible from the south side of Hastings St.
P3 – P5 is available for conference parking
$15 prior 9:30am until 6pm
$28 after 9:30am until 6pm
$12 additional fee if you intend to use the space after 6pm
$27 for valet service (all day)
Nearby Parking Lots:
Metro Parking Lots ($20 All Day Max to 6pm / Early Bird $13.50 before 8:30am to 6pm)
My Parking: (Daily: $17 until 6pm, evenings for monthly parkers only)
For more parking options visit parkopedia
Barbara Grantham is BOSS
Barbara Grantham was appointed President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in 2013. The Foundation partners with donors to advance Vancouver Coastal Health’s vision to transform specialized, adult and family health care in Vancouver for British Columbians. A long-time Vancouver resident, Barbara has over 25 years’ experience as a successful senior executive and consultant in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors in BC and nationally. She has held executive positions with the Vancouver Foundation, Streetohome Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Barbara also has extensive experience as a senior consultant, excelling in strategic planning, organizational assessment, project management, board governance, financial sustainability, and public policy issues.
Barbara is a member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the largest ‘on the ground’ social service organization in BC, and Awkward Stage Theatre Productions, which helps young adults move through the “awkward” stage to the next stage of a professional theatre career. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of Imagine Canada.
Barbara holds a BA degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Carleton University. She lives in Vancouver with her family.
Presenter: Vincent Chow, Partner, LOGAN HR
Track: People Management
How do you create a fair and competitive compensation framework for your not-for-profit organization? Join us to learn 5 tips that you can actually put to work.
Jessica Langelaan Non-profit Practice Lead, Traction on Demand
Britt Andersen, Executive Director, Terry Fox Foundation
Track: Finance, Fund Development & Data
Investing in technology is no longer seen as a nice-to-have, but a necessity. This session will provide practical tips and tools on how to make a case to your executive/board for investing in technology, why it’s important now more than ever, and key challenges organizations face while implementing technology that if prepared, you can avoid. A local non-profit will also share the ups and downs of their technology journey.
Presenter: Mike Rowlands, President & CEO, Junxion Strategy
PowerPoint Presentation: Please email Mike for slides at email@example.com
This interactive workshop will present an innovative communications and engagement framework that's been proven through dozens of brand and strategy engagements across cultures and around the world.Through compelling, sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking stories, presentation of proven tools and techniques, and interactive individual and small group work, you'll learn about the four pillars of a successful brand.
Presenter: Gayle Farrell, President, Siena Consulting
You’ve agreed change is necessary but are you ready? Find out the key questions to ask before embarking on your organizational change journey to make sure your plan takes care of people, process and culture.
Presenter: Jodi Rai, Senior Labour Relations Advisor, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
This session will look at how organizations can tap into and/or develop employee, volunteer and community engagement. People engagement can be defined as a workplace approach where individuals feel connected with the organization's vision and goals - where they feel motivated and energized.
Presenter: David Love, CFRE, Principal, LOVEfundraising
Track: Finance, Fund Development & Data
Money-phobia, fear of rejection are all reasons why some of us get queasy at the thought of asking for money. Get over it.
Not-for-Profit Lifecycles 101
Presenter: Mark Friesen, Consulting Manager, Vantage Point
Organizations are like people – they move through different stages of development. Identify your organization’s lifecycle stage to pinpoint your specific growing pains and next steps in capacity development. This workshop will explore seven different lifecycle stages and performance outcomes for each. This session is based on the work of Susan Kenny Stevens.
Navroz Janmohamed, CPA, CA, Manning Elliott LLP, Accountants and Business Advisors
Catherine Miller, CPA, CA, Manning Elliott LLP, Accountants and Business Advisors
Track: Finance, Fund Development & Data
We have all joined an not-for-profit organization in one capacity or other to share our passion of making a difference and taking an organization to greater heights. However, with this leadership role comes great accountability. With strained resources to fully accomplish all of the goals of an NPO, there are several responsibilities and regulatory matters those involved with an NPO must follow and understand.The CRA has led two separate projects to review both NPOs and registered charities. This session will discuss these projects and how to avoid the common pitfalls identified and other areas of concern.
Do you dread the time, cost and risk involved in finding new leaders for your organization? Learn tips to recruit strategically at all role levels, to diversify leadership and improve impact through you people.
Secrets from the Stage: Developing confidence in public speaking
Presenter: Iain Duncan, Musician, Juggler, and Physical Comedian, Iain Duncan Entertainment
As leaders, we're always working on our pitch. Stage performer Iain Duncan shares the art and science of improving presentation skills and preparing for peak performance to help you influence from the podium and drive your expected outcomes.
Succession Planning for Busy Beavers
Presenter: Wayne Robert, Senior Professional Advisor, Third Sector Company
Canadian Info Inventory
Whether planned or unplanned, a vacancy in the chief professional position creates an awkward series of events involving staff, volunteers, donors and the entire community. Depending on the variables that resulted in the vacancy, a significant period of time can be spent managing the people, processes and politics associated with your organization.
The adoption of a succession policy by a Board of Directors will authorize the organization to immediately enact a series of steps that will help the organization to continue its services without interruption during these times. This presentation lays out the six attributes to consider in creating your leadership continuity plan.
Presenter: Bruce Robinson, CEO, Freestyle Canada
Effective governance is a team effort and includes the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In order for the relationship between the Board, the Board Chairperson, and the CEO to be effective, all parties must treat each other as partners to ensure the organization performs.
Presenter: Doris Orr, Coach, Speaker, Business Consultant and Founder, Powerful Paradigms
Feel empowered by connecting to the best in you. Learn how to truly unleash the real you, unleash your ‘super power’, so you can live your life – and love your life – as uniquely you!
View or download a PDF copy of the schedule here.
7:30am - 5:00pm
|Registration & Info Desk Open|
|8:30am - 9:30am||
Welcome + Keynote
Bob Baker (traditional welcome)
|Break (9:30am - 9:45am)|
|9:45am - 10:45am||BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
A Values-driven Brand: The Secret to Effective Strategy
2 hour session
Engagement and Leadership
2 hour session
5 Tips for Effective Compensation Design
Advanced (People Management)
|11:00am - 12:00pm||
Recruiting for Impact: Getting it Right
Lunch (12:00pm - 1:15pm)
|The Impact of Investing in Leadership Panel
(12:30pm - 1:15pm)
|Break (1:15pm - 1:30pm)|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
Secrets from the Stage: Developing & Improving Presentation Skills
How to Ask for Money Without Throwing Up!
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: Setting the Stage for Successful Organizational Change
Effective Working Relationships between Boards of Directors and CEOs
|Break (2:30pm - 2:45pm)|
|2:45pm - 3:45pm||BREAKOUT SESSIONS|
Investing in Technology & Key Challenges to Avoid
Beginner (Finance, Fund Dev, & Data)
Unleash Your Inner 'Super Power'
Succession Planning for Busy Beavers
How to Ensure Your Not-For-Profit Complies with CRA Requirements
|3:45pm - 4:15pm||
|4:15pm - 5:15pm||Reception + Networking|
Executive Director, The Terry Fox Foundation
Britt is the Executive Director of The Terry Fox Foundation. He is honoured to lead an organization that hosts and organizes over 10,000 runs and walks across Canada each September and hundreds of events in 36 countries worldwide. The Terry Fox Foundation has raised $750 million for cancer research while staying true to Terry’s values and principles around low fundraising overhead and funding the most effective and innovative cancer research. Britt has a long career in the charity sector, having previously senior positions at Coast Mental Health and Canadian Blood Services. In the community, Britt serves on several non-profit boards.
Partner, LOGAN HR
With a valuable combination of global HR consulting and corporate experience, Vincent is well known for his ability to understand the underlying issues in any situation, and for his straightforward approach to business. He is a Partner and co-founder of Logan HR, a BC-based HR firm specializing in compensation, performance management, and career transition.
Musician, Juggler, and Physical Comedian, Iain Duncan Entertainment
Iain Duncan has been performing as a musician, juggler, and physical comedian for over 25 years, and has studied the art and science of mastering performance skills for even longer. In addition, Iain has worked as a consultant and developer to the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years, giving him unique insights into the similarities between stage performances and business presentations and a breadth of experience that informs his own speaking and training. He is based in Victoria, where he is the Director of Engineering for Silk Start Association Management Software, and performs with various musical ensembles and stage shows.
President, Siena Consulting
Gayle, a community engagement and investment specialist, is the President and CEO of Siena Consulting. The nature of Siena’s work situates it largely in the domain of change management. Gayle has worked with national organizations to structure and lead Canada-wide consultations to support the development of a variety of successful change initiatives nationally, provincially, and locally. She has facilitated consultations involving public, private, and nonprofit sector representatives supporting the re-imagination of primary health care in BC and of social programs nationally.
Consulting Manager, Vantage Point
Mark has a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University where he focused on governance and decision-making at the municipal scale. Currently the consulting manager at Vantage Point, Mark works with nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the design and implementation of stakeholder consultation projects, strategic planning engagements, organizational capacity assessments, and effective governance structures. Mark has a keen interest in inclusive community development, and facilitates complex public deliberation and consultation projects. He has a deep understanding and passion for democratic decision-making, and has provided support to organizations in diverse sectors such as health, sport, social and cultural services.
CPA, CA, Partner, Manning Elliott LLP, Accountants and Business Advisors
Navroz Janmohamed is a partner at the Vancouver-based chartered professional accounting firm Manning Elliott, where he has worked with the NPO sector for over 16 years. He has a broad background in NPO accounting, assurance, governance, and taxation and is a member of several committees that create awareness regarding the myriad of changes and compliance required in the NPO sector.
Non-profit Practice Lead, Traction on Demand
At Traction on Demand, Jessica Langelaan brings business acumen into the non-profit sector through the use of Salesforce.org, a cloud-based technology platform that makes constituent, donation and communication management easy and efficient. This means that donors, board members and volunteers can be seamlessly managed and the organization can put greater focus and time into its mission. Past roles for Jessica include five years with Offsetters, Canada’s leading provider of climate change management solutions, where she was responsible for the overall performance and strategic development of Offsetters’ consulting services. She’s also held roles in environmental sustainability, non-profit health and recreation sport management. She is committed to continuing a career where she can continue to make a difference for the organization, the community and the world.
CFRE, Principal, LOVEfundraising
A passionate fundraiser for more than 25 years, David formed his own Company, www.LOVEfundraising.ca, in 2012. He consistently provides strategic counsel to large and small non-profits in Canada and the States to ultimately improve their fundraising effectiveness. One notable accomplishment - David led a $6.3 million one year campaign for BC’s first long-term residential facility for youth with addictions, Ashnola at the Crossing. He continues as an Instructor in the BCIT Essentials of Fundraising course since 2002, is President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Vancouver Chapter and a Singer with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir for the past 23 years.
CPA, CA, Manning Elliott LLP, Accountants and Business Advisors
Catherine provides accounting, and assurance services for private companies, not-for-profit organizations and charities. She also prepares tax returns for corporations, individuals, charities, not-for-profit and trusts. Catherine services a wide range of clients. Her area of expertise is the not-for-profit sector including charities. Catherine has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Public Accountancy diploma, both from McGill University, and graduated from a private French school in Montreal with an International Baccalaureate diploma. Catherine is the treasurer of the Chambre de Commerce Francophone de Vancouver and participates actively in the French community in the Lower Mainland.
CPA, CA, CEC and Founder of Powerful Paradigms Coaching & Consulting
Doris is passionate about shining the spotlight on each person’s greatness! Fun and energizing are words to describe how she is…sparking your inner ‘super power’! Doris gained broad international experience, enhancing her experience as a Chartered Accountant (now CPA, CA) by working in Wellington NZ, London, Munich, Zurich, New York, Bermuda and Vancouver in the areas of finance, project management and risk management. After 25 years in the corporate world, she obtained her certification as an executive coach and now combines her coaching, inspirational speaking and business consulting with her passion for helping people live in their full potential.
Senior Labour Relations Advisor, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Jodi has been a human resources professional for over 16 years working in both the public and not-for-profit sectors providing leadership training and guidance to managers, directors and board members. Her passion lies in connecting with individuals in ways that adds meaning to their professional lives and assisting them in their learning journey.
Senior Professional Advisor, Third Sector Company
Wayne worked at Health Initiative for Men (HIM) as Executive Director, beginning in 2010, bringing more than 25 years of leadership expertise. Prior to joining HIM, Wayne spent 15 years in progressive management positions at Knowledge Network, BC's educational broadcaster, ultimately serving as General Manager from 2002 to 2007. After that, Wayne worked for the Gitga’at First Nation in Hartley Bay to develop governance models that incorporated both the hereditary system and the Indian Act regulations. He currently volunteers his time and skills as a volunteer at CFCD, HIM, and Vantage Point providing executive and board leadership and organizational development services.
CEO, Freestyle Canada
Bruce is a business leader who excels in strategic development, leadership development, governance education, financial management, marketing and brand development. Bruce is Chartered Professional Accountant with a Certified Management Accountant legacy designation. This training is the foundation for the development of a diverse set of skills through which he provides innovative leadership. Bruce has transformed the governance of a major Canadian National Sport Organization (NSO), led the redesign of the organization's brand, developed a strategic vision that boldly pushes the organization to adopt a more business-centric approach that supports the organization's vision and mission, provides leadership training and governance training to non-profit organizations and is an acknowledged leader within the Canadian amateur sport sector.
President & CEO, Junxion Strategy
Mike is President & CEO at Junxion Strategy. He's an accomplished entrepreneur, consultant and advisor who works at the intersection of business, community and sustainability. He supports visionary entrepreneurs and leaders in organizations around the world, helping to craft distinctive strategies, disrupt markets, and accelerate success.
Strategic HR Consultant, MC Seebohm Consulting
Marie-Claire Seebohm brings over 15 years social profit leadership experience to her work with non-profit leaders to develop and implement effective people solutions. She has held operations and HR leadership roles with Ecotrust Canada, Vanity, David Suzuki Foundation, Central 1 Credit Union and has served as a board member with the Pivot Legal Society and as a Knowledge Philanthropist with Vantage Point.
The Impact of Investing in Leadership
The not-for-profit sector is traditionally reluctant to invest in overhead – both in our administrative expenses and in our people - and instead funnels all available funds to client-facing services and programs. Recent research and Vantage Point’s own evaluation outcomes, however, prove that investing in capacity improves overall organizational performance, including fund raising, program outcomes, and employee engagement and retention. In this panel, three sector leaders will explore how we can shift our scarcity thinking and discover innovative ways to build leadership talent in the sector.
Associate Executive Director, Vantage Point
After working in London and completing her MBA at INSEAD in France and Singapore, Maria Turnbull joined Vantage Point’s team in 2006. Rooted in the not-for-profit sector through numerous leadership roles with the British and Canadian Red Cross Societies, OXFAM and Amnesty International, Maria loves collaborating and exploring partnerships at Vantage Point. She strongly believes that the greatest potential citizens have for positive change in the community is through the not-for-profit sector.
Membership Experience Manager, YMCA of Greater Vancouver
Julia is the Membership Manager at the Tong Louie Family YMCA in Surrey, and is the Chair of the YMCA Young Leaders Council. Julia has immense gratitude for the various leaders who have invested in her personal and professional development which have allowed her to flourish in her career path with the Y. As the Chair of the Young Leaders Council, it is her mission to ensure that “leaders who happen to be young” continue to be heard, recognized, and developed to reach their full potential.
President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation
Kevin McCort was appointed President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation in September 2013, bringing with him a wealth of energy and over 30 years experience in the non-profit sector to the role. He joined Vancouver Foundation following an impressive 20-year career with CARE Canada, one of Canada’s leading development and humanitarian aid organizations, serving the last six years as president and CEO of the organization.
Executive Director, Vantage Point
As Vantage Point’s Executive Director, Denise is responsible for leading and executing Vantage Point’s mission to totally transform the not-for-profit sector through building leadership capability. She has a significant record of achievement in the areas of Strategic Planning, Team Development, Business Development, Education and Client Relations. Before joining Vantage Point, Denise was Assistant Dean of the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre at the Sauder School of Business, UBC.