Convened by Vantage Point October 13, 2017 l Vancouver, BC


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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 2017 tickets are non-refundable
  • Tickets are transferable until October 10th, 2017 at 4:00pm PT
  • Registration opens at 7:30am



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BOSS 2017

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BOSS: Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability

BOSS is BC's Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference
October 13, 2017 | Marriott Pinnacle Downtown | 

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. Whether you are a novice, ninja, or not-for-profit unicorn - 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

(604) 684-1128

Looking for somewhere to stay?
Visit Tourism Vancouver for hotel accommodation available in the area.

Venue Parking Rates:

P3 – P5 is available for conference parking
$15 prior 9am until 6pm
$28 after 9am until 6pm
$6 additional fee if you intend to use the space after 6pm 

Go Park - Self Parking (Monday- Friday)

All Day Max (6am-6pm) $21.00
Evening (6pm-6am) $6.00
Early Bird $14.00 (Enter between 6am-9.30am)


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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.


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5 Tips for Effective Compensation Design 

Presenter: Vincent Chow, Partner, LOGAN HR
Track: People Management
Level: Advanced

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.


Investing in Technology & Key Challenges to Avoid 

Presenter: Michelle MalpassDirector of Community Performance, Traction for Good
Track: Finance, Fund Development & Data
Level: Beginner

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. 


A Values-driven Brand: The Secret to Effective Strategy

Presenter: Mike Rowlands, President & CEO, Junxion Strategy
Track: Leadership
Level: Intermediate

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. 


Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast: Setting the Stage for Successful Organizational Change

PresenterGayle Farrell, President, Siena Consulting
Track: Leadership
Level: Intermediate

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.


Engagement and Leadership - How to Make it Happen!

Presenter: Jodi Rai, Senior Labour Relations Advisor, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Track: Leadership
Level: Intermediate

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.


How to Ask for Money without Throwing up!

Presenter: David Love, CFRE, Principal, LOVEfundraising
Track: Finance, Fund Development & Data
Level: Intermediate

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
Track: Governance
Level: Beginner

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.


NPOs and Registered Charities: Recent Developments, Compliance Issues and Responsibilities

Presenter: Navroz Janmohamed, CPA, CA, and Catherine Miller, CPA, CA, Manning Elliott LLP, Accountants and Business Advisors
Track: Finance, Fund Development & Data
Level: Intermediate

This session will focus on the responsibilities of those involved with NPOs, the compliance issues that must be followed and the potential consequences of non-compliance.


Recruiting for Impact: Getting it Right

PresenterMarie-Claire Seebohm, Strategic HR Consultant, MC Seebohm Consulting
Track: People Management
Level: Advanced

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

PresenterIain Duncan, Musician, Juggler, and Physical Comedian, Iain Duncan Entertainment
Track: Leadership
Level: Beginner

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
Track: Governance
Level: Beginner

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.


The Perfect Partnership: Effective Working Relationships between Boards of Directors and CEOs/EDs

Presenter: Bruce Robinson, CEO, Freestyle Canada
Track: Governance
Level: Intermediate

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.


Unleash Your Inner 'Super Power'

Presenter: Doris Orr, Coach, Speaker, Business Consultant and Founder, Powerful Paradigms
Level: Beginner

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! 


Stay tuned for more sessions.

Register for BOSS 2017 today!



7:30am - 5:00pm

Registration & Info Desk Open
8:30am - 9:30am Welcome + Keynote
  Break (9:30am - 9:45am)
9:45am - 10:45am Breakout Sessions


  Break (10:45am - 11:00am)
11:00am - 12:00pm Breakout Sessions



Lunch (12:00pm - 1:15pm)

Panel  (12:30pm - 1:15pm) 

  Break (1:15pm - 1:30pm)
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Sessions


  Break (2:30pm - 2:45pm)
2:45pm - 3:45pm Breakout Sessions


3:45pm - 4:15pm Closing 
4:15pm - 5:15pm Reception + Networking


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Vincent Chow 

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.

Iain Duncan

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.


Gayle Farrell

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.


Mark Friesen

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. 


Navroz Janmohamed

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.


David Love 

CFRE, Principal, LOVEfundraising

A passionate fundraiser for more than 25 years, David formed his own Company,, 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.


Michelle Malpass

Director of Community Performance, Traction on Demand

Michelle is the Director of Community Performance at Traction on Demand where she leads their community program, Traction For Good. She combines her non-profit background with the resources available at Traction to support our local community, empower staff to become philanthropists, and enable non-profits to become more efficient through the use of technology. Michelle is the former Executive Director of the Take a Hike Youth Risk Foundation where she was responsible for fundraising, volunteer engagement and program growth. 


Catherine Miller

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.


Doris Orr

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.


Jodi Rai 

Senior Labour Relations Advisor

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.


Wayne Robert

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.


Bruce Robinson

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.


Mike Rowlands

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.


Marie-Claire Seebohm

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.


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