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  • Developing Board Policies and Bylaws to Manage Risk

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    In an Era of Rapid Change, How Strong are Your Board Policies?   

    A not-for-profit organization is as strong as its policies. The Board Policies are an important risk management tool as well as it is a guideline on how the board functions. It guides the Board toward ethical decision making and conflict management; ultimately protecting the organization.

    In this workshop, we will explore terms and definitions related to Board policies, the difference between Board policies and operational policies, and as a Board how to prepare, develop and implement Board policies to create a strong and effective board governance manual.


    Facilitator: Merv Hillier, MBA, MSc HRM, CPA, CMC, CDir, DipTh, DBA (Can)

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    Merv Hillier is the Managing Partner for a Canadian based consulting firm, Nuvision Consulting Group Inc. (Nuvision) working with organizations in North America and the Middle East that require an alignment of organizational strategy, design, and culture to drive effectiveness and long-term sustainable growth. He is an expert in converting strategy into performance.

    Merv is the acting CEO for the Centre for Education and Training (TCET). He was contracted to revise TCET’s corporate governance structure, reorganize the financial reporting and human resources management functions, create effective performance measurement and management systems, and create a long-term strategic plan to ensure long-term growth and sustainability.

    Merv is the past President and CEO of CMA Ontario. Under Merv’s leadership, CMA Ontario was recognized as a leader among the top for profit and not-profit companies in Canada for corporate governance, strategic oversight, performance management and value creation.  Merv was an integral member of the team that initiated and managed the merger of the three accounting regulators in Ontario to from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario).

    Merv was also the Canadian President of a diversified company in manufacturing and distribution servicing the automotive, high tech and consumer industries.  As President, Merv led his company to being consistently recognized yearly as one of the “50 Best Managed Companies in Canada”.

    Merv is currently a member of Laurier University’s Dean Advisory Committee; the MBA Program Committee for the University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics; and the Professional Accounting Council for the University of Toronto.

    Merv teaches Governance & Financial Accountability in the Masters of Financial Accountability (MFAc) program at York University; he is a sessional lecturer for the residency program of the University of Guelph Masters in Business Administration program with a focus on Strategic Business Management; he also lectures for Directors College (a joint venture between the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University) in Strategic and Enterprise Risk Management; and is a lecturer for the Caribbean Governance Training Institute.

    Merv holds the degrees of Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Human Resources Management (MSc HRM), from Edinburgh Business School (EBS). He also holds Master Certificates in Risk Management and Strategic Business Agility (Performance) from the Schulich School of Business. Merv is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation in corporate governance. His undergraduate studies were in religion and behaviour.

    In this workshop, we will:

    • Understanding the definitions and differences of the terms constitution, mandate and charter, director declaration form, bylaws, etc.
    • Developing Policies and Bylaws in alignment with the Articles of Incorporation.
    • Policies as a Risk Management tool, including the Indemnity Agreement.
    • Develop Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.
    • Development and effective execution of procedures, including meeting agendas (consent agendas, in-camera meetings, etc.).


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    Members  = CAD 45.00

    Non-Members = CAD 65.00

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    February 27, 2019

    Registration: 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm 

    Sessions: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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    Dinner Provided




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    In-person Workshop

    Volunteer MBC

    7700 Hurontario Street, 

    Unit 601, 

    Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3 

    (Click here for the map)


    • Volunteer Board Members
    • Governance  and other Board Committee Members
    • Anyone who is interested in joining  a Board
    • Executive Directors/CEOs


    Members = $45.00 | Non-members = $65.00

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    Professional Development Credit Units = 3

    Volunteer MBC, commencing January 1, 2019, will be awarding Professional Development Credit Units (PDCU) in all our paid Learning Programs. These credit units can be applied to various benefits that will be introduced throughout the year.

    The validity period of the credit units will be the [year awarded + next calendar year]. PD Credit Units can be applied to any program that will be held during the PDCU validity period.




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