Board: Effective Governance

Denise Baker, Executive Director of Vantage Point opened BOSS 2017 with a warm welcome.

Good morning everyone! Welcome to BOSS 2017! I am so delighted to see you all here at our 3rd annual BOSS conference: Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability. 

Look at all the talent in this room. More importantly – look at all the potential in this room! Imagine what our organizations can accomplish if each of us had the opportunity to more fully develop our leadership. I’ll suggest this – improved stakeholder engagement, better staff engagement and retention, superior program outcomes, and increased financial sustainability. Ultimately, we would create stronger, healthier communities. 

And what is what is required to unleash all this potential? Investment in time – we are busy and have multiple pressures and priorities. Investment in money – we are reluctant to spend money outside of critical programs or on overhead. Investment in commitment – to ongoing coaching and support and encouragement of each other. But if we made this investment, imagine what this will make possible for our sector? 

 

Organizational culture is an important part of your organization. Learn key insights into how to adapt your organizational culture to increase effectiveness in your organization.

More and more, BC not-for-profit organizations are looking to make a greater impact through their boards. Some groups want to go beyond the typical governance practices - such as monthly meetings, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the implied expectation that directors are fiscal managers. Recently, a group reached out to Vantage Point to ask how they could support and reflect indigenous cultural practices at the board level. There is also a rising awareness to support and reflect the diversity of our communities in our boards.

Every time I facilitate a leadership governance training I go through a range of emotions. It starts with curiosity, veers into terror, and then settles into curiosity and exhilaration as I get into the room and start working with the participants. My last session working with not-for-profit board members in Kelowna was no different except that everything was amplified. 

10 Attributes of a BOSS Board: take your not-for-profit governance to new heights by following these ten tips on areas including great meetings, decision making and strategic planning.

Here at Vantage Point, we have worked with hundreds of boards and thousands of board members. We are often asked what makes a great board and so we have developed a list to help boards fine tune their processes for greater governance success.

At the heart of my quest to join a board was a desire to connect with my community, meet a new group of passionate people, support an organization whose work I cared deeply about and to learn, learn, learn. I am not embarrassed to confess that my motives were not entirely altruistic either. In my current role at Vantage Point, I oversee our membership and act as a project manager but one of my core strengths is my ability to strategize...

new Societies Act for British Columbia not-for-profit societies transitioning timeline

With the knowledge that most aspects of the new Societies Act will come into force as of Nov 28, 2016, Vantage Point decided to move quickly to look at our current bylaws and constitution, in order to put forward revised bylaws and constitution for member approval at our AGM in April, 2016. We are excited to share our journey with you as we understand the anxiety that preparing for the new Act brings to all of us! As a starting point, I share the key phases and associated processes that Vantage Point identified for how to tackle a review of current bylaws and constitution, to ultimately ensure compliance with the new Act.

BC not-for-profit new societies act announcement and resources

It’s official. The new Societies Act comes into force on November 28, 2016. 

The new legislation addresses many of the common complaints of the current BC Society Act and introduces changes to allow societies to operate more effectively while simultaneously protecting public interest. Some of the changes include:

  • Qualifications of Directors
  • Member-Funded Societies
  • Senior Managers
  • Reporting on Remuneration of Directors, Employees and Contractors
  • Unalterable Provisions and Special Resolutions
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Borrowing and Issuance of Securities
  • Electronic Filings

With many of these...

 

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The new Societies Act will come into force on November 28, 2016.

The BC Corporate Registry recently added a number of informative documents regarding the Societies Act to its website, including:

  • links to the new Act and Regulations;
  • a table outlining some the new Act’s impact on existing societies;
  • a 2-way concordance with the current Society Act;
  • an outline of the new electronic filing system; and
  • answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The index to these documents can be viewed at the BC Corporate Registry.

We recommended that societies regularly...

 

Reposted with permission from Bull Housser

The days of the current Society Act are officially numbered. It has now been announced that the new Societies Act will come into force on November 28, 2016.

As part of its plan to modernize the legislation governing not-for-profits in the province, on November 23, 2015 an Order in Council was passed setting November 28, 2016 as the date on which the new Societies Act will come into force. The Regulations to the Societies Act are also now publicly available and can be viewed on the website of the British Columbia Legislature.

As previously reported...

Reposted with permission from Bull Housser

By Michael Blatchford and Bryan Millman – Bull Housser**

The provincial legislation that creates and governs all societies in British Columbia is receiving an overhaul. The current Society Act dates from 1977 and while outdated in some respect remains the legislation of choice for not-for-profit organizations in BC.

The new Societies Act (the “Act”) was driven by a growing need to modernize the regulatory scheme governing societies in BC. On April 22, 2015, the Act received third reading at the BC legislature. The replacement legislation will likely...

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