Executive Director 101 Lab

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Lab Outline

Executive Director 101 supports first-time, or incoming, executive directors (EDs) with practical skills and knowledge to succeed in their role.​

In this lab we will explore the eight domains of the ED position: Leadership, Governance, Program and Service Management, Human Resources, Fund Development, Financial Management, Community and Public Relations, and Administration.​

Suggested participants: New and incoming executive directors (including other similar roles like CEOs, artistic directors and managing directors) who are looking for some structure and insight to the EDs key responsibilities.

Important note! If you are an executive director with more than 1 year of experience in the role, our Advanced Executive Lab may be a better fit for you.

New this summer: Executive Director 101 – Indigenous Leadership Cohort is a Lab designed for, and available uniquely to, Indigenous non-profit leaders in BC, in partnership, including co-facilitation, with Indigenous Perspectives Society and with financial support from Vancity.

Lab Outcomes

By the end of this lab, you will have:

  • Broad knowledge of the technical requirements and competencies of the non-profit executive director role.
  • Best practices in leadership and people-engagement, mission impact, governance and operations.
  • Started a personalized 12-month action-plan to identify and execute on key objectives to support your success as a first-time executive director.

Registration Details

Application Deadline: 2 weeks before the start date​

Bursary Application Deadline: 1 month before the start date

Location: Online / Virtual

Indigenous Cohort Cost:
$120, offered at a discounted price for Indigenous leader participants thanks to financial support from Vancity. If price remains a barrier, please reach out.

Regular Cost: $599 Non-member | $539 Member​

Lab Schedule

2024 Summer Program Schedule

Indigenous Leadership Cohort, in partnership with Indigenous Perspectives Society and with financial support from Vancity

June 27, 2024 | 1 - 4pm

July 4, 2024 | 1 - 4pm

July 11, 2024 | 1 - 4pm

2024 Fall Program Schedule

November 7, 2024 | 1 - 4pm

November 14, 2024 | 1 - 4pm

November 21, 2024 | 1 - 4pm

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Lab Benefits

  • Come away with tangible tools, ideas, and practices to apply in your first Executive Director role.
  • Delve into the key competencies of an ED and learn how to align them with your personal leadership strengths.
  • Share common challenges you’ve been experiencing with other leaders.
  • Expand your network and connect with fellow non-profit leaders across BC.

Lab Topics

Over the 3 half-day sessions you will explore the eight competencies of the ED role:​


Financial Management

Human Resources

Fund Development

Program and Service Management

Community and Public Relations



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