THE LEADERS ON BOARD E-LEARNING PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM ABOUT?

The Sustainability Network and B3 Canada are strongly committed to building leadership capacity in the nonprofit sector.

The “Leaders on Board” e-Learning Program is a comprehensive nonprofit board governance course designed for professionals. It’s a practical, convenient and affordable course created to provide you with what you need to know when serving on a nonprofit board.

WHY WILL YOU BENEFIT FROM THE PROGRAM?

 
If you’re considering serving on a nonprofit board, this program will help demonstrate your commitment to the sector and confirm that you’re prepared to shine from day one
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If you’re already serving on a board, this program will fine tune your skills and ensure that you receive broader sector-wide perspectives to ensure your skills are transferable
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If you’re bringing in new directors to your board, you can let them take this program as part of their orientation so that they’ll be more equipped to serve on your board
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The Leaders on Board program will provide you with the fundamentals of serving on a nonprofit board. It’s a high-quality program that’s practical, convenient and affordable.

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PRACTICAL

It’s woven with BoardSource case studies and presented in a clear and visually appealing manner - free from academic jargon.

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CONVENIENT

It’s designed so that you can take each lesson in about ten minutes or less whether from your desktop, mobile phone or tablet - anytime and anywhere.

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AFFORDABLE

It’s reasonably priced at a fraction of the cost of other board governance courses - so that you save both time and money.

  • “B3’s governance course is very well laid out in small increments that are easy to digest. Even for someone with governance experience it's a useful refresher. Great work!”

    Jeff Fallowfield, President, LGM Financial Services

  • “The B3 online governance program was very thorough and touched on many relevant topics. I would recommend this course to my colleagues at RBC.”

    Stephanie Breitman, Senior Credit Analyst, RBC Global Asset Management

  • "B3’s board governance course was a great introduction to boards and board services. Videos were clear and easy to understand. Case studies provide good examples to illustrate point. I would recommend this course to my colleagues at Shell.”

    Alex Markos, Production Manager, Shell Canada

  • “B3’s online governance course was organized, clear & easy to understand. It was practical, convenient and affordable. I would recommend this course to my colleagues.”

    Priscilla Sherwood, Director, Dentons Canada

  • “The quality of the Board Matching Program services I received from B3 was excellent. I liked their personalized service, their online videos and their prompt response times. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues at Enbridge.”

    Laszlo Varsanyi, Vice President, Enbridge

  • “Excellent is the rating I give for B3’s services. B3 couldn't have made it easier for me to connect with a non-profit. The online training was fit for purpose and the interviews/questionnaire were instrumental in finding a good fit. I am very happy with my match, which wouldn't have happened without the help of B3. I would recommend B3 to my colleagues at Shell.”

    Julia Stadnyk, Senior Legal Counsel, Shell Canada

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INCLUDE?

Module 1: What Exactly Are Nonprofits?
 
Lesson 1: What are Nonprofits? Features of Nonprofits.
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Lesson 2: Types of Nonprofits. Comparing Nonprofits & Businesses.
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Lesson 3: The Canadian Nonprofit Sector. Canadian Legal Environment for Nonprofits. Legally Distinguish Charities & Nonprofits.
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Lesson 4: Nonprofit's Lifecycle Stages.
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Module 2: What Is Governance?
 
Lesson 1: What Is Governance? What is a Board of Directors?
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Lesson 2: Why is Good Governance Important? Governance vs Management.
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Lesson 3: Three Modes of Good Governance: Fiduciary, Strategic & Generative.
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Lesson 4: Three Models for Board Governance: Working, Governance-Only & Mixed Model.
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Module 3: Ten Board Responsibilities
 
Lesson 1: One: Determine Mission. Two: Select CEO.
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Lesson 2: Three: Manage the CEO. Four: Undertake Strategic Thinking.
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Lesson 3: Five: Monitor & Evaluate Programs. Six: Ensure Adequate Financial Resources.
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Lesson 4: Seven: Provide Financial Oversight. Eight: Build a Competent Board.
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Lesson 5: Nine: Ensure Legal & Ethical Integrity. Ten: Enhance Nonprofit's Public Standing.
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Module 4: Primary Duties of Board Directors
 
Lesson 1: Fiduciary Duty. What is Conflict of Interest? Why Conflicts of Interest Should Concern Boards.
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Lesson 2: Conflict of Interest: Tools & Strategies. Tips for Avoiding Conflict of Interest.
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Lesson 3: Duty of Care: Compliance, Transparency & Accountability. The Business Judgment Rule.
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Lesson 4: Liabilities & Risk Management. Types of Risk. Ways to Reduce Risk & Liability.
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Module 5: Five Main Responsibilities of Board Directors
 
Lesson 1: Be Committed to the Mission.
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Lesson 2: Attend Board Meetings.
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Lesson 3: Develop Staff Relationships.
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Lesson 4: Support Fundraising.
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Lesson 5: Serve as Ambassador.
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Module 6: Impact of Serving. Guide Questions to Finding the Right Board
 
Lesson 1: Impact of Serving: Personal Benefits. Employer Benefits. Nonprofit Benefits.
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Lesson 2: Questions to Ask Yourself.
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Lesson 3: Questions to Ask the Nonprofit. Questions the Nonprofit May Ask You.
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WHO’S YOUR INSTRUCTOR?

Josephine V. Yam, J.D., LLM.
CEO & Co-Founder, B3 Canada

Josephine Victoria Yam is a lawyer-social entrepreneur who recently graduated from Stanford University's Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders. She obtained her Master of Laws (LLM) degree at the University of Calgary and pursued advanced education at Harvard Law School and the University of Toronto. Before co-founding B3 Canada, Josephine was Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre of Alberta. She previously worked as Senior Legal Counsel with the Government of Alberta and as lawyer with the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Josephine was a former law professor and a columnist of a national business-oriented newspaper who wrote on the complex interaction of business and law issues in the digital economy.

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FAQS

Who is this course designed for?

We designed this course for professionals like you who want to learn or even brush up on the practical fundamentals of what a board director needs to know before serving on a nonprofit board.

Many professionals like you want practical information on nonprofit board governance free from academic jargon. You’re so busy that you want a high-quality course that’s self-paced, relatively quick to complete and packed with comprehensive information. You want a high-quality course that’s affordable and easy on the pocket.

So we created this "Leaders on Board " program with you in mind. It's practical, convenient and affordable. No prior experience in boards is required.

When will I have access to the course?

Once you enroll in the course, you’ll have immediate access to all the 25 High Definition Videos, 6 quick quizzes, 8 Bonus BoardSource Materials and 6 lists of Additional Resources.

How much time do I need?

It’s a self-guided online course so you can take it at your own pace anytime and anywhere.

The course is comprised of 25 High Definition Videos, 6 quick quizzes, 8 Bonus BoardSource Materials and 6 lists of Additional Resources.

We designed the program lessons in short segments so that you can take each lesson in about ten minutes or less. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours to complete.

How long can I access the course?

You can access the course for 90 days from the date of your enrollment in the course. If you do not earn your course completion certificate within 90 days, your registration will expire and you will need to pay to re-enroll for the course.

What is the refund or cancellation policy?

You can request a full refund or cancellation up to fourteen days after confirmation of your paid enrollment, provided:

 
You have not started any lesson in the course; or
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You have not downloaded any course materials.
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After fourteen days, if you have already started a lesson or have downloaded a course material, you will not be entitled to any refund or cancellation from B3.

How do I navigate around the course?

After completing each video, click the Next button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will register that you have completed the video in that particular module.

After selecting your answer to a question in the Quick Quiz, click the Check button located at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will prompt the system to provide you with the recommended answer to the question.

B3 e-Learning

About the Leaders on Board e-Learning Program

It’s a comprehensive nonprofit board governance course that B3 designed for professionals like you. It’s based on B3’s accredited Continuing Professional Development webinar that we produced for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). The CBA is the largest professional association representing some 36,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and law students from across Canada.

Sustainability Network

About Sustainability Network

The Sustainability Network was established to strengthen environmental nonprofit leadership. We work with environmental non-profits to make them more effective and efficient. By improving leadership skills and fostering organizational development, we help to strengthen the environmental community. We’re Canada’s leading hub for convening, advising and mobilizing the environmental not-for-profit community.

B3 Canada

About B3 Canada

Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) is a purpose-driven social enterprise dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in businesses and nonprofits through nonprofit board service. We are matchmakers between businesses and nonprofit. We match and train employees to serve on nonprofit boards. A clear triple win for businesses, their employees and the nonprofits they serve.

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OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS …

  • CanadaHelps is a nonprofit serving Canadian charities and donors. They increase charitable giving across Canada by making it easier to donate and fundraise online. Because CanadHelps is a charity, their fees are a fraction of for-profit alternatives, making donation dollars go further.

  • The Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is a member-based nonprofit organization founded in 2002 in Edmonton, AB. They serve the nonprofit and charitable organizations in the Alberta Capital Region.

  • The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is the provincial network for the approximately 55,000 nonprofit organizations across Ontario. As a 7,000-strong provincial network, with a volunteer base of 300 sector leaders, ONN brings the diverse voices of the sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change.

  • For over 62 years, Propellus has been supporting volunteers and volunteerism within the communities of Calgary. It strongly believes that volunteering is essential to creating and sustaining healthy, supportive and connected communities.

  • The Sustainability Network is a national organization that works with environmental nonprofits to make them more effective and efficient. Their mission is to enrich environmental leaders and nonprofit organizations so that they can help us all achieve sustainability.

  • Founded in 1943, Vantage Point delivers learning opportunities focused on governance, leadership, planning and people engagement for new and seasoned sector leaders, board directors and managers, aimed at advancing not-for-profit leadership.

  • Women Get On Board is a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. They do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom.

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