Board Development Program

The Board Development Program (BDP) focuses on improving governance of non-profit organizations by offering:

  • Curriculum based training for individuals and groups on topics like Board Roles and Responsibilities, Policy Development and Effective use of Committees
  • Volunteer instructor opportunities
  • Consultation and presentation services

Volunteer Instructors

At any given time there are approximately 55 volunteer instructors involved in the Board Development Program. They are highly skilled individuals with a positive approach to working with organizations who have completed approximately 70 hours of rigorous onsite training, receive regular updates on information and trends and engage in peer mentoring with BDP staff and other instructors. More than 500 individuals have volunteered with the BDP over 30 years.


BDP workshops can be delivered in two formats:

  • Fundamentals
  • Open

Fundamental Workshops

Fundamentals Workshops come to you and your organization. You will use your own materials to develop an action plan for the future. Instructors get in touch with the organization’s board to customize the curriculum and follow-up with boards four to six months after the workshop.

Contact the Board Development Program to check requirements and to book a Fundamentals Workshop.

Open Workshops

Open Workshops are for individual board volunteers and non-profit staff from any non-profit organization as well as anyone generally interested in governance. They allow you to share proven successful ideas from other boards that have gone through similar situations. An Open Workshop is sponsored by any organization on behalf of the larger community anywhere in Alberta. If you are interested in sponsoring an Open Workshop please check the requirements.

If you are interested in attending an Open Workshop, please check our current schedule and contact the Board Development Program for more information.

Open Workshop Schedule

April 14, 2018
Village of Delburne FCSS
Delburne, AB
Contact: Carol Kihn
Tel: 403-749-3654

April 14, 2018
Wabamun and District FCSS
Wabamun, AB
Contact: Sarah Nipshank
Tel: 780-892-2699
Email: Sarah Nipshank

Saturday, April 28, 2018
City of Airdrie
Airdrie, AB
Contact: Kim Harris, Community Developer
Tel: 403-948-8800
Email: Kim Harris

Saturday, May 5, 2018
City of Leduc
Leduc, AB
Contact: Christine Isaac, Community Development Coordinator
Tel: 780-980-7117

Consultations and Presentations

The Board Development Program is a Canadian leader in board governance and its training and print materials are considered state of the art.

BDP staff and volunteers can speak on a variety of board governance topics at your conference, seminar or workshop.

BDP staff can also assist your board personally with your governance challenges by helping you solve problems and clarify issues or by providing direction and referrals at no cost to your organization.

Contact Us

Phone: 780-427-2001 or Dial toll free 310-0000 then the number
Email Board Development Program.

Last reviewed/revised: March 27, 2018
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