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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Town of Pincher Creek, Recreation and Community Services
Pincher Creek, AB
Contact: Rhonda Oczkowski
Tel: 403-627-4322
Email: Rhonda Oczkowski

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Strathcona County Information and Volunteer Centre
Sherwood Park, AB
Contact: Susan Mihalievitch, Program Coordinator
Tel: 780-464-4242
Email: Susan Mihalievitch

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Town of Okotoks
Okotoks, AB
Contact: Tracy Church, Recreation Coordinator – Adults
Tel: 403-995-2772
Email: Tracy Church

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau Association
Grande Prairie, AB
Contact: Barb Burrows, Programs Manager
Tel: 780-538-2727
Email: Barb Burrows

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Volunteer Lethbridge Association
Lethbridge, AB
Contact: Diana Sim, Executive Director
Tel: 403-332-4320
Email: Diana Sim

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Town of Edson FCSS
Edson, AB
Contact: Tanya Byers, FCSS Manager
Tel: 780-723-4403
Email: Tanya Byers

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Westlock & District FCSS
Westlock, AB
Contact: Carol Kassian, Program Coordinator
Tel: 780-349-5900
Email: Carol Kassian

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Jasper Employment and Education Centre
Jasper, AB
Contact: Zeb Trazo, Adult Education Coordinator
Tel: 780-852-4418
Email: Zeb Trazo

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: October 13, 2017
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