Training for the Non-profit Sector offers the following workshops

To view the list or register for currently available workshops, please visit our Eventbrite or Facebook events pages. 

  • Communications

    • Media Relations 101

      In this half-day session, you’ll learn what is important to the media when trying to get their attention and how to give/participate in interviews.

      You will also learn how to:

      • Handle media interviews
      • Develop key messages, bridging
      • When and why to do live interviews versus taped
      • What to expect before, during and after the interview.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Heather MacLean (TaylorMade Solutions)
  • Financial Management

    • Financial Basics

      The Financial Basics topics include the following:


      • Understanding fixed vs. variable expenses
      • Understanding income statements and balance sheets
      • Understanding break even points
      • How to create a budget
      • Understanding cash flow management
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Dale Thibodeau (DJ Thibodeau and Associates Inc.)
  • Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

    • Hone Your Facilitation Skills

      Develop the skills and confidence you need to teach, lead meetings, and make presentations. Together we will explore the role of the facilitator in different situations, recognize challenges, and use simple strategies to bring everyone into the conversation.

      In this workshop, you will:

      • Identify public speaking principles
      • Develop a talk or presentation
      • Learn how to prepare to facilitate or speak
      • Engage participants by using group discussion techniques Full day option will cover the following additional topics:
      • Co-facilitate using best practices
      • Manage challenging participants
      • Apply best practices for handouts, slides, and other visuals
      • Develop a personal plan to improve your skills
      1/2 day or 1 day

      Facilitator(s): Catherine Doucette (C. Doucette Training and Communications Inc.)
    • Media Relations 101

      In this half-day session, you’ll learn what is important to the media when trying to get their attention and how to give/participate in interviews.

      You will also learn how to:

      • Handle media interviews
      • Develop key messages, bridging
      • When and why to do live interviews versus taped
      • What to expect before, during and after the interview.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Heather MacLean (TaylorMade Solutions)
    • Social Media for Non-Profits

      Social media marketing is about creating engagement or interaction between an organization and its desired audience. But how should you incorporate social media into your overall communication plan?

      This workshop will help you map out a social media strategy for your organization and: 

      • Understand social media terminology. 
      • Evaluate the benefits of different platforms. 
      • Define your specific goals and select tactics. 
      • Get started on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
      1 day

      Facilitator(s): Michèle Brideau (MCBrideau Consulting Ltd.)
  • Governance and Board Development

    • Board Effectiveness for Women (Part 1)

      A strong and dedicated Board of Directors is essential to the success of an organization. More importantly, study after study shows that organizations benefit from having women on their boards. As a board member, board chair, executive director or manager, your non-profit and professional career will benefit from this workshop designed to enhance your effectiveness and sharpen your skills as a board member, or as an employee acting in support of a board. Topics include:- Roles, Duties and Responsibilities -Assessing Performance -Benefits of Gender Diversity -Effective Decision-Making
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s):
    • Board Effectiveness for Women (Part 2)

      A strong and dedicated Board of Directors is essential to the success of an organization. More importantly, study after study shows that organizations benefit from having women on their boards. As a board member, board chair, executive director or manager, your non-profit and professional career will benefit from this workshop designed to enhance your effectiveness and sharpen your skills as a board member, or as an employee acting in support of a board. Topics include: -Secrets of highly functioning Boards -Increase your participation’s effectiveness -Adding value to the Board Effective -Communication and managing conflicts
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s):
    • Board Governance

      This workshop is designed to help directors, staff and others involved in non-profit organizations better understand the roles and responsibilities of the Board and staff as well as best practices of good governance, including tips, techniques, and tools.

       

      Part 1: Defining “governance” 

      • Role, duties and obligations of the Board of Directors
      • Liability of directors
      • Role, duties and obligations of management
      • Role of committees

       

      Part 2: Good governance & best practices

      • Composition of Board & Board terms
      • Role of the Chair
      • Relationship between the CEO/ED and the Board
      • Evaluation of Board and CEO
      • Policies and procedures
      1 day or 1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Alyson Townsend (Resonance Inc.)
    • Board of Directors 101

      Topics include: • Concepts and principles of Board governance; • Roles and responsibilities of a Board of Directors and Board members; • Recruitment, succession planning and engagement of Board members; • Processes and Management of Board meetings • Evaluation of the Board and its members.
      1/2 day or 1 day

      Facilitator(s): Jean-Guy Vienneau (JGV Consultants Inc.)
    • Good Governance: What Every Director Should Know

      Topics include:

      • The Role and Legal Responsibilities of a Board and Directors
      • Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest
      • Efficient Board and Committee meetings
      • Priority Results Agendas and Minutes
      • Decision-Making Processes
      • Monitoring and Measuring Performance
      1/2 day or 1 day
    • Governance in the Context of Self-Regulation

      The workshop covers: •

      • “Governance” and its basic components
      • What constitutes good governance
      • Obligations imposed on the Board/Association by its private Act
      • Ensuring compliance with the Act
      • Responsibilities of the Board/Association as a result of self-regulation
      1/2 day or 1 day

      Facilitator(s): Alyson Townsend (Resonance Inc.)
    • Introduction to Boards for Women

      Are you interested in joining a board, but feel you need to know more?

      This session is fundamental for women who are interested in serving on boards but have not yet had the opportunity. It provides everything you should know about joining a board, what is to be expected once you become a board member, and how it can help your career.

      Topics include:

      • Importance of Gender Diversity on Boards
      • Board Fundamentals
      • What is expected of you as a director
      • Choosing the right board to match interests and skills
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s):
    • Leading the Board: Being an Effective Board Chair

      This workshop will examine the critical role of the Board Chair from the selection process and orientation to the best practices on how to build trust with stakeholders, manage group dynamics and relationship between the CEO/Executive Director.

       

      Participants will learn:

       

      • The role and responsibilities of the Board Chair
      • First steps for an incoming Chair
      • How to conduct a Board meeting
      • Facilitating through conflict
      • Providing feedback to the CEO/Executive Director
      • How to measure success

      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Alyson Townsend (Resonance Inc.)
    • Roles, Responsibilities and Cooperative Governance

      Participants will learn to recognize the distinctive features of cooperative enterprises, as well as the general conditions needed for their effective operation.

      The training will address the following topics:

      • Roles and responsibilities of board members
      • Tools to promote a board’s efficiency
      • Responsible administrative practices
      1/2 day or 1 day

      Facilitator(s): Elaine Roussel (Coopérative de développement régional-Acadie)
    • Strategic Planning

      Planning to plan?

      Sounds ridiculous, but as the saying goes failure to plan is like planning to fail.

      The workshop covers: 

      • The role and fit of strategic planning; 
      • Vision, Mission, and Value statements 
      • Setting Key Performance Indicators (strategic pillars) 
      • Strategic goals to support KPI's & GANTT Charting 
      • The Strategic Roadmap
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Laurie Bourque (Kensington Associates)
  • HR and Leadership

    • Barriers & Solutions

      Each of us has certain (or even several) barriers; both professionally and personally.

      This workshop will enable you to better recognize these barriers and find the solution to eliminate them from your life.

      Many participants leave this workshop with a newfound way of looking at their barriers and their life in general.

      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Danika Poirier (Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre Inc.)
    • Conflict Prevention and Resolution for Non-Profit Organizations

      Conflict in any workplace can have staggering consequences. Through interactive presentations, group discussions, and case studies the workshop will help you: • Identify why and how conflicts arise and what you can do to prevent them; • Understand and use interest-based processes and skills that can turn a conflict from a negative experience into an opportunity for personal and organizational growth; • Discover practical resources to help you develop preventative policies and practices.
      1 day
    • Cultivating Courageous Leadership Practices

      True leadership isn’t about power over people; it is about power with people. Nor is leadership

      about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and

      lean into courage.

       

      The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up, put

      down the shields and lean into impactful leadership practices that cultivate connection and

      caring for our most important resource – people.

       

      You will walk away from this workshop with:

      • Increased confidence in your decision-making abilities.
      • Increased confidence and awareness in your leadership presence and its impact.
      • An understanding on how to communicate your purpose to have a greater impact.
      • A commitment to take more courageous action.

       

      What does this look like in action? It means:

      • Acting with power and purpose, rather than acting bogged down by mindless activity.
      • Moving from simply interacting to relating by caring about others.
      • Focusing on the success of those around you rather than just your personal achievements.
      • Looking for opportunities to solve problems and create value.
      • Drawing on the power of shared values
      • Content Types That Produce Leads With the Highest Customer Conversion Rates
      2 days

      Facilitator(s): Janna Hare (Spark Leadership Inc.)
    • Effective Meetings – Effective Decisions

      Non-profit organizations are constantly being challenged to do more with fewer resources. To help them meet this challenge, leaders today must find ways to make meetings as effective as possible.

      This workshop will explain adult facilitation principles and their role in meeting effectiveness. It will deliver specific strategies for:

      • Incorporating social inclusion practices.
      • Managing group dynamics and resolving conflict.
      • Generating effective decisions.
      • Assigning accountability and following up on actions.
      1/2 day
    • Engaging and Motivating Volunteers

      All non-profit organizations need committed volunteers in order to succeed. However, as volunteer participation rates decline, it’s more important than ever that non-profits know how to attract and retain volunteers.

      This workshop explores what motivates people to volunteer and explains how to recruit volunteers to match an organization’s needs.

      To boost both recruitment and retention of volunteers, participants will learn to:

      • Develop a volunteer orientation program.
      • Understand and meet volunteer expectations.
      • Utilize recognition and rewards.
      • Foster an environment that is welcoming to both youth and retirees.
      1 day

      Facilitator(s): Michèle Brideau (MCBrideau Consulting Ltd.)
    • Evaluating Impact: What Difference Are You Making?

      In today’s not-for-profit and social enterprise world, everyone from government to foundations, angel investors, consumers, and volunteers want to know what kind of a difference is being made by our organizations.

      It is important to be able to demonstrate the value and impact of the work we are doing, and this goes beyond anecdotal stories, to the measurement of impact and social return on investment.

      Included are topics such as:

      • What do You Want to Know and Show?
      • Mapping Your Information Needs
      • Measuring Impact and Demonstrating Value
      • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
      • How to use Indicators
      • Collecting and Analysing Data
      • Using and Sharing Results
      • Designing your Performance Snapshot
      1 day
    • Improved Interpersonal Communication: Personality Dimensions

      Personality Dimensions is a human relations tool based on leading-edge research, which helps to explain what motivates behavior in people with different personalities or temperaments.

      Participants will learn:

      • The 4 different personality types
      • Discover which personality type represents them the best

      Where effective training and development is essential for meeting strategic objectives - an understanding of personality theory is a very effective tool in facilitating team creation and building;

      • improving corporate communications;
      • enhancing customer service and satisfaction;
      • and in providing innovative solutions to problems by tapping into the creative energy of every temperament preference.
      1/2 day or 1 day

      Facilitator(s): Danika Poirier (Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre Inc.)
    • Leadership Fundamentals: From Vision to Results

      Anyone in a management position, from executive director or board chair to volunteer, can benefit from honing their leadership skills.

      This workshop focuses on three key leadership qualities: communication, vision, and collaboration.

      Participants will have the chance to evaluate their own leadership style, and learn to improve by: 

      • Leading and promoting effective communication.
      • Narrowing down priorities and setting goals.
      • Securing team buy-in and keeping the team informed.
      • Fostering an inclusive culture and resolving conflicts.
      • Making changes that will last.
      1/2 day
    • Legal Implication of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

      To understand the impact of mental health on the workplace, this workshop will outline the duties and responsibilities of both employer and employee in the context of mental health and provide practical advice as to how to build and maintain a supportive and accommodating work environment.

       

      You will learn:


      • The impact of mental health issues in the workplace.
      • How to identify mental health issues.
      • Legal obligations of the employer and the employee.
      • How to build a supportive work environment.
      • How to promote mental health well-being.
      • How to manage conflict in a respectful supportive manner.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Alyson Townsend (Resonance Inc.)
    • Managing your most valuable resource, your time

      As stakeholder and project expectations increase, human and capital resources seldom do. Managing time more effectively is one way to succeed in doing more with less.

      This workshop will show participants how to make better use of their time with simple practices that can be applied to both high-tech and low-tech tools. Topics include: 

      • Managing time by prioritizing.
      • Organizing one’s workspace.
      • Assessing technologies that can help.
      • Knowing what saves or wastes time.
      • Recognizing and coping with staff and volunteer stress. 
      • Learning when to bow out before burning out.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Ginette Morrison (Pro-Results Inc)
    • Recruiting and Retaining Motivated Staff

      Successfully hiring and keeping good staff can seem out of reach to non-profit organizations, which may offer lower wages and fewer benefits than for-profit companies can.

      This workshop explores ways that non-profits can creatively and economically recruit and retain employees. Participants will assess their organization’s Human Resource (HR) needs, then learn to:

      • Write job descriptions, prepare interview questions and conduct reference checks.
      • Find new sources of potential employees.
      • Use the most important HR forms and policies. 
      • Implement non-monetary rewards and benefits. 
      • Foster an environment to retain staff.
      1 day
  • Management & Leadership

    • Cultivating Courageous Leadership Practices

      True leadership isn’t about power over people; it is about power with people. Nor is leadership

      about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and

      lean into courage.

       

      The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up, put

      down the shields and lean into impactful leadership practices that cultivate connection and

      caring for our most important resource – people.

       

      You will walk away from this workshop with:

      • Increased confidence in your decision-making abilities.
      • Increased confidence and awareness in your leadership presence and its impact.
      • An understanding on how to communicate your purpose to have a greater impact.
      • A commitment to take more courageous action.

       

      What does this look like in action? It means:

      • Acting with power and purpose, rather than acting bogged down by mindless activity.
      • Moving from simply interacting to relating by caring about others.
      • Focusing on the success of those around you rather than just your personal achievements.
      • Looking for opportunities to solve problems and create value.
      • Drawing on the power of shared values
      • Content Types That Produce Leads With the Highest Customer Conversion Rates
      2 days

      Facilitator(s): Janna Hare (Spark Leadership Inc.)
    • Self Esteem

      The participants will learn about the basics of self-esteem and how to differentiate between self-esteem and self-confidence. They will learn how to develop their self-esteem and move forward in life.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Danika Poirier (Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre Inc.)
    • System of our beliefs

      The System of our Beliefs Workshop follows the Barriers and Solutions Workshop.

      This workshop will enable you to deepen your understanding of and put into practice the system of our beliefs.

      You will learn how to replace your limiting beliefs with positive and constructive beliefs.

      This session will require a great deal of self-reflection and introspection.

      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Danika Poirier (Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre Inc.)
  • Marketing and Sales

    • Grant and Proposal Writing

      After identifying a need in a particular community or an opportunity for a new program, it’s essential to find the funds to make those aspirations a reality.

      A grant-winning proposal is similar to a sales pitch, from capturing the reviewer’s attention and demonstrating an understanding of the need, to persuasively presenting a solution.

      This hands-on workshop will focus on:

      • Conducting a needs analysis.
      • Crafting a compelling opening and presenting a solution.
      • Developing goals and measurements suited to the funder’s interests.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Laurie Bourque (Kensington Associates)
  • Personal Effectiveness

    • Barriers & Solutions

      Each of us has certain (or even several) barriers; both professionally and personally.

      This workshop will enable you to better recognize these barriers and find the solution to eliminate them from your life.

      Many participants leave this workshop with a newfound way of looking at their barriers and their life in general.

      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Danika Poirier (Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre Inc.)
    • Self Esteem

      The participants will learn about the basics of self-esteem and how to differentiate between self-esteem and self-confidence. They will learn how to develop their self-esteem and move forward in life.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Danika Poirier (Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre Inc.)
    • System of our beliefs

      The System of our Beliefs Workshop follows the Barriers and Solutions Workshop.

      This workshop will enable you to deepen your understanding of and put into practice the system of our beliefs.

      You will learn how to replace your limiting beliefs with positive and constructive beliefs.

      This session will require a great deal of self-reflection and introspection.

      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Danika Poirier (Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre Inc.)
  • Project Management

    • Essentials of Project Management

      Small fundraising events, large construction projects and ongoing service delivery programs have something in common: applying project management best practices can make them more successful.

      Using hands-on exercises, participants in this workshop will learn essential project management tools for planning, running and delivering projects of any scale.

      The session will address: 

      • Understanding when project management principles apply.
      • Estimating and scheduling tasks.
      • Managing and mitigating risk.
      • Building and monitoring metrics to report on outcomes.
      1 day
    • Financial Basics

      The Financial Basics topics include the following:


      • Understanding fixed vs. variable expenses
      • Understanding income statements and balance sheets
      • Understanding break even points
      • How to create a budget
      • Understanding cash flow management
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Dale Thibodeau (DJ Thibodeau and Associates Inc.)
    • Grant and Proposal Writing

      After identifying a need in a particular community or an opportunity for a new program, it’s essential to find the funds to make those aspirations a reality.

      A grant-winning proposal is similar to a sales pitch, from capturing the reviewer’s attention and demonstrating an understanding of the need, to persuasively presenting a solution.

      This hands-on workshop will focus on:

      • Conducting a needs analysis.
      • Crafting a compelling opening and presenting a solution.
      • Developing goals and measurements suited to the funder’s interests.
      1/2 day

      Facilitator(s): Laurie Bourque (Kensington Associates)
  • Social Enterprise

    • Financing your Social Enterprise

      This workshop focuses on the various models being used by non-profits and social enterprises to capitalize their start up and expansion projects.

      Participants will explore traditional means (i.e. donations, grants, fundraising) and be introduced to the newer, innovative capital-raising tools being used by social enterprises today like:

      • Owner/member equity
      • Community and private investment (CEDIF, SBITC, equity-based crowd funding, angels, VCs)
      • Social Impact Bonds Social enterprise loans and loan guarantees
      1/2 day
    • Making the Shift from a Traditional Non-Profit to an Enterprising Non-Profit

      As a follow-up to the Social Enterprise 101 workshop, this course focuses on the cultural, organizational, and governance changes that need to take place for a traditional non-profit to successfully move into the social enterprise arena.

      Through presentations, group exercises, and case studies participants will learn:

      • How to determine if social enterprise is right for their organization
      • How to assess their non-profit’s readiness and capacity
      • How to assess the feasibility of their business ideas
      • The keys to launching a successful social enterprise 
      • What resources are available to help in NB
      1 day
    • Social Enterprise 101: Offering Innovative Solutions to Community Issues

      A social enterprise is a business with social goals that sells products/services in the marketplace and reinvests its profits into social goals. It can be an interesting model for a non-profit to use, one which comes with its own unique challenges and benefits.

      Participants in this workshop will come away with a deeper understanding of what a social enterprise is. They will also:

      • Learn about the opportunities for social enterprise.
      • Understand the risks and challenges. 
      • Gain tools to help assess if it would work for their non-profit.
      • Find out about resources to support social enterprises.
      1/2 day
    • Social Enterprise, Non-Profit and Charity Law

      Get answers from Richard Bridge, the Maritime’s top expert in non-profit and charity law, to questions like: 

      • What does the Canada Revenue Agency say about social enterprise? 
      • What are the legal and regulatory requirements for non-profits and charities? 
      • How might operating a social enterprise impact on your organization?
      • And basically, anything else you want to know about your non-profit and the laws and regulations that govern it!
      1/2 day
    • Social Enterprises: Idea Generation, Logic Model, and Business Model Canvas

      In this fun, hands-on workshop, Andy Horsnell of the Co-operative Enterprise Council will lead you through a proven process where you will generate enterprise ideas, screen, assess and choose the most feasible one to focus on. On day two, you will develop a Simplified Logic Model and Business Model Canvas to move your social enterprise idea forward.

       

      This session is designed for individuals and teams from nonprofit organizations and community groups who are looking to start or grow a social enterprise.

       

      Day 1 (1/2 day)

      • Identify and explore a full range of social enterprise opportunities, and
      • Screen and assess your ideas and pick the best one to focus on

       

      Day 2 (Full day)

      • Create a “simplified logic model” for your chosen enterprise that describes its intended outcomes and community impact, and
      • Develop a business model canvas that describes how you will organize your enterprise to succeed.

       

      * If you are already committed to a specific social enterprise idea and want to refine it, you can just come to the second day. If you’re open to new ideas just want to get a sense of what’s possible, you can just come to the first day. 


      1.5 days