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OLE Pathway: Leadership

Board Refocus: Governance vs Operations

Many boards of charitable organizations are working boards. However, if the board only addresses projects that repeat year after year, then the function of the board is more like being a volunteer staff…. Governing is where the strategic thought process lives.” (Modern Board – Capacity Canada)

This transition is one of the toughest areas of growth that many organizations face.

We will look at the difference between a working/operations board and a governing board and how to move forward from one to the other as effectively as possible.

Who should attend:

Board members and Leadership

What you will learn:

  • Knowing the characteristics different board styles
  • Understanding why some board members may resist change
  • Tips on how to keep the board satisfied and engaged


Frank Atnikov, Frank Growth Solutions

Hi, I’m Frank!

In a nutshell,

  • I have 30 plus years of experience helping organizations grow and thrive.
  • I’m a Certified Facilitator and hold a Canadian Institute of Management designation.
  • I value collaboration, inclusion, engagement and honesty.

You’ll find me doing the work in community based spaces (community economic development) with a democratic and engaging style. Before launching Frank Growth Solutions I worked as both a manager and business owner in Winnipeg and Regina giving me extensive hands-on organizational experience. Then about 15 years ago I transitioned to the nonprofit world where I find my values much better aligned.

As a certified facilitator, I love seeing individuals and groups coming together in a way that produces consensual outcomes enabling projects to move forward with renewed energy and engagement.

​I also draw from a deep network of trusted colleagues to provide wrap-around solutions for all your organizational needs. If I can’t help, I’ll know someone who can.

So, when you need a guide, a collaborator, and (sometimes) a little tough love, I’ve got you covered.

Let’s see what we can do together.



September 22, 2022


9:30am - 11:30am



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