Board Governance

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Are you a new board member or a seasoned board member looking for information about how the New Societies Act will affect the governance of your society? Or are you new to the sector and aspiring to volunteer for a board position? We have you covered in our online courses that includes all aspects of non-profit board governance.

BCNPHA has been delivering in-person Board Governance workshops for many years. With our online, self-paced offerings, affordable housing board members can take advantage of board training from anywhere. Board Governance, developed in partnership with BC Housing, is available as a 12-week facilitated online course, or divided into four 30-day non-facilitated modules:

  • Board Governance Basics – Outlines the fundamentals of non-profit board governance, and will help you understand your role and responsibilities as a board member.
  • Board Relationships – Helps you to think about your own role as a board member, your interactions with your board, and your relationship with your Senior Manager.
  • Board Structure and Operating Procedures – Helps you consider the structure of your board and how you conduct board business.
  • Building Board Capacity – Helps you to best develop your board through board composition, recruitment, retention and of course board evaluation.

The modules may be taken in any sequence. It is recommended that you take them in the order listed above, but is not mandatory.

Visit our Self-Directed Modules page for information on format and fees.

Modules vs. Facilitated Course – which is right for you?

If you prefer a completely self-directed learning environment in a shorter time frame, then consider taking our modules which offer you the flexibility to go at your own pace within a 30-day time period.

If you prefer a more guided learning experience, our facilitated online course offers you the opportunity to interact with fellow students through discussion forums, and receive feedback and guidance on assignments and projects from your online instructor.

Both formats include checks for learning quizzes, resources, and completion certificates.

 I found this course to be a very useful overview of my roles and responsibilities as a director. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to make a more constructive contribution to their board. – Corey Siemens, More Than a Roof Housing Society


Board Governance - This 12-week facilitated course includes up-to-date information that all non-profit board members are required to know and includes sections on relationship building, communications and the new Societies Act. Click for more information.

For more information email:

Kate Nielsen

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