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Turn your organization into a Sustainability Champion

Non-profit organizations create positive social, environmental and economic impacts for their communities. At the same time, they are expected to be role models whose own staff and operations “walk the talk” in terms of sustainability. This can be a challenge given limited time, support and funding.

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and The Natural Step Canada are excited to offer the 2018 NGO Sustainability Champions Workshop Series to help NGOs address this need with two key outcomes:

  • Build the capacity of staff to develop and deliver a strategic plan by applying a world-class planning framework based on the award-winning approached pioneered by The Natural Step
  • Develop a sustainability-inspired strategic plan to improve sustainability performance.

The workshop is designed for staff from Edmonton-based NGOs who:

  • Are keen to build their own knowledge and skills on strategic and sustainability planning
  • Want to improve their organization’s sustainability performance
  • Enjoy connecting with peers to engage in dialogue and shared learning

How it plays out:

  1. Workshop #1 (April 4-5) is a two-day workshop with the main objectives of building capacity on strategic sustainability planning based on experiential learning, dialogue education and adult learning principles.
  2. After Workshop #1, participants will be expected to apply the lessons to engage their peers to develop a draft strategic plan. Participants will be supported by one online webinar and a one-hour coaching call from seasoned practitioners. Attendance is required for both.
  3. Workshop #2 (June 20) is a one-day workshop that will focus on sharing learning and refining the draft plan with the input of peers, and building a forum for ongoing collaboration.

Participants are provided a guidebook that they will apply to their organizations, as well as an eLearning course that they will complete before the first workshop.

Criteria

There is no registration fee for the workshops, however, to maximize the learning experience there are three criteria for participation:

  1. A $1,000 commitment fee that is fully refundable based on full participation (i.e. workshops, webinar and coaching call), in addition to submitting a draft plan at the end.
  2. Two participants from each organization to participate in the workshop series.
  3. A written letter of support for their participation from the Executive Director.

The workshop will have limited spots. Coffee and lunch are provided.

How do I register?

First, if you have questions about the workshops, please write to either Pong Leung (pleung@naturalstep.ca) or Matt Mayer (mmayer@naturalstep.ca) who will answer them.

Once you are ready to register, please write to Colleen Martin (training@ecvo.ca) who will provide you with further instructions regarding the refundable deposit, letter of support and other information required to complete the two registrations.

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Call for Speakers & Panelists: Fail Safe 2018

What can your experiences tell the non-profit community about overcoming failure?

At Fail Safe 2018, we’re connecting leaders from non-profits, businesses, and the public sector for open and honest discussions about embracing and overcoming failure. Fail Safe 2018 has two basic themes:

  • exploring the psychology of failure and how it manifests in organizations
  • how failure is linked to innovation, growth, and capacity building

Several opportunities are available to lead conversations on topics related to these themes, including keynotes, panel discussions, and short PechaKucha-style presentations at the opening reception.

This conference will be a safe space for leaders to share their stories and perspectives. Speakers will have opportunities to work with Ashley Good, CEO & Founder of Fail Forward to create thoughtful and inspiring presentations that emphasize the opportunities for growth and innovation in their stories of failure.

Interested in speaking at Fail Safe? Submit a proposal, detailing your topic, background, and the type of presentation (keynote, panel discussion, short Pecha Kucha presentation) to programs@ecvo.ca by Friday, February 2, 2018.

ABOUT FAIL SAFE

Failure is positive. It’s essential for building capacity and spurring experimentation and iterative growth in non-profits, governments, and private organizations alike. Fail Safe is a conference that creates safe and supportive spaces to discuss various aspects of failure—how it happens, how to learn from it, and how to use it to create success for your organization.

THE FORMAT

Delegates will be welcomed at a fun and casual Thursday evening reception, featuring PechaKucha-style short presentations delivered by delegates sharing their own stories of adversity. Friday features two informative keynote presentations and various breakout sessions in non-traditional formats, with opportunities to network and share insight throughout. For more information on the PechaKucha presenting style, visit www.pechakucha.org.

THE OUTCOME

Delegates will leave Fail Safe informed about how failure can manifest in organizations and confident in utilizing failure for good. At Fail Safe, participants will learn how to become comfortable with the uncomfortable, to embrace and overcome failure, and to build strategic and resilient organizations.

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Refresh Your Organization’s Bylaws with ECVO’s Bylaws Lab

Is your organization looking to update its bylaws to stay current in an evolving non-profit sector?

In Spring 2018, the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is partnering with the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to deliver an interactive Bylaws Lab with non-profits registered under the Societies Act. Representatives from Edmonton non-profits will gather on four separate occasions to work through updating their bylaws while learning the best practices of doing so. The Lab dates are to be determined, but will likely be held in late-Q1 2018.

If you are interested in participating, please leave your information below and the ECVO will follow up with more details in the new year.

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Join the ECVO Board

If you believe in the value of Edmonton’s nonprofit sector and you would like be part of ECVO’s change agenda, we have a chair for you at our boardroom table.

ECVO is looking for energetic, passionate people to:

  • Influence policy decisions impacting the nonprofit sector
  • Build community networks
  • Act as change catalysts in the community
  • Serve as ambassadors for the nonprofit sector.

Our expectations are simple. Board members must:

  • Hold an ECVO membership.
  • Commit to a three-year term with an option to renew for one additional term.
  • Adhere to ECVO’s Code of Conduct for board members.
  • Attend five board meetings: June, September, November, January, March and the Annual General Meeting in May.
  • Actively participate in strategic planning and committee work.
  • Represent ECVO occasionally at external events.
  • Publicly support the work of the sector in the community.

Interested? Submit your Expression of Interest with an attached CV to board@ecvo.ca by Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

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The ECVO Leadership Series presents: High Spirits

Executive Directors, you’re invited to a night of insightful conversation, beer and delicious appetizers. This High Spirits event is your chance to connect and chat with fellow Executive Directors and learn about their experience in the nonprofit sector.

The theme of this High Spirits event is combatting burnout in non-profit leaders.

Research finds many nonprofit staff are at risk of burnout, given the tendency towards greater emotional involvement in their work and the feeling that what they do has direct impact on others.

Join Ione Challborn (CMHA Edmonton Region) & Kim Knull ( Momentum Walk in Counselling) as they discuss this important topic.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peer and pick their brains on the issues Executive Directors face in the nonprofit sector.

High Spirits is an nonprofit Executive Director/CEO only event. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.


This event is sponsored by the ECVO Moving to Action program as a part of building leadership capacity.

This event is highly subsidised by ECVO. Please let us know 3 days in advance if you are unable to make it after registering.

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HR in a Box Returns!

HR in a Box Returns this Fall! ECVO, in partnership with the Talent Pool, is delighted to bring back last fall’s HR in a Box series. Series 2 will reinforce the foundations shared in 2016 but with a problem solving focus. Case studies will be at the core of the 2017 sessions to help you implement practical solutions in your everyday HR practices.

Workforce Planning

Retention Strategies

Strategic Performance Management

HR in a Box will share best practices and innovative solutions designed to help organizations of all sizes build knowledge and capacity. A new roster of HR experts, the usage of a video reference library, and highly interactive problem solving discussions, will enable you to implement solutions rapidly and effectively.

The series will include this cycle, three dynamic sessions. Register for one session or the entire series.

HR in a Box workshop #1 – September 26, 2017 –  Workforce Planning: Aligning Business & People with Marcie Kiziak, CPHR &  Ada Tai, CPHR

In our rapidly shifting workplace, strategic workforce planning has become the buzzword in HR circles. Join us for the kick off September session of HR in a Box series to learn from HR experts how to deepen your understanding of what constitutes effective workforce planning strategy and how to implement it into your organization.

This workshop will address:

  • How to align organization goals and the right people in the right places at the right time to deliver on those goals.
  • Strategies that deliver the right mix of attraction, selection, recruitment, and onboarding that result in an agile workforce to meet the demands of our labour market.

HR in a Box workshop #2 – October 24, 2017 – Retention Strategies: One size never fits all with Claudia Verburgh, CPHR & Doug Alloway, CPHR

Retention is the major concern of organizations of all sizes and in every economic sector. In order to retain top performers, effective strategies must take into consideration the impact of future changes, new required skills sets, create appropriate career ladders, explore new succession planning methodologies.

This workshop will address:

  • Designing innovative strategies to maintain a healthy employer-employee relationship that delivers retention.
  • Efficient employee engagement strategies; what will employee engagement look like in an age where “digital employees” will co-exist with a traditional workforce?
  • The evolving critical role of succession planning particularly with the incoming impact of technological advances that will reconfigure the way we all work

HR in a Box workshop  #3 – November 28, 2017 – Strategic Performance Management: Always an Integrated Process with Julianna Cantwell, CPHR & Barb Read  

Providing effective feedback has become a dynamic and ongoing process. Employees want to see the link between what they do and the organizational goals. As new skills emerge due to new ways we all work, organizations need to revisit their performance management existing processes.

This workshop will address:

  • What is Performance Management and how to integrate it into your organization?
  • What is the manager’s role and employee’s role?
  • Best Practices: before, during and after a review meeting
  • Steps of progressive discipline
  • Determine if you are paying your employees competitively in the market
  • Discover if you have internal pay equity issues
  • Identify employee benefits that will attract, retain, and engage the right staff to your organization

Earn CPD credits.

This series is sponsored by the Government of Alberta, CHRP Alberta, and ASET.

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Partnership Brokers Training

 

Partnerships and collective impact initiatives are multiplying in Canada as cross-sectional collaborators come together to address complex social issues. Partnering can be highly challenging to those involved and often fall short of expectations. A successful partnership requires highly skilled individuals that have the tools and skills to facilitate cross-sectorial collaborations. Partnership Brokers Training will provide you with the insights and tools you will need to deliver positive partnering results. More information including cost, training team and criteria

HAVE YOU HEARD? – the Canada-Alberta Job Grant can help fund your training for eligible employees? Contact us for the event specific pre-filled out application form for the Job Grant and we will help you; the process is simple and quick. This course is Canada-Alberta Job Grant approved for eligible employees and makes becoming an accredited Partnership Broker completely affordable.

Apply now for this training course 

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Membership Button for ECVO Members.

Are you an ECVO Member? We have created an ECVO membership button for you to display on your website! ECVO members are a collective voice working together to empower, strengthen and sustain the regions nonprofit sector. By placing this button on your website, you’re proudly showcasing your membership to the largest nonprofit network in Edmonton.

If you’re not a member yet, sign up now! Not only will you be a part of this nonprofit collective, there are a number of perks and discounts that come with joining, too.

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Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards

Do you know an outstanding volunteer that deserves recognition? Nominate that person for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award! The awards are given to exemplary volunteers that have made a lasting impact on their communities. There are two awards presented in each category of: youth, adult and senior.  The ceremony takes place on Dec. 2017, which marks International Volunteer Day.

To nominate a volunteer, you will need:

  • Letter of Nomination submitted by the nominator
  • Completed Nomination Form signed by the nominee and the nominator
  • Completed Critical Information (see Nomination Form for details)
  • Completed list of references

Visit Alberta Culture and Tourism and fill out a nomination form. Forms are due September 15. 

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Government of Canada suspends CASL private right of action

UPDATE:  The Government of Canada is suspending the implementation of certain provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector.

The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation.

The provisions were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, but have now been suspended.

The Government supports a balanced approach that protects the interests of consumers while eliminating any unintended consequences for organizations that have legitimate reasons for communicating electronically with Canadians.

For that reason, the Government will ask a parliamentary committee to review the legislation, in keeping with the existing provisions of CASL.


CASL is clear as mud – at best. Knowing whether you need implied or direct consent is perplexing and a maximum $1 million dollar penalty for violation is downright frightening. So, let’s break it down and outline what your organization needs to know to be protected.

Overview

Nonprofits need to know about CASL, or Canada’s Anti-Spam Law as it applies to commercial electronic messages. These are messages intended to encourage participation in a commercial activity such as: purchase a ticket, purchase a membership, etc.

How to send a CEM

To send a CEM to a person, business or organization in Canada, you must have three things:

  1. Consent
  2. Identification information
  3. Unsubscribe Mechanism

What is consent?

You must have the recipients consent to send a CEM. It can come in the form of:

  • Express: recipient agrees to receive CEMs
  • Implied: on the basis of a relationship between sender and recipient, or action taken by recipient
  • Not required: some CEMs are exempt from CASL or the requirement to obtain consent

Express Consent

Express consent is the gold standard. For nonprofits, this could look like: a person signing up for your newsletters, or perhaps a recipient clicking “Yes, I would like to receive emails from your organization”

Implied Consent

A little tougher to decipher – Implied consent can be shown in a few different ways:

  • An existing business relationship
  • The recipient has purchased a product or service from you
  • Relationship is either ongoing or has ended not more than two years before CEM is sent (This is new starting July 1)
  • An existing non-business relationship
  • If a recipient has donated to, volunteered for or had a membership with sender
  • The sender must be a registered charity, political party – organization or candidate, club, association or voluntary organization
  • The relationship is ongoing or has ended not more than two years before CEM is sent (Again, new)

There are instances where CEMs are exempt from CASL. Here are some most related to nonprofits

  • Employees in same organization
  • Employees of different organizations about existing business relationship
  • Sent by registered charities for raising funds
  • Concerns ongoing subscription, membership or account
  • Delivering product/service preciously contracted for by recipient
  • Website Exemption – the email is listed publicly and you’re sending information related to them/their organization
  • Business Card – you have the email listed on their business card

*ID and unsubscribe mechanism included on platform

What’s changing on July 1?

It’s the end of the transition period for implied consent. Now, the general rule is: Consent is implied two years after relationship ends.

Private Right of Action See above, this has been suspended by the Government of Canada

This is the scary part. Any individual who is the victim of a CASL violation can sue the organization who has violated CASL. Before July 1, only the CRTC, OPC and Competition Bureau could prosecute. For CEM provisions, this is $200 per violation, maximum $1 million each day violation occurred. This could be bad for CEMs sent to a wide range of people. There is potential for class action lawsuits and there is potential director/officer liability. Your organization is also responsible for all violations committed by employees acting in scope of their authority.

The steps your organization should take

  • Investigate your databases – what is the basis of your consent? Who is implied and who is express?
  • Identify those relationships that will expire. Is the relationship ongoing? If the relationship ended, when did it end? Only implied consent arising from a relationship on or after July 1, 2015 (two years) will be valid
  • Implied consent can be used to obtain express consent (Express consent has no expiration)
  • Consider seeking express consent from implied recipients
  • Review your directors and officers liability insurance in the case of private right of action (This has been suspended)
  • Establish a written CASL policy
  • Keep comprehensive records
  • Implement staff training and involve senior management
  • Ask for legal advice if necessary
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