Welcome to the Learning Centre. This is your first stop for all ECVO professional development opportunities and resources. We have collected a wealth of information here to support the work you do in your organization, as well as your personal professional development. If you are aware of additional resources that would benefit your colleagues in the sector please contact us.

Some of the events are focused on helping you to develop the specific knowledge or skills to effectively work in the sector today, while other opportunities are focused on helping your organization build the capacity to perform optimally into the future. Events are added regularly, so please check back often.

Upcoming Events

Jun
3
Mon
2019
Partnership Brokers Training @ TBD
Jun 3 – Jun 6 all day

A 4-day skills development course for those brokering and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships…

Partnerships and collective impact initiatives are multiplying in Alberta, as cross-sectorial collaborators come together to positively advance social issues. But partnering is highly challenging to those involved. They often fall short of expectations. The people involved in making partnerships happen are key to the partnering success.

The Partnership Brokers Training is a highly sought after global training program from the Partnership Brokers Association. It builds knowledge and skills and provides those working in partnership with the tools and insights to deliver positive partnering results.

From June 3rd – 6th, 2019 this unique and highly sought-after global program is being run in Edmonton. You’ll leave with:

  • Tools, techniques and skills development for brokering partnerships that get results
  • Enhanced confidence and competence as partnership practitioners
  • A framework and knowledge for robust, efficient and innovative partnerships
  • Understanding common principles, barriers and enablers of multi-stakeholder collaborations
  • Ways to overcome common partnership brokering challenges (both for those working internally and independently) and ways to overcome these
  • Personal and professional insights into the roles, skills and leadership competencies needed to build successful collaborations
  • Membership of a global professional association of partnership brokers offering support, research, networks and further development opportunities.

Join this intensive program and you will be part of a diverse group from business, non-profit, community, government, education and philanthropy. The group will be limited to 24 participants with two facilitators to maximize potential for exchange and personal attention to individuals. Graduates of the course receive a certificate and membership in the global Partnership Broker Network.

MORE INFORMATION

View the course brochure and detailed agenda.

Read and hear testimonials from past course participants.

“I have enjoyed a number of wonderful professional development opportunities throughout my career, but the Partnership Broker Training is certainly at the top of that list! I believe the content, expert instruction, and inspiring colleagues form a magical product that is second to none!”

Course graduate (Public Sector, Canada)

TO APPLY

Download the Application Form

THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT!

A Canada-Alberta Job Grant can cover as much as 2/3 of your registration fee. In order to be eligible to receive a CAJG grant for Partnership Brokers Training, you must submit your CAJG application to the Government of Alberta no later than May 2, 2019, which is 30 days prior to the start of the program. Please visit the Government of Alberta Grants Portal for more information or to apply.

Jun
12
Wed
2019
EVCO Leadership Series – Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Jun 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton Area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down those pesky silos that persist in the sector.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs and to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. Wine & Wisdom is built on the belief that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues leaders face in the non-profit sector!

The Discussion

The topic at hand for June’s edition is Board Relationships. How does one maintain a positive and productive relationship with their board through thick and thin?

Speakers to be announced soon!

The Details

Tickets are limited and this event regularly sells out, so don’t hold off on registering for this and future Wine and Wisdom events! Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.

“People talk about bike riding when they want to remind us that some things, once learned, are not forgotten. What they don’t mention is how we learned. No one learns to ride a bike from a book, or even a video. You learn by doing it. Actually, by not doing it. You learn by doing it wrong, by falling off, by getting back on, by doing it again.”

– SETH GODIN

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

Aug
13
Tue
2019
Alberta Board Member Essentials – Summer 2019 Session @ ECVO Training Room
Aug 13 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Alberta Board Member Essentials Program (ABME) was built by Albertans for Albertans, and is designed to support the growth of new and developing board members.

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with in-person workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

Check out our program guide!

WHAT TO EXPECT

For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member.

For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding nonprofits – not just from the lens of your organization, but also how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

The full program is five weeks and consists of three online courses and two half-day in-person sessions. Online sessions take on average 3 hours each and are to be completed on the student’s own time.

Registration for the program will remain until July 23, 2019, or until filled. Students will be responsible for completing Parts 1 and 2 prior to the in-person training on August 13, 2019.

Please note: Space is limited. Register early.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Part 1: Overview of the Alberta Non-profit Sector (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on July 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 2: Board Member Fundamentals (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on August 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 3: Working as a Sum of the Parts (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre

Part 4: Understanding Financial Matters (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on  August 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm.
  • Must be completed before Part 5 workshop on August 27, 2019.

Part 5: Strategic Board Leadership (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 27, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre
THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM

 
 

Aug
27
Tue
2019
Alberta Board Member Essentials – Summer 2019 Session @ ECVO Training Room
Aug 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Alberta Board Member Essentials Program (ABME) was built by Albertans for Albertans, and is designed to support the growth of new and developing board members.

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with in-person workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

Check out our program guide!

WHAT TO EXPECT

For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member.

For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding nonprofits – not just from the lens of your organization, but also how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

The full program is five weeks and consists of three online courses and two half-day in-person sessions. Online sessions take on average 3 hours each and are to be completed on the student’s own time.

Registration for the program will remain until July 23, 2019, or until filled. Students will be responsible for completing Parts 1 and 2 prior to the in-person training on August 13, 2019.

Please note: Space is limited. Register early.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Part 1: Overview of the Alberta Non-profit Sector (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on July 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 2: Board Member Fundamentals (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on August 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 3: Working as a Sum of the Parts (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre

Part 4: Understanding Financial Matters (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on  August 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm.
  • Must be completed before Part 5 workshop on August 27, 2019.

Part 5: Strategic Board Leadership (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 27, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre
THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM

 
 

Sep
16
Mon
2019
Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives: The Building Blocks of Collaborative Architecture @ Action Lab at Skills Society
Sep 16 – Sep 20 all day

A week-long deep dive into how to use multi-stakeholder collaboration as a major driving force for progressive, intentional system change.

As a global civil society, we’re learning how to tackle entrenched social problems collaboratively – that is, by bringing together individuals from deeply different backgrounds, whose perspectives and interests are widely divergent, to wrestle with their competing needs, find common ground over time, and co-develop fresh, new, practical solutions that do indeed produce positive results.

Yet, it’s also true that multi-stakeholder change initiatives are expensive, time-consuming and difficult to manage. And even worse, they often fall apart long before they achieve their stated objectives. Far too many initiatives are poorly organized, with fuzzy goals, awkward communication dynamics, sloppy governance, and sparse accountability.

This September, Sam Kaner, PhD and Nelli Noakes, MBA, MPA from San Francisco’s Community at Work are bringing their world-renowned workshop to – and Canada – for the first time.

Sam & Nelli will leave participants with the knowledge and competence to design effective collaborative strategy – the aspirational goals and the strategic goals, the stages and milestones, the structures and processes, the human dimensions and the logic dimensions.

Click here to view the Course Outline

TO APPLY

Please fill out the registration form by clicking REGISTER to the left. Katie Loutitt, Programs Manager at ECVO, will follow up with details about next steps, including payment arrangements.

THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT!

Canada-Alberta Job Grant can cover as much as 2/3 of your registration fee. In order to be eligible to receive a CAJG grant for Partnership Brokers Training, you must submit your CAJG application to the Government of Alberta no later than August 15, 2019, which is 30 days prior to the start of the program. Please visit the Government of Alberta Grants Portal for more information or to apply.

Oct
22
Tue
2019
EVCO Leadership Series – Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton Area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down those pesky silos that persist in the sector.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs and to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. Wine & Wisdom is built on the belief that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues leaders face in the non-profit sector!

The Discussion

The topic at hand for October’s edition is Fund Development. How can organizations maximize their return through collaborative fund development, and what role does your board have in fund development? These and other questions will be up for discussion. Speakers will be announced soon.

The Details

Tickets are limited and this event regularly sells out, so don’t hold off on registering for this and future Wine and Wisdom events! Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.

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

“People talk about bike riding when they want to remind us that some things, once learned, are not forgotten. What they don’t mention is how we learned. No one learns to ride a bike from a book, or even a video. You learn by doing it. Actually, by not doing it. You learn by doing it wrong, by falling off, by getting back on, by doing it again.”

– SETH GODIN

Welcome to the Learning Centre. This is your first stop for all ECVO professional development opportunities and resources. We have collected a wealth of information here to support the work you do in your organization, as well as your personal professional development. If you are aware of additional resources that would benefit your colleagues in the sector please contact us.

Some of the events are focused on helping you to develop the specific knowledge or skills to effectively work in the sector today, while other opportunities are focused on helping your organization build the capacity to perform optimally into the future. Events are added regularly, so please check back often.

Upcoming Events

Jun
3
Mon
2019
Partnership Brokers Training @ TBD
Jun 3 – Jun 6 all day

A 4-day skills development course for those brokering and managing multi-stakeholder partnerships…

Partnerships and collective impact initiatives are multiplying in Alberta, as cross-sectorial collaborators come together to positively advance social issues. But partnering is highly challenging to those involved. They often fall short of expectations. The people involved in making partnerships happen are key to the partnering success.

The Partnership Brokers Training is a highly sought after global training program from the Partnership Brokers Association. It builds knowledge and skills and provides those working in partnership with the tools and insights to deliver positive partnering results.

From June 3rd – 6th, 2019 this unique and highly sought-after global program is being run in Edmonton. You’ll leave with:

  • Tools, techniques and skills development for brokering partnerships that get results
  • Enhanced confidence and competence as partnership practitioners
  • A framework and knowledge for robust, efficient and innovative partnerships
  • Understanding common principles, barriers and enablers of multi-stakeholder collaborations
  • Ways to overcome common partnership brokering challenges (both for those working internally and independently) and ways to overcome these
  • Personal and professional insights into the roles, skills and leadership competencies needed to build successful collaborations
  • Membership of a global professional association of partnership brokers offering support, research, networks and further development opportunities.

Join this intensive program and you will be part of a diverse group from business, non-profit, community, government, education and philanthropy. The group will be limited to 24 participants with two facilitators to maximize potential for exchange and personal attention to individuals. Graduates of the course receive a certificate and membership in the global Partnership Broker Network.

MORE INFORMATION

View the course brochure and detailed agenda.

Read and hear testimonials from past course participants.

“I have enjoyed a number of wonderful professional development opportunities throughout my career, but the Partnership Broker Training is certainly at the top of that list! I believe the content, expert instruction, and inspiring colleagues form a magical product that is second to none!”

Course graduate (Public Sector, Canada)

TO APPLY

Download the Application Form

THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT!

A Canada-Alberta Job Grant can cover as much as 2/3 of your registration fee. In order to be eligible to receive a CAJG grant for Partnership Brokers Training, you must submit your CAJG application to the Government of Alberta no later than May 2, 2019, which is 30 days prior to the start of the program. Please visit the Government of Alberta Grants Portal for more information or to apply.

Jun
12
Wed
2019
EVCO Leadership Series – Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Jun 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton Area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down those pesky silos that persist in the sector.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs and to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. Wine & Wisdom is built on the belief that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues leaders face in the non-profit sector!

The Discussion

The topic at hand for June’s edition is Board Relationships. How does one maintain a positive and productive relationship with their board through thick and thin?

Speakers to be announced soon!

The Details

Tickets are limited and this event regularly sells out, so don’t hold off on registering for this and future Wine and Wisdom events! Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.

“People talk about bike riding when they want to remind us that some things, once learned, are not forgotten. What they don’t mention is how we learned. No one learns to ride a bike from a book, or even a video. You learn by doing it. Actually, by not doing it. You learn by doing it wrong, by falling off, by getting back on, by doing it again.”

– SETH GODIN

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

Aug
13
Tue
2019
Alberta Board Member Essentials – Summer 2019 Session @ ECVO Training Room
Aug 13 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Alberta Board Member Essentials Program (ABME) was built by Albertans for Albertans, and is designed to support the growth of new and developing board members.

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with in-person workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

Check out our program guide!

WHAT TO EXPECT

For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member.

For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding nonprofits – not just from the lens of your organization, but also how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

The full program is five weeks and consists of three online courses and two half-day in-person sessions. Online sessions take on average 3 hours each and are to be completed on the student’s own time.

Registration for the program will remain until July 23, 2019, or until filled. Students will be responsible for completing Parts 1 and 2 prior to the in-person training on August 13, 2019.

Please note: Space is limited. Register early.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Part 1: Overview of the Alberta Non-profit Sector (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on July 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 2: Board Member Fundamentals (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on August 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 3: Working as a Sum of the Parts (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre

Part 4: Understanding Financial Matters (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on  August 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm.
  • Must be completed before Part 5 workshop on August 27, 2019.

Part 5: Strategic Board Leadership (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 27, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre
THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM

 
 

Aug
27
Tue
2019
Alberta Board Member Essentials – Summer 2019 Session @ ECVO Training Room
Aug 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Alberta Board Member Essentials Program (ABME) was built by Albertans for Albertans, and is designed to support the growth of new and developing board members.

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with in-person workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

Check out our program guide!

WHAT TO EXPECT

For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member.

For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding nonprofits – not just from the lens of your organization, but also how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

The full program is five weeks and consists of three online courses and two half-day in-person sessions. Online sessions take on average 3 hours each and are to be completed on the student’s own time.

Registration for the program will remain until July 23, 2019, or until filled. Students will be responsible for completing Parts 1 and 2 prior to the in-person training on August 13, 2019.

Please note: Space is limited. Register early.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Part 1: Overview of the Alberta Non-profit Sector (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on July 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 2: Board Member Fundamentals (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on August 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm
  • Must be completed before Part 3 workshop on August 13, 2019

Part 3: Working as a Sum of the Parts (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre

Part 4: Understanding Financial Matters (Online Learning)

  • Materials will be made available on  August 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm.
  • Must be completed before Part 5 workshop on August 27, 2019.

Part 5: Strategic Board Leadership (In-Person Learning)

  • Tuesday August 27, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: Training Room – Bonnie Doon Professional Centre
THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM

 
 

Sep
16
Mon
2019
Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives: The Building Blocks of Collaborative Architecture @ Action Lab at Skills Society
Sep 16 – Sep 20 all day

A week-long deep dive into how to use multi-stakeholder collaboration as a major driving force for progressive, intentional system change.

As a global civil society, we’re learning how to tackle entrenched social problems collaboratively – that is, by bringing together individuals from deeply different backgrounds, whose perspectives and interests are widely divergent, to wrestle with their competing needs, find common ground over time, and co-develop fresh, new, practical solutions that do indeed produce positive results.

Yet, it’s also true that multi-stakeholder change initiatives are expensive, time-consuming and difficult to manage. And even worse, they often fall apart long before they achieve their stated objectives. Far too many initiatives are poorly organized, with fuzzy goals, awkward communication dynamics, sloppy governance, and sparse accountability.

This September, Sam Kaner, PhD and Nelli Noakes, MBA, MPA from San Francisco’s Community at Work are bringing their world-renowned workshop to – and Canada – for the first time.

Sam & Nelli will leave participants with the knowledge and competence to design effective collaborative strategy – the aspirational goals and the strategic goals, the stages and milestones, the structures and processes, the human dimensions and the logic dimensions.

Click here to view the Course Outline

TO APPLY

Please fill out the registration form by clicking REGISTER to the left. Katie Loutitt, Programs Manager at ECVO, will follow up with details about next steps, including payment arrangements.

THIS PROGRAM IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT!

Canada-Alberta Job Grant can cover as much as 2/3 of your registration fee. In order to be eligible to receive a CAJG grant for Partnership Brokers Training, you must submit your CAJG application to the Government of Alberta no later than August 15, 2019, which is 30 days prior to the start of the program. Please visit the Government of Alberta Grants Portal for more information or to apply.

Oct
22
Tue
2019
EVCO Leadership Series – Executive Director Wine & Wisdom @ The Almanac on Whyte
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Edmonton Area Executive Directors, join your peers in a casual atmosphere where leaders can connect, learn, and break down those pesky silos that persist in the sector.

Wine & Wisdom is your chance to network with fellow Executive Directors & CEOs and to exchange insight and stories about your experiences in the nonprofit sector. Wine & Wisdom is built on the belief that regular networking is essential to creating a strong non-profit sector and affecting change in our communities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your peers in a comfortable atmosphere and pick their brains on the issues leaders face in the non-profit sector!

The Discussion

The topic at hand for October’s edition is Fund Development. How can organizations maximize their return through collaborative fund development, and what role does your board have in fund development? These and other questions will be up for discussion. Speakers will be announced soon.

The Details

Tickets are limited and this event regularly sells out, so don’t hold off on registering for this and future Wine and Wisdom events! Tickets include light snacks and attendance at the event.

Wine & Wisdom is open to all Edmonton area non-profit Executive Directors and CEOs, and will be of particular interest to leaders of human services organizations. We encourage organizations to share this invitation with other Executive Directors/CEOs in your network.

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

“People talk about bike riding when they want to remind us that some things, once learned, are not forgotten. What they don’t mention is how we learned. No one learns to ride a bike from a book, or even a video. You learn by doing it. Actually, by not doing it. You learn by doing it wrong, by falling off, by getting back on, by doing it again.”

– SETH GODIN