All About Boards: Advocacy and Government Relations 2020

This workshop is part of a 4 part series called All About Boards. For more information and to register for the entire series please click here.


When governments rely on community based inputs to address public policy issues, better public policy is developed. We will explore the board's role in how to be strategic in telling its story and contribute to the development of effective public policy from all levels of government; municipal, provincial, federal and even global.

Join us to learn how a nonprofit can build and customize the storytelling of its issues to resonate with different audiences. This workshop will help organizations build capacity to effectively engage with government and influence and shape public policy.

In this session you will learn:

  • The role of the board of directors in government relations

  • What makes for good strategy in public policy and government relations

  • How to tailor your message depending on who you are interacting with; politicians, bureaucrats and agencies

  • How to reach out to your stakeholders and facilitate their participation in policy discussion

  • How to use storytelling when connecting with government

  • The various opportunities and meetings for connecting with government

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Target Audience: Board Members, Executive Directors, board support staff  and those interested in learning about becoming a volunteer board member

About the presenter:

Neil Bradford is the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Coordinator of the Governance, Leadership and Ethics Program at Huron University College.  Dr. Bradford is a widely published scholar in the fields of public policy, urban and community development, and collaborative governance. He was the inaugural Research Fellow in Cities and Communities at Canadian Policy Research Networks in Ottawa, and has published multiple public policy reports with research networks in Canada and internationally, including the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Canadian Urban Institute, and the OECD.

Generously Supported by the City of London

Thank you to our 2020 Learning and Development Sponsors:
Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions and Western Continuing Studies

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