Board Fundamentals Fall 2024

This workshop is part of our All About Boards four-part series. For more information and to register for the entire series please click here. Those who attend the full series are eligible for a certificate of completion and, after completeing registration, a free customizable download of our Pillar’s Executive Leadership Onboarding Tool!

All About Boards: Board Fundamentals 

A strong and dedicated board of directors is the backbone of a nonprofit organization. The more effectively a board is run, the more it can contribute to the success of the organization. A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles and responsibilities and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and vision.

In this workshop, we will explore the characteristics of high-performing boards and how you can enhance the performance of your own board of directors. Through the use of facilitated discussions, this workshop will cover some of the most critical issues in nonprofit governance.


  • Different governance models and their impacts 
  • Board structure including size and committees
  • How to run effective board meetings 
  • Roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Board and Executive Director relationships 
  • Board documentation, including bylaws and policies

LEVEL: Beginner-Intermediate

Board Members, Executive Directors/CEOs, board support staff, and those interested in becoming volunteer board members who want to have a better understanding of the structures, roles and responsibilities, and best practices of effective nonprofit boards.

Inquire about a group discount rate for groups of 5 or more. Email for details.

Events are taking place online and are NOT being recorded. Individual login in links will be emailed to you within 48 hours of the event. Please check your junk and spam folder if you do not receive a confirmation email and/or do not receive login details. 

Dharshi Lacey, Director of Inclusion Diversity Equity and Anti-Racism at the University of British Columbia; and
Mariam Waliji, Vice-President - Equity, Impact & Governance, Pillar Nonprofit Network 

Dharshi Lacey is the Director of Inclusion Diversity Equity and Anti Racism at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus. She was most recently the Vice-President, Equity, Inclusion & Governance at Pillar Nonprofit Network. 
Dharshi has over 20 years of equity and governance experience in the nonprofit sector in Ontario. Shehas developed and facilitated sessions with boards and organizations to improve board governance best practices and helps them to embed an inclusive lens in their leadership and operational work. 

​​Mariam Waliji is Vice-President - Equity, Impact & Governance at Pillar Nonprofit Network. She is passionate about connection -- whether with people, places, or the community. Her years studying evolutionary genetics and ecology sparked questions about how local food systems and restricted access to well-grown food impact society in multifaceted ways; this encouraged her to work towards addressing inequities and barriers to access more broadly in our current systems. Mariam’s work with Pillar Nonprofit Network, and specifically past work with WOSEN (Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network), allows her to reframe the definition of success for social impact organizations while creating space to explore what it means to have an intentional, meaningful impact in the community in long-term and viable ways. Mariam’s experience and leadership as a Director of Urban Roots London uniquely equip her with the knowledge and skills required to understand nonprofit governance, social enterprise models, and community development work, a lens she brings with her to her work at Pillar Nonprofit Network.

Thank you to our 2024 Learning & Development Sponsors:

Western Continuing Studies and Fanshawe Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services

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