Board Voice 8th Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting

  • 17 Nov 2017
  • 8:30 AM
  • 18 Nov 2017
  • 12:30 PM
  • Coast Plaza Hotel 1763 Comox St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5 (on unceded Coast Salish Territory)


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • The agency for which you are a board member is a member of the Board Voice Society of BC.

    If you are unsure if your agency is a member check with your Executive Director or contact Christine Thomas at or at 604 477-9720.
  • Select this option if you are NOT able to attend the full conference. Contact Christine at or 604 477-9720 if you have any questions.
  • Please select this option if you are only planning to attend the Friday evening program.
  • The agency for which you are a board member is not a member of the Board Voice Society of BC.

    If you are unsure if your agency is a member check with your Executive Director or contact Christine Thomas at or at 604 477-9720.

Registration is closed

Board Voice 8th Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting

When Innovation Meets Action

17 November 2017

Registration: 8:00 AM 

Conference 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

No-Host Bar Reception - 6:00 PM

Banquet Dinner - 6:30 PM


18 November 2017

Breakfast Networking 7:30 AM

AGM 8:00 AM

Conference Resumes at 9:30 AM

Conference and AGM Highlights - Programs and Speakers

The Board Voice conference committee is pleased to announce that we have confirmed Health Minister Adrian Dix as a speaker at the conference. Minister Dix will be speak at 10:35 AM on Saturday, November 18. We are very excited and honoured that Minister Dix has agreed to attend our conference as a speaker!

Friday, November 17th

Plenary Session: Kelly Lendsay, President and CEO, Indigenous Works 

Engage with Kelly Lendsay, one of Canada’s foremost innovators of Indigenous social and economic inclusion, corporate engagements and partnerships. A proud Indigenous leader of Canadian Cree, Metis and European ancestry, has earned him the reputation of being an engaging thought leader, facilitator and bridge-builder between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples, companies and communities. Kelly has brought his powerful message to audiences around the world.


Our workshops this year will focus on different governance issues. Christine Mohr and Tim Beachy, of Options Community Services, will talk about the critically important Board Chair/Executive Director relationship. Different kinds of service hub models will be explored with Ingrid Kastens, Ann Kutcher, Michelle Bell and Jon Kay will engage in a discussion of governance issues associated with hub models facilitated by Joan Andersen. Finally, we will have a 'friend-raising' workshop with discussion stimulators Leslie Welin and Susan Witter, led by Karin Kirkpatrick.

Plenary Session: Bruce MacDonald, Imagine Canada

Bruce MacDonaldPresident and CEO Imagine Canada Imagine Canada is the national voice of the charitable and nonprofit sector. Bruce will address the initiatives and challenges facing the sector, including the value of having charities and nonprofits play a broad role in shaping public policy through their advocacy efforts. Bruce has an extensive history in the sector, most recently as the former CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada.

Panel: There is a Better Way: A BC Framework for Wellbeing

Join Doug Hayman (Chair, Board Voice and Director, Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria), Marika Albert, (Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria), Lydia Drasic (Director, Sunshine Coast Community Services Society) and Lawrie Portigal (President, Volunteer BC)

Perspective on Social Issues

Rebecca Lang, from The Federation of Social Services of BC, will provide attendees with a perspective on the larger social services context to stimulate discussion.

Workshops - choice on registration form 
3:30-5:00 PM Friday, November 17

Friend Raising

A vital role for members of not-for-profit boards is bringing a community perspective, or lens, to the governance vision, mission and priority setting for their organizations. Equally vital are the ways board members convey the organizational mission/purpose to others in the community. This session will explore how boards get engaged in evolving "friends" of their organizations. These friends, who may spread the word of the good the organization does; refer those in need of services; speak to the community value with decision makers and founders; or volunteer their own expertise. In many instances "friend raising" is a precursor to "fundraising". The session leaders will stimulate discussion with examples and lead this interactive session on approaches in urban and rural/northern contexts. Join discussion stimulators Susan Witter (Director, Board Voice Chair, Greater Vancouver Community Services Society), and Leslie Welin (Vice Chair, Board Voice and President of the Clements’ Centre Board), and facilitator Karin Kirkpatrick (CEO, Family Services of Greater Vancouver) for this important discussion.

Board Essentials: Making the Board Chair/Executive Director Relationship Work

Tim Beachy (Chair, Options Community Services Society and former CEO of the United Community Services Co-op) and Christine Mohr (Executive Director of Options Community Services Society), will explore with each other and the attendees, the critical relationship between the Board Chair, the board and the Executive Director/CEO of a nonprofit, charitable organization. 

While touching on some of the more obvious considerations such as the fiduciary responsibilities of the board and some of the more traditional roles, the two will explore the more intangible aspects of this relationship that lead to effective, high achieving organizations. Participants will be engaged in discussing these ideas as it affects their organizations. 

Co-locating Services in Neighbourhood Hubs

Co-located facilities offer numerous opportunities for similarly minded non-profit community service agencies to achieve lower building occupancy and administration costs while making more efficient use of communal space for knowledge transfer and inter-agency collaboration. This panel and audience discussion focuses on the governance roles that effective boards adopt to make such enterprises successful. Join panelists: Ingrid Kastens (Executive Director, Pacific Community Resources Society and Board Member, Fraserworks Cooperative); Ann Kutcher (Executive Director, Westcoast Family Centres and Founding Member, Child Youth and Family Innovation Centre Cooperative) and John Kay (Chief Executive Officer, Realize Strategies Cooperative). The panel will be facilitated by Joan Andersen (Board Member, PLEA)

Other Highlights:

  • Health Minister Adrian Dix
  • We will hear from former Vancouver Foundation Board Member, Anna Fung, on Friday evening. 
  • Plenty of networking time at breaks, lunch and in the evening to connect with board members from other parts of the province.
  • Engage with our outstanding speakers.

Saturday, November 18th - Conference

Panel Discussion: Emerging Issues - Where does Board Voice Go Next?

This panel discussion, facilitated by former Board Voice Chair, Michael Davis (Principal, PublicAffair), will engage social policy experts: Andrea Reimer (City Councillor, Vancouver) Michael Prince (Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, University of Victoria), Anita Huberman (CEO, Surrey Board of Trade), and Dawn Hemingway (Chair, Associate Professor School of Social Work at UNBC) with our membership to explore advocacy options for the organization.

Panel and Discussion: The Opioid Crisis: Context and Building Resilience

This final session will focus on how Board Voice members can be involved in a collaborative response to the opioid crisis as it exists in their communities. Donald MacPherson (Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition), one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy development, Donald advocates for drug policies that are based on principles of public health, scientific evidence, human rights and social inclusion. Vikki Reynolds (Consultant, Educator) specializes in team development, resisting burnout and organizational change. Her work addresses addiction, substance misuse, diversity, homelessness, trauma and violence.

Conference Closing Session – Doug Hayman (Chair, Board Voice and Director, Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria)

The Board of Directors of Board Voice is very proud of this year's conference line up and we can't wait to share it with you!

Accommodation & Travel - Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites

Accommodation Booking - We respectfully request that attendees book their accommodation at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites. We were able to secure reduced room rates and meeting costs based on a minimum guest room block guarantee. It would be great if we could fill these rooms - Thank you!

Reservation Information

Group name: 8th Annual Board Voice Society of BC Conference and AGM

Group dates: November 17 & 18, 2017 (please note, the conference rate is available for 3 days before and after the conference)

Room rates: starting at $149.00 (Comfort rooms) plus taxes & fees (17.5%)

Group Booking Code: CPS-GFC3796726

Accommodation Reservations1-800-663-1144

MEMBER AGENCY Travel Assistance:

We have limited travel subsidy for member organizations from outside Metro Vancouver who require assistance to participate (one subsidy per agency). 

Subsidy availability depends on fund-raising. Last year, subsidies of up to $300 were granted due to a number of larger agencies who provided grants to the Bringing Us Together Fund. Our sincere thanks to those agencies who supported our members last year.

The 8th Annual Board Voice Conference is going to be an outstanding event for board members and executive directors. 

Conference Fees 

Registration fee includes:

  • Break refreshments
  • Buffet lunch and dinner on Friday
  • Light breakfast on Saturday
  • Main plenary sessions, workshops and guest speakers.

Early Bird - to October 13, 2017

$350 - Early Bird Members

$400 - Early Bird Non-members

Regular - to November 10, 2017

$400 - Members

$450 - Non-members

Not able to join us for the full conference? We have some new options:

$160 - Friday Dinner and Saturday Morning Program

$80 - Friday Dinner Program

Online Registration closes on November 10, 2017. If you would like to register after that date please call please contact Christine at 604 477-9720 or via email.

Registration fee includes:

  • Break refreshments
  • Buffet lunch and dinner on Friday
  • Light breakfast on Saturday
  • Main plenary sessions, workshops and guest speakers.

Join Board Voice NOW and REGISTER as a MEMBER!

Read about membership here.

Please contact Christine at 604 477-9720 or via email to request a membership form.

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