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Maximizing Governance: onBoard Canada online training

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The Maximizing Governance project is intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of governance among board members and senior staff of organizations that work in Toronto for the public benefit. We are very pleased to offer complimentary access to selected courses from onBoard Canada's acclaimed online governance training program to 50 organizations that are funded by the City of Toronto's Community Service Partnerships program. onBoard Canada is housed at Ryerson University.

Enrolled organizations can choose one of two courses:

  • Board Governance Fundamentals. This course series provides directors with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to a board. It covers foundational areas of board governance including Board Essentials, Legal Roles and Responsibilities, Finance Fundamentals, Commitment to Diversity, Strategic Planning, Risk Management, and Resource Development. This course takes from 10 to 12 hours to complete.

  • Essential Governance through the Stages. This course series focuses on the specific needs of boards through different stages of organizational development. This course addresses six key themes in board governance: Board Recruitment, Diverse Perspectives, Chair-CEO Relations, Board Engagement, Overseeing Financial Risk, and Reputational Risk. This course takes from 6 to 8 hours to complete.

An additional course, Embedding Diversity and Inclusion into an Organization, is a bonus that each organization receives with registration to either of the other two courses listed above.

Please make sure that only one person from your organization completes the registration for the training. This person will receive all correspondence about the courses and how to gain access to them.

We recommend that your board and senior staff work through the course material as a group. All of these courses provide a great deal of information that you can use to improve the management, accountability, and success of your organization.

Before and after your course, you will be asked to answer survey questions about your understanding of the material. This information is being collected as part of the overall evaluation of the Maximizing Governance project. Once you have registered, you will receive the first survey, and after you have completed it you will receive a voucher code giving you access to the training. We ask that you complete the training within 90 days of your initial registration. Your organization will receive a certificate of completion after you submit the post-course survey.

Thanks for your interest in the Maximizing Governance project, and we hope you enjoy the training!

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