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Board Table Disruption

Showing on Feb 3

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A Roundtable on Boards and the Need for a New Model

Are you bored with boards? How many times have you heard that the non-profit Board model is broken, and can it be fixed? On February 3rd, join us for a riveting roundtable on boards – the good, the bad and well, the ugly. We are at a time of upheaval across the non-profit sector as we look closely at what is working and what needs to change. 

In a discussion facilitated by Marcus Youssef, playwright, artistic director, and educator, hear from Martha Rans, founder of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society, Yvette Nolan, Algonquin playwright, director and dramaturg, as well as Mark Friesen, Executive Director at Columbia College and facilitator of Vantage Point’s “Reimagining Governance” peer network. Be a part of the conversation as we dive into how to encourage change, whether we should remunerate directors, and more. 

Yvette Nolan

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her works include the play The Unplugging, the dance-opera Bearing, the libretto Shawnadithit. Her play Katharsis will open Prairie Theatre Exchange’s 2020/21 season on October 29th.  From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in Saskatchewan.

Martha Rans

Martha Rans is a lawyer specializing in the legal needs of non-profit societies as well as many visual and multimedia digital artists. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997 and spent 10 years as a labour employment and human rights lawyer/mediator with the BC and Ontario governments. She is a recognized expert on both Canada’s Copyright Act as well as the BC Societies Act. She advises on copyright, charity law, incorporation, privacy, employment, labour, health & safety, and human rights. In all this work, Martha also advocates for public legal education and information for the non-profit and arts sector through her work as the Founder and Legal Director of Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society home of the Artists Legal Outreach and Law for Non-Profits.(pacificlegaloutreach.com)

Mark Friesen

Mark Friesen is the Executive Director at Columbia College, Canada’s longest established International not-for-profit college. He currently facilitates a monthly peer network of leaders dedicated to reimagining governance in the non-profit sector. Mark has served as a volunteer, association founder, and an executive director, and has led fundraising, strategic planning and program development efforts in the sector for over 20 years. During his time at Vantage Point, BC’s leading not-for-profit capacity builder, Mark shifted his focus to governance; working with groups to enhance or redefine organizational decision making. Working with the Crown Agency Board Resourcing Office of BC, Mark guided the province to shift the governance and training material of BC’s public sector organizations away from shareholder accountability and towards governance in the public interest. Mark obtained his Masters’ in Urban Studies at SFU where he received two fellowships and a convocation medal for his research into governance at the scale of the city-region. He served on the City of Vancouver Election Task Force, is Chair of the Our Place Inner City Governance Committee, and sits on the Board of the Ripple Coast Society. When it comes to governance, Mark has a unique perspective on the role that not-for-profits have in supporting a democratic society.

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This event will be held digitally on the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach (PLEO) Website. Once you are registered through PLEO’s ticketing service, you will receive additional streaming information prior to the event.



  • February 3: 12 pm

February 3, 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. PST

Times are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any changes.


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Low Sensory

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ASL Interpretation provided

This panel will be live captioned. 

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