Course description

Where does a Board’s authority come from? What is the difference between governance and management? Who does what, and why? 

Each of these questions unlocks a wealth of knowledge that you will unpack with expert leadership. You will also explore the “secrets” of effective Boards: the principles that guide these Boards, elements of well-functioning Boards, and three zones for governance. 

This course is an intensive LIVE 3-hour lesson in Zoom and Miro with practical group work, tangible takeaways, sector insights, and instruction by John Kay, CEO of Realize Strategies and governance expert. This course will be open from Nov 28 - 18, 2022.

Who is this for?

  • Current, new, or incoming directors

  • CEOs looking to better understand how to work with their boards

  • Human resources and organizational design specialists from the private or public sector

Benefits for you

  • Understand your Board in terms of life cycle and model of governance

  • Evaluate the roles and core responsibilities of the Board, Directors, Chair, Committees and CEO/ED

  • Articulate the sources of Board authority and key areas for compliance, and the role of policy

  • Explore key principles for effective governance and well-functioning Boards


All of our instructors are experts in their fields and practicing consultants, bringing you the latest insights and best practices grounded in research and current trends.

John Kay

CEO and Senior Instructor

John thrives on the challenge of unlocking the potential of people and organizations who are working to build a better tomorrow. With over two decades of experience, John uses his vision and expertise to look beyond limits to drive sustainable, transformative organizational change through strategy, governance, culture, and business model innovation. He has held a range of senior and executive positions in both the private and public sector and has worked on a vast range of projects spanning social services, real estate, insurance, finance, food and beverage, education, arts, tourism, and more. Currently, John serves as chair on several non-profit and co-op boards across the country such as Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC), among others.

Course topics

  • Great Boards: Myths and Maxims

  • Board Life Cycle

  • Understanding Governance

  • Who Does What, and Why?

  • Authority, Compliance, Policy

  • Effective Boards

Essentials of Governance (Fall 2022)

Nov 29, 2022 | 9AM - 12PM PDT


Interested in private training for your team?

We can also work directly with your teams one on one, in-person or digitally.