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Indigenous Not-for-Profit Organizations Governance Training

Hensel Barristers is offering governance training for Board members of Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, including charities and non-profits.


This training will cover many topics that are important for all Board members to understand, with content tailored to specific concerns of organizations that are led by and/or primarily serve Indigenous people. It will be most useful for Board members with beginner to intermediate board governance experience, and the final agenda will be tailored to focus on the needs and interests of registered participants.

EARLY BIRD PRICING: Save 10% ($90) on the registration cost if you register by September 10, 2019.

Discounts are available for organizations that wish to register multiple participants, and organizations that register at least one participant in this training will also qualify for a special flat rate for us to deliver the training for their full board. Please contact us at or 416.966.0404 for further information.


  • Thursday,  November 7, 2019, 9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.


  • Toronto, venue to be confirmed.


  • $900. Includes the training, lunch and refreshments, reference materials for participants to keep, and “extended Q&A” of one hour of consultation regarding a governance issue that arises for each participant in the six months following the training.

  • EARLY BIRD PRICING: Save 10% ($90) on the registration cost if you register by September 10, 2019.


  • Board roles and responsibilities under Ontario and federal law;

  • Charities v. non-profits v. other organizations;

  • Ways of working and good practices (eg. by-laws, policies, running good meetings, committees, confidentiality, recruitment and succession planning, board development, decision-making, healthy board culture, etc.);

  • Governance v. management and the Board-Executive Director relationship;

  • Strategic planning and oversight;

  • Financial oversight;

  • Board accountability (legal, traditional, community);

  • Risk management;

  • Conflicts of interest (including in challenging First Nation contexts);

  • Dealing with organizational crisis/conflict;

  • Integrating traditional governance principles into the Ontario/Canadian legal framework, and what to do when Indigenous laws and Canadian/provincial laws conflict;

  • Diversity and inclusion; and

  • Board liability.


  • October 24, 2019


Earlier Event: October 17
Employment Law Training
Later Event: November 14
First Nations’ Governance Training