Our approach takes account of your particular objectives, history, stakeholders, personalities and culture and is underpinned by our extensive research in all areas of governance. We can help your not-for-profit organization, public interest institution, associations or board by:
- Evaluating the effectiveness of your governance systems by conducting governance assessments that address their complexity and resolve any conflicting interests
- Supporting strategy development and strategic planning through in depth analysis and expert facilitation
- Conducting comparative research, stakeholder engagement and organizational reviews that generate actionable insights you can use to improve your operations
- Designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings to suit your unique needs
- Developing governance tools, including bylaws, policies and terms of reference
- Conducting customized training, facilitation and moderated board workshops and retreats
- Facilitating annual board self-assessments using interviews and survey tools
Research has played an important role in our Board and Organizational Governance practice over the years.
Informed by our expertise and our experience with clients, we have published a number of papers and policy briefs on current and emerging issues in this area. These publications are always made available online for free.
In addition, we offer commissioned research services. Recent papers have addressed topics such as Conflict of Interest and the Duty of Loyalty, and Board Composition for membership-driven organizations.
Yukon Development Corporation
Our work with the Yukon Development Corporation (YDC) began in 2013 and addressed key governance issues regarding Board performance, processes, structures and systems. We conducted a comprehensive review of the internal governance structure and practices of the Board and the relationship between the YDC and the corporation they oversee to identify areas of concern and make recommendations for improvements. Our approach drew on our previous experience assessing oversight practices and applying proven strategies. Case studies were also conducted to identify relevant trends. We applied a number of analytical tools developed through our Public Governance Exchange (PGEx) to help YDC leadership understand the unique circumstances surrounding the project. Additionally, we developed and delivered three training and facilitation sessions on governance best practices and board performance.
Our work with YDC has bolstered our expert knowledge base in board and organizational governance and has helped refine our approach to working with other board-governed organizations. The project has also further informed our research under PGEx, as it is a prime example of the proliferation of autonomous bodies in the public sector.
Scouts de Montréal métropolitain
In 2014-15, we worked with Scouts de Montréal métropolitain to conduct a review of their governance structures. We conducted an analysis and evaluation of the organization’s governance structure, the composition of the Board and its decision-making processes, and the administrative support available to support work. Our team provided an analysis based on the context of the organization, its role and importance in the community, and in line with the IOG’s principles of good governance for not-for-profit organizations. Our approach involved a document review, key informant interviews, an online survey completed by the Board and a presentation of the report with facilitated discussion.
The governance review and facilitation for this project builds on our in-depth knowledge of board-governed organizations, specifically with smaller non-profits.
Human Resources Professionals Association
Our team has been working with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) since 2010 on an ongoing basis as they work continuously to improve their governance practices. Our services have included the developing a board assessment and peer evaluation tools, training on board governance and committee best practices, facilitating a board strategy session and piloting a director education program for their membership to learn about the roles and responsibilities of a board of directors. This work has supported HRPA as they promote professional development for their board and members as well as continue to update their governance practices.
Our work with HRPA has informed our expertise in board and organizational governance and has helped us elaborate our governance models and best practices we put forward when developing recommendations and options for new clients. This work has also helped us identify shortcomings, articulate challenges, and analyze trends in organizational governance, including with dual-object associations. We continue to use this information to develop new learning and analytical tools, and shape our learning programs and research activities.