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With a passion for non-profits and over 19 years as an awarded executive, Deb McClelland is dedicated to guiding business leaders, boards and not-for-profit operators in realizing their potential. Customized workshops are available upon request.


Just call or email today to see how Deb can set your organization on the right track—while making it fun and easy!








Board Governance Overview 

This session outlines the roles and responsibilities of boards and gives an overview of the "7 Key Elements of Good Governance".

Strategic Planning*

Without strategic goals, an organization only exists. With goals in place, both the board and CEO soar to new heights and begin to make a difference in their sector and their community.

CEO Metrics*

How to prepare to effectively "onBOARD" your new CEO in his/her first 90 days.  Know what to cover, including regular check-ups with clear metrics. These will all pave the way for smooth CEO performance reviews.

Board Development*

This workshop shows how to identify and address skills gaps and training options that will elevate your board’s performance.  An annual board work plan and succession planning will be addressed, including effective board recruitment.

Effective Committees*

A comprehensive look at best practices in governance committee mandates, followed by an audit of your existing committees.  We conclude with an alignment of committees and task forces to your strategic goals. 

* Included in each of these workshops is the key to good governance: monitoring your governance components to ensure they remain effective.  Each organization is a little different, so we build a custom system together in each of these sessions.


NFP Operations 1.0

Introduction to Not-for-Profits

NFP Operations 2.0

Developing a Winning Team

NFP Operations3.0

Take your Not-for-Profit to the next level

Tactical Planning

To support the board's strategic plan, staff develop an annual tactical plan that plots out the work to be accomplished for each strategic goal.


Networking for Success

In this highly interactive workshop, business people learn the fundamentals of networking and the principles behind it. You will be guided through simple strategies that will elevate your very next networking experience!  Check with your local chamber of commerce for hosting dates.





Over the years, Deb’s passion has been to assist boards in realizing their potential by travelling around the country teaching numerous workshops on the subject. 


Deb has served on many boards, including national and provincial boards, for over thirty-five years.  She also worked as Executive Director at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce for nineteen years, supporting her board of directors as they transitioned to a solid governance model. Within all these experiences, she came to realize that governance, when done right, could be fun and easy.  That is why she has developed templates, examples and exercises for boards to follow so that they can easily adopt what she calls the Seven Key Elements of Good Governance.


Deb has been recognized as Executive of the Year and Chamber of the Year by her provincial network and Executive of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada. Most recently, she was appointed to the Council of Excellence by a panel of her peers across the country and appointed as Fellow of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

"I attended your Governance Training on Saturday in Kelowna and what an incredible time – thank you so much!!"

Marika Luczi

Executive Officer

Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Okanagan



September 23-24 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Governance review with Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

October 2 — Penticton, BC. Governance training with South Okanagan Women in Need Society

October 4 — Penticton, BC.  Governance training with Canadian Home Builders Association  Central Okanagan

October 8 — Whistler, BC.  Governance workshop with Whistler Community Services

October 17, 18 — Port Alberni, BC.  Strategic planning with Alberni Community & Women's Services

October 28 — Vancouver, BC.  Governance training with Police Victim Services

November 6 — Vernon, BC.  Governance Workshop*  hosted by Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

November 15 — Abbotsford, BC.  Governance Workshop with Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce

November 20, 21 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  Governance review with Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

November 27 — Kamloops, BC.  Governance training with Royal Inland Hospital Foundation

November 28 — Kamloops, BC. Networking for Success* hosted by Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

December 12 - Kamloops, BC.  Building a High Performance Board* hosted by United Way

*Open to the public.  Tickets available through the host.




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