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With a passion for non-profits and over 19 years as an awarded executive, Deb McClelland is dedicated to guiding boards and not-for-profit staff 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 

Three 1½ hour webinar modules 

This workshop outlines the roles and responsibilities of the board and gives an overview of the key elements of good governance.  


It is recommended that directors attend this workshop prior to attending any of the subsequent workshops.

Strategic Planning

Full day in person, or three to four online modules. 

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

My process is simple and effective.  We work together as a team to identify where you

want to be and then how you will get there.

This workshop is bundled with the staff's Tactical Planning sessions.

Your CEO's Performance Review

Three hours, in person or online modules, including custom performance review document.

This personalized session is held with your Governance Committee or Executive and outlines what to evaluate; how to conduct the evaluation and a customized performance review form built according to your current strategic plan and board policies.

A Deeper Dive into Board Development

Three hours per topic, including completion of custom strategies and documents. 

Choose training options that will help elevate your board’s performance. 

Options include: Recruiting & Developing Dynamic Directors; Leading Inspiring Board Meetings; Building Effective Committees; Succession Planning and more!

How to be a Great Board President

2-hour webinar (coming soon).

Recommended for board Presidents and Vice Presidents, this webinar outlines strategies that help elevate your time in this role.


Tactical Planning

Full day of online modules.  

This supplementary session to strategic planning is key to ensuring the success of the board’s strategic goals.  Staff develop this dynamic plan through facilitated sessions and is bundled with the Board's Strategic Planning session.


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.

“Deb’s training was exceptional and exceeded our expectations, especially during these tough times. Her content was inspirational, motivating and, most importantly, relatable and doable. Deb understands the different aspects and dynamic scenarios each board can have and provides examples to help participants understand each learning point. Even though the board training was held online through video conferencing, her ability to create dialogue and discussion amongst the participants is impressive and she helped create a positive learning environment to where you can have the same positive outcomes of collaboration as if you were all in the same room physically. Our directors were very impressed and look forward to having her back for another seminar.”

Anthony Yecyec

Executive Director

Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce


Q2 2021

 * denotes online events open to public attendance. Contact host for ticket information.


Apr 7 & 21: Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance

Apr 8, 15, 22: Squamish Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance Overview

*Apr 9: Kamloops Chamber of Commerce -  Board Governance Overview*

Apr 13: Harbour Authority Association of BC - Tactical plan

*Apr 16: Penticton Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance Overview*

April 21: Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce - Tactical Plan

April 27, 28, 29: Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce - Governance Overview


May 5, 12, 19: Downtown Williams Lake - Board Governance

*May 6, 13, 20: Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce -  Board Governance Overview* (10:30am-12:00pm PT)

*May 7, 14, 21: Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance Overview* (9:00-10:30am PT)

May 8: Parksville & District & Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce - Board Governance

May 11: Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance Overview

May 13, 20: German-Canadian Benevolent Society of BC - Board Governance Overview

May 15: Gwaii Trust Society - Board Governance Overview

May 17: Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce - Tactical Plan


June 1, 2, 3: Harbour Authority Association of BC - Board Governance Overview

June 3, 10, 17: Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance Overview

June 7, 9: Whistler Housing Authority - Strategic Plan

June 7, 14, 28: Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce -  Board Governance Overview

*June 8, 15, 22: Fernie Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance Overview* (11:00am-12:30pm PT)

*June 11: Greater Westside Board of Trade - Board Governance Overview* (9am-2:30pm PT)

*June 12: Kelowna Chamber of Commerce - Board Governance Overview* (9am-2:30pm PT)

June 18: Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce - Tactical Plan

June 23: Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce - Strategic Plan




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