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Registration Contact:

Bess Williams 
Board Voice Society of BC

Event Information Contact:

Christine Thomas


Friday November 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM PST
Saturday November 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM PST

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Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites 
1763 Comox Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1P6
604. 688.7711
Reservations:  1.800.663.1144


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6th Annual Conference and AGM

Vision to Action - 
Board Leadership and Social Change in BC

27 November 2015
Registration: 8:30am
Conference: 9:30am - 9:00pm
 28 November 2015
Continental Breakfast Networking: 7:00am
AGM: 8:00 - 12:30pm

Conference & AGM Highlights - Programs and Speakers

FRIDAY, Nov. 27th - Conference

  • Listen to Dave Hancock, Former Minister of Human Services and Interim Premier of Alberta, discuss why they introduced a social policy framework, how they did it and what it accomplished
  • Engage with Dr. Trevor Hancock, one of the world's leading experts on social determinants of health, about putting people first:  human and the social development as if people mattered
  • Ask questions of Mark Sieben, Deputy Minister MCFD, who will speak about myths, truths, and approaches to community based social services for this year, next year, and beyond
  • Buffet Lunch provided
  • Attend interactive workshops 
  • Work with board directors and executive directors from across BC in creating the 'VOICE" of Board Voice
  • Reception- no host bar
  • Banquet

SATURDAY, Nov. 28th - AGM

  • Continental Breakfast Networking
  • AGM
  • Engage a panel of municipal councillors, mayors and the President of the Union of BC Municipalities - about the state of municipal social planning and the potential for a 'Made in BC 'Social Policy Framework
  • Open Space & Conversation Cafe with members 

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION - choice on registration form.  PLEASE NOTE - max 30 participants/workshop.  

3:30-5:00pm Choices

 Social Reports and a Social Policy FrameworkMichael Davis, Partner and Managing Director of Reputations and Chair of Board Voice

  • This working session will be an opportunity for participants to explore some of the content and planning related to these two important initiatives and help the board design effective strategies for moving them into the public realm.

Excellence in Board Governance - Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice  –        Dr. Vic Murray, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

  • This interactive workshop will engage participants in conversations about the barriers that keep non-profit board of directors from reaching optimal effectiveness and why many have difficulty in making the necessary changes.  Recent research will form the basis of this discussion.

Social Innovation, Resilience and Reconciliation - David Stevenson, Executive Director, Partnerships and Community Renewal Division, Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

  • This interactive workshop will explore approaches to learning, innovation and impact within the challenging space of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples within the social services sector.
  • The insight that "if you are not a part of the problem, you cannot be a part of the solution," suggests that the work of having an impact for positive change is an inside job - inside meaning personally and within the larger social systems we find ourselves in.  This is certainly true for efforts at reconciliation in all sectors of society, and the "social services sector" is at the heart of this challenge.

Developing a Leadership Board – Mark Friesen, Consulting Manager, Vantage Point

  • A highly effective and engaged board has clarity around roles, responsibilities, and aligns their work and performance with organizational values and mission.  In this session we will:  Review tools to align the passion and skills of board members; Learn how to become a more effective and engaged group that is accountable to the organizational mission and vision; Carry out three key modes of governance:  fiduciary oversight, strategic direction, and generative visioning.

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Accommodation & Travel - Venue - Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites
Accommodation booking:  We respectfully request that attendees book their accommodation at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites.  We were able to secure reduced room rates and meeting costs based on a minimum guest room block guarantee.  It would be great if we could fill these rooms - Thank you!

Please click here to access our booking block and register online for your guestrooms at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites.  Or call the reservation number below.

Please note that rooms will only be guaranteed at the reduced rates until 26 October 2015.  Parking for registered hotel guests:  reduced to $20.00 overnight.  Daily parking code will be in the confirmation message/email.  

Accommodation reservations:  1-800-663-1144
You will need to provide the booking code:  CPS-GFC3795238 or INDENTIFY the title of the event Board Voice Society of BC AGM to qualify for special rate:

$145.00 for Comfort City View - single/double 
This rate will be honoured three days prior and post of the event.  Booking Code is CPS-GFC3795238.  Guests are free to make their reservations, using this code, or by mentioning the title of the event (Board Voice Society of BC AGM).  

MEMBER AGENCY Travel Assistance:
We have limited travel subsidy for member organizations from outside Metro Vancouver who require assistance to participate (one subsidy per agency).

Subsidy availability depends on fund-raising.  Last year, subsidies of up to $300 were granted due to a number of larger agencies who provided grants to the Bringing Us Together Fund.  Our sincere thanks to those agencies who supported our members last year. 

The Board Voice Conference is shaping up to be a premier event for board members and executive directors.  We will be delighted to see you there!

$300.00 Early Bird Members (to 8th November)
$350.00 Early Bird NON-members (to 8th November)
$350.00 Members (to 22nd November)
$375.00 - NON-members (to 22nd November)
After 22nd November, call office to register - 250.480.7387
$375.00 - MEMBERS 
$400.00 - NON-members 

BANQUET ONLY for spouse/partner of registrant - $75.00

Registration Fee INCLUDES:
- Break refreshments;
- Buffet Lunch and Dinner Banquet on Fri;
- Light Breakfast on Sat;
- PLUS the workshops, guest speakers and more...

Conference Participants:  We encourage boards to send at least one representative, although we'll be happy to welcome as many as you wish to send.  Bring your ED!

Both member and non-member agencies are welcome!

Join Board Voice NOW and REGISTER as a MEMBER!
Read about membership at:
Board Voice Membership Application Form 
Please call - 250.480.7387, email or fax 250.480.7396
to inform us that you have applied for membership.  

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The last day to cancel registration and receive a refund is November 13, 2015. After this date, registrants who cancel OR do not attend will remain responsible for payment of the full registration fee and will be invoiced as needed.
PLEASE NOTE:  Credit Card payment is not accepted at the door.  
There will be a $25.00 administration fee for cancellation of registrations paid by credit card.

If you have questions about The Board Voice Society of BC ( or the 2015 Conference and AGM, please contact Christine Thomas at 250.480.7381 or email: