The How, What and Why of a Board

The How, What and Why of a Board

Ottawa Art Gallery Firestone Gallery, Arts Court – 2 Daly Ave.
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This panel will enlist the help of three professionals to answer some challenges groups face when it comes to non-profit boards of directors.

This session will deal with the following issues:

  • What moral and financial accountability does a board have to its organization?

  • How do you find board members and keep them active and engaged?

  • Why do you even need a board?

Watch each panelist's video from the session below:

Joel Secter:

Joel Secter

Joel Secter is an Ottawa based lawyer who helps ensure the long-term success of arts organizations by making sure that legal problems do not distract from fulfilling their mission. He practices with Drache Aptowitzer LLP, recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts in the law related to charities and non-profit organizations and in relation to all aspects of taxation of the arts and artists. He is an award-winning filmmaker who sits on a number of volunteer boards and regularly contributes to The Canadian Taxpayer, Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy and Canadian Not-For-Profit News.

Mike Haley:

Mike Haley

Mike Haley, Regional Vice President, Ottawa West, is responsible for the overall management of RBC’s personal, financial planning and small business branch operations in that region.

Prior to this, Mr. Haley was District Manager, Sales for RBC Royal Bank in Atlantic Canada, where he was responsible for the overall development and implementation of RBC’s personal and business markets sales strategy for the Atlantic Provinces.

Since Mr. Haley joined RBC in 1984, he has held positions in various divisions including Personal Banking, Agriculture, Small Business & Commercial Markets.  He has worked in Alberta, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and now, Ontario.

Mr. Haley has served organizations dedicated to the development and prosperity of our communities, including: Regroupement des Gens d’Affaires de la Capitale Nationale; The Ottawa Hospital Foundation – White Coat Workplace Committee; Neptune Theatre of Halifax; and Canada Business Youth Foundation (Montreal chapter), to name a few.

Leslie Milton:

Leslie Milton, Associate Partner, GGFL

GGFL’s clientele includes many non-profit organizations in Ottawa-Gatineau from charitable organizations to public and private foundations. They work closely with the non-profit sector to ensure accounting services are specific to the organization’s structure and mandate. GGFL understands that non-profit organizations exist to provide a valuable service, not to make money, and because of this the needs differ from those of a regular business.


Wine and cheese reception to follow

Cost: $20

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Time: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: Ottawa Art Gallery Firestone Gallery, Arts Court – 2 Daly Ave.

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