Non-Profit Leadership Certificate

Your Community, your career, your move!

Developed in collaboration with West Island Community Shares for non-profit professionals, current and aspiring leaders and anyone interested in working in this rewarding community sector.

Led by a dynamic and experienced team of professionals, participants will learn the fundamentals of leading in the non-profit sector, deepening their knowledge and skills and learning from a range of resources and perspectives

Program lets you:
  • Develop skills to be a successful non-profit leader
  • Learn about effective management practices
  • Apply learning through case studies and practical examples
  • Make connections with current non-profit leaders and participants


TOPICS include:
  • The Non-profit Ecosystem in Quebec and Canada
  • Governance Models
  • Board-Executive Director Relationship
  • Diversity and Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategy Implementation and Impact Measurement
  • Winning HR Policies and Procedures
  • Staff and Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • Financial Management
  • Government Financing
  • The Donor Landscape
  • Principles of Fundraising
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Fundraising
  • Types of Fundraising: Annual Campaigns, Capital Campaigns, Legacy Giving, Events, Direct Mail
  • Communications and Stakeholder Management


Start date
  • PROGRAM FULL – January 11, 2022
  • NEW DATE for next program is April 5 – May 28
  • 28 hours over 10 weeks
  • Tuesday – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday sessions will be co-modal/ hybrid (for both session if health measure allow)
  • First session for second group will be April 5
  • On-line sessions delivered on ZOOM


The Instructors

Sophie McCann: Executive Director, West Island Community Shares

Sophie McCann is a fundraiser, marketer, communicator and self-proclaimed Diet Pepsi addict. She was the Senior Marketing Manager who launched Viagra in Canada. The media storm that ensued was the catalyst that changed her career path from marketing to communications. After 10 years with Pfizer Canada, Sophie starting her own communications agency, SimpleXpression, where, in addition to her corporate clients, she started working more closely with non-profit organisations. In 2018, Sophie wrapped up 25 years of experience in the private sector and took on the position of Executive Director at West Island Community Shares, where she eats, breathes and sweats fundraising.


Yves Picard: General Manager, Carrefour jeunesse emploi Ouest de l’Ile and CJE Marquette

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sexology, Yves Picard has worked with young people and adults since 1986, first at a youth center and then at a youth consultation office. In 1998, he became General Manager of Carrefour Jeunesse-emploi (CJE) Marquette; in 2001, he also accepted the general management of CJE Ouest-de-Île.

Since then, Yves has managed both effectively and led to exceptional results while implementing mechanisms and internal policies. He is one of the initial promoters and now president of the Regroupement Lachine Social Economy Project that has enabled the conversion of a former IGA into offices for community groups.

Yves currently sits on the board of directors of CDEC LaSalle-Lachine, Réseau Réussite Montréal, Concertation Montréal and PME Montréal West-Island.


Marlo Turner-Ritchie: Founder and Principal Consultant at Social Impact Consulting / Conseil Impact Social

Marlo Turner Ritchie is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Social Impact Consulting / Conseil Impact Social. For the past twenty five years she has dedicated herself to grassroots organizing, non-profit management and governance. As a former Executive Director, she understands first hand the challenges that leaders in the field face. Marlo and her team are deeply committed to social justice, anti-oppression and de-colonization work and have consulted with over eighty non-profits, coops and foundations of varying sizes and missions over the past six years. She is a founding member of the NDG Art Hive and President of the Unitarian Church of Montreal. She identifies as a queer woman and white settler and lives with her partner and eight year-old in NDG.

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