Non-Profit Leadership | Certificate

Important Dates

Start date
  • September 6, 2023
  • 28 hours over 10 weeks (September 6th to November 8th, 2023)
  • Wednesdays - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 3 Saturday sessions - Saturdays - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (September 16th, October 14th, and November 4th only)
  • Online will be on Zoom
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  • Program Overview

    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

    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 MTL 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.


    Loralie Bromby: Primary Consultant at Social Impact Consulting / Conseil Impact Social

    Loralie has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Her hands-on skills in communications project management, fundraising, media arts, and community organizing have always been fueled by a strong belief in the positive, transformative power of community and cross-sectoral collaboration. She believes that great communities are built on the authentic connections and relationships that we create. This understanding guides everything Loralie does in her professional and personal life to support positive social impact.  Loralie has worked with teams such as the African Canadian Development and Prevention Network, Techo Culture Club and the McConnell Foundation.  She currently volunteers on the Board of the YMCA in Kingston, Jamaica.  Loralie joined Social Impact Consulting as a Principal Consultant in 2020.

    Currently, Loralie is developing and implementing communications strategies, HR plans, and training programs for non-profit organizations. Her goal is to help her clients implement healthy policies and practices that extend their reach while fulfilling their mission and vision. When she is not working, she enjoys  dance parties with her two children, cooking up Caribbean food with friends and family, and staying active.

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