How to Complete a Board Evaluation

February 28, 2024
04:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Your board already knows its roles and responsibilities but wants to keep improving. What is the next step for a board that wants to constantly improve and bring value to their organization? Properly evaluating the board's work and identifying areas for improvement is essential for building a high-performance board. But evaluating your board can be a challenging or even daunting prospect. This workshop is designed to help make evaluating and improving your board a less intimidating and more successful process.

Participants will explore tools, techniques, and other ideas for reviewing and improving your board's performance. We will consider various areas of the board's work including board structure, board management practices, board development, and decision-making. Also, we will discuss who should be evaluated, such as individual directors, committees, or the board as a whole, and how.

Learning objectives:

After participating in the Board Evaluation Workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify the right process for assessing your board
  • Apply various tools and techniques to the evaluation process
  • Specify areas of improvement or gaps in your board's work
  • Recognize barriers to effective evaluation
  • Effectively consider ways to address deficiencies


Kevin Freedman is a national leader in the areas of governance and non-profit leadership. He is the founder and principal consultant at The Governance Guru where he helps boards do their jobs better through training, facilitation, and support. Before this, he spent several years teaching full-time in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg, including courses on non-profit management, corporate governance, ethics, and organizational behavior, and still teaches contractually.

A former executive director, he has more than 45 years of cumulative governance experience with public, non-profit, and private organizations dating back more than 15 years. He has been on the boards of the largest credit union in Manitoba, the largest school division in Manitoba, and numerous other local and national boards. Currently he is chair of the Governance and Reconciliation, Equity, and Inclusion Committees on the board of the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg.

Kevin is also an award-winning volunteer and community leader, having been recognized with a Governor General's Medal for service and the YMCA Canada Peace Medal among others. Kevin holds a master's degree in non-profit management, is an Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the International Association for Volunteer Effort.

He has been teaching with Volunteer Manitoba since 2016.






Kevin Freedman

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