Strategies for Board Recruitment

November 21, 2023
04:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Building a robust board of directors is crucial for the success of any organization. However, identifying and attracting new board members can often pose significant challenges. Where can you discover exceptional candidates for your board? What qualities and attributes should you seek in potential board members? And who should play a role in the selection process?

We are thrilled to present an informative workshop designed to address these questions. This workshop will delve into the realm of board succession planning and recruitment, equipping participants with valuable tools and insights to attract exceptional individuals to serve on their boards.

Topics Covered:

  1. The Significance of Succession Planning: Understand why succession planning is a critical component of long-term organizational success. Gain insights into the potential risks of inadequate planning and the benefits of proactive leadership transition strategies.
  2. Identifying the Right Board: Learn about tools and strategies for identifying the ideal board members who align with your organization's mission, vision, and values.
  3. Board Member Recruitment: Discover proven techniques for attracting and engaging exceptional board members.
  4. Board Leadership Succession Planning: Explore into the crucial area of board leadership succession.
  5. Key Staff Succession Planning: Explore the intricacies of planning for the succession of key staff members.

Who should attend?

Any board member who sits on a nominating committee or is involved with board recruitment in any capacity.


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.

Technical Requirements to Participate Virtually:

To participate, you will need a computer/mobile device with internet connection, speakers and microphone. A webcam is preferred but optional.


Volunteer Manitoba strives to host inclusive, accessible workshops that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you require any accommodations to participate in our training, please indicate so on the registration form.






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