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A Message From Terry


Our April Board Briefing newsletter leads with the unfortunate passing announcement of our friend and colleague, Tom Abbott.

The Passing of Tom Abbott CGA, CAE

Tom AbbottIt is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Thomas (Tom) Abbott CGA, CAE after a long battle with prostate issues and Parkinson's Disease on March 22, 2016. Tom, the founder of Association Management Consultants, in Vancouver British Columbia was an outstanding author and worked with over 350 not-for-profit associations, charities and government organisations from Atlantic Canada to the Yukon and from Texas to Georgia; helping their Board of Directors to be more effective.

As many of you know, Tom and I worked together for many years. I particularly appreciated his Complementary Model of Board Governance and his outstanding dedication to our sector. He was a great mentor and most of all, a friend.

“Tom Abbott spent a long and successful career helping associations improve their performance and governance. He was dedicated to making things better and will be missed.”

Michael Anderson CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Society of Association Executives


Directors and Officers Insurance, Now It’s As Easy As Booking a Flight!

“The insurance industry is finally catching up with the rest of the modern world. Nonprofits are all too familiar with the lengthy process of insurance renewal every year, filling out the form and mailing or faxing it back to your broker. With Spark Insurance you can apply for or renew insurance online, and they only ask for the information they need – it’s as easy as booking a flight.”

We all want the best D&O Insurance, with great service and competitive rates. My client’s feedback has been extremely positive with this organization. It only takes a few minutes to get an online quote, and I recommend you give it strong consideration.


Countless Hours In Unproductive Meetings

How many of you have spent countless hours in unproductive meetings? (Perhaps the answer is everyone in the Association and Not-for Profit sector?) Board meetings, committee meetings, staff meetings. The list goes on and on. The time is long overdue to reduce your meeting time in half, while increasing productivity!

The Canadian Society of Association Executives (BC) Chapter has made a strategic move to combine their annual MLA Appreciation Day, along with an educational seminar on meeting efficiency and effectiveness (Hint! it won’t be unproductive). In addition, and as a bonus, this will be followed with two concurrent breakout sessions.

Effective meeting management, governance, and government relations as you meet, greet and appreciate your Provincial MLA’s. A can’t miss opportunity. I understand their will be a maximum of 75 participants, and to ensure your spot you can register below.

CSAE-BC is excited to announce that registration is now open for our MLA Appreciation Day. It will take place Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Victoria BC. Spaces are limited, so be sure to register early! Register online here.

This half day event will feature two great speakers:

Terry J. ClarkTerry J. Clark, CAE
President at Real Board Solutions

Topic: How to Reduce your Meeting Time in Half, While Increasing Productivity

Breakout Session Topic: How to Identify and Engage with the Right Decision Maker, without Wasting Your Valuable Time

Terry J. Clark, the Founder and President of Real Board Solutions offers results-oriented solutions for associations and other not-for-profit professional organizations.


Carol Metz MurrayCarol Metz Murray
Chief Empowerment Officer at Carol Metz Murray Leadership and Communication

Topic: Empowering leadership development and engagement training, mentoring/coaching human potential engagement, strategic vision planning together with process alignment, governance and stakeholder relations

Carol, the Chief Empowerment Officer at Carol Metz Murray Leadership and Communication leads from the heart empowering leaders to understand their 'why' when Shift Happens.

This event is not to be missed! Register today and attend this workshop to discover valuable tools on how to be more effective when dealing with the government in matters that pertain to your organization.

Have Lunch with Your MLA

We expect many MLAs and cabinet members to be in attendance at the MLA appreciation luncheon and CSAE-BC members will have a great opportunity to network with government representatives. After lunch, you are invited to visit the Legislative Assembly Building when the Legislature is in session.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9:15 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Victoria Conference Centre(Presentations)
720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7
Fairmont Empress Hotel (Lunch)
721 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

Price: Member: $85 + GST
Non-Member: $95 + GST
Seating is Limited to 75 delegates.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis.Please contact the CSAE-BC office ( for more information. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support


Congratulations To Recent Chief Executive Officer Appointments

Congratulations to newly appointed Association President and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Nicholson of the Canada West Ski Areas Association.

Also congratulations to Sarah Roth, newly appointed President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation.


Closing Thoughts

The Association and other Not-For-Profit sector in British Columbia have begun a transition. It began with the introduction of a new Societies Act which will result in greater transparency, a restructuring of governance models, emerging trends such as smaller more ‘nimble’ Boards, greater accountability and more pressure applied on Board and staff for results-based performance.

Time BombChanging demographics will result in many Chief Staff Officers retiring, and allow for new career opportunities. The sector will not look the same in the next 2-3 years. If you are not sure how your Board, or you personally, fits into this major shift you may want to connect with me. I can answer your burning questions and help you prevent a time bomb from going off. Send me an email at


Terry Clark
About Terry Clark

Terry J. Clark CAE, the Founder and President of Real Board Solutions offers results-oriented solutions for associations and other not-for-profit professional organizations.

For the past 20 years Terry has advised hundreds of not-for-profit boards of directors and their senior staff members. His varied consulting practice focuses on board of director development, orientation, strategic planning, recruitment, and chief staff officer mentoring and coaching. He has provided these services to associations and other not-for-profits in the areas of business, medical, dental, legal, health, tourism, sports, charities and other special-interest groups.

In 2013 the Canadian Society of Association Executives presented Terry with the prestigious ACE Award Association Cornerstone of Excellence in the ‘Above and Beyond Category’.

Terry is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a Past Area Governor of Toastmasters International and was educated at the University of British Columbia. He possesses leading-edge Non Profit "Best Practices" and combines them with real life experiences to provide not-for-profits boards and their staff with real solutions.

He is also certified trainer for ‘Roberts Rules Made Simple’ and can streamline meetings to reduce meeting times while increasing meeting productivity.

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