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A Message From Terry


Its nearing the end of August and the summer seems to have flown by. I have lots of interesting news and updates I want to share with you starting with:

Society Act Update

As many of you know the new Societies Act (Bill 24) received Royal Assent in May and we are now waiting to receive implementation instructions. A new development has occurred which is somewhat disturbing. The proposed Section 99 has ‘resurfaced’ in a somewhat amended format. This section was the most contentious area as it allowed a person or group who did not agree with the direction a Society was going, to make a complaint to the courts.

Now prefacing first with the reminder that I am not a lawyer and do not provide legal advice, isn’t it fair to say that many organizations, especially those that are member driven, have a format for this already? Annual general meetings and bylaws hold Societies accountable. Members who do not like the direction of their organization can resign. Many health, accounting and other professional Societies have high-functioning regulatory bodies. Foundations and other funders can choose not to fund Societies if their goals are not in line with their own, or if their capacity to fulfill programs is not working.

Do we really need one more level of government legislation to be mandated? There are many other methods of effectively resolving issues.

I will be in Victoria in the next week or two and will have more information to share with you after that.


Board meetingIdentifying the Key Values Desired in Your Board Members

An ongoing issue in Board succession planning is the identification of the key values desired in your Board members. Earlier articles on Board succession planning described our Board matrix tool which identified the core competencies required for your Board. Identifying of the key values desired in your Board members is another layer in best practice succession planning. In our blog post and article by Bob Harris, CAE these critical key values are described in great detail……Read More



Is your organization ready for when you leave?Member Fees, Another Alternative?

I get a lot of questions about member fees and have begun to see some interesting changes in them. A tourism organization recently discontinued their fee structure and replaced the loss in revenue with a significant increase in sponsorship, it worked for them however it was a big gamble......

Will the new model below could be the beginning of a slippery slope, or in time become an accepted practice? You decide. Read More


Closing Thoughts

I am extremely pleased to announce that Real Board Solutions will soon be posting complimentary Board training videos on our YouTube channel.

You might be asking how I can take a full day of board of director training and put it onto YouTube, especially with the highly interactive questions and solutions I provide. After much feedback and deliberation, I have decided to produce approximately seventeen videos broken down into 3 minute sections. So, if you want to know more about ‘conflict of interest’ or ‘board roles and responsibilities’, these 3 minute videos are a must watch. Expect them to be informative, interesting, relevant, and yes, engaging.

Many umbrella associations have asked me to provide this to them so they can provide it to their member associations for simple, standardized training.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. For more information, you can contact me at

Terry Clark
About Terry Clark

Terry J. Clark CAE, the Founder and President of Real Board Solutions is a results-oriented, not-for-profit professional who has a unique background and skill set that volunteer board members and their staff truly appreciate.

For the past 19 years Terry has advised hundreds of not-for-profit Boards of Directors and their senior staff members. As past Executive Director with a high profile business association, Terry has also served as an interim Executive Director with eight organizations.

His consulting practice focuses on executive search, Board development, strategic planning, operational reviews, executive director compensation and mentorship/coaching. He has provided those services to not-for-profits in virtually every not-for-profit sector in Western Canada, North West Territories, the Yukon and California.

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.

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.

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