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A Message From Terry


Content When It Counts

I read a lot of online newsletters relating to our sector and this ‘subject line’ stood out. My goal is to provide you with quality content, when it counts.

There are patterns of content that stand out such as such as Strategic planning in the summer and fall. The summer typically picks up for Chief Staff Officer (CSO) mentoring and evaluation as CSO’s are often reflecting and making plans for their future.

The consistent, 12 month concern for Boards is Board recruitment, more correctly identified as Board succession planning. It comes up at every board orientation that I do (WHICH IS A YEAR ROUND NEED).

Each month I get questions and concerns about this. This month’s BOARD BRIEFING has a focus on succession planning. Overall Board succession planning and individual CSO succession planning have very interesting content articles below. This month’s BOARD BRIEFING also includes an article from George Bryce. George is a Vancouver-based lawyer who has a significant appreciation of the association and other not for profit organizations.

George is providing you with the legal prospective for the new Societies Act being introduced. The new Societies Act is being received by some with a sense of panic, and others are completely ignoring this progressive change. I think you will enjoy George’s article and the valuable information it provides.

This issue of Board Briefing also contains two Career opportunities, one for Prince George and another for Vancouver. If either of these interests you please let me know. Please feel free to share with your network.


Board Succession PlanningTaking a Structured Approach to Board Succession Planning

A subject on which we have been asked to advise on increasingly in recent years is board succession planning. Given the performance pressures on boards it is a very positive sign that organisations are becoming less inclined to leave board composition to chance. Read More



Is your organization ready for when you leave?Is Your Organization Ready For When You Leave?

Some associations avoid talking about succession planning for fear the CEO might take it personally. But it’s an increasingly important—and strategic—conversation to have.

Why are boards so afraid to talk about the future?

Boards can do a fine job at steering their organizations, but even if they’ve successfully put together a strategic plan, they largely avoid the difficult question of thinking about what they’ll do when the staff leader departs. Read More

Feature Article

Legal issues re: BC’s new Societies Act

On March 25th, the Hon. Michael de Jong, BC’s Minister of Finance, introduced Bill #24 (2015) to bring into law a new Societies Act to replace the current Society Act. The Bill received third reading on April 22nd and Royal Assent on May 14th.

The new Act remains to be proclaimed into force, and – at this point in time – we do not know the specific date when that will take place (but indications are this will occur by the end of 2016). The new Act also contains transition provisions that will require all pre-existing societies to complete certain steps within two years of proclamation. Read More



Manager - Fund Development
Prince George Association for Community Living (AiMHi)

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Executive Director
West Side Family Place Society

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If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact me at


Closing Thoughts

Special thanks to the Canadian Society of Executives (BC Chapter) for acknowledging me at their AGM on June 23 for the work that I had done for them on the new BC Societies Act.

The two succession articles above are only a few that I have collected over the past few years. Having been in our sector for many years, I have watched demographic shifts affecting the lack of correct succession planning becoming an increasing critical area that needs attention. If you would like some other articles, tools or more detailed assistance email me at

Our next Board Briefing will address the issue of Board models. Many Board models (especially the traditional model) lead to a grey area, resulting in well-intentioned Board members getting involved in staff functions. We have some models and strategies to mitigate this. Watch your inbox for the next issue coming soon.


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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