The Alliance’s skills development opportunities include sessions on topics of importance to artists and cultural workers.

Our workshops and webinars address topics of interest to arts, culture, and heritage organizations and to artists, presented by some of the top experts in their fields.

Past workshops include proposal and grant writing, taxation and the self-employed, arts organizations and employment law, publicity and media relations, social media, and corporate sponsorship development. 

Alliance members receive discounted rates on workshops and other professional development opportunities.  

2017 Workshops and Information Sessions

Professional Development for the Arts, Culture, and Heritage Community

The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is excited to announce our 2017 workshops and info sessions! This programming covers a broad array of diverse subjects, including community gaming grants, Indigenous realities and arts advocacy.

All sessions take place in the Alliance boardroom (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver) unless otherwise noted. The Alliance does not have dedicated parking. Parking is available at 980 Howe Street at an all-day rate of $10. Please contact Joyce Wan (604 681 3535 ext. 201; for more information.

Space for all workshops and info sessions is limited, so register now!

Cancellation Policy 

48 hours cancellation notice is required to obtain a full refund. We reserve the right to cancel workshops if registration is too low. 


Contact Joyce Wan, Receptionist + Administrative Assistant at 604 681 3535 (201) or

Seminars in Managing Human Resources 

Most small and medium-size non-profit organizations with 5-40 employees do not need and cannot justify a full-time human resources manager. However, it is essential that human resources matters are addressed professionally and pro-actively if you want to attract, retain and develop top-notch staff in your organization.

This series of seminars, presented by Greg Miller, our Group Human Resources Subscription Services partner at Crowflight Consulting Services, are for those supervisors and managers that are responsible for managing the human resources employed within your organization. The program is designed to help participants to:

  • Understand their HR roles & responsibilities;
  • Clarify their organization’s HR accountabilities and legal obligations;
  • Ensure due diligence in managing the HR regime;
  • Develop the appropriate HR competencies to manage employees;
  • Access and build on their own knowledge, skills and experience in handling HR;
  • Gain a level of comfort and confidence that will allow them to effectively manage HR issues.

The Sessions

See a brief overview of each session's content below.

Best Practices in HR 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)


  • HR Responsibilities and Related Legal Concerns
  • Effective Policies and Employee Handbooks
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Managing Performance

Labour Relations

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)


  • Legal Framework
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Investigations that Work
  • Effective Discipline
  • Termination

Harassment & Bullying 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

  • Legal Framework and WorkSafe
  • Policy Guidelines
  • Creating a Harassment Free Work Environment

Crowflight Consulting, the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's Group HR Services partner, has been providing human resources services and training to small business and non-profits in BC since 2014.

Instructor Greg Miller, president of Crowflight, has demonstrated experience in all of the HR disciplines. Greg holds a Masters of Applied Behavioural Science in Organizational Development, his Executive Coaching Certificate and is a master trainer. He was the principal consultant for Employee Development in the HR Branch of Agriculture Canada for over 20 years, where he developed and managed the National Mentoring Program. Greg designed and piloted the Just in Time HR Service for Non-Profits for Step Up BC and the Vancouver Foundation, and works with the Alliance to provide group subscription-based HR services to our members. He has designed and delivered numerous courses including Supervisor Development, Time Management, Stress Management, Networking, Resume Writing, and Managing Change.

Rates & Registration

Register to attend one, two, or all three sessions in the series. Discounted rates apply when registering for multiple sessions. 


Single Session: Alliance Members $39 / Non-Members $79
Two Sessions: Alliance Members $75 / Non-Members $155
Three Sessions: Alliance Members $105 / Non-Members $225

Interested in learning more about becoming a member to qualify for discounted rates on these and all Alliance professional development opportunities, plus much more? Click here for details

Managing Human Resources Seminar (single session rate)
from 39.00
Managing Human Resources Seminar (two sessions rate)
from 75.00
Purchase Two Sessions
Managing Human Resources Seminar (three sessions rate)
from 105.00
Purchase Three Sessions


Free Info Session
Alliance Extended Health Benefits + RRSP Program Info Session

WHEN: Monday, April 10, 2017 (3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 
WHERE: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver)
PRESENTED BY: Saskia Vermeulen and Rob Hack

The work is never over for dedicated arts and non-profit workers/warriors. Did you know that Alliance members may be eligible for a good massage? As part of the Alliance's member services, we offer access to an extended health benefits plan, as well as a group RRSP savings plan. Part of the Alliance's mandate is to provide practical resources and tools to build capacity for the arts in BC, and we strongly believe that cultural workers and artists should have access to the kinds of benefits available to employees of larger organizations and corporations. We urge all employers to consider investing in your staff members' future. 

If you share our belief, and would like more information about providing benefits for the employees of your organization, please join us at this free info session to learn about the group plans we offer.



Representatives from our benefits providers—Saskia Vermeulen of Southlands Financial, and Rob Hack of Customplan Financial Advisors—will be on hand to discuss the plans and answer questions. Whether you are already a beneficiary of the Alliance's extended health benefits or RRSP savings plans, or an Alliance member interested in opting in, or even a non-member curious about the services we offer, Saskia and Rob will shed light on the resources we have available.  

Navigating Gaming: A 'How-To' For Winning a Community Gaming Grant

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
WHERE: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver)
PRESENTED BY: Mary Ann S. Anderson
COST: Alliance Members $39 / Non-members $79

The Gaming application can often be difficult to understand and navigate – both for long-time applicants, as well as newcomers to the process. Gaming’s guidelines and priorities are unlike other funders, and can often be challenging to decipher (especially as they apply to arts organizations!). 

For all those who need the “101” on successfully applying for a BC Gaming Community Grant, this is the workshop for you – Mary Ann will translate what Gaming really means in their guidelines language, identify ‘red flag’ language to avoid, and go through the best ways to make your application speak directly to what Gaming is looking for. The workshop will provide a clear road-map to creating a successful application – for both first-timers and long-time grant recipients.

Mary Ann S. Anderson is a Vancouver-based arts administrator, who has worked in the local cultural community since 1989. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Arts Administration Program, Mary Ann has been the executive director of a number of organizations, including arts service groups, galleries, artist cooperatives and municipal government agencies. Mary Ann has considerable experience in public fundraising, and in the development of fundraising plans; in addition, she was responsible for the delivery of the North Vancouver municipal granting program working with 50+ arts organizations over the course of 12 years. She has forged successful relationships with funding agencies across the country in the course of her career.

Mary Ann is the founder of Little Dog Creative Consulting (2005), which provides consulting services for over 120 clients in the areas of arts management, organizational planning, capacity building and public fundraising. Mary Ann has completed over 120 Gaming applications over the past 12 years… and still counting…

Registration for this workshop is now full. Please e-mail Joyce at to be added to the waitlist.

ASL interpretation for this workshop is sponsored by Preferred Interpreters Inc

Previous Workshops and Information Sessions

Our previous programming in 2017 includes:

Understanding the Community Gaming Grants Program 

WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2017
TYPE: Free Info Session


WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Suzanne Keeptwo
TYPE: Workshop

Make Your Voice Heard: Becoming A Strong Arts Advocate

WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 2017
PRESENTED BY: Brenda Leadlay
TYPE: Free Info Session

Workshop Proposals

Have a suggestion or a proposal for a workshop? Send an email to Brenda Leadlay, Executive Director.