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

Our workshops and webinars are presented by some of the top experts in their fields.

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

We are proud to offer ASL interpretation and remote access via live streaming to all of our workshops and information sessions. Simply select these options on the registration form.  

Questions? Check out our FAQ below, or contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

Succession Planning with Realize Strategies


Where: BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, 100-938 Howe St., Vancouver
Cost: $45 BC Alliance members | $85 non-members | $30 livestream

In May, Realize Strategies offers a pair of workshops on succession planning for arts, culture and heritage organizations. You do not need to attend one session to attend the other, so register according to your needs.


When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A strong organization is built on the foundation of a strong board. This workshop is designed for board members and will cover both executive director (ED) and board succession planning.

The first part of the workshop will guide participants through the thinking and process of ED succession planning. How should your board think about succession planning for the ED? How does your board prepare for ED succession planning? Who needs to be involved in ED succession planning? How does your board align documents, such as job descriptions, with the future needs of the organization? What barriers or challenges exist in securing a future ED through succession planning? How can you best plan for it? What compensation considerations are related to budgeting and succession planning? What worries do you have about succession planning within your organization?

A strong board also has a plan and a vision for recruiting and retaining future board members. The second part of the workshop will offer guidance and present the best practices for the planning of board succession. How do you present your board to potential board candidates? Are you a grassroots board? A policy board? How do you succinctly describe your organization and your board culture? What competencies are required on your board? How do you evaluate the competencies needed on the board? How do you use board role descriptions and individual development plans to help with succession planning?

You do not need to attend the May 22 workshop, “Staff Retention and Succession Planning,” to attend this workshop, so register according to your needs.

Executive Director & Board Succession Planning

Staff Retention and Succession Planning

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Staff succession planning in non-profit organizations is essential due to non-profits competing with other (potentially higher paying) employers in the market for the same employees. This workshop will guide thinking and planning for staff retention and succession planning. How can articulating organizational values help succession planning? How can artistic values/culture and mission critical work differentiate your ability to gain frontline staff? How do you use cost effective in-house mentoring and other training/development approaches to help with staff retention and succession planning? How do you encourage staff to stay, grow, and move up within your organization?

You do not need to attend the May 21 workshop, “Executive Director & Board Succession Planning,” to attend this workshop, so register according to your needs.

Staff Retention and Succession Planning

About the Facilitators

Realize Strategies is a cooperatively owned consulting and management services firm based in downtown Vancouver. For nearly 20 years, we have provided consulting and management services to non-profit, co-operative, and social-impact organizations. Our singular focus is on helping non-profits, co-ops, and social-impact businesses thrive and grow.

Alison Marshall, MBA, brings more than twenty years of experience working in the non-profit sector to her work for Realize, where she has been a Principal Consultant since 2006. Her past work experience combined with her BA in Psychology and MBA have equipped her with a nuanced understanding of how to navigate challenges and access resources for non-profits. Alison’s intelligence coupled with an empathic approach lend themselves to her talent for sourcing the right leadership, assessing organizational processes, and creating stability in all the organizations and businesses she works with. In addition to her work for Realize, Alison has been volunteering her support at the Palliative Care Program at Lions Gate Hospital for the past seven years.

Gillian Harper, MA, has worked in Human Resources in both for-profit and non-profit organizations and holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology with a specialization in the relationship between organizational culture and employee engagement. She is passionate about enhancing employee experience, helping organizations understand their core values, and creating a more strategic HR functionality. She has volunteered with the Dugout Drop-in Centre in the Downtown Eastside since moving to Vancouver in 2013 and has been a board member with them for the past several years focusing on recruitment and policy development. She has also volunteered as a facilitator for other non-profits to help with team-building and organizational development.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the BC Alliance's workshops take place?

All sessions take place in the BC Alliance boardroom (100-938 Howe St., Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.

Where should I park while attending a workshop?

Parking is available at 980 Howe Street at an all-day rate of $15. 

Can I access the sessions remotely?

If you're outside the Lower Mainland, or are otherwise unable to attend these workshops in person, watch and submit your questions from where you are with live online access. To join us digitally, select the Livestream option from the registration form. You will receive a link to the video by email.    

If you have any questions about livestreaming, contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or


We are proud to offer ASL interpretation at all of our workshops and information sessions. Please indicate on the registration form whether you will require ASL interpretation.

What is your Cancellation Policy?

48 hours cancellation notice is required to obtain a full refund.  

Do you record your workshop sessions? wHAT IF i DON'T WANT TO BE CAPTURED ON CAMERA?

Registrants who attend workshops or info sessions in person consent to potentially being recorded on video. If you do not give permission to be recorded, please contact Joyce Wan before the session, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

I have a question you haven't answered here! Who should i contact?

Contact Joyce Wan, administrative coordinator, at 604 681 3535 (201) or

Past Workshops in 2019

Navigating Gaming: How to Win a Community Gaming Grant

Facilitator: Mary Ann Anderson
Date: February 19, 2019

Indigenous Storytelling in Theatre, Visual Art and Music: A Presentation and Dialogue

Facilitator: Renae Morriseau
Date: March 6, 2019

Tax Relief: Making Tax Preparation Painless

Facilitator: Marianna Scott
Date: March 13, 2019

Workshop Proposals

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