National Virtual Capacity Development Workshops

Workshop Information

    Workshop Registration Fees:

     1-day workshop   2-day workshop 
Member     $520.00    $995.00
Non-Member*    $720.00    $1,195.00

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NEW ILC Professional Development Scholarships Available for NATIONAL VIRTUAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Scholarships awarded to attend a one-day or two-day National Virtual Capacity Development Workshop! Apply today!
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Human Resources Management Essentials: Module 3 - Performance Management and Employee Training and Development

Module 3 provides participants with information that will enable them to enhance the performance management and employee training and development functions within their organizations. This one day workshop covers the following topics: performance management – aligning employee activities and achievement of results to organizational goals; ongoing communication, feedback, dialogue and coaching; organizational climate and culture; employee performance appraisals; compliance with legislated training obligations; training needs assessments and training priorities; and coordination of employee training. Join us in an interactive and engaging session that allows ample time for discussion and application of the concepts being presented. 
Facilitator: Lori Craig

Registration Deadline: September 4, 2020

Registration is closed.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Human Resources Management Essentials: Module 4 – Employee Compensation and Benefits 
Module 4 provides participants with the information that will enable them to enhance the employee compensation and benefits functions within their organizations. This one-day workshop covers the following topics: compensation design - salary and other pay, job design, reward and incentive programs; relevant legislation and regulations regarding compensation; benefits and employee assistance programs, health and wellness plans and initiatives, health care benefits; pension and retirement savings; and payroll administration. 
Facilitator: Lori Craig

Registration Deadline: September 4, 2020
Registration is closed.

Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Effective Planning, Creation and Implementation of Your Trust _ CANCELLED

More and more Indigenous communities are creating Trusts as a result of the increasing number of specific claim settlements, impact and economic benefit agreements and other resources sharing opportunities. The resulting increase in wealth accumulation is placing tremendous responsibility upon leadership and management staff to create effective Trust structures. This workshop is designed to raise awareness and understanding amongst Community Officials about the following topics: how to plan a Trust; increased community readiness; understanding the complexities in creating a Trust; ways to create the most appropriate Trust structure for your needs; key areas in implementing a Trust; and suitable investment strategies that meet the needs of the Trust today and for future generations.
Facilitators: Jack Jamieson
Domenic Natale

Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18, 2020 (Note: 2 half day sessions)

NEW  Not For Profit Board Governance - Achieving your Mission through Good Governance Practices

Do you remember your first board meeting of the Not-for-Profit (NFP) you just volunteered for? Were you left perplexed by the meeting itself as well the topics on the agenda? Many NFP's have mastered the art of good governance, but many others struggle with their duties, responsibilities, and effective governance practices. This one-day workshop is designed to help you gain an understanding of organizational governance as it applies to not for profits; understand the roles, responsibilities, and duties for not for profit Directors; and determine how NFP Boards contribute to the mission of their organizations.

Facilitator: Brian Brown

Registration Deadline: October 23, 2020
Registration is closed.

Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Project Management for Large Infrastructure Projects 

Project Management for Large Infrastructure Projects introduces project management from the standpoint of a manager who must organize, plan, implement, and control tasks to achieve an organization's schedule, budget, and performance objectives as it relates to a major infrastructure project. This 2-day workshop presents several key aspects of project management concepts such as project charter (project brief), scope statement, planning (work breakdown structure), project estimating, and scheduling methodologies are studied and has been designed to ensure compliance with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) requirements and applicable regulations. This workshop will also present financial and administrative tools developed by ISC so that participants can adapt and use them for their own capital projects.  Finally, the workshop will provide advice and recommendations regarding issues and situations encountered in First Nations in Canada. 
Facilitator: Joanne Contant

Registration Deadline: November 13, 2020
Registration is closed.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

First Nations Governance III: Nation Building 

This workshop is intended for First Nations leaders and senior Administration working in First Nations. It is designed to provide an effective overview of nation building; self-governance approach and building sustainable, self-determined economies; strong institutions; culture and history; and capacity development. The workshop will introduce you to the best practices used in successful nation building through the fostering of strong institutions, economies, capacity, relationships, and the use of culture and language as an integral part of the operations of Chief and Council, the administration and the community. 
Facilitator: Kevin Clement

Registration Deadline: December 16, 2020
Registration is closed.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 and Thursday, January 28, 2021

NEW  Wills & Estates: The Role of the Executor 

This two-day Indigenous Financial Wellness workshop on the Role of an Executor is designed to provide individuals with an understanding of the work involved in being an Executor and Trustee in the administration of Estates and Testamentary Trusts, as well as a basic grounding in Wills and Will Interpretation. You will also learn about the legal and tax environment, and the level of competence required to be an Executor.

Facilitator: Georgina Villeneuve

Registration Deadline: December 17, 2020
Registration is closed.


Monday, February 8, 2021 and Tuesday, February 9, 2021

First Nations Community Governance IV: Strategy 

This workshop is part of the elected leader series and provides an overview of Nation Building, self-governance approach and building sustainable, self-determined economies; strong institutions; culture and history; and capacity development. This workshop will also address strategic planning, creation of vision and mission statements, comprehensive community planning, needs assessments and links to budgeting and reporting.

Facilitator: Harold Tarbell

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2021
 Registration is closed.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Understanding the Fundamentals of Procurement and Contracting

With a core foundation of fairness and transparency, procurement processes are increasingly under the public and legal microscope.  This one-day workshop will provide you with a general understanding of the procurement process, applicable principles, and practical solutions to common issues seen in different procurement contexts. In addition, the workshop will equip you with the skills and tools needed to draft and evaluate proposals and to address common issues in contract award and administration.
Facilitator: Graham S. Ragan, Partner, Gowling WLG

Click here to register for the 1-day workshop on 
Understanding the Fundamentals of Procurement and Contracting.

Registration Deadline: February 12, 2021


Contact Us

  If you have any questions about the National Virtual Capacity Development Workshops, please do not hesitate to contact the Workshop Team.
  AFOA Canada  
  1066 Somerset Street West, Suite 301
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4T3

Tel: 613-722-5543
Toll-Free: (866) 722-2362
Fax: 613-722-3467


  Samuelle Bartlett
Coordinator, Training and Events

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