A Blended Learning Program


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Designed to support the growth of new and developing board members, the Alberta Board Member Essentials (ABME) program was built by Albertans for Albertans.

ABME is a multi-part training program that combines online learning with live workshops to give new and developing board members the tools to successfully serve on a non-profit board.

For new board members, ABME helps build the foundational layer of learning in order to be an effective board member.

For developing board members, ABME supports your growth in understanding non-profits – not just from the lens of your organization but how you and your organization play a role in the larger social sector ecosystem.

The full program consists of three on-demand courses and five live virtual sessions. On-demand sessions take, on average, three hours each and are to be completed on the participant’s own time leading up to the live sessions. Access to the on-demand sessions will be available immediately upon registration.

The registration deadline is:

This offering is FULL

Live sessions take place:

Oct 28, 2022 - 9:00 - 10:00 am (Welcome and Introduction to the Program, What to Expect, and How to Get the Most From your Learning) - Location: Virtual

Nov 18, 2022 - 9:00 - 12:30 pm (Working as a Sum of the Parts) - Location: ECVO training room

Nov 25, 2022 - 9:00 - 12:30 pm (Strategic Board Leadership) - Location: ECVO training room

Nov 18 and 25, 2022 Live Delivery is currently planned for in person at the ECVO training room.

ECVO training room – Suite 258, 8330- 82 AVE. Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre, Edmonton, AB.

Please note, the live sessions are group-based and interactive and therefore they will not be recorded.

In order to attend the live sessions attendance at the previous session is mandatory. ECVO and its partners reserve the right to deny access to the live sessions to participants who didn't attend the prerequisite.

If you would like to arrange for offline payment, group payment, or pay on behalf of someone else, please email us at [email protected]


Visit your profile page on the ECVO member portal to access your member discount code.

This offering is FULL

This course is closed for enrollment.


Visit your profile page on the ECVO member portal to access your member discount code.

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David Feldman

I am the Director of Learning and Development at the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. My portfolio includes the governance and one on one services for the non-profit sector in Edmonton and Greater Region.

I hold a B.Sc. (Mathematical Sciences w/ a Psychology Minor), M.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies - Thesis explored the collective cognition of interdisciplinary teams), PMP (Project Management Professional), and Q. Med (Qualified Mediator).

I have worked with nonprofit, project management, and family business boards for almost 20 years in a range of projects, challenges, and growth. I am excited to bring my experience to these programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The online portions of this course start now and your access to the course never ends! However, unlike many other online courses, it's not a completely self-paced online course. You are expected to complete the online models in time for the live real-time learning. Each offering of this course has its own schedule so make sure you sign up for a class that aligns with your calendar!

Can I share this course with others on my board or organization?

We love referrals! But that probably isn’t what you are asking. We are an Alberta charity just like many of you. The fees we charge for our programs are used to support these programs' continued development, the creation of new programs, and the other programs and services that we provide. To keep costs low for everyone, we encourage each individual to create their own account and register for their own programs. We thank you for your support.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Can I pay by cheque?

If you would like to arrange for offline payment, group payment, or pay on behalf of someone else, please email us at [email protected].

We want to register our entire board. Is there a group price?

Of course! Please contact us so we can discuss some of the details. [email protected].

What if I can't afford the program?

There are a lot of great programs available to support you. We would recommend you start by checking out the bursaries provided by the Muttart Foundation https://www.muttart.org/granting-programs

or the ECVO bursary for small Edmonton-based organizations that provide human services and/or serve ethnocultural communities or newcomer communities. for more information contact [email protected]

What is the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered for cancellations made within 72 hours. A partial refund (50%) will be issued for cancellations made 14 days prior to the first live session. To request a refund, please email [email protected].

ECVO reserves the right to cancel the event or registration. In the event of a cancellation, registrants will be notified and a refund will be issued.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions regarding this program, please email us at [email protected].