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Introduction to Governance


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about the program


In partnership with Synergy on Boards, Introduction to Governance is a six-part training series that helps Indigenous women learn about types of governance, roles and responsibilities, risk management, and financial management so they can develop the confidence to secure board positions.

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in 2019, only 6% of BC’s top 50 companies


Minerva BC, 2019 (FOL Scorecard Report)

this program is for you

if you want to

  • Governance is the system of checks and balances for leaders. Synergy onBoards training is practical, informative, and effective for new directors. You will learn about different types of governance models, board roles and responsibilities, risk management as well as, board financials, and insights on skills required to build effective boards.

  • Gain confidence by understanding the foundations of governance and by listening to the stories of other participants, facilitators, and guest speakers. Through the cohort, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your purpose and value as a board director and the unique contribution you want to make to organizations or communities.

  • At the end of the program, we host an informal networking session and invite non-profit organizations who are seeking board members to share information about their organizations. You also have the opportunity to build connections with other participants and guest speakers, and the team at Synergy on Boards who support board recruitment across BC.

why introduction to governance?


  • benefits to you

    • Develop the confidence to secure a board position

    • Learn valuable knowledge about governance

    • Learn about their governance experience

  • benefits to your organization

    • Advance women leaders faster by investing in their development

    • Enhance leadership capacity and performance

    • Make progress on gender equality and uplift Indigenous women

program overview & impact

program overview

Women continue to be under-represented in governance. And while many women are interested in joining a board, they often face barriers including lack of knowledge and experience and limited access to opportunities. In partnership with Synergy on Boards, we offer a six-part training series that helps Indigenous women learn the foundations of governance including topics like: roles and responsibilities, risk management, and financial management, so they can take the next step and contribute effectively to a board.

  • 98% of participants would recommend the course to others

  • 98% of participants feel better equipped to contribute as a board director

  • 41% of participants were already serving on a board when they took the program

  • 12% of participants joined a board after taking the program

2024 Dates Coming Soon

upcoming session

Introduction to Governance is a six-part training series for Indigenous women. The program includes learning about the types of governance, financial management, roles and responsibilities, and risk management.

Check back soon for 2024 program dates and registration details!

program structure


Engage in group sessions featuring expert facilitation, group discussion, and activities. You will gain insight from your peers as well as guest speakers who share candid perspectives.

Sharing Circles

We invite Indigenous board members to join the learning sessions to share their experiences and stories with us. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, build relationships, and develop a deeper understanding of how governance works in the real world.


To help you make the most of your experience in the program, you will receive a personal leadership workbook that includes resources and activities. The activities are designed to help you reflect and learn from your experiences as a leader.

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fees & support

Program Fees

This program is offered at no cost to participants through a generous donation in honour of Russ Cook. Russ was a former Minerva board member and senior leader at RBC and PH&N. When reflecting on his legacy at Minerva, much of his impact was connected to our Indigenous programs and the Combining our Strength initiative. This program carries on this legacy of uplifting and supporting Indigenous women at Minerva.

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“ This has been great! So happy for this opportunity. Empowering each other to speak up and creating an alliance to support one another is amazing. Thank you! ”

“ I wanted to follow up and let you know that as a result of the training I now have the tools to confidently go forward and accept a seat as a board member. I recently accepted a position. ”

“ Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful training opportunity. I raise my hands to in gratitude and respect for the work you do supporting women. ”

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