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Governance Training

Diversity in Leadership Ottawa offers two levels of board governance training to registered DLO candidates at no cost. Contact Oumy at for more information.

Board Basics: Introduction to Serving on a Board

Board Basics is a comprehensive introduction for candidates looking to join their first Board of Directors in the not-for-profit sector. This course gives candidates assessment tools to help discern whether a board is a good fit and also covers:

  • Board functions and responsibilities
  • Meetings and decision-making
  • Diversity and inclusion on boards

Click here to access Board Basics online (registered DLO candidates only)

The in-person sessions of Board Basics previously scheduled for March and May have been postponed until physical distancing restrictions are lifted in Ottawa. 

Saturday, May 30, 2020. 8:30am to 4:30pm - postponed

Saturday, September 26, 2020. 8:30am to 4:30pm Click here to register

Beyond Board Basics: Strengthening Your Contribution to a Board

Beyond Board Basics will help candidates who have some governance experience strengthen their contribution. This course invites candidates into a conversation around diversity and inclusion in a Board setting and also covers:

  • Strategic planning and policy development
  • Financial reports and fundraising
  • Ethics and risk management
  • Board evaluation and development

Click here to access Beyond Board Basics online (registered DLO candidates only)

The in-person session of Beyond Board Basics previously scheduled for June have been postponed until physical distancing restrictions are lifted in Ottawa. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020. 8:30am to 4:30pm - postponed

Saturday, October 3, 2020. 8:30am to 4:30pm Click here to register



 Our volunteer instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in not-for-profit governance to our in-person training sessions.

Training_Images/Amelita_Armit_March_2019.jpgAmelita Armit is a former President of the Parliamentary Centre and was an Assistant Deputy Minister in the federal and Alberta governments, leading programs in health, social services, human resources management and international development. She is passionate about good governance, having served on the boards of Algonquin College, the City of Ottawa Public Library, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Philippine Centre Canada.

Amelita is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Gold and Silver Jubilee Medals, the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.



Rodney Nelson is an advocate for economic development for Indigenous communities’ worldwide and is passionate about international business development. He is a professor at Carleton University in the Sprott School of Business and the current CEO and Principal of Governance for the Global Governance Group.

Rodney sits on the Board Trustees for the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, he Chairs First Plan Pension and Benefits and is a member of the Indigenous Learning center. His interests include: governance, economic development, education, ethics and traditional knowledge. Rodney holds a PhD in Indigenous/Canadian Studies (Carleton/ Trent) and a Master’s degree in anthropology and two Bachelor degrees in psychology and anthropology. He is a chartered Director from the Degroote School of Business, Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA), and a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED).