ULI BC: Professional Development: How to be a Non Profit Board or Committee Member


2021-10-21T17:15:00 - 2021-10-21T18:15:00

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    Pricing Members Non-Members
    All Types CA$10.00 CA$15.00
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    Zoom meeting link will be provided within registration confirmation email.
    Ever wondered what it would be like to contribute your professional skills and expertise to support a non-profit in your community?
    ULI BC is pleased to offer this interactive workshop, hosted by our Young Leaders Group, where opportunities are shared on how to get involved in a non profit organization as a board or committee member.
    We will start this virtual session with a presentation led by Maura Chestnutt, who holds several decades of experience as a senior administrative professional in market, public and non-profit sectors. Maura will explain to participants how non-profit boards and committees function, are effective, as well as what to expect in terms of selection process, membership, time commitment along with roles and responsibilities.
    Maura will be joined by Cecile Van Niekerk, Board Director and Finance Committee Chair at Catalyst Community Developments Society and Jaraad Marani, Board member at New Chelsea Society who will share their motivations and experiences contributing their time and expertise to support the non-profit sector.
    Be prepared to learn and discuss the qualities of healthy vs. unhealthy boards and committees and to walk away motivated to consider your interests and put yourself forward as a candidate.



    Cecile Van Niekerk

    Board Director and Finance Committee Chair, Catalyst Community Partners

    Cecile is a senior manager in assurance services at EY in Vancouver. She focuses on real estate and construction, providing guidance, assistance and assurance on financial reporting issues under a variety of accounting frameworks including International Financial Reporting Standards, Canadian Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises and NPO accounting standards. Cecile has assisted clients with accounting and presentation of investment property portfolios, development accounting and accounting for specific structures such as joint ventures, and non-controlling interests. Cecile is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a double major in Mathematics and English Literature. Cecile is the Board Director and Finance Committee Chair at Catalyst Community Developments Society.


    Jaraad Marani

    Development Manager, Colliers

    Jaraad has a Masters in Community and Regional Planning. He has dedicated his career in helping charities and non-profit housing societies strategically manage their real estate and development objectives. As a Senior Development Manager, Jaraad has managed the planning, approvals, construction and lease-up of over 800 units of rental housing.


    Maura Chestnutt

    Vice President, Strategic Operations, Catalyst Community Development Society

    Maura holds several decades of experience as a senior administrative professional in for profit, government, and non-profit sectors. As a key member of Catalyst's senior management team, her focus is to develop workable, innovative, and responsive strategic plans, systems, and processes in order to achieve the organization’s goals. Maura is keenly committed to community and heads up the “Community Connections Program”, which seeks to address issues of social isolation within Catalyst projects. In her spare time, Maura enjoys spending time designing and rebuilding her house in Hope, where she also enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, and exploring.