Below you will find our selection of Operations workshops that are offered throughout the year.

Going Back to the Office: Compliance Checklist for a Safe Re-Opening

Is your organization starting to plan for a return to the office? Or is your team planning to work from home on a permanent basis? Whichever model you are thinking about, there are many considerations for how employers, management teams and HR determine how and when to start the complicated process of returning to the workplace. Join this workshop to learn how to start thinking about, planning for, and rolling out a post-pandemic return to the office strategy that keeps your employees and work environment safe and healthy.

Instructor: Alice D’Abreu
Cost: Members – $90.00, Non-Members – $145.00


Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team

Is your team underperforming? Would you like your team to be more cohesive? Cohesive teams make better, faster decisions, tap into the skills and opinions of all members, and avoid wasting time and energy on politics, confusion, and destructive conflict. And they are more fun to be on! This session will move you and your team toward higher performance and better team results.

Instructor: Steve Osmond
Cost: Members – $90.00, Non-Members – $145.00


Conflict Resolution

Conflict is an unavoidable and natural part of life and growth. Conflict exists in all human relationships. Without conflict, there would be no change and no challenge. By developing self-awareness and communication skills, we can work on the challenge and growth in conflict. Managers will learn a facilitative approach to conflict resolution. This workshop will help them to better understand where conflict comes from and form a solution to bring the parties together to resolve the conflict.

Instructor: Tina Hill
Cost: Members – $195.00,  Non-Members $295.00


Project Management – Introduction

Volunteer Ottawa is partnering with the organization NPO PM to offer high-quality, immediately applicable, Project Management skills via a one-day workshop on Project Management specifically for not-for-profits. This will be followed by one-on-one Coaching by experienced and certified Project Managers, who can consult on your project for up to 20 hours over 3-4 months (longer by special arrangement).

Instructors: NPO PM Training
Cost: Members – $195.00, Non-Members – $295.00


Excel 101

Everybody needs to use numbers to do analysis. Whether you are tracking volunteer hours, counting donor dollars, or planning spending for the month, you need to keep track of numbers and use them to plan for the future. Excel can be used to conduct planning, manage budgets, create charts, analyze usage data, and keep records. This workshop is for you if you want to get beyond the very basics, to learn how to use excel to do your calculations, make charts, organize data, and track progress against goals. Bring your laptop to this interactive session.

Instructor: Paula Coons
Cost: Members – $90.00, Non-Members – $145.00


Excel 201: Make your data POP! with charts and colour

By now, you have heard that data-driven decisions are the best. But what does that actually mean? In this course, we will look at ways to turn data into actionable information by making charts that allow you to spot trends and relationships among data. We will also learn conditional formatting, which will allow you to spot data of interest, quickly and easily. Bring your laptop to this interactive session.

Instructor: TBD
Cost: Members – $90.00, Non-Members – $145.00


Excel 202: Dive into your data with Pivot Tables and Data Substitution

By now, you have heard that data-driven decisions are the best. But what does that actually mean? In this second advanced Excel course, we will look at ways to turn data into actionable information by using pivot tables and data substitution to really drill down into your dataset to find relationships and trends. Bring your laptop to this interactive session.

Instructor: TBD
Cost: Members – $90.00, Non-Members – $145.00


How to Read Financial Statements

Working in the not-for-profit sector, we are constantly being challenged to do more with less, to reach more stakeholders and vulnerable people while funding sources are drying up. This means we have to get really good at monitoring our finances. This workshop will teach you how to read your organization’s balance statement and apply some basic health metrics, how to read your income statement and complete variance analysis, how to interpret your statement of cash flows, what your auditors will be looking for, and more. You will leave with the skills to monitor the financial health of your organization which will empower you to make better strategic decisions. This seminar is suitable for both executive leaders and board members.

Instructor: John Gilhooly, MBA, CPA-CA, CIA, CRMA
Cost: Members – $90.00, Non-Members – $145.00


Preparing for your Annual Audit

Audits are a good thing. Your annual audit is a critical tool to ensure that your financial procedures are in order and your financial systems are strong. There is a lot you can do to prepare for your audit, to ensure it goes smoothly and quickly. This will save you money and establish a healthy relationship with your auditor, who can become a valuable ally to help develop strong financial controls and reporting, which can improve the confidence of your board and your funders moving forward.

Instructors: Annik Blanchard, CPA, CA
Cost: Members – $90.00 Non-Members – $145.00


Human Resources 101

People are your most valuable resource – how well are you treating them? Volunteer Ottawa is partnering with Nelligan O’Brien Payne and the Human Resources Professionals Association (the “HRPA”) to offer this condensed course in human resources management. This workshop will aim to provide participants with an overview of common human resources issues, including hours of work, prevention of bullying and harassment, duties to accommodate employees, and best practices around employee termination. Treat your people well, and they will go to the ends of the Earth for you.

Instructor: David Contant
Cost: Members – $90.00, Non-Members – $145.00

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