PLC’s Executive Directors Learning Network

Join the nonprofit sector’s newest networking and learning group for EDs and CEOs!

You asked and we listened.

The Executive Directors Learning Network is here!


PLC is very proud to launch its ‘Executive Directors Learning Network (EDLN)’ – a new multi-dimensional, multi-event program exclusively designed for nonprofit EDs and CEOs to learn, share and grow with their networks.

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Join the EDLN to

  • Learn about nonprofit changes, sector trends, and best practices
  • Acquire new skills to grow your individual leadership and organizational strengths
  • Learn from subject matter experts
  • Access specialized professional development opportunities
  • Engage collectively in systems level discussion and exchange of ideas
  • Build relationships and network with other EDs and CEOs
  • Connect with potential partners and collaborators
  • Gain access to an exclusive EDLN online space for sharing information, resources, and asking questions

The EDLN will meet four times per year in-person. Each 3-hour sessions will include:

  • A two-hour Workshop/Seminar on a key leadership functional skill facilitated by a subject matter expert
  • More than an hour of guided discussion and networking
  • Light refreshments


EDLN Topics & Dates at a Glance



Promoting Excellence Through Effective Performance Management

March 5, 2019

The Executive Director – Board Relations Tightrope: Finding the Right Balance for Success

June 11, 2019

The Common Goal: Planning for Financial Sustainability

October 15, 2019

Cross-sectoral Learning, Special Guests & Holiday Celebration

December 2019 (Date TBD)


Annual Registration Fees:

For Leaders in Peel Region: $160 plus HST (that’s only $40 per session!)

For Leaders outside of Peel Region: $200 plus HST (that’s only $50 per session!)


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Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)

Location: Conference Centre, Central – The Centre for Health & Safety Innovation, 5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga.

The Session: Leaders know that performance excellence is essential to any organizational success. Yet many performance management systems fail, leaving leaders feeling frustrated, and employees disengaged. In this 2-hour knowledge and skills development seminar, EDs/CEOs will walk away with a better understanding of why systems don’t work and how to address these challenges. And, importantly, learn new strategies to better engage their teams and employees in the process.

The Subject Matter Expert: Beth Corcoran – Beth is the Founder and Managing Director at Ascender Incorporated, a business consulting and coaching organization. Beth has worked with thousands of employees and organizations over the last 15 years as an advisor, coach, HR leader, professor and a clinician. Beth is a Professor at the Centre for Business at George Brown College. She is also the Professor Facilitator for the Post-Graduate HR Society.


Session 2:



Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)

Location: The Centre for Health & Safety Innovation – 5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga – Room TBD

The Session: Those who work in the non-profit sector know that the most important relationship is the one between the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. However, working together can present unique challenges that require a delicate balancing act. In order to be successful, Executive Directors must learn to embrace these challenges and to put on their shoes, grab their balancing stick and get out onto the ED-Board tightrope! Join us to find out how to create your best balancing act.

What you will learn and take away from this session:

  • Best practices for Executive Director-Board relations
  • Strategies to walk the “tightrope” successfully
  • Learn how to turn your relationship into a partnership
  • Learn about real, achievable success stories from your peers
  • Customize your own toolkit to take away with you

The Subject Matter Expert: Heather Terrence – Heather is the President of Pinpoint Governance Group and is a governance specialist and Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 20 years of experience in non-profit organizations. She has worked with numerous Boards and committees to develop and implement frameworks and policies in all pillars of a non-profit organization.


Session 3:



Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)

Location: The Centre for Health & Safety Innovation – 5110 Creekbank Road, Mississauga – Room TBD.

The Session: Today, one of the greatest challenges facing nonprofit organizations is that of having sufficient funding to carry out the necessary programs and services to fulfill their mission and vision. Nonprofits may vary in their size, structure, service delivery, or the communities they serve; yet all of them consistently strive towards one common goal of achieving financial sustainability. In this context, the need to achieve financial sustainability is both crucial and urgent and may require focused efforts of management, leadership and the organization at large. Join us to learn more about how financial sustainability needs to be embedded in strategic planning, business planning and in day-to-day management and leadership decisions of the organization.

The Subject Matter Expert: To be announced soon!


Session 4:



Date: TBD (December 2019 – Please note: on the registration form, this date will show as December 3rd, however, this is tentative and may change.)

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: TBD (Offsite)

About the Session: Join nonprofit leaders from across the sector and the GTA for an evening of shared learning, reflection, idea generation, relationship building and holiday fun! Further details TBA.

We look forward to welcoming new and experienced EDs and CEOs into the Executive Directors Learning Network!


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We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting new network!




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