Benefits managers, CEOs, and board members who know they are competent and can’t seem to let their strengths shine through.


We customize services to meet the needs of your organization and establish a well-functioning governance model.

Areas covered may include:

  • Outlining the 11 models of governance
  • Determining which model meets the needs of the board
  • Outlining the differences between governance and management
  • Writing governance constitution, by-laws, and policies
  • Identifying the skills needed by board members
  • Providing professional development for board members
  • Facilitating the development of organizational culture change strategies
  • Facilitating public consultations
  • Outlining what needs to be done to meet accountability requirements of the board as a whole, of committees, of the board members, of the CEO.

About Dr. Brenda Kelleher-Flight

Brenda is highly proficient at leading not-for-profit boards, college boards, school boards, aboriginal councils/governments/boards, and business teams. Specific areas of expertise include research, governance policy, strategic and business plan development, risk analysis, management policy development, and formulating/updating of constitutions and bylaws.

Brenda’s research in the area of board governance, decision making and defining and creating the distinction between governance and management is invaluable, as she supports boards and individuals to fulfill their personal and professional goals. She is skilled at ensuring that decisions are made only by those who know the organization. She provides the framework and ensures that all those charged with decision making are aware of the potential advantages and disadvantages of various options.

She is a master at moving quickly to the root of each issue, while working skillfully with the legislative, policy, and resource context of the organization. Her knowledge and expertise are invaluable in assisting teams to scan, evaluate, and make decisions to meet their legal and moral obligations.

What Clients Are Saying

M. Tucker

I felt that the exercises were a very good part of the session. This made all of us think about some of the hard questions with respect to the role of management and board members.

This approach is more practical and hand-on and works much better than lecture style.

Julie Kavanagh

Dr. Kelleher-Flight’s presentation helped us meet our conference goal by providing information to benefit delegates in their respective businesses. We were very pleased with the positive comments on your workshop.

Hubert Langdon

Dr. Kelleher-Flight is very knowledgeable on the subject of governance.

She kept us focused on the task at hand and involved us in the discussions on each aspect of governance. She quite willingly and capably answered our questions. She makes the distinction between governance and management quite clear.

Lori Donovan

I found Dr. Kelleher-Flight to be very informative and engaging. What could have been a very tiring session was actually energizing.

Dr. Kelleher-Flight’s knowledge of strategic planning was excellent. I learned a lot. She kept us on task and within the timelines.

The goals of each session were reached. We also began to think about what kind of board we are (which is very important to us at this time). Overall, I found it very useful. Thank you.

Board Governance Articles

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Board Members: 4 Signs That Suggest It is Time to Move On

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6 Reasons Boards Are Not Effective

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Important Facts About Board Roles

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6 Tips for Running Effective Board Meetings

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