Category Archives: Organizational Development

Collaboration Goes a Long Way: Huron County-wide Economic Development Planning Project

Successful regional economic development planning achieved thanks to the “Train the Trainer” program developed by the Regional Economic Development Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

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Vicki Lass, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor, presenting at the 2016 ORGA/ROMA annual conference

Gone are the days of planning in silos for the municipalities in Huron County. In 2014, the County began the challenging process of re-structuring their entire Economic Development department and also created an Economic Development Board comprised of leaders from across the business community. The first order of business was to develop a comprehensive strategic plan. Working together, all ten municipal partners and community representatives achieved economic development plans that are integrated county-wide.

Key Factors for the project success:

  1. Influential Leadership
  2. Time Commitment
  3. Agreement on Common Elements

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E-Learning 3: Policies and Procedures – a Link between Vision and Operations

In every organization, regardless of size or sector, there needs to be a certain level of understanding that is common throughout the organization in order for it to function properly and be successful. Successful organizations guide how they operate with effective
policies and procedures. For example, Governance Policies P&P.PNGpertain to the overarching structure, goals, and values of an organization.

“Having everyone on the same page with documented rules and regulations helps an organization stay on track to complete their goals”.

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Ontario Craft Brewery Ramps Up Production with Growing Forward 2 funding

Time is always in short supply when you run a business. It is something Brent Davies always seems to run out of. He is vice president and co-owner of Wellington Brewery, so finding the time to look into funding opportunities just never seems to rise to the top of his priority pile.

“When you are a small company, and trying to do everything, you just don’t have the manpower to investigate funding options,” says Brent. “But after successfully accessing three cost-sharing projects through Growing Forward 2, I would encourage other small business to find the time. It’s a well-run program and worth the effort.” Continue reading Ontario Craft Brewery Ramps Up Production with Growing Forward 2 funding

E-Learning 2: Volunteer Management – The Importance of volunteering

Volunteering is an integral component of any non-profit and charitable organization.shutterstock_146194424- new.jpg Without volunteers’ dedicating their time and talent, many of these organizations simply would not exist. The ‘Volunteer Management‘ e-learning module is designed to help organizations recruit, organize and develop strong and effective volunteers.

This module has of four lessons which cover volunteering and volunteer management: Continue reading E-Learning 2: Volunteer Management – The Importance of volunteering

E-Learning: Building Organizational Capacity – The Importance of Effective Governance

Screenshot from Board Governance Module

An effective governing body is an essential component to any organization. Despite their importance; they can be quite complicated to understand. The Board Governance learning module is one of four new e-learning modules that focus’ on the important aspects of building an effective organization.

This interactive module covers valuable information that will help establish how a governing body can work for any organization. The Board Governance module is divided into four lessons, which are:
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