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Upcoming Conferences


1) 2018 National MAVA/VMPC Conference (May 30 - June 1, 2018)

Diversity. Inclusion. Human Rights. Advancing the Volunteer Management Profession

Winnipeg, Manitoba Fort Garry Hotel

The Manitoba Association of Volunteer Administrators (MAVA) and the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC) are pleased to announce the dates and location of this year’s annual conference!

Taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, from May 30 to June 1, this conference is the premier professional development event for volunteer management professionals in Canada. Over the course of three days, you will have an opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country and gain new ideas and inspiration to help you transform your volunteer programs!

Conference Rates:

Early-Bird (applicable until April 15, 2018)

  • Full Conference member rate is $350.00 (must be a member of MAVA or VMPC)
  • Full Conference non-member rate is $425.00

Registration includes a sector tour, entrance to the Welcome Reception at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and two full days of learning.

  • One-Day member rate is $150.00 (must be a member of MAVA or VMPC)
  • One-Day non-member rate is $225.00

Registration includes one day of sessions, either Thursday, May 31 or Friday, June 1, 2018

REGISTER NOW at https://www.mavavmpcconference.com/

Where to Stay:

A beloved landmark in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre is a modern mix of contemporary style and Old World elegance. The hotel is widely considered the city’s finest example of the chateau style of architecture first seen in the magnificent railway hotels built across Canada before 1930. It is an architectural icon and a vibrant, enduring piece of Winnipeg history.

Rooms are available at the Fort Garry for the following rates:

Standard or Queen - $169.00 per night
Double - $179.00 per night

These special rates are only available until April 30th! Don't wait to book a room at this rate - please call the hotel directly at 204-942-8251 or email reservations@fortgarryhotel.com and use the booking code: VMPC2018


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2) 2018 Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference (October 23 & 24, 2018)


'Leading the Way, Not Managing the Day' is a volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC.  Now in its fourth year, this year's topic will explore how leaders of volunteers can move from managing to LEADING.  Our current streaming event will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think TED talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience.

This year’s presenter lineup includes: Dana Litwin, CVA (Host & Moderator), Heidi Jakop, CVA, Angela Williamson, CVA, and Beth Steinhorn, CVA.

Read more about the workshops and presenters at https://www.betterimpact.ca/vmhc/



Tuesday, October 23, 2018 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Pacific/ 10:30 - 4:30 PM Mountain

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM Atlantic/ 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern/ 8:30 AM -2:30 PM Central  

This unique event will broadcast live from Hamilton, Canada on two separate days, October 23 and 24. You may register for the day and time zone that works best for your local group. The broadcast will be streamed live to more than 50 remote locations in the United States and Canada, with the likelihood of an audience of 1000 or more. 

One of the goals of this event is to provide quality, high level professional development events in local areas where access and resources may be limited to local associations of volunteer engagement professionals, volunteer centres, or other entities with an interest in professional development for those who engage volunteers. How does it work? Your local group pays a connection fee and arranges for a location (with a screen, speakers, and space for an audience), meals and a local facilitator to guide local discussion.  You can charge your local attendees whatever price you choose.  It could be a free event or you may charge a fee per person (determined by you) and make some profit for your local network.

Your local association provides:

  • suitable bandwidth, sound system and viewing screen
  • meeting space
  • local facilitator
  • registrations
  • food & refreshments

We provide:

  • customizable marketing tools (flyers & videos)
  • special 'marketing your event' webinar
  • training for your local facilitator 
  • ideas for icebreakers and additional content
  • certificates for CVA re-certification tracking
  • speakers (more than 5 hours of content)
  • handouts for the day of the training
  • support for managing the livestream event 

Would you like to host a local event? Local associations of volunteer engagement professionals, Volunteer Centres or organizations with multiple volunteer management staff are all invited to participate.  International speakers are presenting to you, locally!

The basic requirements for hosting include:

  • Register on the Better Impact website here http://www.betterimpact.com/vmhc/ and pay the conference hosting fee ($550 or $500 for VMPC members)
  • Secure a venue that can support the audio/visual and internet requirements
  • Organize refreshments and an option for lunch (it can be brown bag if your venue allows it)
  • Run your own registration process (the fees you charge are your own)
  • Provide a host for the day who will be trained in advance to interact with the local participants.  

Fees: $500 for VMPC members $550 for non-members

Register now: https://www.betterimpact.ca/vmhc/ (Space is limited!) Please note: registration ends on September 30, 2018

If you have questions, please contact Lindsay, Chair of Professional Development, at pd@vmpc.ca or 604-659-3572.