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The Canadian Council of Christian Charities is sponsoring The Pursuit ’16.  It is a gathering of ministry workers who are ready to challenge the boundaries of their leadership and vision. This Christian Ministry Conference will be held April 27-29, 2016 in London, Ontario.  Below I highlight a number of sessions that readers of this blog may find useful.  For more information see:  http://the-pursuit.ca/

KNOWLEDGE POD – EMPLOYMENT LAW with Adrian Miedema

Wednesday 1:15-2:15  April 27, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/230

Grab a cup of coffee and join a small group for a casual discussion on employment law. Adrian Miedema will lead the conversation and answer your questions.

ADRIAN MIEDEMA

Adrian’s expertise is in advising employers on employment law and health and safety matters, including hiring, dismissal, and human rights compliance. He has advised and represented employers of all types for more than eighteen years.

KNOWLEDGE POD – CHARITY REGULATION with Gil Langerak

Wednesday 12:00-1:00  April 27, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/179

Grab a cup of coffee and join a small group for a casual discussion on charity regulation. Gil Langerak will lead the conversation and answer your questions.

GIL LANGERAK

Gil is the Manager of Member Support at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He has over 30 years of experience in administration and leadership in both the for-profit and charitable sectors. Gil is also an experienced church treasurer and has served on numerous boards.

THE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT AND CHRISTIAN MINISTRY with Barry W. Bussey

Wednesday 1:15-2:15  April 27, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/196

This workshop will explore strategies that Christian ministries may want to consider when working in a secular legal environment. It is not all “doom and gloom”! There is much that we can do to counteract secular influences to ensure that we remain effective in our Christian witness.

BARRY W. BUSSEY

Barry serves as general counsel to CCCC, interpreting legal and regulatory environments and representing the Christian charitable sector to the wider Canadian society. Barry has earned advanced degrees in political science and law. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work to support religious liberty in Canada and abroad.

DON’T SHELVE IT–LIVE IT!: FOLLOWING YOUR POLICIES FOR REAL with Tim DeWeerd

Wednesday 3:00-4:00 April 27, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/205

Many organizations have adopted a view that policies are a nuisance – that we must have them primarily to convince stakeholders that we have exercised due diligence in the protection of our organizations.  However, if we believe that policies should exist primarily to serve us, we will find ways to get those policies off the shelf and into practical use.  This workshop is designed to provide a framework to reach this objective – to make your policies relevant and practical.

TIM DEWEERD

Tim is enjoying his seventh year at Compassion Canada in London, Ontario, serving as the Vice President of Business Services and CFO. Prior to serving with Compassion, Tim enjoyed 16 years in the Internet and Telecommunications industry. A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Tim attained the CPA, CMA designation and has served on various industry, association, school, and charity boards.

ALTERNATIVE REVENUE GENERATING STRUCTURES with Robert Hayhoe

Wednesday 3:00-4:00  April 27, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/358

ROBERT HAYHOE

Robert Hayhoe is a partner with Miller Thomson Lawyers.  His legal practice focuses on the voluntary sector. He provides both general counsel and specialized tax advice to charities and not-for-profit organizations across Canada.  Robert provides sophisticated advice on cutting edge charity law issues such as social enterprise structures or political activities. Robert often represents charities and not-for-profit organizations faced with tax audits. He also represents charitable donors, as well as charities and their staff in Tax Court and Federal Court of Appeal matters involving tax compliance issues for charities and the tax treatment of charitable donations. Robert writes and speaks frequently on tax and charities issues. Dozens of his articles have been published in periodicals such as: The Lawyers Weekly, Canadian Tax Journal, International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, and The Philanthropist and he is a co-author of the Charities Taxation: Policy and Practice textbook.

JAM SESSION – LEGAL / REGULATORY

Wednesday 4:10-4:50  April 27, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/244

Gather together with others interested in charity law and regulation to share the best thing you learned during the day from any keynote or learning session. A facilitator will you help you get started with developing a few key themes, and you can discuss how you might implement the new ideas in your ministry. Jam sessions are a great way to re-cap, de-brief, and swap notes with others in your field.

 

12 STEPS TO EFFECTIVE LEGAL RISK MANAGEMENT FOR CHURCHES AND CHARITIES with Terrance Carter

Thursday 12:00-1:00  April 28, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/259

This session will provide a practical explanation of the essentials of legal risk management issues for churches and charities, as well as recommended due diligent steps that can be taken to reduce exposure to unnecessary legal liability. The topics that will be covered will include documentation deficiency, governance challenges, internal risks with employees and volunteers, regulatory non-compliance, as well as risk transfer strategies, indemnification and insurance issues to consider. This seminar will be of interest to both senior management as well as board members of churches and charities. As a bonus, a printed Legal Risk Management Checklist will be provided to all those who are in attendance.

TERRANCE CARTER

As Managing Partner of Carters, Terrance practices in the area of charity and not-for-profit law. He is counsel to Fasken Martineau on charitable matters. Terrance is recognized as a leading expert by Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada and is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association National and Ontario Bar Association Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Sections. He is editor of www.charitylaw.ca, www.churchlaw.ca, and www.antiterrorismlaw.ca.

PITFALLS IN DRAFTING GIFTING AGREEMENTS with Terrance Carter

Thursday 3:00-4:00  April 28, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/292

A gift agreement is one of the basic fundraising tools used by churches and charities in order to support their ministries but often results in problems concerning its enforceability interpretation as a result of errors in the original drafting of the gift agreement that could have been avoided. This session will guide churches and charities through some basic questions and issues to consider when drafting a gift agreement in order to identify and avoid common pitfalls that could otherwise undermine the integrity of the agreement. Practical examples will be provided, as well as time for interactive discussion.

TERRANCE CARTER

As Managing Partner of Carters, Terrance practices in the area of charity and not-for-profit law. He is counsel to Fasken Martineau on charitable matters. Terrance is recognized as a leading expert by Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada and is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association National and Ontario Bar Association Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Sections. He is editor of www.charitylaw.ca, www.churchlaw.ca, and www.antiterrorismlaw.ca.

FOREIGN ACTIVITY COMPLIANCE ISSUES with Gil Langerak

Thursday 3:00-4:00 April 28, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/361

Does your charity work overseas with intermediaries (e.g., joint ministries, agents, contractors)? In this workshop, we will discuss how to choose the proper agreement that fits with your intermediary relationship and how to avoid the “blind spots” in cash control and financial documentation that have been issues in Canada Revenue Agency audits.

GIL LANGERAK

Gil is the Manager of Member Support at the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. He has over 30 years of experience in administration and leadership in both the for-profit and charitable sectors. Gil is also an experienced church treasurer and has served on numerous boards.

 

JAM SESSION – LEGAL / REGULATORY

Thursday 4:10-4:50  April 27, 2016

http://the-pursuit.ca/session/343

Gather together with others interested in charity law and regulation to share the best thing you learned during the day from any keynote or learning session. A facilitator will you help you get started with developing a few key themes, and you can discuss how you might implement the new ideas in your ministry. Jam sessions are a great way to re-cap, de-brief, and swap notes with others in your field.

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