Custom-designed workshops

We design and deliver workshops and courses for community leaders, boards of directors, staff and volunteers. Our goal is to engage mid-career audiences in three areas:

  • Fund Development
  • Board Leadership and Governance
  • Community Engagement Through Urban Vitalization.

If you have a specific topic in mind, please contact Judy to discuss your ideas.

Fund Development workshops have included these topics:

  • Fundraising 101: Building Your Team of the Board, Staff and Volunteers
  • Planning for Fundraising: What Does This Entail?
  • Fundraising Strategies: Finding the Right Fit and the Right Time
  • Widening Your Circle: Strategies to Link Fundraising with Your Organization
  • Setting Your Organization Up for Fundraising Success
  • Engaging Boards in Fundraising
  • Donor Stewardship: Today and Tomorrow
  • Building Partnerships for Your Organization
  • Resources to Guide the Way to Fundraising Success 

Judy taught a three-day course in the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria, “Raising Money for Your Cultural Organization”, December 1-3, 2016.  A sample outline: Raising Money for Your Cultural Organization – Course Outline – December 2016 – v. 2

March 1-3, 2018 she will be teaching, “Governance and Leadership for Cultural Organizations” in the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria. For details, please visit:

A few comments from the December 2016 course participants:

“Judy is an amazing instructor! She is able to engage her learners throughout her lectures and is very well balanced in how she discusses the material.”

“Well prepped, organized, knows her stuff, personable.”

“Judy was fabulous. It is easy to tell this is her area of passion and she is extremely knowledgeable. I would take more courses from her.”

“Judy goes above and beyond. She connects students with colleagues and is truly interested in everyone’s success.”

Board Leadership and Governance workshops have included these topics:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Non-Profit Boards and Staff
  • Board Recruitment, Orientation, Engagement and Succession
  • Who will sit at your board table in five years? Six Key Steps from Here to There
  • Planning & Priority Setting: Connecting with Your Organization’s Vision, Mission + Values
  • Board and Staff Roles: Ensuring Financial Resources to Sustain Your Organization

A few comments from previous participants:

“Judy was exceedingly well prepared and accessible.”

“It has given me a new awareness of strategies for engaging and recruiting new board members.”

Community Engagement Through Urban Vitalization includes urban design:

  • Turning a Place Around: Looking Within
  • Urban Vitalization as Collaboration: The Public, Private & Non-Profit Sectors
  • Beyond the Bricks and Mortar: Economic, Social, Cultural & Ecological Considerations

As part of the SFU Urban Design Certificate Program, Judy Oberlander and Michael von Hausen co-taught, “Urban Design: Urban Vitalization”, November 18-19, 2016. Here is what we discussed:  Urban Design – SFU – Urban Vitalization – Course Outline – November 2016

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“Discovering Urban Design in Whitehorse: A Series of Conversations”, a sample two-day workshop designed for the City of Whitehorse

“Our staff found the workshop to be a great opportunity to re-ignite creative thought around urban design initiatives in our community and to celebrate our team successes in this area to date. Michael von Hausen and Judy Oberlander worked well as a team to inspire the group with their passionate presentations on urban design topics and left the group seeking new visions for our communitys growth.”

Pat Ross, Manager, Planning & Building Services, City of Whitehorse

 Recent workshops: 

  • Leading and Governing Your Heritage, Arts & Culture Organization or Museum Today and Tomorrow, a one-day workshop for the National Trust for Canada, Calgary,   October 2015
  • Tune Up Your Fundraising, a one-day workshop for the National Trust for Canada, Calgary, October 2015
  • Learning Together: Building a Solid Future for Our Cultural Organizations, an evening workshop co-lead by Tim Willis for staff members of Whitehorse-based museums sponsored by the Yukon Transportation Museum, June 2015
  • Strategies for Fundraising: Sustaining Museums, Arts & Culture, and Heritage Organizations, Two-day workshops for the National Trust for Canada held in Charlottetown, PEI, 2014; Ottawa, ON, 2013 and Montreal, PQ, 2012
  • Board Governance Workshops for the Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 2014 and November, 2014
  • Building a Team to Support the George Johnston Museum Board, A one-day workshop for the Museum Board of Directors, Teslin, Yukon, November 2014
  • Beyond Design: Turning a Place Around, a half-day workshop for OAA Members during the Ontario Association of Architects Conference, Montreal, May 2014
  • Fundraising Planning: Workshops for the Museum Leadership: North Vancouver Museum & Archives Commission and Staff, 2014-2015
  • Building Stronger Arts, Culture and Heritage Organizations, a one-day workshop for arts organizations sponsored by the Government of the Northwest Territories: Community Programs, Department of Education, Culture and Employment, Yellowknife, NWT, 2014
  • Board Roles & Responsibilities, an evening workshop for Board of the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, 2014

Conference Presentations:

  • Planning for Succession: Who Will Sit at Your Board Table Tomorrow?,  A workshop at the conference, PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide, Vancouver, BC, May 2016
  • Who Will Sit at Your Museum Board Table Tomorrow?, Alberta Museums Association Conference, Edmonton, September 2015
  • Regeneration and Engagement: The Next Generation as Stewards of Heritage Resources, National Trust for Canada Annual Conference, Ottawa, October 2013
  • Pitching for Partnerships: How do Heritage Organizations Find Sponsors? National Heritage Summit, Heritage Canada Foundation Conference, Montreal, October 2012
  • Forging New Partnerships to Promote the Business of Heritage Conservation, Heritage Canada Foundation + International National Trust Conference, Victoria, BC, October 2011
  • Heritage Conservation and Values: New Conversations in Our Changing Communities, Keynote speaker, Third Municipal Heritage Forum, Municipal Heritage Partnership Program, Alberta Culture & Community Spirit, Edmonton, AB, October 2009
  • Public Spaces or Private Places: Strategies for Innovative Design and Programming, Keynote speaker at the workshop, “Sharing the Load: Managing Growth in Saanich and the Region,” District of Saanich, BC, November 2004
  • Public Conservations in Public Spaces: Engaging Citizens about the Future of Downtown, a keynote speaker at the Victoria 2020 Conference, Victoria, BC, March 2004

Courses and Curriculum Development

Simon Fraser University, City Program, Urban Design Certificate Instructor, 2008-present;

  • “Urban Design: Urban Vitalization”; co-teach a two-day intensive mid-career course in the Urban Design Certificate; next offering with Michael von Hausen, November 18-19, 2016
  • “Urban Design: Urban Revitalization”—BC case studies, co-taught with Alastair Kerr, Vancouver, 2008, 2011, and 2014
  • “Urban Design: Urban Revitalization”—Western Canadian case studies, co-taught with Alastair Kerr, Edmonton, 2009

Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Certificate in Heritage Conservation, Instructor, 2008-

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  • “Heritage 101: Understanding Building Conservation”; designed the core course for the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Certificate in Heritage Conservation, co-teach with Marco D’Agostini + Don Luxton; offered fourteen times since 2008; next offering is March 5, 2017

Recent participants’ comments from Heritage 101

“This is a very strong course, one of the best I have ever taken. It should be mandatory for all architecture and planning students. Well done.”

“The speakers are extremely knowledgeable and they presented great and practical information.”

University of Victoria, Cultural Resource Management Program, Instructor, 1986-present

  • “Fundraising for Arts, Culture and Heritage Organizations”, a two-day course co-sponsored by UVic + Yukon Historical & Museums Association in Whitehorse, November 24-25, 2011
  • “Fundraising for Arts, Culture and Heritage Organizations”, one-day at UVic, June 27, 2011
  • “Heritage Conservation Planning”, HA 489L, March 21-26, 2011, co-taught with Hal Kalman
  • “Fundraising for Arts and Heritage Organizations”, a one-day course, Fort Langley, 2008
  • “Fundraising Strategies for Historic Sites”, a one-day course for staff and board members from three BC Provincial Sites—Hat Creek Ranch, Kilby and Yale, 2007
  • “Introduction to Heritage Conservation: From Principles to Practice”, Researched, revised + edited distance education materials for the credit course, HA 487, 1998
  • Designed and taught eight-day intensive courses (1.5 credits) for mid-career professionals in the heritage conservation and museum fields from across Canada:
  • “Heritage Area Conservation”; an eight-day intensive course, 1994
  • “Heritage Preservation Planning”, an eight-day course co-taught with Alastair Kerr, 1991
  • “Studies in Urban and Rural Conservation”, and eight-day intensive course, 1986 and 1989

Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education, Sessional Instructor, 1993-1994.

As part of the Summer Institute in Teacher Education, (PDP) designed a new course + team taught with art educator, Frieda Miller, a six-week intensive mid-career course (4 credits)

  • EDUC 391 – “Education and the Built Environment”, Summers 1993 and 1994