Catherine Raso | Governance Consulting

About Catherine Raso

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"Thanks for sending me your invoice. You are worth every penny!"

— Executive Director, Humber Students' Federation

"Thank you for the very strong presentation at our conference."

— Executive Director, Smart Serve Ontario

"I only have one word for this workshop 'Excellent'. It was a pleasure being part of your program and it achieved everything that I like to achieve in my workshops, fun, learning, interaction and very appropriate for our present situation."

— Principal, The Achievement Centre

"I enjoyed your presentation at the IPGA Conference in Detroit. You were by far the best presenter at the conference. You should offer the other presenters 'trainer training' before the next conference."

— Chair, Community Health Center of Snohomish County

"Your explanations were clear and very enlightening and I came away from our meeting feeling much more confident. You are a very competent facilitator. I am absolutely amazed that I learned so much in such a very short period of time. Well done!"

— Executive Director, Skills Canada - Ontario

"Thank you for your presentation on Governance. I appreciated how you tried to help us visualize what is involved in governance, without getting involved in operations. I think that C.S. Lewis once said that 'You have not understood an idea until you can draw it in Technicolor'. You have helped us a board in doing just that."

— Board Member, Contact Niagara

"Catherine is able to combine governance philosophy with fun. Her training is always customized to fit our needs at the time. She is able to share a wealth of information, about other Board experiences, as examples of what works and what doesn't. And, she brings toys!"

— Chair, Northern Lights College - BC

"I wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed the retreat of Board Governance. You ran a very good program, succinct and loaded with excellent information on how an effective Board should operate. The others were commenting at dinner how much they learned and how your examples demonstrated how our Board should operate. Hopefully we can offer you a report card on our progress in a year's time that will prove that we are 'On Target'."

— Board Member, Mark Preece Family House


Catherine Raso MBA is President of CMR Governance Consulting and an internationally recognized practitioner, consultant, author and speaker on board governance. Catherine has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector—as a CEO, board member, highly skilled facilitator consulting with more than 400 boards around the world and author of many articles and books. Catherine always receives very high ratings for informative, excellent and engaging presentations and board sessions. Catherine lives and bases her practice near Toronto.

About Catherine:

Co-author of "The OnTarget Board Member: 8 Indisputable Behaviors" now in its fifth edition. Over 15,000 copies sold worldwide!!

Co-author of "The Board Administration Handbook" now in its third edition.

Author of the soon to be released governance book, "100 Ways to Build a Better Board: Tools To Use Today" (NVP Publishing 2020).

Creator of the Board R.O.L.E.S.™ Governance System which clarifies the 4 roles of governing boards, along with an implementation plan.

Has consulted with more than 500 boards and has an impressive client list.

Was CEO, for 12 years, of a non-profit organization.

Is fully trained and highly experienced in the theory and implementation of the Policy Governance® model (Academy Graduate, Atlanta, 1995).

Has instructed in Continuing Education non-profit management courses at McMaster University and Mohawk College in Hamilton.

Has more than 30 years of experience as a volunteer governance trainer and workshop facilitator with the local United Ways.

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