Presenter's toolkit: professional development, best practices, resources and references

Presenters Capacity Building Program for Members of CAPACOA and RIDEAU


Facilitating and promoting professional development

Since its creation in 2013, the PCBP has supported 73 projects, 32 of these coming from CAPACOA members.

Professional development is key to helping presenters improve their audience outreach efforts, build capacity and manage change. In order to help best support those efforts, RIDEAU and CAPACOA are pleased to announce the renewal of the: Presenters Capacity Building Program (PCBP), a funding program that provides the presenting community with access to better professional development tools.


Program Objectives

  • Promote the sharing of expertise within networks
  • Provide support to presenting organizations for targeted capacity building projects, professional development and change management
  • Contribute to the professionalization of the presenting sector
  • Help presenting organizations achieve their goals more effectively

Program Description

The program gives presenting organizations access to resources which can help build capacity. It is divided into three components:

  1. Organizational consultation – Organizations can apply for funds to hire consultants or specialists to assist them in capacity building and change management research and planning activities. This may take the form of coaching.
  2. Mentoring – Organizations can apply for funds to enrol their managers in a mentorship of at least one week with a presenting organization manager. The mentorship is to be conducted within the mentor’s organization.
  3. Professional development – Organizations can submit an application to attend professional development workshops or seminars directly related to the organization’s specific capacity building needs. This is primarily intended for senior managers of presenting organizations.


Organizations can now submit joint applications in collaboration with others (two or more). Presenter support organizations (presenting networks) are eligible as part of a collaboration in partnership with presenting organizations. Each applicant in a joint application must be a member of CAPACOA and/or RIDEAU.   


Please note: Organizations that received financial assistance under the 2016-2017 Presenters Capacity Building Program are not eligible.


Program Timeline

The program will run from September 2017 to June 2018.


The deadline for submission was September 29 2017.

Thank you to those who sent in a application.


Visit the Presenter's Toolkit for information, resources and ideas. The Toolkit is up to date with more information in order to facilitate this new program. Take a look!


Comments from past edition recipients


The staff and board were involved in the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy that incorporates traditional methods but also social media.  We have agreed on a much more concise branding architecture. While the long term impact of the project will take time to assess, staff and Board certainly feel empowered to enact changes and have begun the process already.  

Klondike Institute of Art and Culture


The impact of this training is to greatly improve the revenue-generating ability of Public Energy in the private sector. This will go a long way toward maintaining the organization’s programming in the face of reduced public sector funding.

Public Energy


This Strategic Planning Session was crucial for our organization at this time.  We are facing financial challenges and impending replacement of long-term staff.  Both big challenges for an organization of our size with a Board which is geographically so far apart.

Prairie Debut



Program Contact Information

Mélanie Bureau, CAPACOA 613-562-3515

Marie-Pier Pilote, RIDEAU 514-598-8024 ext. 229