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Vince Battistelli

Meet Vince Battistelli

The Founder and President of The Governance Group, Vince Battistelli is committed to helping organizations like yours benefit from his more than 25 years of hands-on experience with boards, councils and senior management.

He’s worked successfully with hundreds of clients on a one-to-one basis as a consultant, and as a leader in workshops and seminars. If it’s a governance-related issue, chances are that Vince has helped a client deal with it…and that he’ll use the gained knowledge to assist you with your issues however challenging or unique they might be.

Vince and his team have an uncanny knack for coupling a no-nonsense approach to an understanding ear. The result? Everyone’s opinions and concerns are listened to but improving efficiency is still the order of the day. In the words of the then-president of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, “Vince…understands that change engenders anxiety and has responded to our concerns patiently and yet with a firmness that keeps us on track.”

Then there’s this comment from Mark Startup, Chief Executive of Shelfspace (formerly Retail BC): ”In his roles as board planning and meeting facilitator, consultant, observer and advisor, Vince demonstrated a thorough, expert knowledge of board governance. It is obvious from Vince’s up-beat and professional approach that he thoroughly enjoys his work.”

Meet David Torrison

We have created a strategic alliance with David Torrison, a Vancouver based HR Management solutions firm. With over 30 years experience in the HR field in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, David’s firm provides full service employee management solutions for union and non-union employers.

Services provided by David’s firm include:
  • Investigations related to alleged abuse; theft; attendance; harassment
  • Human Rights Complaints: strategy; response; case management
  • Employment Standards Act: strategy; response; case management
  • Contract Negotiations and Essential Services Local Negotiations
  • WorkSafe BC investigations and appeals
  • Grievance response and strategy; Arbitration preparation and support
  • Management Training involving performance improvement; employee engagement; workplace culture; grievances; discipline; contracting out

David has worked as a Management Consultant in all aspects of Human Resources and Labour Relations for over 30 years, including working as a Director of Human Resources and as a Senior Labour Relations Consultant in a large organization providing services to public and private sector employers.

He has provided advice for both unionized and non-union Employers, and has prepared and presented cases on behalf of Management before the BC Labour Relations Board, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Employment Standards Tribunal and at arbitrations.

David has negotiated collective agreements as chief spokesperson on behalf of Employers, investigated issues regarding employee conduct and performance and provided strategic advice regarding Employer reorganizations. He has a track record for settling disputes and grievances successfully prior to these issues proceeding to arbitration. He has advised on WorkSafe BC issues and has conducted numerous workshops and one to one management training sessions. He has assisted Human Resources staff by providing documentation on contract interpretation.

This strategic alliance with David’s firm enables our current and future clients to access Human Resource Management Services from an experienced, competent, trustworthy, and reliable firm. You can contact David directly at 604-6163969 or by email  or through The Governance Group at 604-731-0307 or by email
John Hopkins

Meet John Hopkins

John Hopkins, CAE, has spent the majority of his working career within the not-for-profit sector (NFP). For more than 35 years, John has excelled in various senior management and leadership positions. His last posting was 12 years with Hostelling International - Canada as CEO for British Columbia, concluding with a leading role in the merger of the BC and Southern Alberta Regions of HI-Canada.

As a trained, personal executive coach, John is able to offer his accumulated experiences and knowledge to others who want to be the best they can be. Through personal executive coaching, John has helped senior management clients re-focus their lives, clarify goals, gain new skills, and balance their lives.

John is able to offer a broad depth of wisdom and understanding, all of which are requisites to being a successful coach and mentor.

John attended the University of British Columbia (3 years – BSc.), attained his certification in Association Management (CAE), and completed the Erickson College, Coaching Forward model.

John has taught Continuing Studies courses he designed for Royal Roads University (Intuitive Decision Making, Integrity-Based Leadership), a distance-learning course in marketing for Simon Fraser University (National Certificate Program in Voluntary and Not for Profit Management) and taught a 13-week course for Vancouver Community College on Applied Marketing for Charities (National Certificate Program for Charities). He has conducted numerous workshops on a variety of subjects related to not for profit management and leadership. Recently, he developed an innovative series of workshops dealing with the power of team intelligence.
Jon Pascoe

Meet Jon Pascoe

Jon is an established, trusted and reliable professional - with outstanding accomplishments in human resources, governance, excellence, strategic planning, change management, accreditation and related areas. He is a Fellow (highest designation) Certified Management Consultant.

Jon has extensive senior management experience with staff recruitment and selection, investigation and discipline, severance and termination, competency profiling and preparing governance and human resources policy manuals.

Jon’s governance consulting experience and expertise and his results - based leadership have contributed to significantly improving municipal, regulatory, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations’ governance and operations. This has resulted in enhanced quality, efficiency and effectiveness, and stellar accreditation results with organizations in Alberta and British Columbia.

He has also provided training to various audiences in his areas of expertise.

Jon is a Recognized Excellence Expert with the Business Excellence Institute in Dublin, Ireland. He has been chosen on five occasions following worldwide competitions to be a subject matter expert to the Government Excellence Program in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

A sample of Jon’s work and projects in the past two decades include:
  • Board member and Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee, St. Joseph's General Hospital in Comox, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • Contributed subject matter expertise to the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta (2005 to 2010) through revising all regulatory governance policies; chaired the Registration Committee and was the Alberta Institute’s Registrar
  • Governance reviews of and consulting assignments with three not-for-profit corporations for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Known as a leading subject matter expert for his work with health professional regulatory colleges across Canada by redesigning and implementing their regulatory, governance and human resources policies
  • Developed and delivered over 150 regional workshops throughout Alberta on the Health Professions Act Employers’ Handbook, which he researched and authored
  • Chaired the Human Resources Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors with Habitat for Humanity, Edmonton. Revised the organization’s human resources policies
what we  have to offer
In-depth knowledge of board governance
A proven track record of successfully working with boards & Chief Executives
Expertise in resolving board & governance issues
Professionalism, integrity and commitment
A team that listens to, respects and works to bring about the best results for our clients
Experience as directors and Chief Executives
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