HUB: Wikipedia – an open content dictionary(Noun)HUB or HUBs may refer to:

  • A point where many routes meet and traffic is distributed, dispensed or diverted
  • A type of level in a game that serves as direct access to all other levels
  • A social network that merges virtual and physical places
  • A crucial place or thing


  • to depend on something
  • On offensive vs. defensive position

As the term HUB suggests, the MFNPO provides a professionally facilitated point where a network of dynamic leaders come together, to educate, empower and connect with peers who share similar goals.

The MFNPO HUB is a program for executives in the non-profit sector who are looking for ways to enhance their organizations strategic performance through exploration, discussion, reflection, training and professional third party HR support in the area of human resource management and leadership development.

Our current HUB 3 members:




Trudy Lavallee – Trudy is the Executive Director of Ikwe Widdjiitiwin, predominantly an Aboriginal women and children’s domestic and family violence crisis shelter in Winnipeg. Read More



Cynthia Drebot – My name is Cynthia Drebot and I am the Executive Director of North End Women’s Centre (NEWC) since January 2014. Read More

Dave Cunnin – My name is Dave Cunnin. I have served as Executive Director for Agape Table since December, 2014.  Read More
Howard Koks2 Howard Koks – Howard Koks is a non-profit and community leader with passion to inspire staff and volunteers to new levels of success.  Read More Julie Julie Eccles – Julie Eccles, Executive Director; Rainbow Stage, Canada’s largest and longest continuing running outdoor theatre. Read More
Keith Keith Robinson – As Executive Director / Centre Coordinator at OVRC since the fall of 2011, Keith has a passionate enthusiasm for the work he does. Read More Mona Audet Mona Audet – Originally from Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Mona Audet moved to Manitoba with her family in 1996. Read More

Executives who apply and are selected to participate in a HUB gain access to:

  • a Professional HR Consultant for up to two hours of one on one support each month,
  • a Certified Executive Coach for group process facilitation,
  • monthly peer round table meetings where fellow executives discuss current HR and leadership challenges and success in a small group setting where they can depend on each other for confidential, diverse and supportive advice,
  • and training led by subject matter experts in the areas of focus identified as a priority by HUB members
  • at no financial cost to participating organization

How do you know this strategy works?

An ongoing part of our process is program evaluation. For the past two years we have been collecting feedback from participants, stakeholders and funders.

The HR HUB has made me a stronger leader by developing my ability to deal with human resource issues. When I first started as Executive Director at the North End Women’s Centre I would have said that about 50% of my time was spent dealing with Human Resource related issues and now I can honestly say that it takes only about 25% of my time which is exactly where it should be. Human resources can be challenging but thanks to the support I receive from the HUB, I feel much more confident in my abilities and decisions. Stronger personal policies and procedures have definitely contributed to stabilizing the Centre.”Heather Leeman,Executive DirectorNorth End Women’s Centre

Qualitative feedback is always valuable. It has helped us to maintain a fluid perspective in terms of program structure. We are continually modifying and building on the success of the program based on what the participants need.

View the video presentation captured at a MFNPO Community Round Table event heldin November 2012 hosted by the current HUB.

Click here to read what previous HUB members are saying about the experience.

Quantitative Results

Each HUB Member was asked to estimate the value in terms of dollars the HUB has had on their organizations. Participants were asked to consider:

  • Time spent vs. saved
  • Consulting Fee’s avoided (Legal/HR/Other)
  • Tools gained (Samples/Templates/Feedback on Existing Process or Policy)
  • Increase in Operational Effectiveness
The HUB announced to the non-profit community FINANCIAL IMPACT to each individual organization to be in the $25, 000 – $30,000 range in the first 12 months of participation (February 2012 – February 2013)



What makes this program so successful?

There is NO financial cost to participate. This program is fully funded by the Winnipeg Foundation and the Province of Manitoba, Jobs and the Economy.
HUB members participate in the process as a learner and teacher through sharing experience, tools, information and advice in a confidential, facilitated environment that increases their capacity and confidence in managing short term as well as strategic human resource and leadership related situations facing their organizations.
Each HUB is unique. Learning topics, round table discussions, training and guest speakers will be aligned to the specific needs of the group and evolve as directed by its members.
Members have board level support and commit to a 2-year developmental process that evolves as their learning needs do.Click here to see the learning topics addressed by our current HUB.

I am interested in applying for the next HUB.

If you are looking for more information and would like APPLY for the next HUB please contact the MFNPO at or 204-272-6088. Our staff will connect you with Courtney Marchant the Program Facilitator. Keep in mind space is limited to a maximum of 8 participants per HUB.
Please download the Expression of Interest form, save it in your computer, fill the form and email it to
*MFNPO invites new members based on previously determined selection criteria.*Applicants must also adhere to a MANDATORY ATTENDANCE policy and submit Board Approval for their participation.