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Decision Making Structure of EBC

Decision Making Structure of EBC

The EBC is a hybrid business structure that runs on a combination of principles borrowed from For-Profit and Not-for-Profit business structures.   

EBC Structural Element

How we are similar to a Not-For-Profit How we differ from a Not-For-Profit

Membership dues are entirely used for the  administration of the organization. Administrative costs include Website maintenance, compensation to staff and contractors hired to administer the EBC, travel expenses, marketing and other routine business expenses.
Appointed EBC Board members do not receive payment or ownership for being on The Board

The EBC is wholly owned by Wildfire Workshops Inc., owned by Teresa de Grosbois
Decision Making Structure Policy for the EBC is set by the elected EBC  Board.

To stand for election for the EBC Board, a member must meet the minimum criteria to be a Board member. New Board Members are elected by existing members of the Wisdom Council and Board. The Board is comprised of 6 elected members, on three year terms, and one permanent CEO position held by Teresa de Grosbois. The CEO position does not vote on decisions unless a tie-breaker is needed in voting.

Reliance on Consensus  Building and Board Policy Where policy exists for the running of the EBC,  the staff follows that policy

To avoid getting bogged down in consensus building or the delays resulting from the debate over policy, the EBC has two structures in place

1. A Wisdom Council, made up of past Board Members can be called upon to make the policy decision when the Board is stalled or in conflict of interest in making the decision; In the event that a policy on a specific element does not yet exist, the EBC Staff makes the best decision available based on their judgement, until such time as a policy can be created. This is typically done in consultation with a committee or representative of the Board.

2. To avoid getting bogged down in consensus building or the delays resulting from the debate over policy, the EBC has two structures in place 

 Conflict of Interest

Staff, contractors and anyone in a leadership  role in the EBC must adhere to EBC’s Conflict of  Interest Guideline

The owners of the EBC, as well as the members, are allowed to personally benefit from the existence of the EBC in the use and exchange of the influence that belonging to the EBC brings. Board members and senior members are also given incentives and discounts on attending events as a thank-you for their service. (This differs from a Not-for-Profit in that some of this activity could be considered a conflict of interest if the EBC were a designated not-for-profit)

Last updated 6 Nov 2018


Board Member Election & Transition to the EBC Wisdom Council

Board Member Election & Transition to the EBC Wisdom Council

EBC Policy –  Board Member Election & Transition to the EBC Wisdom Council

Purpose of this Policy

To outline the EBC Board and Wisdom Council’s policy and procedure for appointing new Board members and transitioning Board Members to the Wisdom Council

The EBC Board

The EBC Board is made up of 6 Appointed senior members which transition on 3 year terms and one non-transitioning role.  Teresa de Grosbois is the one non-transitioning role in the role of EBC Chair. Teresa only votes in the event that a consensus is not achieved and a tie-breaking vote is needed.  Teresa may also over-rule if a decision puts the organization at risk in some way or may escalate some decisions to the Wisdom Council if she believed there is a real or perceived conflict of interest in the Board making that decision.

Our Criteria for inclusion in the EBC Board Currently include

  1. have demonstrated leadership within the organization and role model our values
  2. You have a highly successful business in the transformational space, as evidenced by having established systems, sales funnels, team support and a demonstrated track record of students who’ve achieved significant success
  3. You have significant influence with a following of at least 50,000 people

The Wisdom Council is made Board Members Emeritus

The Wisdom Council is organic rather than highly structure.   Wisdom Council members:

  • Can vote on new members
  • Can bring issues back to the Board,
  • Can brainstorm items for the Board or assist with leadership of committees
  • Make decisions that are a conflict of interest for the Board to make, such as decisions on how Board members transition to Wisdom Council or benefit from participation in the Board
  • Make policy level decisions where the Board is deadlocked and unable to come to a decision
  • Help provide the leadership for their region
  • May be asked to attend Board meeting if their expertise is needed on an item
  • May help lead sessions at retreats

Duration of Board Appointments

As of April 2018, Board Appointments are 3 year Appointments, with the Board Members transitioning to Wisdom Council after 3 years

Board to Wisdom Council Transition Plan will be

  • transition plan started in March 2018 (2 new Board Members transitioned in April)
  • Every year 2 Board Members transition and 2 new Board members are elected.  This happens at the Senior Leadership meeting held the day before the Annual Retreat.
  • A ceremony is held at the Annual Retreat for bringing on new Board members and to honour those that are graduating to the wisdom council

Process for Wisdom Council Interaction With the Board

If the board is in debate – we can choose to poll the wisdom council

The Wisdom council members may lead initiatives within the EBC

There will be a distinction of someone leaving vs choosing to move up to Wisdom council

Wisdom council members retain the right to vote on new members

As the Wisdom Council Grows we may have Board / Wisdom Council Mastermind calls if there is a request.

New opportunities will be emerging for this group.  

Process for selecting new Board Members

  • The Board and Wisdom Council will Nominate Board positions at the annual Leadership retreat.
  • Board and wisdom council vote on new board members
  • Within the process of deciding on new Board members, there will be a discussion to support EBC’s Priorities on diversity and inclusion  – including geographic diversity

Current Transition Order for the Existing Board of Directors

Board Members Approximate Duration on the Board Planned Transition Notes Regarding their transition
Harrison Klein 8 years January 2019

With 2 men moving to Wisdom Council this time, we will be loosing balance on male / female diversity. This should be considered when selecting new Board members

Joel Young 6 years January 2019

There are no other European members who meet our criteria for Board at this time. This should be considered in selecting new Board Members

Marilyn Suttle

5 years First Quarter 2020  

Colin Sprake

3 years First Quarter 2020  

Anita Sanchez

<1 year First Quarter 2021  

Lisa Mininni

<1 year First Quarter 2021  
Dr. Shawne Duperon 6.5 years  

Has been on leave of absence from Board or Wisdom Council is willing to come back in fall in either Board or Wisdom council capacity

People are also free to transition to Wisdom Council sooner if they wish.


Speaking at an EBC Event


The EBC is often approached by individuals offering to speak at our events. Because we are an organization of highly influential speakers and trainers, our requirements for choosing speakers differ from most organizations.  The EBC considers leading an EBC event to be distinct from speaking at an EBC event, and distinct from facilitating a session at an event. As such our policies for each of these roles differ.

To speak at an EBC event you must be:

  1. Either an EBC Member or considered to be sufficiently iconic in the industry that your speaking at one of our events would be seen as a significant contribution to our membership
  2. Your content must be seen to have high value to our members
  3. In most cases you must be already registered at the event in question in order to request to speak

To lead an EBC event or be a session facilitator you must:

  1. Be an EBC Certified Master Trainer (CMT)
  2. Have successfully met the measures for leading the type of Event in Question; or
  3. Have been granted an exemption from the Board Events Steering Committee to do so.

Policy approved by Board Steering Committee – Sep 2018



EBC Levels Distinctions


What’s Required for Inclusion in Different Levels of the Evolutionary Business Council

(Don’t know? Ask. Your Membership Envoy and our Board will help find the most appropriate level for you)

Services Available to you at Different Level of the Evolutionary Business Council


Requesting EBC Event Sponsorship


The EBC is often approached to sponsor events or exchange marketing sponsorships.  Individuals or organizations are invited to use the EBC brand as a sponsor when the event:

  1. Is led by an EBC Certified Master Trainer
  2. Is approved by the EBC for content
  3. Is recommended and endorsed by at least 2 other members of the EBC
  4. Includes a defined feeder into EBC membership (must be structured and approved). This recognizes that the event host will also be offering their own programs and the EBC feeder should not conflict with this.
  5. Includes a post-event evaluation for quality control and measurement of whether the EBC feeder was effective.

Policy approved by Board Steering Committee – 29 Nov 2018


Complaints Against an EBC Member


Last Updated on Jan 16 2019

The EBC’s Vision, Mission, and Values can be found here

EBC Members are expected to follow the Code of Honour

We do not have a process to address complaints against our members and would encourage you to address it directly with them.    If you have an issue with a member please consider the following

  • If you have made at least three attempts to resolve a situation with a member and are not getting a response, you may make us aware of it.  We will track the issue and reach out to the member to ensure communication is happening.
  • The first thing we will ask you is “Are their actions in alignment with your agreement?” (e.g. are you requesting a refund which outside of the refund period specified in their refund policy;  are you requesting to withdraw from a course after you have consumed the majority of the content)
  • In the event that their actions are in alignment with your agreement, we will not track or address the matter further.

Although we do not take an active role in resolving disputes, a member with more than three active complaints against them will not be considered for advancement in the EBC or given roles where they are asked to represent the EBC.

Policy Created by Board Steering Committee – Dec 2018

Evolutionary Business Council (also referred to herein as “EBC”) may collect two different types of information, Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) and Non-Personally Identifiable Information (“Non-PII”). PII is information that identifies you as an individual – for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card information, billing address and shipping information. Non-PII is aggregated information, demographic information, IP addresses, user behavior data from web interaction metrics tools and other information that does not reveal your specific identity. PII and Non-PII may be collected anytime you access or use a EBC website. PII and Non-PII may also be collected by EBC during in-person discussions, telephone conversations, and electronic or other written communications. EBC also collects information via cookies; blocking cookies may render you unable to access certain EBC products, services, or websites.

EBC uses PII to respond to your inquiries, provide you with services you have requested, keep you informed of services EBC thinks may be of interest to you, and otherwise personalize your experience with EBC, and other reasons. EBC does not sell or lease PII about you to others. EBC may share PII with EBC affiliates and third parties contracting with EBC to provide services to you, e.g., financial institutions. EBC may also share PII when required by law, or when you have expressly requested EBC to do so. EBC reserves the right to disclose and use your PII if EBC believes it is necessary to: (a) respond to legal process, e.g., a subpoena; (b) respond to a law enforcement agency’s request; (c) enforce the Terms; or (d) protect the rights, privacy, safety, property, or operations of EBC or third parties;

Because Non-PII does not personally identify You, EBC reserves the right to use and disclose to third parties Non-PII for any purpose.

EBC maintains reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to protect PII from loss, misuse, or unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. EBC enforces its Privacy Policy via self-assessment.

EBC reserves the right to change this privacy notice, which changes will become effective upon posting of the revised notice, or upon emailing of the changes to You at the email address You provided to EBC, or as required by law.


      II. Links to or From Other Sites.

Except where expressly stated by EBC, EBC is not affiliated or associated with operators of any third party websites that link to or are linked from any EBC-maintained website. EBC disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy or content of information found on third party websites that link to or are linked from any EBC website. EBC disclaims any responsibility for the security of any information (including without limitation credit card and personally identifiable information (“PII”)) that you may provide to any third party. EBC reserves the right, at any time and in its sole and absolute discretion, to block links to any EBC-maintained website through technological or other means without prior notice.


      III. Information; Registration; User Names and Passwords

As a EBC website user, You may be required to create an account with EBC. You warrant that the information you provide EBC is truthful and accurate, and that you are not impersonating another person. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password you may use to access your EBC account, and you agree not to transfer your password or Username, or lend or otherwise transfer your use of or access to your account, to any third party. You are fully responsible for all transactions with, and information conveyed to, EBC under your account. You agree to immediately notify EBC of any unauthorized use of your password or User name or any other breach of security related to your account. You agree that EBC is not liable, and you will hold EBC harmless, for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with any of the foregoing obligations.

      IV. Release/Authorization to Use Photographs.

You grant EBC permission to use any and all photographs, or video or audio or digital recordings, taken by EBC or its agents or employees, or submitted by You to EBC (hereinafter “Photographs”) in any Media (including print, internet, film, television and no matter how distributed or published) for any purpose, which may include, but shall not be limited to, advertising, promotion, marketing and packaging of EBC or any product or service sold and marketed by EBC. You agree that this authorization to use Photographs may be assigned by EBC to any other party. You agree that that the Photographs may be combined with other Photographs, sounds, text and graphics, and that the Photographs may be manipulated, cropped, altered or modified in EBC’ sole discretion. You agree not to charge a royalty or fee, and not to make any other monetary assessment against EBC in exchange for this Release and Assignment. You hereby release and forever discharge EBC from any and all liability and from any damages you may suffer as a result of the use of the Photographs. You further acknowledge and agree that this Release is binding upon your heirs and assigns. You agree that this Release is irrevocable.