Board of Directors

Linzi Williamson
Chair (Meaford) 

Linzi Williamson is a CIHR Patient Oriented Research Transition to Leadership postdoctoral researcher and credentialed evaluator at the University of Saskatchewan, and she is residing in Meaford, Ontario. She joined CESEF in 2017 as a board member and Chair of the Graduate Scholarship Program, which was relaunched in 2019. Outside of work and volunteering, Linzi spends much of her time training the Australian Cattle Dog she shares her life with, Steve Irwin.

François Dumaine 

Vice Chair (Ottawa)

François is a program evaluator and partner at PRA Inc, a research firm focussing on program evaluation and market research. Prior to joining CESEF, François was involved with the Canadian Evaluation Society, including one term as National President. Being located in Ottawa, François can regularly be spotted along the Rideau canal pursing his passion for running. Otherwise, he hides at home to savour fine jazz.

Mikki Campbell
Secretary (Toronto)

Mikki currently serves as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre, where she oversees the research, implementation and evaluation of innovative radiation medicine technologies. While completing her Masters in Health Evaluation at the University of Waterloo, Mikki was a member of the first online finalist team in the 2018 Student Evaluation Case Competition. Off the clock, you can find her cheering on her two boys on the basketball courts and loving the outdoors with her husky. 

Maureen Matthew

Treasurer (Regina)

Maureen is Managing Partner with INNOVA Learning, a Western Canada firm working in the areas of human resource management, training and program evaluation for NGOs and non-profit organizations. When not working Maureen enjoys travelling, gardening, and designing/producing hand-made quilts.

Steven Lam

Director, Chair of the Graduate Scholarship Committee (Guelph) 

Steven provides service as a consultant. For the past six years, he has led research, evaluation, facilitation, knowledge translation, and strategy for social and environmental change initiatives. He is also pursuing a PhD at the University of Guelph, where he is a CIHR Doctoral Scholar. His research explores how to better integrate environmental sustainability and social equity into program planning and evaluation. Steven was the 2019 recipient of the CESEF Graduate Scholarship. 

Deen Taposh

Director, Chair of SEEK and EAA Committee (Ottawa)

Deen is a Senior Planning and Policy analyst at the Emerging Technology Division in National Research Council Canada's (NRC's) Executive Office. The position gives him an unique opportunity to deal with the "demand" side of evaluation. Deen also spent five years at NRC's Office of Audit and Evaluation, most recently as a Senior Evaluation Officer. Deen has a Masters in Economics from Carleton University. He is an avid reader and loves to watch movies in his leisure time.

Kathryn Radford

Director, Chair of the Student Evaluation Case Competition (Ottawa)

Kathryn is an Evaluation Manager at the National Research Council in Ottawa. She has been involved with the Student Evaluation Case Competition since 2010 and is currently the Chair of the competition. Kathryn is also a Credentialed Evaluator. When not evaluating, Kathryn enjoys travelling, watching movies – especially those with subtitles and cycling in Canada and Europe.
Cody Sharpe
Director, Fundraising Efforts (Moose Jaw)

Cody is the president of Non-Profit Governance Solutions, a consultancy that provides program evaluation, strategic planning, and public engagement services to not-for-profit corporations in Saskatchewan. Cody holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Saskatchewan and is a frequent instructor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in the areas of strategic management and public policy analysis. Before returning to Saskatchewan in 2019, Cody worked as a consultant to First Nation governments in the Yukon as a program manager, executive educator, and community facilitator. 

Brian Diener
Director, Fundraising Efforts and Communications (Ottawa)

Brian heads the evaluation function at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Prior to this, he led evaluations for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and other organizations.  Brian is currently enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Public Leadership Executive Certificate Program.  In his spare time, he enjoys getting his passport stamped, distilling whisky and studying Chinese.

Tin Vo
Director, Fundraising Efforts (Toronto)

Tin Vo is a Credentialed Evaluator and has over 8 years of program evaluation experience within the public health field, based in Kitchener. In the past, he was the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Evaluation Society, Ontario Chapter, and has been a member of other boards of directors for professional bodies and non-profit agencies. He enjoys board games and dinner parties when he is not travelling for leisure. 

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The CESEF is an independent organization created by the Canadian Evaluation Society in 1990 and reorganized in 2005 to increase national assessment capacity through educational activities. In 2006, CESEF was officially registered as a Canadian charity.

The Fund maintains partnerships with the Canadian Evaluation Society and the Consortium of Universities for Evaluation Education to promote the shared goal of developing the area of program evaluation by increasing access to education, training and professional development.

We invite interested people, potential partners, students and evaluation specialists to send us their comments and suggestions.

Contact Details

Contact the secretariat at the following address:
Shirley Trowbridge
Telephone: 613.722.8796, ext. 224
Fax: 613.729.6206

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