Meet the Board of Directors

Cheryl McClellan-Moody

Cheryl McClellan Moody is a Senior Market and Trade Officer with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. she has several years of experience in evaluation, program delivery and performance management activities. She has colloboared on a number of evaluations involving federal, provincial and territorial partnerships and continues to work in the field. Cheryl is the current President of the CES Alberta & Territories Chapter and has volunteered withe the Chapter Board for the last eight years. Cheryl has an M.A. from the University of Alberta.

Wendy Doughty


Wendy Doughty is President of the Alberta/Northwest Territories Chapter of CES. She was Chair for the 2011 National Conference held in Edmonton. She has completed evaluations as an internal staff member and an external consultant the majority of which focus on programs for at-risk or barriered populations. She is passionate about adult learning and student success. She is currently the Director of the Student Success Centre at the University of Alberta and is also involved with assessment work within University Student Services.

François Dumaine

François Dumaine, a Partner with PRA, directs the Ottawa office. His expertise includes a wide range of research methods and project management techniques, as well as assignments that are both regional and national in scope. François has designed and managed numerous program evaluations and other research assignments for federal and provincial governments and non-governmental organizations. These projects address various dimensions of justice, education, official languages, Aboriginal communities, and social programs. Since joining PRA in 2000, François has travelled extensively in all regions of the country and has had the opportunity to address and discuss public policy issues with government officials, community organizations, and program beneficiaries and clients. François graduated from Carleton University in 1998 with a Master of Arts degree in Political Science. Prior to that, he received a Civil Law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1988. François is a member of the Barreau du Québec. He served as the President of the Canadian Evaluation Society from 2008 to 2010 and as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation from 2010 to 2012. He is a Credentialed Evaluator through the society's Professional Designation Program. François is bilingual in French and English.


Colleen Goggin


Colleen Goggin is a senior evaluator at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A federal civil servant since 2001, she previously worked as an evaluator with the Public Health Agency of Canada (Atlantic Region). Colleen holds a Masters of Health Science (Community Nutrition) from the University of Toronto and is a Credentialed Evaluator.


Eleanor Toews


Eleanor Toews is a Senior Evaluator at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for Service Canada programs and initiatives. Combining private sector and public sector experience, she leads the development and conduct of evaluations focused on the service delivery government programs and the corresponding reporting to senior management. With a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University (1995), she brings strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills to assessing the 2009 Evaluation Policy’s five core issues in relation to corporate priorities. She also completed Carleton University’s Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation in Spring 2012.

As a consultant prior to joining government, Ms. Toews used a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies including document and file reviews, interviews, case studies, surveys, and financial and performance data analysis. She also diligently monitored progress to mitigate risks and ensure project deliverables and financial requirements were met. Drawing on eight years working abroad, Ms. Toews applied also these skills as project manager (in English and Spanish) for the technical assistance delivered in Costa Rica through a 3-year CIDA-funded project.

Birgitta Larsson

Birgitta Larsson is a credentialed evaluator (CE) and has an academic background in community development and health promotion. She has worked in the delivery of community-based services in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Birgitta’s interest in evaluation began over twenty years ago while completing graduate work at University of Saskatchewan. She is a long time member of CES, AEA and EES.  She is the principal of an Edmonton based consulting firm focusing on providing evaluation support and assistance to human service organizations. The firm provides assistance with evaluations, program planning and community development. Most of the projects involve working with disenfranchised and hard to reach populations. The work has lead to an increased interest in cultural issues and competencies as it relates to the application of evaluation principles and methods in non main-stream environments. Birgitta has always been interested and involved in advancing the field of evaluation and is the Past-Chair of the Canadian Evaluation Society – Alberta Chapter (1998-2001), and was the provincial representative on the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Advocacy Initiative for eight years. This focused on how to strengthen project ethics review of non-research investigations and included work on A PRoject Ethics Community Consensus Initiative (ARECCI).

Heather MacDonald

Dr. Heather MacDonald has been cited as an acclaimed labour market researcher who has led landmark research projects in Canada. Dr. MacDonald has implemented evaluations of research funding programs with a combined budget of more than a billion dollars, including the Canada Research Chairs Program and the Indirect Costs Program. She was invited to speak at the West Block on Parliament Hill about postsecondary transition rates, as part of a 2006 symposium organized by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Dr. MacDonald was the lead researcher for one for the largest education random assignment evaluations in Canada, the Foundations for Success for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Dr. MacDonald also managed a landmark study on the return on apprenticeship training investment for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, which resulted in the widely distributed report, Building a Skilled Workforce for Strong Bottom Line.

Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young has been a Northern evaluator and planner for 11 years. Since April of 2012, Jennifer has been employed by the NWT Sport and Recreation Council in the Evaluation and Investment Manager position. Prior to this employment, Jennifer worked as an independent consultant through her own business, J. Carey Consulting Evaluation Plus Ltd. Through her consultancy, Jennifer completed numerous evaluations/progress reports; evaluation frameworks; and strategic planning/ policy work projects, as well as meeting other client needs as required. In 2008, Jennifer achieved her Masters in Assessment and Evaluation through the University of Melbourne in Australia. Most recently in 2012, Jennifer also achieved the Credentialed Evaluator (C.E.) designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society. Jennifer has been an active member of the CES National Council as well as the previous NWT Chapter. Jennifer was also the Editorial Assistant for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation for 2002-2003, and most recently was both a peer reviewer of the presentation proposals for the 2011 CES Conference and a Student Case Competition Judge at the same conference. 

Claude-Anne Godbout-Gauthier

Claude-Anne Godbout-Gauthier studied international affairs, modern languages and political thought at the undergraduate and graduate (M.A) levels, both at the University of Ottawa and at the Institut d’études politiques de Grenoble (France). She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Program Evaluation from Carleton University.

After having completed her graduate studies, Miss Godbout-Gauthier worked at R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. before joining the Circum Network team in 2010. She had the opportunity to further develop her expertise in qualitative social research and quantitative data analysis. She developed this experience in an equally English and French context; she is perfectly bilingual, both spoken and in writing.


Blair Stevenson


Blair Stevenson is a consultant and educator with extensive professional and academic experience in the field of evaluation and education. Since 2005, Blair has acted as Managing Director for the Toronto-based evaluation consulting firm, Silta Associates. In this role, he has worked on a wide range of professional and academic evaluation projects in countries such as Canada, Finland and India. This experience includes supporting a wide range of national-level program evaluations with a focus on community-based evaluation practices and evaluation in multi-lingual and multi-cultural and Indigenous contexts. His academic qualifications include completion of a PhD from the Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Finland. At the moment, Blair continues to act as an evaluation consultant, while holding positions as a Research Associate at Université Laval, Québec and as a Senior Lecturer at the Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Finland.


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