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.

  Emily Brennan

  Director, Chair of SEEK Committee (Ottawa)

  Emily is currently a Senior Evaluation Manager at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and a Credentialed Evaluator. In addition to      working with CESEF, she is currently the past president of the CES National Capital Chapter. Outside of evaluation, Emily                  enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with her husband and their two cats.

  Christine Sheppard

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

  Christine is a credentialed evaluator and works as a researcher at Wellesley Institute, a health-equity policy            research institute in Toronto. She has been involved with the Student Evaluation Case Competition since 2014 and    is currently serving co-chair of the competition. In her spare time, Christine enjoys board games and dog sports,      including agility, tricks, and rally obedience!   

  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.

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