Board of Directors

The CES-NCC Board of Directors consists of a Past-President, eleven (11) elected members, including two student members. Board members are elected by the membership, confirmed at the Annual General Meeting and serve a three-year term.

Board 2021-2022

President – Emily Brennan
Secretary – Susanna Beaudin
Treasurer – Stephen Kester
VP Professional Development – Allysa Olding
Co-VP Professional Development – Lulu Li
VP Communications – Stéphanie Jolette
VP Networking –John Burrett
Memberships – John Burrett
Partnerships – Marc Riopel
Chapter Representative to National – Stephen Kester
TBS Ex-officio – Cédric Ménard
Performance and Partnership Exchange (PPX) representative (Ex-officio) – Steve Montague


See work description of directors.

Emily Brennan, President

Emily Brennan has served on the CES- NCC Board of Directors since 2018, and is the current chapter President. As part of her work with the Board, Emily also chaired the 2019 edition of the chapter’s flagship professional development event, the Annual Learning Event.  She is thrilled to be able to continue to work with the wonderful group of evaluators that currently makes up the CES-NCC Board of Directors.

Emily has been a private sector evaluator at PRA Inc. since 2016. In her evaluation practice, she works primarily with clients in the federal government, in a wide array of subject areas, from agriculture to space science, and economic development to official languages; and of a range of sizes and complexity. Through her work, she brings together her training in agricultural economics (focussing on efficiency analysis) with experience in a wide variety of qualitative methods developed through work in policy analysis and evaluation.

Susanna Beaudin, Secretary and VP Equity, Diversity and Sustainability

Susanna Beaudin, senior research associate at PRA Inc., is a bilingual credentialed evaluated with several years of experience in program evaluation. She has been involved in dozens of evaluations for federal departments and agencies, as well as for organizations in the not-for-profit sectors. She works primarily on projects focused on public safety, justice, official languages, and the environment.

Susanna has a Master’s degree in International Affairs (specialization in conflict analysis and resolution) for Carleton University, and a Bachelor’s degree with Joint Honours in Political Science and History from McGill University. Susanna joined the CES-NCC Board of Directors in 2021 as the VP of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Sustainability.



Stephen Kester, Treasurer and Chapter Representative to National
Stephen Kester is an Independent Evaluation and Management Consultant with expertise in the conduct of evaluations, and the development of results-based management frameworks and theories of change for international and Canadian organizations.

Recent assignments include the development of a Global Results Framework and Theory of Change for the Netherlands funded PROSPECTS partnership with 3 UN agencies, the World Bank and IFC to support forcibly displaced populations and their host communities,  an evaluation of a 10 month public policy training and mentoring program funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal and ongoing support to the Asian Development Bank in developing results frameworks and theories of change for the priorities outlined in their Strategy 2030.

Stephen retired from the Canadian Public Service in 2018 where he had served as the Director of Evaluation at Global Affairs Canada for 11 years. Prior to joining the Public Service in 2002, Stephen worked extensively in the field of international development using his knowledge of program evaluation, results-based management and performance measurement for program improvements.  He worked in Sri Lanka for five years as the Program Advisor to the Sri Lanka Canada Development Fund and for seven years with an Ottawa based international development NGO.

Stephen holds a Master in Business Administration degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.

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Allysa Olding, VP Professional Development

Allysa Olding is an evaluator with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Joint Honours in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa, and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Allysa is passionate about qualitative research methods, cultivating a diverse and inclusive evaluation community, and supporting knowledge exchange between those in the evaluation profession. Allysa currently serves as the VP Professional Development for the CES-NCC Chapter Board of Directors. This is Allysa’s first term on the CES-NCC board.

Lulu Li, Co-VP Professional Development

Lulu Li is an emerging evaluator working as a consultant at Goss Gilroy Inc. (GGI). Since joining GGI, Lulu has been involved in various evaluation projects covering a wide range of subject areas, for both public and non-profit sector clients. She received her master’s degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University (SFU), where she was introduced to program evaluation. She also won the national first-place prize with her SFU team at CES Student Evaluation Case Competition. Lulu currently serves as the co-VP Professional Development on the Board of Directors for the CES-NCC chapter. Previously, she served as an event coordinator for the CES-BC chapter.

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Stephanie Jolette, VP Communications

Stephanie Jolette has worked as an evaluator in both the private and public sector for the last five years. She started her career in program evaluation when she joined Prairie Research Associates (PRA Inc) as a Research Associate in 2015. During this time, Stephanie acquired significant experience in program evaluation and contributed to well over 20 evaluations and research projects in various areas related to justice, space science and technology, social development, health, and official languages, etc. This experience provided her the opportunity to work with a wide range of federal departments as well as non-profit organizations.

Since 2019, Stephanie has joined the Office of Audit and Evaluation at the Public Health Agency of Canada / Health Canada as a Program Evaluation Analyst. In this role, she supports evaluation work within the federal health portfolio and continues to contribute to a number of projects in this area.

In addition to her work experience, prior to being elected as the VP of Communications, Stephanie sat on the CES-NCC Board as a non-voting member, assisting her predecessor with a variety of tasks such as developing a communications strategy and ensuring an active presence on the chapter’s social media platforms. She has also provided support in organizing past CES-NCC events such as the Annual Learning Event (ALE) in 2019.

Stephanie Jolette holds an MA in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa (2014).

John Burrett, Memberships and VP Networking

John Burrett has worked in evaluation, along with other related policy and research work, for thirty years, as a staff evaluator/analyst and as an independent consultant. His evaluation and performance measurement work has spanned many fields, from housing and social services through technology research and development and organizational effectiveness. John has been engaged in every part of an evaluation, but has concentrated in particular in the development of logic models and evaluation planning, stressing that more effort in the conceptualizing and planning of a project leads to fewer difficulties and better results “down the line”.

John’s most recent work in evaluation has been focused on two areas in particular. One focus has been on improving how we report evaluation findings and other information to managers and to the public. A key component of this is the effective presentation of data. This has lead to offerings of instruction and practice to evaluators and others involved in policy and research, via training courses and numerous conference presentations, including those of the CES. John’s second more recent focus has been on the development of practical means to employ network analysis in program evaluation and policy research.

John manages his own practice as Haiku Analytics Inc, and provides training on effective reporting and presentation of data with visual methods via Intersol Group, Ottawa.

Marc Riopel, Partnerships

Marc Riopel has worked in program evaluation in the federal government for 13 years. He hold a Ph.D. in history. He currently works as evaluation manager in the Audit and Evaluation Branch of the Department of Natural Resources Canada, carrying out the evaluation of scientific and economic programs. Previously, Marc worked in a few federal departments where he led and carried out program evaluation projects in the fields of national defense and the armed forces; Aboriginals and the Canadian North including the Inuit; classroom and online learning for federal public servants; as well as performance audit projects in environment and education for First Nations. Marc also has extensive experience as a consultant in applied social and historical research, obtained in working with community organizations and non-profit organizations. He thus planned and carried out the evaluation of psychosocial intervention programs in the field of health and social services, reaching various clienteles such as the elderly, adolescents and Inuit. As a historian, Marc has published around fifteen books and brochures on local and regional history. In addition, he has experience in managing the board of directors of non-profit organizations, having served as a director in the fields of history, heritage, culture, music and young people without employment.

Cédric Ménard, TBS Ex-Officio

Cédric Ménard is a highly motivated professional evaluator who believes in results-based, innovative, collaborative, adaptable, diverse and ethical public service. He is intrigued by program evaluation theory and the use of data in decision-making processes.

Since 2019, Cedric has been working as a Senior Results Policy and Functional Community Engagement Advisor within the Results Division at Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada. Furthermore, he has acquired over 10 years of experience in performance measurement, program evaluation, data analysis by having complete several evaluator and analyst roles for Health Canada, Canada School of Public Service and Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Cédric’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in Program Evaluation and Public Administration from the École nationale de l’administration publique and an International bachelor program diploma from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.

In 2019, he joined the National Capital Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society as an ex-officio board member as Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat representative.

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Steve Montague, Performance and Partnership Exchange (PPX) representative (Ex-Officio)

Steve Montague, partner of Performance Management Network Inc. is a credentialed evaluator, a Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society and has 35 years of experience as a practitioner in performance measurement and program evaluation as a management consultant, an adjunct professor and as an evaluation manager in a major Canadian federal government department. Steve has managed major and minor projects analyzing a wide variety of programs for Canadian federal, provincial, United States, Scottish and Australian governments, as well as conducting work for the OECD, the World Bank, the European Union and the United Nations. He has published articles on measurement and evaluation in journals in Canada, the US and Europe and facilitated numerous presentations, panels and workshops on evaluation, performance management and information management. Steve is also a founding member and twice president of the Performance and Planning Exchange.


CES NCC Board Nominations

Mark your Calendars! The CES-NCC Board of Directors elections will take place online in May 2022. The electronic ballot will be sent out to all CES-NCC members and will include the names of all successful candidates along with their summary of interest and curriculum vitae.

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