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 2023-2024

President – Susanna Beaudin
Past President – Emily Brennan
Secretary – Gita Zareikar
Treasurer – Brian Case

VP Annual Learning Event – Mariève Vaillancourt
VP Professional Development – Lulu Li
VP Communications – Sharon Lécuyer
VP Networking – Vacant
VP Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability – Victoria E. Díaz
Memberships – Steve McKibbin
Partnerships – Brian Case

Chapter Representative to National – Judy Lifshitz
TBS Representative (Ex-officio) – Anna Engman
Student Representative –Émilie Sauriol
Performance and Partnership Exchange (PPX) representative (Ex-officio) – Judy Lifshitz


See work description of directors.

Susanna Beaudin, President

Susanna Beaudin, senior research manager 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 gender-based violence, GBA Plus, 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. She is the current President of the CES-NCC Board.



Emily Brennan, Past President

Emily Brennan has served on the CES- NCC Board of Directors since 2018 and is the current Past 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 also the Vice Chair and SEEK Award Chair for the Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund.

Emily has been in evaluation since 2016, starting as private sector evaluator at PRA Inc., and joining the federal government as a Senior Evaluation Manager at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in 2022. 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.

Gita Zareikar, Secretary

Gita Zareikar, PhD, DPE, started her collaboration with CES-NCC as a volunteer for the Essential Skills Series and an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors in 2022. She brings over 15 years of experience from academia and the non-profit sector where she did research, teaching and led socio-economic projects. Her journey in evaluation started in 2020 through collaboration with evaluation teams where she developed an interest to pursue a career in evaluation. She now works as an evaluator at Natural Resources Canada.

Brian Case, Treasurer and Partnerships

Brian Case is an Evaluator with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Brian began his journey with CES-NCC as a student representative on the Board while completing Carleton University’s Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation. Since joining, Brian has sat on the committee for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Sustainability and assisted with the Partnerships portfolio, spearheading a partnership between CES-NCC and Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA).

Brian is currently completing Carleton’s Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation (Carleton University), Master’s degree in Musicology (University of London), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (with specialized honours in film composition and trombone performance; York University). In 2022, Brian became an elected member of the Board and will be absorbing the responsibilities of Treasurer and Chapter Representative to National.

Mariève Vaillancourt, VP Annual Learning Event

Mariève Vaillancourt, evaluation specialist at CMPA, is a bilingual credentialed evaluator with a demonstrated history of working for private organizations both as an external and internal evaluator. she is responsible for providing specialized expertise in the planning, development, and implementation of corporate and program performance measurement and evaluation activities, as well as related analysis tasks. She develops and applies robust evaluation frameworks and processes to ensure the CMPA has appropriate performance and evaluation evidence upon which to conduct sound analysis and make key decisions about its performance and impact.

Mariève holds a Master’s in Education and a graduate diploma in program evaluation from the University of Ottawa. This is her first term on the CES-NCC Board of Directors and will be chairing the 2023 edition of the chapter’s flagship professional development event, the Annual Learning Event.

Lulu Li, VP Professional Development

Lulu Li is a private sector evaluator at Goss Gilroy Inc. (GGI). Since joining GGI, she has been involved in various evaluation projects covering a wide range of subject areas, for both public and non-profit sector clients. Lulu has been engaged in every part of an evaluation, from plan design to data collection instrument design, data collection through KII, focus groups and surveys, data analysis and evaluation reports. She is passionate about leveraging different tools (e.g. Nvivo, Tableau, Python, Stata) to analyze quantitative and qualitative data and report evaluation findings.

Lulu 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 joined the CES-NCC Board of Directors in 2021 and currently serves as the VP Memberships and Networking. Previously, she served as an event coordinator for the CES-BC chapter.

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Sharon Lécuyer, VP Communications

Sharon Lécuyer brings 15 years of professional experience to the Board of Directors.

Since 2018, Sharon has been working within the Evaluation team at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Sharon co-presented at the 2022 CES National Conference in Winnipeg speaking to her experience developing an approach to evaluate 25+ programs across the $80+ billion National Housing Strategy.

Prior to moving into program evaluation, Sharon spent more than a decade providing policy advice, delivering federal housing programs and managing federal/provincial/territorial relations. Sharon also draws from 20+ years of leadership experience volunteering with organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross, Toastmasters International and the Army Cadet League of Canada, among others.

Sharon holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Canadian Studies. Sharon is married and mother of two (human) children and two (fur) children. She loves cats, tea and trivia.


Victoria E. Díaz, VP Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability

Victoria E. Díaz joins the CES-NCC Board for the first time in 2022-2023 as VP Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Sustainability. She has contributed to past CES national activities as a volunteer and was a judge in the 2022 Student Evaluation Case Competition.

Victoria is a founding partner of DPM Research (, a consulting firm specialized in applied research, program evaluation and policy analysis.Collaborating with federal, provincial and other organizations, in Canada and overseas, Victoria has experience leading multi-year evaluations, producing labour market analyses and researching socio-economic issues in a variety of fields. Her experience spans a broad range of topics, including post-secondary education, health, science and technology, infrastructure, immigration, labour markets and equity, diversity and inclusion.

Victoria holds a PhD in Public Administration (University of Ottawa) and MA in Economics (McGill University). She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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Steve McKibbin, Memberships

Steve McKibbon, PhD, CE, is a long-time member of the CES-NCC, serving in various capacities at the chapter and national levels. Prior to his current position as Evaluation Manager at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Steve worked in various research and program evaluation capacities within the Canadian education sector, and with the Treasury Board Secretariat as a policy analyst. Steve earned his PhD in special education program evaluation from the University of Ottawa in 2020 and is a Credentialed Evaluator.

Judy Lifshitz, Chapter Representative to National and Performance and Partnership Exchange (PPX) representative (Ex-Officio)

Judy Lifshitz, MSW, PMP, CE, is a senior evaluator who has worked for the federal government for the last twenty years. After overseeing a team of evaluators (internal and external) through the planning, conducting and reporting phases of evaluation projects, she has recently started a different role at Infrastructure Canada as Team Lead on the Quality Assurance process for all evaluations, as well as providing advice on performance measurement to assist programs in preparing for evaluations. In addition to sitting on the CES-NCC Board as the Chapter Representative to CES National, she is also a member of the CE Credentialling Board and a Board member of the Planning and Performance Exchange (PPX).

Anna Engman, TBS representative (Ex-Officio)

Anna Engman, Manager of Engagement at the Results Division, is the TBS representative and Ex-Officio member of the board. Anna has worked in in program evaluation, audit and applied research for almost twenty years. Among other things, she supported the implementation of the 2019 Policy on Evaluation and capacity building within the federal evaluation community while working at the Center of Excellence in Program Evaluation at TBS.

Anna holds an undergraduate degree in Social Science from Lund University in Sweden, a Master’s in Public Administration from Dalhousie University, a Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation from the University of Ottawa, and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Émilie Sauriol, Student Representative

Emilie Sauriol, B.A is a junior policy analyst at the Canada Foundation for Innovation in Ottawa. She is also a graduate student in public policy and administration at Carleton University. Emilie joined the CES-NCC Board of Directors as a Student Representative.

CES NCC Board Nominations

Mark your Calendars! The CES-NCC Board of Directors elections will take place online in May 2023. 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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