Panel Discussion: Navigating Tomorrow: A Candid Exploration of Evaluation’s Future

In a world evolving at a breakneck pace, the evaluation profession grapples with the challenge of staying relevant in the face of shorter attention spans, technological leaps and an insatiable demand for instant results. Join our panel of experts for a candid conversation that will dissect the barriers that are obstructing our ability to become world-class evaluators. We will also delve into the profound impact of AI, and gain insights into the critical skills necessary for today’s evaluators and those that will shape the next generation to come.

Don’t miss this forward-looking dialogue that charts the course for the evolving landscape of evaluation.



A. Sidiq Ali, Managing Director, Research & Evaluation Consulting, Inc.

Dr. A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, CE is the Managing Director of Research & Evaluation Consulting Inc. An award-winning data visualization expert, he has been on a better visualization journey for 15 years. His reports have won awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and IABC – Toronto Chapter as well as the Canadian Public Relations Society. He has produced infographics for CES National, and his infographics work has been featured in the Canadian Government Executive Magazine. He has also been a guest blogger on Stephanie Evergreen’s Better Data Visualization blog. Sid does not have a background in graphics design or art; he learned better data visualization through attending workshops, reading books and being part of a better data visualization community.

Éric Champagne, Associate Professor in Public Administration, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa and Director, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa
Eric Champagne is an Associate Professor in Public Administration at the School of Political Studies and Director of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa. He serves as the Vice-President Academic on the Board of Directors for the Performance and Planning Exchange (PPX), committed to improving the understanding and implementation of effective performance management approaches in the public sector. His current research program focuses on infrastructure financing and asset management in the context of multilevel governance (basic infrastructure, transports, and water), on public sector reforms in developing countries, and on the transformation of the public sector in the aftermath of the pandemic (digital government, telework, hybrid policies). He teaches courses on the theory and practice of public management and governance, public policy development, program evaluation and risk management. He is also an instructor at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute where he develops and teaches courses for practitioners in the field of public governance.

Andrealisa Belzer, President, Canadian Evaluation Society
Andrealisa Belzer is a Credentialed Evaluator employed with the Atlantic Region of Indigenous Services Canada. She also participates in EvalIndigenous and the Blue Marble Evaluation Network. Andrealisa has practiced health and social services evaluation since 1995, in Canada and internationally. She embraces evaluative practice that facilitates social and ecological thrivability.


Kenneth Stephenson, Director, Policy on Results and Engagement, Results Division, Expenditure Management Sector, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Ken Stephenson is Director of Policy on Results and Engagement at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Ken has over 20 years of experience in evaluation and performance measurement, with experience in the private sector, not-for-profit sector, and in the federal public service. He has worked at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Resources Canada, and was most recently Director of Evaluation at the Department of National Defence. Ken holds a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation.

Ashraful Hasan, Founder and Lead Consultant, Impactrio Inc.
Ashraful Hasan, Founder and CEO of Impactrio, brings over a decade of expertise and experience in social innovation and impact management. His leadership at Impactrio, a tiny but mighty consulting firm renowned for its significant contributions, has carved a niche in the industry. Ashraful’s role involves guiding organizations at critical decision points – continuing a program, fostering innovation through platform building, launching new ventures, or scaling existing ones.

Under his guidance, Impactrio specializes in designing impactful programs, developing robust impact strategies, evaluating performance, and effectively reporting impact. His areas of professional interest and expertise are diverse and forward-thinking, encompassing design thinking, change management, knowledge mobilization, complex implementation, and pioneering impact areas like Web3/DAO Impact and Impact Attestation, 360 DEI Evaluation, Actionable Change Management, and AI-enabled Impact Management.

Ashraful’s notable clientele includes prestigious organizations like Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), Music Canada, Ryerson University, the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), Futurpreneur Canada, the School for Social Entrepreneurs – Ontario (SSE-O), and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). His work is characterized by a commitment to achieving greater social good, maximizing resources, and fostering inclusive operations.


Sharon Lécuyer, Specialist, Program Evaluation, Audit and Evaluation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Since 2018, Sharon Lécuyer 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.