A1: Your Voice Matters! Systemic and Institutional Barriers for Evaluation Professionals

Are you ready to contribute to the creation of a more vibrant and progressive evaluation community? Join the Reconciliation, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Environmental Sustainability (REDIAS) Committee for a candid conversation that will identify and explore ways to dismantle barriers and challenges that you may have faced as an evaluation professional. Share your experiences and insights as we also delve into the realms of active reconciliation, environmental sustainability and accessibility. Your contributions from this session will be a critical piece of the puzzle for REDIAS’ strategies moving forward so you won’t want to miss out!


Gita Zareikar, Evaluation Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
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.

Sara Mitchell, Consultant Manager, Goss Gilroy Inc.
Sara Mitchell is a Consultant Manager with Goss Gilroy Inc, where she conducts evaluations for federal and provincial government, as well as community-based organizations. She is an experienced qualitative researcher who undertakes work in a range of areas, including education, health and with official language minority communities. Sara holds a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Ottawa. She began volunteering with CES-NCC’s REDIAS Committee in 2023 and hopes that the group’s EDI work will help to make the broader evaluation space an accessible, equitable and inclusive one.