B1: So Now You’re an Evaluation Manager: Best Practices to Making the Transition from Doer to Leader

Are you a new or aspiring evaluation manager?

Join us for a fireside chat to hear firsthand from your federal government colleagues as they candidly discuss their experience transitioning into a leadership role. Learn about the obstacles they faced, the challenges they overcame and the lessons they learned along the way. Don’t miss this chance to learn from their lived experience so that you can propel your career forward from evaluator to leader!


Emily Brennan, MSc, CE/ÉQ, Senior Evaluation Manager, Office of Audit and Evaluation, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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.


Debra Shapiro-Lambersky, Manager, Results and Reporting Unit, Accessible Canada Directorate, Employment and Social Development Canada
Debra Shapiro-Lambersky has a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Public Administration and just over 10 years of experience as a public servant. Although the majority of her public servant experience is based in evaluation work, she has worked in cabinet affairs as well as corporate planning and reporting. These opportunities confirmed that working in an area of results, accountability and evidence based decision-making is where she is most content. Her current role as Manager of the Results and Reporting Unit with the Accessible Canada Directorate allows her to leverage her evaluation skills and knowledge to inform the identification and creation of data and the development of a framework to measure the government’s progress towards and accessible Canada.