CES Ontario is an unincorporated Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society in the Province of Ontario since 1996. CES Ontario is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by an administrative assistant, bookkeeping and IT services, and other volunteers.
For your convenience and reference, the Canadian Evaluation Society’s national and chapter bylaws are available for download in PDF format.
Board of Directors 2017-2018
Nikhat Rasheed is an independent consultant and former Executive Director, with expertise in leading multi-institutional projects and program evaluations in the education and non-profit sectors funded by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario and regional/ local foundations. Her areas of expertise include immigrant integration, pathways to employment, labour market planning, diversity and inclusion, crime prevention and delivering training initiatives to achieve social change.
Nikhat currently serves as the President of the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario. She completed her second three-year term in 2017. Over the past 6 years, she has served in various leadership capacities including Membership Committee Chair, Vice-President, Past President and Treasurer. She was one of the Diversity Champions that launched Canada’s first-ever regional Diversity & Inclusion Charter in Peel Region and has served as a director with the Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel and the Azeeza project.
Nikhat holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Leeds, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Term: This is Nikhat’s third term on the CES-ON Board.
With a background in Clinical-Developmental Psychology and Applied Research/Evaluation, Dr. Vernescu’s work bridges post-secondary and community arenas; including direct client service and progressive leadership across health, human, social service, and academic sectors. Dr. Vernescu has an extensive record of knowledge brokering/exchange; integrated research, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement; program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation; strategic and operational planning; and clinical and systems-level outcomes management.
Dr. Vernescu holds a faculty appointment at Nipissing University within the Faculties of Human & Social Development and Arts & Sciences, and has adjunct status with the Dept. of Psychology at Memorial. She is the founding Director of NIOC (Northern Institute for Organizational Capacity), a knowledge broker for northern, rural, and remote NFPs. Recently, she led the design and implementation of one of the first Program Evaluation and Applied Research undergraduate level certificates in the Canadian university sector.
Committed to meaningful academic-community partnerships, Dr. Vernescu works with NFPs and community teams to develop and implement sustainable strategic and evaluative frameworks, monitor processes, and enhance outcomes. Her work and interests cross into the corporate sector.
Term: This is Roxana’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Nick Petten is a researcher, consultant and evaluator with over 10 years’ experience working with culturally diverse populations in multiple roles and positions. He is primarily concerned with how to meaningfully and ethically involve children and youth in research and program design.
Nick has extensive knowledge and demonstrated research ability developed through a masters-level education in early childhood studies with a focus on children’s rights, program evaluation, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and early learning. He is currently conducting several program evaluations and research projects focusing on youth engagement, peacebuilding, children’s rights, health equity, and other social justice issues. He provides professional consultations on monitoring and evaluation activities, community consultations, participatory research methodologies, and ethical guidance on working with adolescent and child stakeholders. His ongoing research focuses on a children’s rights-based approach to public-private partnerships in an emerging, digitally-facilitated knowledge economy and corporate partnerships in the provision of public education. Nick has in-depth and front-line experience working with children and adolescents with multiple needs and capabilities through parent education programs, early childhood education centres, adolescent treatment centres and community programs. You can connect with him on Linkedin.
Term: This is Nick’s first term on the CES-ON board
Tin Vo has 5 years of experience in the local public health and non-profit settings. His current work as a health promoter focuses on program planning and evaluation of various topic areas of public health, including harm reduction, infectious diseases, sexual health, immunizations, oral health, and environmental health. He brings various lenses to his evaluation work, including health equity, social justice, capacity building, and empowerment.
Tin has a Master of Public Health and is certified up to the Lean Sigma Yellow Belt. He has experience with participatory approaches, utilization-focused evaluation, contribution analysis, developmental evaluation, and realist evaluation. His use of mixed methods has allowed him to strengthen skills in survey design, focus groups, interviews, most significant change technique, and world cafe-style discussions. During his time with CES-ON, Tin would like to support the professionalization of program evaluation to ensure a high standard of practice, while building evaluative thinking and capacity among intended users of evaluation.
Term: This is Tin’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Dr. A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, CE, National Council Representative
Dr. A. Sidiq (Sid) Ali, CE is the Managing Director of Research & Evaluation Consulting Inc. He is one of Canada’s leaders in credentialing program development and evaluation, utilizing his psychometric and program evaluation expertise to lead high-stakes licensure and certification projects within professional governing bodies and regulators, such as the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals and the Royal Bank of Canada. Sid has been the recipient of the University of Toronto’s department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning’s Doctoral Scholarship and the National (U.S.) Science Foundation’s Evaluators’ Institute scholarship. He has earned the Credentialed Evaluator designation, authoring many evaluation and technical reports, publishing articles in magazines, Canadian and international scholarly journals, including twice in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, and presenting his work at national and international conferences in the domains of education, evaluation and credentialing. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and Education, as well as a Master’s degree and Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Term: This is Sid’s second term on the Ontario Board.
Paul Bakker is an Credential Evaluator and coach, with close to a decade of experience. For the last five years, he has run his independent evaluation consulting practice, Social Impact Squared. His evaluation projects are typically for small nonprofits or provincial government agencies in the areas of education, health, employment, youth development, and crime prevention. His wide range of experience includes using developmental evaluation approaches to carrying out quasi-experimental designs and statistical analyses. He also regularly provides evaluation workshops for Humber College’s Research Analyst Post Graduate Program, as well as for others.
Term: This is Paul’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Natalie Ceccato, Director
Natalie Ceccato has been involved in program evaluation for over 10 years in the education and health care system. She has an education background in health sciences and a doctorate degree in Public Health from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Passionate about research and evaluation in general, she has a particular expertise in strategic planning and performance measurement systems. She has led the development (from framework, indicator, target and tool selection) as well as implementation and evaluation of strategy and performance measurements systems within the hospital, long term care and home care settings. Natalie is currently the Director of Performance Evaluation Services at Rouge Valley Health System.
Term: This is Natalie’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Kelsey Chawla has worked on evaluations in public health, healthcare organizations across the continuum of care, non-profit organizations and universities. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing at Western University. Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary and a Master of Public Health from the University of Alberta. She is a Credentialed Evaluator through the Canadian Evaluation Society and a Registered Nurse in Ontario.
Term: This is Kelsey’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Patricia is currently Director of Evaluation at MQO Research. Past experience includes working in the public sector as a Manager with the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador conducting research to inform policy development, as well as in the private sector conducting provincial and national evaluations. She just completed tenure as president of the CES–Newfoundland and Labrador (CES-NL). She has over 8 years of experience on volunteer boards, and almost 10 years of experience on both the client and suppliers side of research and evaluation. Patricia holds a Masters of Applied Social Psychology from Memorial University and a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES).
Term: This is Patricia’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Marci Pernica is the Manager of Research, Evaluation and Reporting in the Ministry of Housing and has been a member of CES since 2007. With over 15 years of experience in the academic and private sectors, Marci joined the Ontario Public Service in 2013 to lead teams promoting and building a culture of evaluation and to improve internal capacity for evidence-based decision making through performance measurement, evaluation and data analytics. Her goals surround continuing to lead the development and implementation of robust data, performance measurement and evaluation strategies to achieve improved strategic and operational performance across the Ontario Government.
Term: This is Marci’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Natalie Sibille has Master’s Degree in Public Administration (with specialization in Program Evaluation) from University of Akron, Ohio. She is also Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified. Her expertise is process and outcomes evaluation design and implementation, health system performance measurement and improvement and quality indicators benchmarking.
Since 2000 Natalie has been working in consultant capacity to evaluate quality of services delivered by community healthcare programs and organizations and also assists them in best practices adoption and achieving the best level of consumer satisfaction. She developed performance monitoring and public reporting system for the home care sector in Ontario and evaluated sustainability of integrated regional healthcare programs while being part of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). Natalie also worked at the Indicators Branch of Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
Natalie is an active member of CES since 2007 and served the CES-Ontario Board of Directors in 2009 – 2011 chairing Advocacy Committee and co-chairing Board Development Committee. She also contributed to program development and evaluation of the annual national CES conference in Toronto in 2013.
Term: This is Natalie’s second term on the CES-ON Board.