Fellowship

In November 2002, the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) National Council established a new category of membership, the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship (The Fellowship). The Fellowship recognises lifetime achievements, service and prominence in evaluation. In addition, the Fellowship assists the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) by:

  • Providing advice to CES National Council at the request of Council;
  • Advocating on behalf of evaluation, the profession and the CES;
  • Representing the CES when requested by CES Council;
  • Reporting to Council in a timely manner for National meetings and the Annual Report.

LISE OF CURRENT FELLOWS 

May 2015

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mrs. Natalie Kishchuk. Here is a transcript of her introduction and acceptance speech.

Introduction speech by Shelley Borys

Je suis extrêmement ravie de vous présenter ma chère amie et collègue, le docteur Natalie Kishchuk.

Natalie is our newest fellow and has been a pillar of the Canadian evaluation community for more than 25 years, advancing the field through her teaching, mentoring, advocacy and significant contributions to the ongoing work of the Canadian Evaluation Society. She is not only deserving of this honour, I think she actually defines what it means to be a CES Fellow. She is, as one of her nomination supporters described her, the perfect evaluator.

Natalie has presented workshops and/or papers at most CES annual conferences as well as Societé québécoise d'évaluation de programme (SQEP) events, generously sharing her knowledge and wisdom with countless evaluators. She has also published numerous articles, contributing to the advancement of our field. Throughout her career, she has devoted considerable time, energy and skill to advancing the interests of the CES. A very visible and current example is co-chairing this fantastic conference. It is noteworthy that this is the second time she has taken on this very demanding role, having also done so in 2000. She also has been heavily involved in the Canadian Evaluation Society Educational Fund, serving in many different roles including Chair and now as a key member of the scholarship committee. She also has been a prominent and active member of the SQEP.

Natalie has been a passionate and consistent advocate for ensuring evaluation is accessible to all. From her early work on the development of the CES Ethical Guidelines through to her considerable contributions as a member of the CES Credentialing Board, she has reminded us to consider the full range of evaluators, to ensure none are left out as the profession moves forward.

Her participatory, empowerment and capacity-building approach to evaluation work with not-for-profit organizations has earned her a solid reputation as a trusted evaluation resource with the interests of her clients, and their program participants, always at top of mind. She always works hard to ensure that all stakeholders are respectfully consulted and their voices heard, even when that isn’t easy. As one of her supporters put it: “being able to speak truth to kings, all the while ensuring that those who are vulnerable and marginalized are respected, is one of Natalie’s unique qualities.”

The naming of Natalie as a CES Fellow seems so obvious that a couple people suggested that all that would be needed for her nomination would be to simply write her name on a piece of paper and submit it. Her reputation and contributions are so significant, impressive and long-standing that they really do speak for themselves. On top of that, Natalie is possibly the most well-liked evaluator in Canada!

It is with great pleasure that I welcome Dr. Natalie Kishchuk to the Fellowship of the CES.

Acceptance speech

I am truly honored to receive this recognition. Thank you so much to the many fabulous colleagues who wrote really lovely, and wildly exaggerated, letters of support for my nomination. They reminded of how old I am and how far we go back on so many initiatives! And a special thanks to my special colleagues: Shelley Borys, Benoît Gauthier and Simon Roy, a constant source of learning and support.

I also have to thank my family: first of all my parents Boris and Marie Kishchuk, who, as my brother Paul, here today as well can attest, brought us all up in the spirit of community service. Now in their 80’s, they are still giving to their communities. I also thank my husband Marc Berwald, here today, and my amazing daughters Anastasia – also here today – and Marieke, who couldn’t be – for support and keeping me grounded and especially humble.

And since I have the mike for a minute still: the theme of this conference is Evaluation for the World we Want. (I love this theme and take no credit for it – we had an amazing conference organizing team who produced it). This has made me think about the world I want: the world I want to be contributing to as an evaluator.

Has it ever happened to you, that you did an evaluation interview with someone, and at the end, they thanked you? Really genuinely thanked you for asking them questions, like you gave them something?

This has happened to me in many situations over the year – in interviewing users of injection drugs in needle exchange program; it’s also happened to me with middle managers in the federal government, high school teachers, daycare workers, citizens using municipal parks, staff in community agencies…

What I hear behind those thank yous is often an experience, sometimes a lifetime of experience, of “disses”: disrespect, disdain, disregard, disapproval, dismissal…

I feel that one of our most important responsibilities as evaluators is to really listen, really hear, and act in the ways that we best know how – through rigorous analysis and effective communication – to take away those “disses”. What I want, as an evaluator, is a world where no one thanks me ever for interviewing them ever again.

Thank you again for this honor.

May 2015

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mr. Robert Lahey. Here is a transcript of his introduction and acceptance speech.

Introduction speech by Kaireen Chaytor

I am indeed honoured to present to you our nominee for fellowship – Mr. Robert (Bob) Lahey.

A few years ago when a nominee was being presented the phrase was used – “I was surprised only to learn the nominee had not already been nominated. That applied then and applies today. Our nominee today is most worthy.

Bob comes to us from positions responsible for program evaluation in the Federal Government from the time of his graduation from Carleton University. He served with the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission, Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada, The Postal Services Review Committee, Forestry Canada and the Public Service Commission of Canada.

He was sought out by the Treasury Board Secretariat to be the first Executive Director for the Centre of Excellence for Evaluation (CEE).

While serving as Executive Director of CEE Bob made a concerted effort to advance the message of public sector evaluation. For instance, he accepted invitations to visit Dalhousie University and speak with students in the School of Public Administration. His message and his engagement were very meaningful for students. He spoke often to our program evaluation class and did a wonderful job summarizing the ‘evaluation picture’ of Canada. Students in the class this past summer remarked “I did not realize Canada had this strength in evaluation”. Bob has kindly given of his time to classes in several Universities.

In 1995, Bob was recognized by the CES for ‘Contribution to the ongoing development of Excellence in the field of Evaluation’, as a member of the NCC team that developed and delivered the original ‘Essential Skills Series of Workshops’ on ‘Understanding Evaluation’. In 2004, he was recognized with the ‘Contribution to Evaluation in Canada’ award.

Bob has supported the Canadian Evaluation Society – probably since its inception. In addition to two stints on the board of the National Capital Chapter, he has contributed to the national conferences. He has annually organized a panel on leading edge topics. At the end of the 2014 conference, he felt an omission in the presentation on Canada’s contribution to the world and immediately noted he would pick that topic up with a panel in 2015.

Bob is also active in conferences outside of Canada. He presents regularly at meetings of the American Evaluation Association, the European Evaluation Society and the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), where he is a life member – again often organizing panel presentations on key topics of the day.

Bob has recently made a contribution through several publications. Of particular note is his work for the World Bank: The Canadian M&E System: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Development. I recently used this document when teaching for University of Central Asia and participants found it to be a good explanation of Canada’s approach to evaluation. They were impressed with what Canada had accomplished.

Bob’s work since leaving TBS has focused largely on advising agencies in Canada and national governments abroad on the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems. With a focus on practical approaches that are going to be sustainable, he has worked closely with countries around the world and developed framework documents published by both the World Bank and United Nations Evaluation group (UNEG). Canada will be well represented as Bob presents as our newest Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Mr. President I present our nominee for fellowship.

Acceptance speech

Let me first say ‘thank you/merci’ to the CES for this special honour. I would especially like to express my thanks to Kaireen Chaytor and the others who put forward my name to become a CES Fellow. I am truly honoured, humbled and touched.

When I first told my wife about being named a CES Fellow, she was very pleased for me…and then asked what did it mean to be a ‘Fellow’? I had to admit that, besides the honour, I was not really sure. But I am happy to report that this year, those Fellows attending the conference are going to start a conversation that addresses that very point.

With that in mind, as a newly-minted Fellow, I would like to spend my few moments before you sharing what I think are critical factors in the development of an Evaluator. I aim my comments primarily at the many students here – Think of this as mentoring! This is not intended to be exhaustive and it is drawn from what I would refer to as a ‘rapid appraisal’ of my own career.

A starting point for me is to always try to draw ‘lessons’ from what we have experienced or observed, both the good and the bad – and then to store them away for future reference. If you think of your life as a journey of ‘continuous learning’, both professionally and personally, then taking the time to reflect on events close at hand and in the broader environment is an important part of that learning process.

Hounded by minutiae on a daily basis, we need to occasionally hit the ‘pause’ button and take the time to reflect on what is going on around us. As Evaluators we need to allow ourselves the time for ‘reflective moments’. When I was heading Evaluation units in federal departments, I introduced what I called a ‘Creative Pause’ session – one day a year intended to move us to a wider screen than the ‘busy-ness’ of day-to-day work often allows. I think that conferences offer great ‘creative pause’ opportunities.

My second point refers to Evaluator mobility, as a part of personal and professional development. I have always felt that the Evaluation skill set is quite portable, and that Evaluators should take advantage of that in their own development. While ‘communities of practice’ are important, I don’t think that it is healthy for the profession or the individual Evaluator to get siloed. I know that working across different areas as an Evaluator has helped develop my critical thinking skills. This is particularly important for public sector Evaluators, particularly if there is intent to engage in or influence policy. But, in doing this, it also means moving outside one’s comfort zone. I have done this a number of times in both my government and private sector careers. It is initially scary, but always quite exhilarating.

The last point I want to raise is the most important – family. I have always placed family as my top priority. In our busy world of being ‘Evaluators’, we need to ensure that ‘family’ never falls off the radar screen. What each of us needs to do is find the formula that works best for our individual situation. In my case, in years past, this might have found me reading an Evaluation Report in an arena where I was attending a speed skating meet in support of my youngest son. Or, coming home at 9:00 p.m. after coaching my two sons in T-ball, to start work on a briefing note that was due the next day. It’s about making choices in how we use our time, so that family and community are not neglected. It makes for a busy life, but one that is also rewarding. And, in the end, I truly believe that it contributes to making a better Evaluator. 

June 2014

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mrs Shelley Borys. Here is a transcript of her introduction and acceptance speech.

Introduction speech by Benoît Gauthier

Today marks an important celebration. We honour the accomplishments of my dear friend Shelley Borys.

Shelley has been active in the field of evaluation since 1987. Shelley left her mark wherever she went, in the world of the consultation, in the federal government, in academia and in the nonprofit universe.

Shelley worked for seven years within the CES structure as a board member and then president of the National Capital Chapter President, and as a member of National Council, Chair of Membership Services, and co-chair of the 1997 Conference.

Shelley actively participates in the work of the CES Credentialing Board since 2010 and is an assiduous advocate of the Credentialed Evaluator designation within the federal public service. Shelley has participated in the preparation of numerous articles published mainly in the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and documenting the practice of evaluation in Canada. She delivered countless presentations at annual CES conferences and elsewhere on best practices in evaluation. At all times, Shelley has actively promoted CES as a professional society representing the best interests of the discipline.

Shelley also supported the professional development of dozens of employees and students in the field of evaluation, either through her influence as a supervisor or as part of his university courses.

During the past 27 years, Shelley has acquired an unparalleled prestige in the profession with an astute intelligence, an unfailing commitment, hard work, striking charisma, the patience of an angel, an uncommon energy, and a full complement of endearing charm.

Shelley Borys possède tous les attributs requis d'un membre titulaire de la Société canadienne d'évaluation. Attribuer ce statut à Shelley n'est pas simplement reconnaître une évidence, c'est aussi un acquis extraordinaire pour le fellowship lui-même.

It is with great emotion that I present you Shelley Borys.

Acceptance speech

I am deeply honoured by this. It means so much to be recognized by my colleagues in evaluation, and to be welcomed into the fellowship by evaluators whom I greatly respect and admire. I cannot believe I'm in the same group as you!

I would like to thank the National Capital Chapter for nominating me, in particular, Simon Roy, for organizing my nomination and Benoît Gauthier, Natalie Kishchuk, Alexandra Dagger, Janice Remai, Linda Lee, Andy Rowe, Tim Aubry and Frank Graves for supporting my nomination.

Benoît, Natalie and Simon are owed special thanks. If it hadn't been for Natalie a gazillion years ago, I may never have ended up here. I wasn't sure what to do after grad school, so I just followed the footsteps of Natalie (as she was always so wise) which brought me to apply for evaluation work in Ottawa. And then Benoît offered me my first job in evaluation, despite what I recall as a less-than-impressive job interview (if you ever want to know the most ridiculous answer to an interview question, I will tell you later)! And over the years, with Simon, these three individuals have become my cornerstone for evaluation – pushing me to learn more through our learning circle and, through our ongoing research on evaluation, helping me fuel my curiosity about, and continue to make a contribution to, this profession I've landed in. I also feel very indebted to the tremendous colleagues and team members I've had the pleasure of working with – the evaluation teams at EKOS, Environment Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and now at the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada have been composed of such talented and dedicated evaluators – every day of my career has been one where I've been stretched or challenged... in a good way!... or simply so very impressed by the work I see.

My colleagues on the variety of CES roles I've held have also been an inspiration to me – really smart people who work so hard to make the CES a strong organization that supports us all. But also, I have to say, people who are also just really great to spend time with! I can't recommend getting involved as a volunteer with CES highly enough!

I also have been blessed by supportive deputy ministers – senior managers who see the value in evaluation and who have encouraged the function to deliver to higher and higher standards. They have made me a better evaluator.

I'm very lucky to have my parents here today so I can publically offer them a thank you for serving as incredible examples for me to follow of the importance of volunteering, of pitching in to help make a difference.

It is a very exciting time to be in evaluation (although I think I have said that every year for the 25 years or so that I have been in evaluation). As a Society, we are making tremendous strides forward towards the professionalization of our field. The growing interest in and uptake of the Credentialed Evaluator is something to be particularly proud of. Each of us is an ambassador for evaluation – so I encourage you to consider obtaining the designation and of using every opportunity you have to help senior decision makers see the value in the work we do.

Nothing could make me prouder, however, than this incredible honour you've bestowed on me today. Thank you very much.

June 2013

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mr Andy Rowe. Here is a transcript of his introduction and acceptance speech.

Introduction speech

The Fellowship of the Canadian Evaluation Society is comprised of CES members who have achieved prominence in their field, contributing to evaluation and the promotion of the Canadian Evaluation Society for a period of at least 15 years. On behalf of the Canadian Evaluation Society, it is a privilege to introduce our newest CES Fellow – Dr. Andy Rowe.

Andy has made significant contributions not only through his service to the Canadian Evaluation Society and other evaluation associations, but also through his extensive and innovative work in the evaluation field, particularly in the area of environmental program evaluation.

Andy is a founder of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter where he built a network of local evaluators to form the chapter which remains active today with members in all regions of the province. Andy is also a former National President of CES from 1994 to 1996, among other accomplishments playing a key role in the success of the joint international conference in Vancouver in 1995. Andy was also instrumental in bringing an innovative CES National Conference to St. John's in 1998.

More broadly, Andy has been a major force in the growth of the Environmental Evaluators Network and a key leader in the Environmental Program Evaluation TIG of AEA.

Supporters of Andy's nomination included colleagues and clients in Canada and the United States. As one of his supporters described:

Andy is a singular contributor to one of program evaluation's newest subfields: Environmental Evaluation. He is a leader in the developing area of environmental evaluation theory who has pushed for practical innovations in methods and demonstrated excellence in execution of environmental evaluation. His more recent publications have anchored environmental evaluation firmly within the broader field of program evaluation, working to mature our thinking about evaluation contexts at [to quote Andy] "the intersection of complex and linked natural and human systems."

As another nominator noted:

Andy is a world-class ambassador of CES and of evaluation more generally. He conveys the importance of evaluation, while not falling prey to the risk of overpromising what evaluation can deliver. He advocates, and in his own practice implements, flexible and practical methods for evaluation, while still maintaining high standards for evidence. He has an infectious enthusiasm without the naiveté or tunnel vision that sometimes accompanies it.

From his promotion of CES nationally and internationally, to his work strengthening links between CES and AEA, to his fostering of the Environmental Evaluators Network, to his contributions to evaluation through publications, teaching, and presentations, Andy exemplifies the characteristics of a CES Fellow.

In closing, I would like to add something of a personal note. First, if you don't already know, Andy can be a very persuasive fellow. He was CES President when I first came onto CES Council. Somehow at my first meeting, I ended up chairing a Committee and then, two years later, Andy took my "I'll think about becoming CES President" as a definite "yes." Seriously, I had the good fortune to meet Andy as a result of our mutual involvement with CES and I have had the great pleasure of calling him a very dear friend and valued colleague ever since. So it is with delight that I welcome Andy into the CES Fellowship.

Acceptance speech

Being welcomed to the Fellowship of the Canadian Evaluation Society is a surprisingly humbling event for me. It involves being nominated by colleagues and friends whom I deeply respect, being honoured by the support of evaluators who I admire, and being accepted by Fellows whose significant contributions to evaluation have already been recognised. Thank you Linda Lee and Pat Saunders for nominating me. Thank you Mel Mark, Katherine Dawes, Beverley Parsons, Kai Lee, Bill Diepeveen, Bea Courtney, Russ Graham and Shelley Borys for supporting the nomination. And hello and thanks to the Fellows for your unanimous vote of welcome.

I am keenly aware that my contributions to evaluation and CES are intimately contingent to the efforts of many people with whom I have worked. And am pleased that their contributions to making me a better evaluator are also being recognised today. I am keenly aware that courtesy and tact have not been hallmarks of my relationship with evaluation and the Society. Admitting a blunt colleague to the Fellowship testifies to the maturity and spirit of CES and evaluation in Canada. Evaluation in Canada is in good hands.

Successful evaluation and the success of the Canadian Evaluation Society is directly connected to the meritorious contributions of many. The CES awards recognise and honour the contributions of our colleagues to both evaluation and the Society. I stand here to testify that awards matter, and to call on all of us to use the CES awards more assertively to pay tribute to those whose contributions have furthered evaluation and the Society.

May 2012

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mrs. Nancy Porteous. Here is a transcript of her introduction and acceptance speech.

Knowing Nancy and her vast contribution to evaluation in Canada and around the world, I can only say bravo.

Nancy was accepted as a Fellow because of her innumerable contributions to the evaluation profession domestically and internationally over the past two decades. This includes important leadership roles in the Canadian Evaluation Society which have made CES and CES Educational Fund (CESEF) stronger organizations. Through her increasingly responsible positions in the Canadian public and not-for-profit sectors, Nancy has helped improve the capacity and performance of Canadian public and not for profit sectors in evaluation. In addition, Nancy has been and continues to be an enthusiastic promoter of evaluation and evaluators, which has in turn inspired others to become active proponents of evaluation in their own organizational and institutional milieu.

Finally, she has made important contributions to evaluation internationally, including representing Canada as a founding Board of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation and as a faculty member in the World Bank's internationally acclaimed IPDET program.

I could go on and on, but instead: on behalf of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship I would like to welcome its newest member, Nancy Porteus.

Thank you so much for this very special award – to be recognized by your peers is truly an honour. I was thoroughly delighted, and completely surprised, when Martha Maguire, CES President, called to share the wonderful news. I am touched and it means a great deal.

Thank you to the CES National Capital Chapter for nominating me, especially Heather Buchanan, Geraldine Cooney, and Simon Roy as well as Mary Kay Lamarche and Brenda Stead for bringing the nomination to CES National Council. A heartfelt thank you to those who supported my nomination with letters of support – for your time and energy amidst already busy schedules: Francois Dumaine, Benoît Gauthier, Karyn Hicks, Natalie Kischuk, John Mayne, Olive Moase, Anita Myers, Michael Obrecht, Paula Walters-Dazé, and Rochelle Zorzi. In fact, I am not grateful to those who nominated me for just the nomination and letters of support but also for their many and varied influences on me and my career over the years, all of which enabled me to contribute to the CES and the broader evaluation community.

A special thanks to all of those with whom I served on CES National Council and the Boards of the CES National Capital Chapter, the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation, the CES Educational Fund and the CES Credentialing Board. So many dedicated volunteers giving time and talent to advancing the profession – lots of work and lots of accomplishments. But perhaps more importantly... so many friendships made.

Thank you to my colleagues at Ekos Research, the City of Ottawa and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). A special shout out to the PHAC Evaluation Services team. Thanks for stretching me – stretching me as a manager, as a methodologist and as a mentor.

Thanks also to the dedicated policy and program managers and staff that I've worked with over the years for helping me understand and appreciate the on the ground realities of policy implementation and program delivery and for continually challenging me on the quality and usefulness of our evaluation work.

Thanks to participants in workshops and other teaching at conferences, the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) and more recently the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University for sharing your experience and for pushing me to provide clear and practical instruction on the what, why and who of evaluation.

Finally, on a personal note, thanks to my parents, Roy and Kay, for providing me with a remarkable example of what it means to be of service to a community. And thanks to my amazing partner, Corinne, and our three wonderful kids Amber-Dawn, Christian and Joshua for all of their non-evaluation related love and support.

The Fellowship description talks about conspicuous continued involvement in CES and the evaluation field. Well, the flip side for me is conspicuous continued enrichment by the people of CES and the broader evaluation community in my own professional and personal learning and growth over the past 20 odd years. I invite each and every one of you to get involved with CES. Trust me – what you put in you'll get back a hundred times over. I know you will meet dedicated, creative and caring people committed to making a difference.

May 2011

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mrs. Kaireen Chaytor. Here is a transcript of her acceptance speech.

Thank you for this wonderful recognition. First, to the Nova Scotia Chapter of CES and everyone who contributed to the nomination. It was indeed a surprise. I was gob-smacked, and, as the organizer of the nomination said, it was the only time she had seen me speechless. Thank you to the Fellows for letting me enter. I have joined a group who, as dedicated evaluators and as great people, I respect. I also have the finest admiration for my fellow-Fellow today. When Nancy Carter heard who would share the stage, she responded with the comment: "that is terrific because you have such an evaluation crush on 'the other fellow'". It is indeed an honour to share the stage.

I believe the thrust of my nomination was the mentorship I have given to so many young people and those entering evaluation. Whether it was directed to people or program, I have been known to encourage the practice of evaluation. Yes, I have taught with enthusiasm, those taking their Masters in Public Administration, many working in the non-profit sector and many public sector employees through an in-service on evaluation. Let me say, as my first message as a fellow, that you should take every opportunity you can to mentor on evaluation, wherever you can. It has its rewards. When you see your once-co-op student on the executive of the National Council of CES; when a once-co-op student finishes her PhD at Rotman School of Management, takes the best job in evaluation in Halifax and co-presents with you at this conference – I believe I have evidence that mentoring has an impact.

When on a panel 'Lay of the Land' at last year's conference, I noted we are being asked to evaluate many knowledge transfer programs, but we may need to think about our own knowledge transfer methods and activities. Start knowledge transfer with simply mentoring those within your reach – and take an interesting what happens.

Thank you again, all of you, very much.

May 2011

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mr. Steve Montague. Here is a transcript of the nomination speech delivered by Lisa O'Reilly

First off, I'd like to acknowledge Bob Segsworth and the Fellowship Advisory Committee, as well as the CES National Council, and outgoing VP Barry Warwick, for their work in managing the CES Fellowship. I spearheaded this Fellowship nomination – with huge support from Oma Persaud and Carolyn Montague.

Steve began his career in evaluation in 1980 – when he was 5. He is now partner at Performance Management Network Inc. (PMN) and much more. He is an accomplished evaluator, an evaluation theorist, a sought-after presenter and instructor (including IPDET) & now – an adjunct professor at Carleton University. He has completed, led, assisted in, participated in, consulted to and otherwise left his mark on hundreds of evaluations: each a testament to his evaluation skills – except for that one, but we don't talk about that. He's involved with and influencing AEA, European Evaluation Society (EES) and at the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA). He is a founding member of PPX – an Ottawa-based organization is worth investigating.

I wanted to have a picture up for this presentation was from his book, The Three Rs of Performance: Core concepts for planning, measurement, and management (1997). I won't be putting that picture up.

His theories have grown to include systems theory, regulation and structural context, and realist evaluation and program theory.

When I started this, I thought I would email a few people and do some photocopying and be done. As it turns out, the enthusiasm for this nominee was overwhelming. Past colleagues, current colleagues, critical thinkers, students, mentees and nearly everyone else I spoke to was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Over 40 people were involved – sending some of the nicest letters I've ever read, from large and small communities near and far (Auckland, Bangkok, Calgary, Edinburgh, Gatineau, Helsinki, Keene, Leeds, Melbourne, Ottawa, Perth, Toronto, and Victoria). Charmingly, Erica Wimbush has offered support for Steve's nomination on behalf of the whole of the evaluation community in Scotland – and she may be right. I'd like to repeat for you some of the quotes from those letters:

  • Petri Uusikylä describes Steve as a "conscientious and energetic pioneer in the fields of evaluation."
  • Ray Pawson, himself an internationally known figure in evaluation, describes Steve as "a fine ambassador" for evaluation, noting his reputation for good work across "Canadian agencies as well as his contributions in the US and Australia."
  • John Mayne: Steve's championship of this 'Canadian approach' to evaluation and his contribution to evaluation internationally "through his consulting projects and at international conferences."
  • Canadian Cancer Society: Steve's "profound professional knowledge" helped the Cancer Society to use evaluation to better achieve its mission and to tell their performance stories.
  • Sanjeev Sridharan describes the breadth of Steve's influence through a "sustained body of reports, consultancies, presentations and other reflections on evaluating complex systems [that] has raised many important questions on the assumptions, goals, and practice of evaluation." He describes Steve as "among the leading evaluators" in theory-based evaluation. And he's fun in a bar.
  • Perhaps not surprisingly, the PMN alumni who've provided their support – Alexandra Dagger, Isabelle Bourgeois, Lisa Fairweather, Lisa O'Reilly, Mary Kay Lamarche, Jennifer Birch-Jones, and Jane Whynot – as well as Steve's partner Suzanne Lafortune, have all been or are supporters of the CES itself.

To make a long story short: Steve loves evaluation, he knows what role it can and should play in public policy, he should is proud of his role within the CES, he is an excellent evaluator and, most importantly, he inspires and invigorates others to want to be the same.

We'd now like to congratulate Stephen T. Montague.

June 2009

One new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Ms. Linda Lee

Chères collègues, mes amis,

C'est un grand honneur de recevoir cette distinction. Je tiens ça à coeur, parce que ça se fait à Ottawa — une place qui a beaucoup de mémoire pour moi.

I also hold this distinction to my heart for many reasons... particularly because of the recognition of my colleagues. Knowing the other Fellows, I am honoured to be in such illustrious company.

So thank you Bea Courtney for nominating me, the Manitoba chapter, and all those who provided letters of support. I was thrilled — and truly surprised — when Francois phoned. I thought he was calling because I had not yet done the work I had committed to do on the Diversity Initiative!

Looking over criteria for the award, there are really two pieces: service to CES and work in the evaluation field. Regarding the former, I am fortunate to have worked with (and partied with) and learned from so many people who were part of CES, some of whom are here today and others who are not. I particularly want to acknowledge those people with whom I served on National Council over the years. (I became President because Andy Rowe, interpreted "I will think about being President" as a "yes.") There are too many people to mention, but you know who you are and I want to say "thank you."

Regarding my work in evaluation, I was amazed when I was reading over the letters of support. Wow — people really understand what I believe in and what I have been trying to do in my work as an evaluator. Those letters were very special and I thank the colleagues and clients who took the time to write in support my nomination. I truly have been fortunate to have been able to work and learn from so many colleagues, clients, and people — young and old — in communities from Blavgoevgrad to Vilnius to Eriksdale to Old Crow.

Now, a special thanks to my colleagues at Proactive. Denise Belanger and Larry Bremner have been my critical friends and my support system. Whatever I have been able to accomplish for CES and in evaluation could not have been done without their support. Denise, who was also my co-chair of the 2007 CES Conference in Winnipeg, is someone who believes deeply in what she does and never backs down from a challenge. It is a privilege to call her my friend and colleague. Then there's Larry, my mentor, my biggest fan, my principal support, and my partner in work and Life. Larry, what can I say, the adventure continues!

In closing, I would like to thank CES for honouring me with this award. I encourage all of you in the audience to get actively involved with CES. The people you will work with and learn from become lifelong friends. Active members bring expertise and strengthen both CES and the profession of evaluation, which is why encouraging diversity in CES is so important.

Once again, thank you, merci beaucoup, megwetch.

May 2008

Two new fellows have joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship.

Mr. Jean-René Bibeau

J'accepte cet honneur avec beaucoup de fierté et de plaisir, mais aussi avec beaucoup d'humilité, car je sais combien d'autres personnes à la SCÉ ont beaucoup contribué et méritent cet honneur tout autant, voire encore plus que moi.

CES took a large place in my career. It all started about 25 years ago when I was working at the Québec Treasury Board. Patrick Moran, my superior at the time, told me that I should be looking more closely at program evaluation. He sent me to Ottawa to learn about the orientation in the field. After that, I couldn't escape getting involved in program evaluation and eventually in the CES.

À l'époque, seules quelques personnes savaient ce qu'était l'évaluation de programme. Patrick Moran pressentait l'importance de la fonction d'évaluation. Sans lui, je n'aurais probablement jamais travaillé dans ce domaine. Patrick n'est pas présent ici aujourd'hui, mais j'aimerais qu'on se souvienne de lui comme d'un sage de l'administration publique et comme de quelqu'un qui a joué un rôle clé dans le développement de l'évaluation de programme au Québec. Je remercie le comité de sélection de la SCÉ de m'avoir choisi. Je remercie les membres du conseil d'administration de la SQÉP d'avoir proposé ma candidature. Je remercie tout particulièrement Jacques Gagnon de l'avoir défendue avec acharnement.

Finally, CES also took a large place in my life. There are three persons with whom I want to share this honor. Je partage cet honneur avec mes enfants Anthony et Jérôme, ainsi qu'avec ma femme Louise qui est ici présente.

Ms. Anita Myers

(Acceptance speach to follow)

June 2007

A new fellow has joined the ranks of the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship: Ms. Linda Banister

Citation, Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship 2007, Linda Banister, June 5, 2007

It is my pleasure to welcome Linda Banister as a Canadian Evaluation Society Fellow. She is a very deserving member of this group.

Linda has been an active member of the Canadian Evaluation Society for about 20 years. She participated on the CES-Alberta Chapter Board for nine years, including three years as President and additional years as Alberta's National Chapter representative. Linda was instrumental in revitalizing the Alberta Chapter in the 1990s.

In the late 1990s Linda was part of the team that developed the initial training package for Alberta, prior to the Essential Skills Series. The facilitated the training for several years.

Linda is the Principal and sole owner of Banister Research and Consulting Inc. and is a Certified Management Consultant. She has over 18 years consulting experience in areas of policy and program evaluation, performance measurement and market research. Linda is the Past President of both the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta and the Canadian Evaluation Society, Alberta Chapter. She is a member of the Professional Market Research Society of Canada and is on the faculty of the Banff School of Management.

In 2002 Linda was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants of Canada.

In 2003 Linda was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for outstanding achievement in the category of business, management and the professions.

In 2004 Linda was awarded the Certified Market Research Professional designation, accrediting her in the field of market research.

Please join me in welcoming Linda to the elite group of Fellows of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Frankie Jordan

Acceptance Speech, Linda Banister

Thank you Frankie, for your kind words. I am absolutely delighted to be accepting this award today.

The Canadian Evaluation Society has played a significant role in my career. It has given me a source for lifelong learning, a venue to share ideas and a mechanism to connect with the evaluation community across the country. Starting out as a consultant almost 20 years ago, at a time when evaluation was more in its infancy, being a member of CES added to my credibility and ultimately to the quality of my work.

I was particularly struck by the significance of this award yesterday, when, at the AGM, I sat at a table with a group of very accomplished evaluators who I had known or known of for many years. I am humbled to be singled out amongst the pool of talented individuals who had given their time and efforts, both to CES as well as to the field of evaluation in general.

I want to extend my sincere thanks to the Alberta Chapter for nominating me for this Fellowship and specifically to Cheryl McLellan-Moody and Francis Remedios for their work in putting together the nomination. Finally, thank you to the selection committee for choosing me for this honor.

Linda Banister, B.Com, MPM, FCMC, CMRP
Principal, Banister Research & Consulting Inc.

November 2005

In November 2002, following a great deal of research and effort by Karyn Hicks, CES Council created the Canadian Evaluation Society Fellowship. Work on the initial terms of reference continued and this past summer, CES Council adopted its policy document on the Fellowship.

The Fellowship recognises lifetime achievements, service and prominence. The criteria for nomination are stringent and onerous, requiring a minimum of 15 years of conspicuous, continued involvement in at least three categories from a total of eight of evaluation activity.

Our newest fellow has an international reputation as a scholar and as a promoter of international cooperation in evaluation. His books are read in universities and workplaces in Canada and abroad. His service to the Canadian Evaluation Society is, without question, truly outstanding. He continues to be a mentor to many of us. His candidacy was unanimously endorsed by current Fellows. In my judgement he meets all eight of the categories included in the requirements for nomination. I am delighted to announce that National Council has admitted Dr. Arnold Love to the Fellowship of the Canadian Evaluation Society and I welcome him on behalf of my colleagues in the Fellowship.

May 2001

National Council received and discussed a report on the role and function of a new membership status, Fellow of the Society. This status is quite similar to those of many professional and academic societies and has a number of distinct purposes for the CES.

The creation of this new status provides an opportunity for the Society to recognize the long term and outstanding achievement and/or service of our most experienced members. It creates a permanent bond with these members that will serve us well. It also gives us pride, both nationally and internationally to recognize our own members who are known and respected throughout the profession.

The original founders of the Canadian Evaluation Society were inducted into the Fellowship by the first vote of National Council. They include:

  • Dr. Jack Santa-Barbara
  • Dr. Alan Cohen
  • Mr. Alan Gilmore
  • Mr. Alan Gratias
  • Mr. Gary Miller
  • Mr. Burt Perrin
  • Dr. Jack Williams.

Dr. Robert Segsworth was unanimously voted by National Council as the Founding President of the Fellowship of the Canadian Evaluation Society in 2003, and he will be working with the Fellowship to clarify roles, responsibilities criteria and processes for the induction of future Fellows. We wish them every success for a long and prosperous association.

Karyn Hicks
Recording Secretary

Contact: Dr Anita Myers
Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
amyers@uwaterloo.ca