This year promises to be a truly enriching experience, featuring two distinguished keynote speakers who will undoubtedly captivate and inspire.

Day 1 Keynote: Andrea Bear Nicholas, Professor Emeritus, St. Thomas University 

Renowned Wolastoqi historian Andrea Bear Nicholas brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Indigenous language rights. Her profound insights and extensive background make her a compelling speaker who will shed light on crucial aspects of our shared history. 

Andrea Bear Nicholas is a Wəlastəkwew (Maliseet) from Nekotkok (Tobique), New Brunswick, Canada. She served as the Chair of Native Studies at St. Thomas University for 20 years, and is now Professor Emerita. During her time as chair she collaborated with Dorothy Lazore, founder of the Kanawa:ke Immersion Program to establish a 13-course Native Language Immersion Teacher Training Program. As well, she developed a two-year intensive Maliseet language program for adults now being offered at Sakəmawi Malihk (St. Mary’s) and Nekotkok (Tobique) First Nations. 

Together with her husband, Darryl Nicholas, retired Maliseet language teacher at St. Thomas University, she has edited ten books of transcribed oral traditions, and the documentary histories of four Maliseet communities, all in Maliseet. She has taught courses on Maliseet and Mi’kmaw history, Indigenous women, Indigenous education, and colonialism, and has published extensively on these topics and others including treaties, oral traditions, and linguistic rights. She currently works with an ad hoc group of language defenders urging Canada to guarantee the right to schooling in the medium of Indigenous languages as set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Day 2 Keynote: Patricia Rogers, Founder, BetterEvaluation 

Patricia Rogers founded BetterEvaluation over a decade ago as an international collaboration to create, share and support use of knowledge about how to better plan, manage, conduct and use evaluation. Her leadership in the field of evaluation is exemplary, and her perspectives on driving positive change through evaluation methodologies are not to be missed. More information to come!

Day 3 Plenary: Questioning and Navigating Ethics in Evaluation

This interactive plenary panel raises critical questions about what matters most - ethically and morally - in evaluation practice. Panelists will draw on their practices, research, and experiences to highlight key ethical challenges and priorities in evaluation practice today. This will include discussion of the evolution of CES ethics noting key developments in mapping core professional values integral to ethical evaluation practice in Canada. Panelists will facilitate interactive discussion on practical applications of tools and frameworks that can help evaluators identify and address ethical concerns.


Betty Onyura: Following her PhD in organizational psychology, Betty Onyura began her career helping organizations use evaluation to gain the insight needed to optimize or sustain programs and innovations. For the past decade, she has held multiple roles as a leader, educator, and scholar at the intersection of education and health care. Presently, she is the Director, Knowledge Mobilization within the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH). Betty identifies strongly as a scientist-practitioner (or practitioner-scientist) and holds a scientist appointment at the Wilson Centre at the University of Toronto. There, she leads a SSHRC-funded, program of research that is focused on the science of evaluation, with particular interest in the socio-political, and ethical tensions associated with evaluation as a social practice. 

Josephine Watera: Josephine Watera is a seasoned evaluator with sixteen years working experience in the evidence-informed decision-making space. She is an Assistant Director, Research Services and previous Head of the Monitoring and Evaluation Division in the Parliament of Uganda. She supported the development of guidance for responsible evaluation for the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). In 2021, she led the development of the African Evaluation Principles by the Africa Evaluation Association (AfrEA). She is a member of the Independent Evaluation Panel of the Global Fund, the CES Ethics Guidance Working Group, and the National Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Working Group. She is a former Board Member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), Josephine has mentored a number of Young and Emerging Evaluators under the EvalYouth International Mentorship Program of EvalPartners and Search for Common Ground Global Mentorship Programme. In 2023, Josephine received the African Evidence Leadership Award-Evidence User Category by the African Evidence Network and her Credentialed Evaluator designation. In 2017, she was recognized by the American Evaluation Association as the most promising evaluator from developing countries. Josephine is a PhD candidate in Programme Evaluation at the University of Cape Town. 


Beth Snow: Beth Snow is the Head of Evaluation at the Centre for Advancing Health Outcomes and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Population & Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She has been an evaluator in the healthcare sector in British Columbia for more than a decade. She also teaches program planning and evaluation in the UBC Master of Public Health and Master of Health Administration programs and statistics at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Beth holds a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation and is the Vice President of CES, the chair of the Ethical Guidance Working Group, and a Student Evaluation Case Competition Coach.