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.