Dear CES members:

Your Board of Directors has been very busy over the past two months. We are making headways into key projects that will allow CES to serve you better and to promote evaluation more effectively.

A competition has been launched to hire an Executive Director for CES. Once this person is in place, CES will get better tracking of projects and Board members, freed of some responsibility, will redirect efforts to advocacy and representation. A new Board working group has also been created to better structure the search for and the management of sponsorship opportunities for CES; if you want to contribute, check out the details.

The organization of the 2015 Conference in Montreal is proceeding smoothly. The call for workshop and presentations proposals will be (or has been) issued this week. Consider offering a workshop or sharing your experience in a presentation; the Conference is a fabulous opportunity to learn and to connect. We have confirmed agreements with the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter for the 2016 Conference in St.John's and with the British Columbia and Yukon chapter for the 2017 Conference in Vancouver!

The Professional Learning Committee has resumed offering webinars. François Dumaine has already explained "Why Evaluation Theory Drives Evaluation Practice"; the recording of his webinar is available to CES members. More webinars are in the pipeline. The Committee is also putting the final touch to a Request for Proposal to put together an operational plan for the development of up to six intermediate-level seminars. This RFP will be issues very soon.

The Communication and Marketing Committee has been busy conducting a consultation of members on the type of access that CES should allow to the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. The consultation is over now and the Board of Directors will consider the results at its end-of-November meeting. The Committee has also launched a completely new CES Web site: new look, new services to members, better structure, easier to navigate, compatible with mobile devices, open to comments by members, new management team, the new Web site is perpetually a work in progress but we are extremely proud of the contemporary presence that it gives CES.

The Governance and Process Committee has completed an analysis of the Canada Anti-spam legislation and its incidence on CES. Guidelines have been shared with chapters. The Committee has also launched the call for candidatures for CES awards.

The Board has continued to nurture bilateral and multilateral relationships with other evaluation associations and related groups. CES has had an active presence at the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation and EvalPartners meetings in Dublin, as well as at the American Evaluation Association conference in Denver, at the Forum international francophone de l'évaluation organised by the Réseau francophone de l'évaluation in Dakar, and at the Social Impacts Analyst Association conference held in Toronto on Talking Data. CES also took a public stand on a United Nations resolution on evaluation.

Next time I report to you, we will have initiated 2015, the International Year of Evaluation. 2015 will see many activities promoting the professional production of evaluation evidence and the sound use of evaluation information for improved governance and decision-making. Our own 2015 Conference will reflect the international year of evaluation; we hope to attract many guests from foreign countries who will inform us of evaluation directions outside of Canada. CES will also support at least five evaluators from the Global South to come to Montreal at to share their evaluation experience and expertise with us.

2015 is looking good. Let's make it even better.

Benoît Gauthier
President of the CES Board of Directors