CES - SCÉ 2019
Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Last November she won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and had a second story on the long-list. Sharon is a member of The Port Authority, a St. John’s writing group. Her short fiction has won three Arts & Letters Awards and been widely published in literary magazines across the country.
Sharon's presentation is called "Bridges to Empathy" tying her talk to our 2019 conference theme.
Susanna Fuller is a marine biologist based in Halifax and is currently a Senior Project Manager with Oceans North. She previously worked at the the Ecology Action Centre, a community based environmental organization. She works in the science policy interface, at the local, national and international level with a focus on achieving healthy oceans that can sustain healthy and vibrant communities. Susanna was one of five Commissioners on a study of the Nova Scotia Economy in 2013. She is also involved in her community, working to create a creative and community space in an old school building through the work of Imagine Bloomfield and provincially as co-president of Bicycle Nova Scotia. Susanna completed a PhD at Dalhousie University, and a BSc at McGill University and grew up in rural Cape Breton 
Andrew Koleros is a Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Cambridge, MA. He has over fifteen years of experience leading internal and external monitoring, evaluation and learning initiatives for development programmes, including external independent impact evaluations of large-scale development projects. His particular interest is in the use of theory-based approaches which integrate complexity concepts and systems thinking into programme and evaluation design, where he has conducted a number of strategic learning events for a diverse range of clients. Andrew has published on these and other evaluation approaches in the American Journal of Evaluation and the Canadian Journal of Programme Evaluation.
Sebastian Lemire brings 15 years of experience designing and managing evaluation projects for public and private sector organizations. His over 60 evaluation and applied studies cover the fields of education, market development, and social welfare. Before earning his PhD in Social Research Methodology at UCLA, he was a Senior Evaluation Consultant at Ramboll Management Consulting. Sebastian’s areas of interest revolve around evaluation capacity (building), theory-based evaluation, alternative approaches for impact evaluation, and mixed-method research.
Dr. John Mayne is an independent advisor on public sector performance. Over the last 15 years he has focused on international development evaluation and RBM. He has authored numerous articles and reports, including several on contribution analysis, and co-edited eight books on program evaluation. In 1989 and in 1995, he was awarded the Canadian Evaluation Society Award for Contribution to Evaluation in Canada. In 2006, he was made a Canadian Evaluation Society Fellow. Dr. Mayne’s current interests are on approaches for strengthening impact evaluation and useful theories of change in complex settings.
Steve Montague is President of Performance Management Network, co-founder and three times president of the Not-For-Profit Performance and Planning Exchange. He is a fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society and an adjunct professor at Carleton University with over 35 years of experience as a practitioner and evaluation manager in a major Canadian federal government department. He has conducted evaluation projects and put on courses and workshops for international audiences at the United Nations, the European Union, Australian Government, South African Government, World Bank-International Finance Corporation and the G8 – among others. Steve was awarded the Contribution to Evaluation award in 2015.