CES Ontario Annual General Meeting + Learning Event Agenda

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 – 10:00 AM: AGM
10:00 – 10:30 AM: Break/Networking Event
10:30 – 11:55 AM: Learning Event Thinking Visually: An Introduction to Data & Information Visualization
11:55 – 12:00 PM: Closing Statements

Learning Event
Thinking Visually: An Introduction to Data & Information Visualization
Data visualization and infographics are powerful tools with the potential to generate insights, communicate findings, and illustrate evidence. Conversely, a poor visualization can undermine an argument or even mislead the reader.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and interactive activities, this session will introduce best practices and guidelines for

  • designing effective visualizations
  • evaluating visualizations
  • choosing from a variety of open-source and proprietary visualization tools

Participants will also be introduced to the data visualization workflow model, including understanding data, preparing data for visualization, and selecting and creating visualizations.

Presenter Bios
Jesse Carliner is a Communications and Reference Librarian at the University of Toronto. In addition to his public service and communications responsibilities, he develops and teaches a wide variety of information literacy instruction sessions, including workshops on data visualization, statistics, research skills, finding GIS data, and course integrated sessions for humanities and social sciences.

Leanne Trimble is the Data & Statistics Librarian in the Map & Data Library at Robarts Library. She supports the University of Toronto community in the discovery, creation, and use of statistics and numeric data. She also teaches workshops on finding and using statistics and data, as well as conducting training on major GIS and statistical software packages.

CES Ontario Annual General Meeting Announcement

Dear members,

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) – Ontario Chapter hereby gives notice that the 20th Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held:

Date: Wednesday, June 22th 2016
Time: 9:00 am- noon
Location: Li Ka Shing Institute
                209 Victoria Street, Room 136
                Toronto, M5B 1T8

Why Attend the AGM?
The AGM is a great opportunity to:
•    Network with Chapter members,
•    Have your voice electing new board members and bylaw changes,
•    Learn more about the closing year activities
•    Hear about plans for the upcoming year
•    Receive and review the Financial Statements of the CES– Ontario Chapter for the 2015-16 fiscal year, and the auditors’ report thereon.

How many vacancies is the board filling?
As noted above, a key component of the AGM is electing new board members. The Board of Directors is recruiting for 5 positions: 2 Board officers (Vice-President and Treasurer) and 3 Directors. We’re looking for members with senior management experience, who are comfortable reading and interpreting financial statements, have prepared and/or implemented budgets, and/or have experience in preparing and reviewing policies and procedures. If you have a passion to enhance your financial acumen and organizational leadership, please consider applying to the Board, and specify the position you are interested in. Chapter members who meet the following requirements are encouraged to apply:
•    Be a CES Ontario member in good standing; and
•    Leadership experience serving on a non-profit board and/or previous experience serving with a CES Ontario committee/ board; and
•    Passion and experience in at least one of the following areas: (a) strategic planning (b) marketing and event planning (c) finance and budgeting, or (d) policy development; and
•    Ability to commit for a three-year term.

I’d like to know more. What is required of a Board Member?
Joining the Board of Directors is a wonderful opportunity for interested evaluation practitioners to help develop and deliver services to members, as well as promote and strengthen closer ties with peers. Please note:
•    CES Ontario has a working board; the Executive (President, Treasurer, Secretary) and Committee Chairs oversee day-to-day operations performed by our staff/contractors.
•    CES Ontario Board Members serve in a voluntary capacity; there is no remuneration for service.
•    Board members must serve a three-year term, and typically spend 10-20 hours per month on Board initiatives.
•    The Board meets at least ten (10) times per year in a central Toronto location. Board members residing outside the GTA may join in via web meeting or teleconference.
•    Board members are expected to miss no more than 2 meetings per year, barring extenuating circumstances.

I’m interested. How do I proceed with my nomination?
•    Submit the following to nominations@evaluationontario.ca by Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 4:30pm.
o    Completed nomination form (available for download as a PDF: Board Nomination Form),
o    Brief bio (500 words or less) outlining leadership experience and passion
o    Current resume outlining volunteer/board work
o    Two references
•    Once nominations for vacant positions are received, the Nominations Committee will review all applications for eligibility. Applicants may be invited for an interview with the Nominations committee.
•    Chapter bylaws require that two CES Ontario members support a nomination (nominator and seconder). Please note that members of the Nomination Committee cannot support your nomination.

For further information regarding nominations and board requirements, please contact the Nominations Committee nominations@evaluationontario.ca.