CES Ontario is an unincorporated Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society in the Province of Ontario since 1996. CES Ontario is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by an administrative coordinator, bookkeeping, auditing, and IT services, and other volunteers.
Board of Directors 2020-2021
Nikhat Rasheed, President
Nikhat Rasheed is an independent consultant and former Executive Director, with expertise in leading multi-institutional projects and program evaluations in the education and non-profit sectors. Projects are funded by the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario and regional/ local foundations. Her areas of expertise include immigrant integration, pathways to employment, labour market planning, diversity and inclusion, crime prevention and delivering training initiatives to achieve social change.
Nikhat currently serves as the President of the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario. Over the past 7 years, she has served in various leadership capacities including Membership Committee Chair, Vice-President, Past President and Treasurer. She was one of the Diversity Champions that launched Canada’s first-ever regional Diversity & Inclusion Charter in Peel Region and has served as a director with the Regional Diversity Roundtable of Peel. Nikhat is a founding member of the Azeeza project. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Leeds, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Term: This is Nikhat’s third term on the CES-ON Board.
Maria Mardiosian, Vice-President
Maria Mardirosian is an Evaluation Specialist with over four years of experience in monitoring and evaluating community-based programs. Her evaluation experiences are with organizations in the non-profit sector and the health care industry, including Jays Care Foundation, OntarioMD and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. Maria holds a Master of Health Evaluation Degree from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Society from York University. She is passionate about her career in evaluation and strives to ensure all voices are heard to create positive social change.
Term: This is Maria’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Hossam Bakir, Treasurer
Dr. Bakir is an internationally physician (ophthalmologist) and administrator, certified life coach and counselor and evaluator. Hossam started his career as an ophthalmologist in Egypt where he completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees. As a medical director and chief medical officer, Hossam also completed his MBA from Atlanta University and a certificate of Risk Management from Stanford University. In early 2018, prior to immigrating to Canada, Hossam began to study life coaching and counseling, obtaining certification in both. Most recently, Hossam has completed his Masters of Health Evaluation at the University of Waterloo (2020). He has volunteered with the anti-racism taskforce and EDI group at Waterloo, and as Treasurer and board member of the International Coaching Federation in Toronto.
Term: This is Hossam’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Valentina Latorre Franky, Secretary
Valentina is a new and emerging evaluator. She has over ten years of experience working in the health and community benefit sector. She specializes in community-based mixed-methods research and evaluation. Valentina is dedicated to community development and social impact. Valentina aims to collaborate with others to drive social and systemic change. She is driven to advance social and environmental justice, anti-racism, anti-oppression and equity, diversity and inclusion in our communities. To address complex health and social challenges, she applies a systems thinking approach to development pragmatic strategies that bridge knowledge, policy, and practice. Valentina holds a Masters in Health Policy and Equity from the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and a Bachelor of Sciences in Kinesiology and Exercise from the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences in York University.
Term: This is Valentina’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Nick Petten, National Representative
Nick Petten is a researcher, consultant and evaluator with over 10 years’ experience working with culturally diverse populations in multiple roles and positions. He is primarily concerned with how to meaningfully and ethically involve children and youth in research and program design.
Nick has extensive knowledge and demonstrated research ability developed through a masters-level education in early childhood studies with a focus on children’s rights, program evaluation, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and early learning. He is currently conducting several program evaluations and research projects focusing on youth engagement, peacebuilding, children’s rights, health equity, and other social justice issues. He provides professional consultations on monitoring and evaluation activities, community consultations, participatory research methodologies, and ethical guidance on working with adolescent and child stakeholders. His ongoing research focuses on a children’s rights-based approach to public-private partnerships in an emerging, digitally-facilitated knowledge economy and corporate partnerships in the provision of public education. Nick has in-depth and front-line experience working with children and adolescents with multiple needs and capabilities through parent education programs, early childhood education centres, adolescent treatment centres and community programs. You can connect with him on Linkedin.
Term: This is Nick’s third term on the CES-ON board
Tanya Darisi, Director
Tanya has close to 20 years’ experience working across the public, private and non-profit sectors, where her core areas of contribution include applied research and evaluation, capacity building, program design and strategy. Committed to equity, inclusion and wellbeing for all, Tanya has designed and implemented measurement and evaluation frameworks for a full range of interventions and initiatives, from grassroots to systems level evaluations, and multi-stakeholder engagements. The excellence and value of her work as an external evaluator is evidenced by the number of long-term relationships she holds with clients, including with her first program evaluation client from 2003. She is a natural born problem solver with a gift for navigating complexity and seizing emergent opportunities and challenges.
Tanya holds a Masters Degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Guelph, where she also achieved a PhD candidacy before turning her attention away from academia and towards on-the-ground social change. She has been a course instructor for undergraduate courses in research methods, evaluation and social psychology. She is a founding partner and mentor with RhyzeVentures, supporting women entrepreneurs with leadership and business development. She has a certificate in Impact Investing from Oxford-Saïd School of Business and is currently pursing a Certificate in Law from Queen’s University.
Term: This is Tanya’s first term on the CES-ON Board of Directors
Yasir Dildar, Membership Committee Chair
Yasir Dildar is Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator and is currently working as Director Monitoring and Impact Measurement (MIM) at MEDA. He has more than 15 years of results measurement and evaluation experience with a focus on private sector development related initiatives and Women Economic Empowerment (WEE). Yasir has advanced knowledge of results measurement and evaluation approaches and methodologies and hands on experience of conducting evaluation studies. He has conducted more than 30 research and evaluation studies that involved developing methodologies, data collection, analysis and reporting. His current responsibility involves providing advice and technical expertise to the MIM team and country offices in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the development of strategies and systems related to results measurement. Yasir holds Master’s degrees in Development Studies and Sociology.
Term: This is Yasir’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Lina Hammad, Director
Lina is an international social development professional, with experience in coordinating social and humanitarian projects targeting vulnerable children, women and refugees in humanitarian and development contexts. Her professional experience has primarily been focused in the area of program coordination, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, child rights and research with international non-profits, donor agencies and United Nations organizations, namely UNICEF. Through these organizations, she has worked both at the grassroots community level with direct beneficiaries and at national and regional levels. Lina holds a Masters degree with honors in Development Management from the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K. Her postgraduate thesis was on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and which was published and presented in an International Conference on Children’s Rights.
Term: This is Lina’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Marisha Holmberg, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Marisha works in the public sector and aims to develop strong evaluation practices with her team and professional network. With an interest in strategic planning and storytelling with data Marisha supports evidence-informed planning and continuous improvements and most recently is expanding her skills to include emergency management. Marisha is also pursuing a Masters of Arts with a focus on work, organization and leadership.
Term: This is Marisha’s second term on the CES-ON Board
Betty Onyura, PhD, CE, Director
Betty is an evaluation scientist-practitioner, primarily based at the Centre for Faculty Development, at Unity Health Toronto. Her evaluation work is largely situated within health professions education and she is currently the Evaluation Science Lead for the Office of Education Scholarship within the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition to spearheading diverse evaluation projects, Betty works to develop conceptual frameworks and methodological tools to support comprehensive program evaluation in Education.
Her research program explores intersecting issues of evaluation methods, utilization, and ethics. She is particularly interested in examining socio-cultural and political influences on evaluation. Notably, Betty is a passionate educator who engages in teaching and capacity building in evaluation among communities of evaluators and educators.
Term: This is Betty’s first term on the CES-ON Board
Anabelle Ragsag, Director
Anabelle’s work spans program development, research, and evaluation in regional integration, peace and conflict, and social policy in several countries including the Philippines, where she was born and raised.
She aims to learn more and incorporate transformational lenses in her research and evaluation toolkit: decolonial feminism and the “thinking and working politically” (TWP) approach. She finished GradDip in Policy and Program Evaluation at Carleton University and a Masters in Labor & Industrial Relations and BA Politics at the University of the Philippines. She is currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma Program in Data Science at the University of Guelph, and is admitted to the PhD Social Work program at McMaster University, to look at the intersections of social policy, Big Data, and AI.
Currently, she manages the program development and evaluation of a settlement organization in Hamilton, ON and serves on the Evaluation Committee of the city’s Immigration Partnership Council. She is involved as well in community organizing in her city. On her downtime, she video calls with her family located across several countries, tests her jokes with her 8-year-old who also has her own collection of knock-knocks, acts as cheerleader to her husband who is an academic in the field of migration studies, and collects books that are more than her capacity to read.
Term: This is Anabelle’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Marion Trent-Kratz, OCT, CE, MA, Professional Development Committee Co-Chair
Through her work at City of Hamilton, Healthy and Safe Communities Department, Marion has 11+ years of experience in research, evaluation and knowledge exchange. Her work includes strategic planning, policy development, research and evaluation, data management and strategic engagement to support evidence-informed planning and continuous improvements. Cultivating a culture of research and evaluation to build capacity and communities of practice that explore innovative and equitable ways to deliver services for children, families, professionals and community are integral to Marion’s work. Marion is a member of the Professional Development Committee since 2017, and its co-chair since 2019. She is registered with the Ontario College of Teachers since 2003, a Credential Evaluator since 2014 and has a Master Degree in Social Science with degrees in Education, Child and Youth Studies and Humanities.
Term: This is Marion’s first term on the CES-ON Board.
Antoine Vandemoortele is a researcher and election administration practitioner with fifteen years’ experience conducting and managing research projects on election management, statebuilding and governance in fragile and conflict-affected states.
He currently works as a Senior Advisor (Research & Insights) at Elections Ontario, the non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario responsible of administering provincial elections in Ontario. In this role, he recently started working on election evaluation projects, providing strategic coordination and advice on project design and implementation.
Term: This is Antoine’s first term on the CES-ON Board.