Keynote Speakers & Plenary Panel

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We are very excited to announce our confirmed keynote speakers for the conference:

Kim van der WoerdReciprocal Consulting

Kylie Hutchinson, independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation.

Paul LacerteMoosehide Campaign

KEYNOTE SPEAKER BIOS

Kim van der Woerd

Kim van der Woerd is a member of the ‘Namgis First Nation from Alert Bay, BC. Kim is the sole proprietor of Reciprocal Consulting, and has 20 years of experience conducting local, provincial and national program evaluations managing over 135 projects.Kim completed her PhD in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Her dissertation was the recipient of the Michael Scriven Dissertation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Theory, Methodology or Practice, 2007.Kim also received the Canadian Evaluation Society Contributions to Evaluation in Canada 2014 Award for her mentorship of Indigenous students. Kim has also been active in her community serving on many boards and is currently serving on the board of the YWCA Canada


Kylie Hutchinson

Kylie Hutchinson

Kylie Hutchinson has spent the past twenty years working as an independent evaluation consultant and trainer with Community Solutions Planning & Evaluation.

She is well-known for her popular evaluation workshops and webinars on data parties, reporting, and utilization. Her passion is taking evaluation theory and turning it into practical and engaging resources that evaluators everywhere can use immediately in the field.

Kylie is the author of Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program’s SustainabilityShe is currently writing a second book on effective evaluation reporting and editing another on learning from evaluation mistakes.


Paul Lacerte

Paul-Lacerte1Paul Lacerte is a member of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in northern BC. He served as the Executive Director for the BC Assn of Aboriginal Friendship Centres for the past 20 years.

In 2011 Paul and his daughter Raven co-founded the Moosehide Campaign, a grass roots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men working to end violence against women and children.

In his spare time, he is a professional clown and his home is known as the House of Happiness. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014.


PLENARY PANEL:  Pushing Forward: With or Without Evaluation

Panellists

Aaron Good, Vice President, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (Heading the Innoweave Initiative)
Nick Falvo, PhD, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation
Mark Valentine, ReframeIt Consulting (San Francisco) and Ecotrust
Penny Hawkins, former Head of Evaluation at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), London

Abstract

The conference theme “Facing Forward: Innovation, Action, and Reflection” presumes evaluation has a role in addressing contemporary challenges. This session will make us ask ourselves a question we might not rather face: What if it doesn’t? What if evaluation is a nuisance or hindrance, or worse yet, irrelevant to pushing change forward? Or worse still, an accomplice to outdated, ill-thought or socially retrogressive policies and programs? In this panel, three leading agents of social and environmental change, working outside the parameters of formal evaluation, share their experiences with evaluation and their views on its role in Pushing Forward.

Panellists are Aaron Good, Vice President, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (Heading the Innoweave Initiative); Nick Falvo, PhD, Director, Research and Data, Calgary Homeless Foundation, and Mark Valentine, ReframeIt Consulting (San Francisco) and Ecotrust. Penny Hawkins, former Head of Evaluation at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will act as Discussant/Moderator.