Executive 2016-2017



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Nancy Carter

As Director, Evaluation Services at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Nancy’s work provides guidance and advice to catalyze evaluation initiatives for Nova Scotia’s health system. Previously, she worked as an evaluation and research consultant in Atlantic Canada. Her theoretical knowledge gained through formal education combined with practical experience as a consultant, has given Nancy considerable expertise in applied social science research methods as well as evaluation-specific processes and tools. Particular areas of interest in evaluation include evaluation theory, evaluation culture, and building evaluation capacity.
Title: Director of Evaluation Services
Email: president@cesns.ca

Vice President

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Kathryn Graves


Kathryn currently holds the role of Quality Specialist at Northwood, a continuing care organization based in HRM. Here, she leads and supports teams with performance measurement, program evaluation and project management to ultimately improve the lives of Northwood clients. In previous roles Kathryn has worked in research and consulting capacities in various settings, including academia, government and health organizations. Kathryn holds a Masters in Health Administration from Dalhousie University and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation from the University of Victoria. She is a passionate advocate for evidence-informed practice and policy, and helping teams and organizations learn and benefit from their evaluation and measurement efforts.
Email: vp@cesns.ca
National Liaison & Past President

Rob Chatwin
Rob is a registered social worker in Nova Scotia, and a credentialed evaluator.  Rob has over 30 years of experience working in health and human services organizations at the community, regional, provincial and national levels in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia.  Rob has focused on internal evaluation in the federal and provincial contexts for the past ten years. 

Title: Manager Performance Accountability and Evaluation
Phone: 902-424-8292
Email: nationalrep@cesns.ca


Katherine Connell
Katherine Connell


Katherine currently works in the Policy, Communications and Decision Support department at the Health Association Nova Scotia where she provides research and policy analysis to member organizations which span the health and community service sectors throughout the province. In previous roles Katherine has worked in research and consulting capacities in various settings, including academia, government and health organizations. Katherine holds a Masters in Health Administration and is a passionate advocate for evidence-informed practice and policy. Katherine continuing education activities and interests have focused on knowledge translation and evaluation.
Email: treasurer@cesns.ca
Program Chair

Dorian Watts
Dorian is the REAL Evaluation Fellow with the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation where she contributes to both internal evaluation and the Foundation’s efforts to build evaluation capacity in Nova Scotia. Dorian has a Master’s in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba and is working toward becoming a Credentialed Evaluator. She has recently relocated to Nova Scotia from Manitoba where she worked as the Program Analyst with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cancer Control at CancerCare Manitoba. She is excited to be part of the evaluation community in Nova Scotia.
Email: pd@cesns.ca
Membership Chair

Andrealisa Belzer
Andrealisa Belzer
Andrealisa is a CE with a Master’s in Health Education. She has practiced health services evaluation in Canada and abroad since 1995.  She has worked for provincial health departments, NGO’s, and as a freelance consultant.  She is in her eighth year as Senior Evaluation Advisor for the Atlantic Region of First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada.  A longstanding CES member, she volunteers on the International Francophone Evaluation Network and EvalPartners.
Email: membership@cesns.ca

Karen Pyra
Karen founded Pyra Management Consulting Services in 2001 after a career in health policy with the Nova Scotia government.  She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and has worked in health policy and program development and evaluation for 25 years.  She is also currently the Director of Health Policy and IT Strategy for Doctors Nova Scotia.  Karen has designed and implemented a wide variety of evaluations, ranging from very small program evaluations to evaluations of large, complex national programs.  She has worked for organizations of varying size as well, including non-profit organizations, health authorities, provincial and federal governments, federal/provincial/territorial initiatives and international development agencies with initiatives in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.
Technology Chair

Craig Moore
Craig currently works at Dalhousie University as a Clinical Research Associate and Site Coordinator for the Caring Campus Project, know on campus as the PROsocial Project. He provides evaluation advice to the project at three sites in Canada and is actively involved in conference presentation and research on mental health and addictions. Previously Craig worked as a research assistant, and research lead, at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is completing his master’s degree in applied social psychology.  Craig also works with the Cadets Canada program, where he uses his evaluation skills to improve program delivery and to train Canadian Armed Forces officers. He also consults privately in the areas of organization development, evaluation, and web design.

Email: it@cesns.ca