Executive 2021-2022

President: Dorian Watts
Dorian Watts is a Credentialed Evaluator and the Planning and Evaluation Lead with Public Health at Nova Scotia Health. She is pleased to be serving as the President of the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

Dorian has over 10 years experience working in various roles related to evaluation and research with a primary focus in health. She is keen to support evaluation, policy and strategic work related to promoting healthy communities. Dorian holds a Masters of Science in Community Health Sciences.

Originally from Manitoba, Dorian is happy to now call Nova Scotia home. She has been engaged in the CES Nova Scotia chapter since 2015.
Vice-President: Rob Assels
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Rob Assels is a Credentialed Evaluator and is the Evaluation Manager for Research Nova Scotia. He has been involved in research and evaluation for 30 years. He is particularly interested in evaluation methods that give insights into the impacts of research funding within complex social and environmental systems. He is a former treasurer of the CES Nova Scotia Chapter and serves regularly on the CES Conference sponsorship and events subcommittee. He lives and works on his farm in Marshville Nova Scotia.
Treasurer: Clare Levin
Clare Levin is a Partner with Research Power Inc. She is a Credentialed Evaluator, with over 10 years of experience conducting evaluation, quality improvement, research and facilitation projects mainly in the health and community services sectors. Clare believes strongly in the importance of participatory and collaborative processes and works closely with clients and stakeholders to build evaluation capacity and support evaluative thinking. Clare has a Masters in International Affairs with a focus on health and development and is a Prosci® certified change management professional.
Secretary: Zahra Take
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Zahra joined CES NS in 2019 after volunteering for C2019 in Halifax. Since then, Zahra has taken an interest in evaluation and now self-identifies as an emerging evaluator. Her background is in economics and health administration, with experience in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research. She currently works as a Developmental Evaluator with Inspiring Communities. Aside from her involvement with CES, Zahra is also a current board member of Welcome Housing and Support Services.
Past President and National Representative: Andrealisa Belzer
Andrealisa Belzer is a Credentialed Evaluator employed with the Atlantic Region of Indigenous Services Canada. She serves as Past President of CES Nova Scotia Chapter, and on the National Board’s Standing Committee for DEI and Sustainability. She also participates in the EvalPartners EvalIndigenous Network and the Global Advisory Council for Blue Marble Evaluation. Andrealisa has practiced health and social services evaluation since 1995, in Canada and internationally. She is committed to evaluative and decolonizing practice that facilitates systems transformation toward mutualism.
Program Chair: vacant
Membership Chair: Nicole Saulnier

Nicole is a Credentialed Evaluator and, currently, is on secondment with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat as an Analyst focused on strategy and research related to HR transformation and the future of work. In her substantive role, she has been an Evaluation Analyst with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) since 2018 where she works with a virtual team to evaluate regional economic development programming and apply evaluative thinking to other priority-driven projects. Her work is focused on meeting ACOA’s evaluation requirements under the Federal Accountability Act and aligning with the Policy on Results. Nicole has attended numerous CES events and she presented at the 2019 CES annual conference in Halifax on integrating GBA+ in evaluation practice at ACOA. Prior to ACOA, she worked for the Halifax Regional Municipality in various policy and planning positions. Nicole holds a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University as well as a BA from the University of New Brunswick.
Technology Chair: Evan Poncelet
Evan is an Evaluation Consultant with Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour, Skills, and Immigration. He holds an M.A. in Applied Social Psychology and is a CES Credential Evaluator. Evan has been engaged in evaluation since 2016. Quickly becoming interested in the field, he began attending evaluation conferences (CES, AEA), competed in the 2017 and 2018 CES-CESEF Student Evaluation Case Competition finals, and has volunteered in several capacities with the Canadian Evaluation Society. To date, Evan has been involved in evaluation projects across multiple sectors including not-for-profits, the public sector, healthcare, and education.
Member-at-Large: Scott Christian
A Credentialed Evaluator, Scott is the principal consultant of Insight Consulting & Evaluation, based in Liverpool. Scott has more than ten years of experience in evaluation, measurement, program and policy development. He is passionate about using evaluation practice to ensure social programs, and policies support individual rights, and community wellbeing.