CES 2019 Conference

Adapted from CES National. For up-to-date information, please visit the conference website here.
We are Nancy Carter, Andrealisa Belzer and Louise Adongo and as Co-chairs for the 2019 Canadian Evaluation Society’s 40th annual conference we are excited to invite you to join us in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference is being held at the Westin Nova Scotian from May 27th – 29th, with pre-conference workshops taking place on May 26.

Nova Scotia, known as “Canada’s Ocean Playground”, is a Maritime province located within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Nova Scotia is also home to rich Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Celtic history and culture.
Technical sessions, exhibitor displays, and interesting keynote speakers will connect and educate our guests. Evaluation knowledge, products, and services allow organizations to learn about new processes, techniques and best practices from your colleagues and peers.
We hope that you’ll meet us on the bridge between theory and practice at the 2019 CES National Conference. From here we will sustain and improve what we’ve built and seek guiding beacons of light on the horizon that will help us navigate unchartered and unknown frontiers

c2019 Theme: Bridges  

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As two bridges span Halifax harbour, our theme is undoubtedly geographically relevant. “Bridges” also evokes broader connotations for the field of evaluation locally, nationally and globally. It is our intent that our theme inspires delegates to reflect in ways that will add some originality to the term and make the conference memorable.

Subtheme 1: Bridges that connect

This sub-theme invites conversations about the connections built, sustained, or strengthened through evaluation and is an opportunity to share experiences about building and traveling bridges to overcome obstacles to evaluation. Evaluators also build bridges to strengthen stakeholder relationships and to help programs reach their goals efficiently and effectively.

Subtheme 2: Sustaining and using bridges

Bringing people together to make a difference may be simpler than sustaining connections through life-cycles of change-making. This sub-theme inspires conversations about how to build sustainable connections that can weather storms and be adapted as needed to remain useful. We invite delegates to discuss established bridges in need of up-keep or new supports, as well as those that are no longer useful or relevant.

Subtheme 3: Stories from the ship’s bridge

A bridge can be ‘the elevated platform from which the captain steers a ship’. From the bridge the captain has a broad view of the surrounding environment and access to navigational tools to guide the ship safely on its journey. This subtheme conjures notions of complex system evaluation and is an opportunity for delegates to share their experiences from the ship’s bridge as evaluative leaders guiding the way through complex systems in stormy weather and fair skies.


Delegate Registration will open Spring, 2019. If you have questions regarding registration, see the CES National page here.

Registration Includes:

  • Breakfast and lunch Monday and Tuesday
  • Breakfast Wednesday
  • All Health Breaks
  • One (1) ticket to the opening reception
  • One (1) ticket to the awards luncheon
Additional Award Luncheon tickets may be purchased at $50.00/person
Category Early Bird Rate Regular Rate
CES Member $575.00 $675.00
AEA Member $575.00 $675.00
Non-Member $750.00 $850.00
Student CES/AEA Member $250.00 $250.00
Student non-member $325.00 $325.00
  • “Member” registration rates will apply to CES members in good standing including members with joint AEA, AES, ANZEA, and EES memberships.
  • “Non-member” registration rates apply to all other registrants, including Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme (SQEP) Chapter-only and Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Chapter only members.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Category Early Bird Rate Regular Rate
Full day Registration $280.00 $330.00
Half Day Registration $140.00 $165.00
Student Full Day Registration $100.00 $100.00
Student Half Day Registration $ 50.00 $ 50.00



CES – SCÉ 2019 is bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity.

This means that Bullfrog Power’s generators put 100% green power into the grid to match the amount of conventional electricity the event uses, displacing energy from polluting sources. Across Canada, Bullfrog’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

For more information on Bullfrog’s green energy, visit www.bullfrogpower.com.

Our venue’s contribution to a Greener Conference: