Our Team

Mary Ferguson

Mary Ferguson

PhD, Senior Associate

Biography
For over 25 years, Mary has been involved with hundreds of projects of many sizes focused on social, environmental and economic development. A principal of Eko Nomos since 1995, she has worked with a wide range of organizations in northern, remote, rural, and urban communities throughout Canada. She also provides services to private companies, funders and intermediaries that are investing in building sustainable livelihoods for Canadians.

Using refined research techniques, proprietary tools and directed policy initiatives, she excels at guiding groups through complex situations to find cost-effective solutions. In the process, she continues to mentor a new generation of social entrepreneurs and community/environmental economic developers.

Mary holds a PhD from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph. She is a Research Associate of the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) of the University of Guelph. Through her role at CESI, she is able to bring students and faculty into projects on a pro bono basis. She is a founding director of Sustainable Livelihoods Canada.

Janet M. Murray

Janet M. Murray

MA, CE, Senior Associate

Biography
Janet Murray is a credentialed professional evaluator (CE) with over 25 years of experience in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating community-based social change and poverty reduction programs with non-profit organizations, funders and governmental agencies, both in Canada and internationally.

Her work on the front lines of poverty reduction efforts in Canada has encompassed promoting economic development, Harm Reduction, and financial capability programming with marginalized people. With a career dedicated to service in the public benefit sector, she possesses extensive expertise in evaluating complex partnership-based, multi-site programs; and a strong understanding of the context, perspective and constraints of a range of stakeholders.

Janet is particularly interested in exploring program impact, facilitating collaborative, community-based learning initiatives and developmental evaluations grounded in a theory of change, solid performance metrics, shared evidence-based outcomes indicators and a range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Janet specializes in evaluation coaching, and in including diverse and sometimes conflicting perspectives in the evaluation process. She also works with managers and funders of programs to build their organizational capacity to integrate outcomes thinking into programming, in order to strengthen practice, improve outcomes and influence policy development.

Over the past ten years, she has been working with community partners to promote and advance Sustainable Livelihoods – holistic, strengths-based client engagement practice.

Based in Toronto Canada, she is the owner/operator of Resources for Results, a boutique evaluation firm. She is a founding director of Sustainable Livelihoods Canada.

Imma Antony

Imma Antony

PhD, C.Psych., Senior Associate, MI Trainer

Biography
Dr. Antony is a Clinical Psychologist with specialization in addictive behaviours and mental health issues.  She completed graduate education at the University of Toronto  – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

She is a course instructor for Motivational Interviewing. She received her Motivational Interviewing Trainer certification through the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organization committed to promoting high-quality MI practice and training.  Dr. Antony has developed several MI workshops and trainings across a variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, mental health community centres, poverty reduction programs, education/schools).

Dr. Antony has worked with SL Canada for over 7 years to embed MI-informed coaching into Sustainable Livelihoods practice, and to design an MI-informed SL coaching practice training program.  The training has been delivered to over 100 front-line staff and managers at more than 20 organizations across Canada.

Vibhuti Mehra

Vibhuti Mehra

Director, Operations and Programs/Associate

Biography

Vibhuti is a seasoned non-profit leader and community builder with expertise in strategic and sustainable organizational development. She is skilled in leading multidisciplinary teams to develop strategic collaborations, inspire collective action, and deliver innovative and impactful programs that promote community health, belonging, and well-being. She has over two decades of experience working at diverse national, regional, and local community-based non-profit organizations in Canada and the United States.

She has extensive experience in embedding intersectional feminist, anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion principles into practice at all levels of the organization. Vibhuti has developed and led a range of community health, inclusion, and social impact initiatives including community-led HIV and Hep C prevention; access to dignified care and wellness promotion for people living with HIV/AIDS; inclusive and safer spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ community members and people who use drugs; advocacy on paid sick days and family leave policies for workers with caregiving responsibilities; and health care systems advocacy and community education to support individuals experiencing gender-based violence.

Vibhuti is also an educator and facilitates learning and skills development in Community Outreach, Sociology of Health, and Non-Profit Funding and Grant Writing related to social service and community mental health practice.  She helps students gain awareness of factors impacting sustainability of non-profit organizations in Ontario with a specific focus on the mental health and settlement sectors, provide a sociological framework for understanding social determinants of population health, and theoretical and practical approaches to effective community engagement for health promotion.

Kaitlyn Kochany

Kaitlyn Kochany

Administrative Coordinator

Biography

Kaitlyn has nearly 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, working at all levels from frontline staff to governance boards. She has worked in evaluation-facing roles for the past eight years, both supporting evaluators as they complete projects as well as working with professional organizations such as SLC to ensure high-quality event and program management.

A guiding principle in her work is using the power of narrative and stories in order to create change. Kaitlyn has extensive experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data, including conducting interviews and focus groups with program participants and stakeholders. She has developed a passion for projects that grow organizations, and for opportunities to work with clients who seek change.

Kaitlyn is also the part-time Administrative Coordinator of the Canadian Evaluation Society – Ontario Chapter, where she serves the chapter’s members and promotes the value of evaluation across the province.

Aarthi Vig

Aarthi Vig

B.Ed., Evaluation Associate

Biography
With over 15 years of project management and evaluation experience, and stakeholder engagement supporting programs for vulnerable communities in Ontario, Aarthi manages the operations of SLC evaluations.

Aarthi brings her Bachelors in Education and her expertise in planning, developing and implementing multi-year capacity building projects to the team.

As a Project Manager with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Aarthi has planned, implemented and evaluated: mentorship programs to support female engineering graduates to further their careers in the engineering profession and training programs to support International Engineering Graduates to progress towards engineering licensure in Canada.

Aarthi has over five years of experience in on-line training and facilitation using a number of different platforms.

Allison Prieur

Allison Prieur

Evaluation Associate

Biography
Allison has been working with non-profits in Canada for over 20 years. Her experience includes engagement, evaluation, and leadership roles at small to mid-sized organizations and experience with funding organizations including the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Health, and United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. She understands the challenges that resource-strapped organizations face in integrating learning and evaluation into their activities. She actively works to build supportive relationships with staff and understand the unique challenges faced by each organization. She helps identify needs, design learning-centred strategies, evaluate success, adapt practices, and build relationships to amplify impact.

Allison is a lifelong learner. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Developmental Psychology and Social Work from the University of Windsor and a master’s in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University. She is completing an Interdisciplinary PhD in Evaluation at Western Michigan University focusing on organizational change leadership. She is Past President of the Board of Directors at Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), and the Professional Development Committee Co-Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society. Her family lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.
Fayza Abdallaoui

Fayza Abdallaoui

Evaluation Associate

Biography
With a recognized profile in Canada’s diverse Francophone community, Fayza is dedicated to supporting non-profits, especially those serving women victims of violence, newcomers and refugees, and Francophones to build economic development, financial security and leadership, thereby promoting their capacities for self-advocacy. Her experience is rooted in years of entrepreneurship and employability programming at OASIS Centre pour femmes, where she has engaged in program development and management, facilitation, research and evaluation.

Among her many initiatives, she launched and managed three major front-line self-employment programs for women and collaborated with 20+ organizations to offer workshops, conferences, coaching and mentorship to 1,200+ entrepreneurs, immigrants, visible minorities, women. She developed a related website and workbook for newcomers, and a series of videos about entrepreneurship. Since 2013, she has honed her expertise in financial literacy and the financial education of vulnerable populations, facilitating over 60 workshops on budget, credit, debt, entrepreneurial finances, and investment readiness.

Founder and director of Next Level Impact Consulting and a regular radio columnist on personal finances for Radio Canada Toronto, Fayza has participated as a bilingual expert, public speaker, and panelist for provincial and federal conferences such as Toronto Global Forum. She is also an active member of both provincial and federal level committees and roundtables, including the economic committee for the Ontario Minister of Francophone Affairs.

Fayza is a graduate in philosophy and communications, and is currently enrolled in a Public Leadership credential with the Harvard Kennedy School.

Samantha Blostein

Samantha Blostein

Evaluation Associate

Biography
Samantha is a proficient researcher, facilitator and consultant in the social sector, both in Canada and abroad. Her work centres those affected by gender-based violence, issues of migration and the systemic barriers that affect marginalized communities. Along with her extensive experience, Samantha is adept at communicating with and educating others, empowering them with knowledge to enact change and implement best practices in their own communities. As the founder and director of Research for Change, a consultancy strengthening the community advancement and social service sectors, Samantha leads a team of experienced researchers and facilitators to help clients address specific objectives surrounding positive change within their communities.

The projects range from community-based research, program design and evaluation and cross-sector partnership development to workshop facilitation and policy advancement. In addition to her work as a consultant and researcher, Samantha brings a wealth of educational experience. She currently lectures at the University of Guelph on International Development Studies as a Global Community Engagement Specialist and has taught internationally, focusing on the education of women, children and families. Samantha is committed to fostering environments that encourage gender justice, social change and collaborative action.

Catherine Lang

Catherine Lang

Evaluation Associate

Biography

Catherine inspires and supports innovators in community economic and social development. She has worked in management and consulting with social economy organizations for over 30 years, balancing her grass roots community work with research and knowledge creation at the national, provincial and regional levels.

A seasoned facilitator, presenter and adult educator, Catherine has offered workshops and webinars related to organizational learning, evaluation, and impact measurement; social enterprise and innovation; non-profit sustainability; and collaboration. She has co-designed tools and guides, among them: Innovation Pathways: Tools for Rural & Northern Community Innovation; Strengthening Collaboration in the Not-for-Profit Sector (Ontario Trillium Foundation); and Collaboration Coach, an online platform for nonprofit collaboration.

As an evaluator Catherine has worked with diverse community-based organizations as well as their funders to inform and assess their impact, help them to communicate their impact stories, and develop their evaluation, monitoring and learning tools and systems. She is a founding champion of the Common Foundations for Impact Measurement, an initiative originally of Carleton University, and an impact measurement and developmental evaluation coach with Innoweave.

Catherine has worked extensively in the social innovation ecosystem in Canada. She is a social enterprise coach and an editor of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide and co-founded the Ontario-based Rural Social Enterprise Constellation (RSEC). She has co-authored multiple papers focused on rural social enterprise and rural development and policy and advised numerous urban and rural social enterprises and their intermediaries including: Innoweave (McConnell Foundation); the Toronto Enterprise Fund/ United Way Toronto; Canadian Women’s Foundation; The Co-operators Community Fund; Toronto Atmospheric Fund; Georgian College Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre; Futurepreneur; and the former Peel United Way.

She holds a Masters degree in Adult Education as well as a BA in Sociology and Philosophy and a Bachelor of Social Work.

Paul Bakker

Paul Bakker

Evaluation Associate

Biography

Paul has 15 years of experience in working with government and social purpose organization to help them evaluate their impact and learn how to better support people and communities. Paul uses a principles-focused, asset-oriented, and equitable approach to evaluating social programs and initiatives. He specializes in Principles-Focused, Developmental, and rigorous Impact Evaluations.

Aligned with the Sustainable Livelihood Framework’s focus on helping people build a holistic and interdependent set of assets, Paul works in many sectors: including poverty reduction, education, employment, youth development, arts and recreation, environment, and health.

The projects range from community-based research, program design and evaluation and cross-sector partnership development to workshop facilitation and policy advancement. In addition to her work as a consultant and researcher, Samantha brings a wealth of educational experience. She currently lectures at the University of Guelph on International Development Studies as a Global Community Engagement Specialist and has taught internationally, focusing on the education of women, children and families. Samantha is committed to fostering environments that encourage gender justice, social change and collaborative action.

Emmett Ferguson

Emmett Ferguson

Evaluation Associate

Biography

Emmett has worked with Eko Nomos since 2012 but began his work in the social economy in 2008 as a Director of Campus Co-op Residences Inc., North America’s longest running housing co-op. Emmett works mostly from Eko Nomos’ Toronto offices. His professional practice is informed by his ongoing learning to reconcile his deep childhood connection to the woods, waters and fields of Grey County to his understanding of the colonial history of Turtle Island, and its impacts in the current day.

Emmett’s professional practice is focused on creating participatory action research processes that build community social assets including co-operation, solidarity, reciprocity and trust. He has strong understanding of theory-based evaluation as applied in health, social services and community economic development contexts throughout Canada.

Emmett is a member and Chair of Local Food and Farm Co-ops, an Ontario network of food and farm co-operatives and stakeholders providing capacity development, training, connections and investment for Ontario’s local food sector. He holds both an Honors Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto.

Anton Svendrovski

Anton Svendrovski

MBA, MSc (Math), B.CompSc, IBM SPSS, Certified Data Strategist

Biography

Anton Svendrovski is a Consulting Statistician with an MBA, a Master’s Degree in Applied Math, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He is IBM SPSS Certified. Anton’s work on a wide range of research projects has included: organizing data and preparing it for analysis; performing statistical data analysis; and organizing and presenting results in an easy-to-understand fashion. He is also an expert in designing, building and maintaining data repositories for further analysis and reporting.

Anton operates Stats Help, his own private practice: http://www.statshelp.ca/

Claire Letemendia

Claire Letemendia

PhD, Writer/Editor and Evaluation Associate

Biography
Claire Letemendia holds a PhD in politics from the University of Toronto, and is a published author, writer/editor, and project collaborator with over 20 years of experience supporting not-for-profit and private organizations to conduct research and evaluation projects, and to produce reports, proposals for funding and promotional materials. She has worked as a manager and senior associate on ten different mixed-method evaluations in various roles, including: evaluation design; evaluation coordination and liaison; report writing; interviewing; resource and tool development; workshop design and facilitation; stakeholder consultation; and literature review.