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.

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.

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.

Aarthi Vig

Aarthi Vig

B.Ed., Director of Operations /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.

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.

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.

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.
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/