Chapter Events

We host several events throughout the year for members and non-members.

2017 Annual General Meeting 

Date: September 29, 2017
Location: Prince of Wales Armouries - 10440 108 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta

CLICK HERE to register.

We invite members and non-members to join us in Edmonton for a half-day learning event, Chapter AGM, and discussion on the CES National Conference, which we're excited to be hosting May 26-29 2018 at the Calgary Hyatt!


  • 8:30 am: Registration & Networking
  • 9:00 am: Learning Event - Ten Guidelines for Evaluators Working in Indigenous Communities
  • 11:45 am: Lunch
  • 12:15 pm: AGM
  • 1:15 pm: National Conference discussion
Learning Event: Ten Guidelines for Evaluators Working in Indigenous Communities

Indigenous communities have distinct ways of thinking and being that are reflected in their epistemological practices. When evaluators from government or other outside agencies deploy research methods that do not accommodate for these differences significant challenges can arise. This presentation seeks to share ten guidelines, rooted in Dene First Nations epistemological practices, which can assist evaluators working in Indigenous communities. These guidelines are informed by Indigenous methodologies, practitioner expertise in the field and lived experience. The presentation will encourage evaluation processes that acknowledge and incorporate practices which honour difference, are responsive to Indigenous communities, and develop relationships and build trust.


  • Debbie DeLancey, Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Karen Blondin Hall, Senior Advisor, Indigenous Health, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Kyla Kakfwi-Scott, Senior Advisor, Anti-Poverty
  • Mahalia Yakeleya Newmark, Senior Policy Advisor, Cultural Safety, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Ori Wah-Shee, Senior Advisor, System Integration, Department of Health and Social Services

This learning event supports evaluators in culturally responsive practice and in moving forward commitment to reconciliation as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations.

CES Competencies: 1.3, 1.4, 3.2, 3.4, 5.9

The 2015/2016 Annual Report is available here.


Call for Board Nominations:

The Canadian Evaluation Society, Alberta and Northwest Territories Chapter is pleased to request nominations for volunteers to stand for election to our Board of Directors. Elections will be held at our next Annual General Meeting on September 29, 2017. Terms are for two years (2017-2019) for all positions except the National Representative, which is three years (2017-2020)

The Board of Directors, made up of evaluation professionals, meet via teleconference each month to plan the work of the Chapter. We arrange for professional development and networking events for Members and others in the evaluation community. We promote and advocate evaluation on behalf of our Members.

This year, we are recruiting for:

  • Members-at-Large (3)
  • National Representative (1)
  • Vice-president (1)

You can refer to our Chapter Bylaws for a description of each position. Board nominees should be:

  • Member in good standing of AB/NWT Chapter (students welcome)
  • Willing to participate in Board activities
  • Interested in evaluation
  • Able to attend regular monthly board meetings

Interested members may put their names forward by emailing to [email protected] by September 27, 2017 including:

  • Short written statement of their willingness to serve
  • Name of a CES member in good standing who will second the nomination

Nominees do not have to attend the AGM to put their names forward.

If you have any questions about serving on the CES AB/NWT Board, please email Trish Paton, President, at [email protected].

Call for Auditors - 2017/2018

Each year, CES Alberta & NWT asks two members to volunteer to review and audit the annual financial statements. You must be a current member of the Chapter to serve as an auditor. This will only take approximately 2-3 hours of your time to complete and is a great way to contribute to our Chapter. You may volunteer even if you are unable to attend the AGM; we will be able to appoint auditors if we have names in advance.

If you are willing to serve as an auditor, please forward your name to [email protected] by September 27, 2017.

If you have questions about the role of the auditors, please contact Judith Krajnak, Secretary-Treasurer, at [email protected].


Evaluation Cafe

Evaluation Cafe is a chapter-supported networking and learning forum. Members and non-members alike meet to discuss evaluation in a casual, conversational setting. The first Evaluation Cafe was held in Edmonton in April, 2014, and several other events have since been held in Edmonton and Calgary. 

Dates and venues are posted on the Evaluation Cafe Meetup page.  

Annual Christmas Luncheons

Annual Christmas Luncheons are usually held in December or January in both Edmonton and Calgary.

Annual National Conference

Each year, the Canadian Evaluation Society presents a National Conference. The 2017 conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the 2018 conference will take place in Calgary. Further details can be found here. If you are interested in joining a conference committee, please email [email protected]

Essential Skills Series

See our Professional Development page for more information on the Essential Skills Series.

Past Events

The Naked Truth: The State of Evaluation in Alberta, April 10, 2015

The Alberta & NWT Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society and its partners were pleased to host this one day evaluation forum. The forum was designed by the Chapter to engage participants in provocative discussions and the sharing of information about:

  • What is happening in evaluation in Alberta and what evaluators are working on
  • The value of evaluation from the perspective of evaluators and those who use evaluations
  • An action plan for advancing the profession of evaluation in the province

The objective of the forum was to provide a gathering place for evaluators to connect with each other and also with the users of evaluation. Presenters Included Gail Barrington, Benoit Gauthier, Rebecca Mellett, Crystal Corrigan and Cheryl Poth.

The final report of proceedings is available for download here and can be viewed in online magazine format on the AIHS website. Photos are posted here.